Interested in attending a workshop at a reduced cost? Considering being a Workshop Coordinator and Hostess for a presenter. Contact the Program Director for more information.
|Day Guild||September 11, 2017||10:30am||The Process|
|Night Guild||September 12, 2017||8:00pm||The Process|
Maggie Casey “Spinning – Going from Spindle to Spinning Wheel”
Jill Graham “Dyeing – Plant to Extract”
Ben Krudwig “Weaving: Taking the Leap – Going from Rigid Heddle to Multi-Harness”
Helen McKee “Cutting the Cloth – Sewing Garments from Handwoven Cloth”
Maggie Casey is the author of Start Spinning – Everything you Need to Know to Make Great Yarn. A spinner since 1973, she holds the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Look for her workshops at Estes Park, Maryland Sheep and Wool, and Yarn Fest. Don’t miss her DVDs: Start Spinning, Big and Lofty Yarns, and Getting Started on a Drop Spindle.
Jill Graham is an alchemist at heart and loves to create yarn starting with animal and plant fibers and dyeing them with flowers, mushrooms, insects, and plant extracts. She dyes using a scientific inquiry approach that results in many colors from the same dye. She is excited to share her experiments with you.
Benjamin Krudwig lives in Colorado with his opera singer wife and two cats, taking full advantage of the beautiful Rocky Mountain weather. He is an all-around fiber-art fanatic with skills ranging from knitting and crochet to spinning and weaving. He picked up knitting as a kid for fun, and later he taught himself crochet to combat test-anxiety in college while receiving his B.A.s in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology and Studio Arts. Little did he know that he was going to fall head first down the yarny rabbit hole. Benjamin’s designs and patterns can be seen in publications of Spin-Off, Handwoven, The Twist Collective, and other industry magazines. You can follow along with his other design ventures on his blog at BenjaminKrudwig.com.
Helen McKee and Yvonne Stahl have collaborated in making hand woven garments for more than 20 years. Yvonne weaves gorgeous fabric and then hands it over to Helen who designs and constructs garments to sell at the winter sale. A highlight of their collaboration was when their jacket won first place at Convergence in Denver in 2004. Helen will talk about the steps she takes in making a garment from Yvonne's hand woven fabric.
|Day Guild||October 9, 2017||10:30am||Master Your Craft|
|Night Guild||October 10, 2017||8:00pm||
Master Your Craft
Tien Chiu is an award-winning weaver with a deep interest in the creative process Her work has been featured on the cover of Handwoven magazine, and her hand woven, couture-sewn wedding dress is part of the permanent collection at the American Textile History Museum. Her book Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work distills her experience and that of 22 other master artisans to help intermediate artisans make the leap to mastery. When not catering to the whims of her cats, Tigress and Fritz, or her husband Mike, Tien blogs, coaches, and teaches at www.creatingcraft.com. Her artistic work and blog can be found at www.tienchiu.com.
Tien will be conducting a 1-day workshop, “Master Your Craft – Discussion/Critique” prior to the meetings where you will learn how to critique your work and get the best feedback from others. You’ll also develop an understanding of your skills and an action plan for developing yourself as an artist.
Workshop registration form (tbd)
Many artists dread examining their work because they think it means torturing their work (and themselves!) by picking out everything that’s wrong. Not so! Learn to evaluate your work enjoyably yet effectively by applying five principles of critique. You’ll also discover how to grow as an artist by applying these same principles to your design skills and body of work.
At the end of the day, you’ll understand how to critique your work and how to get the best feedback from others. You’ll also develop an understanding of your skills and an action plan for developing yourself as an artist. Bring a design you’re thinking about (but haven’t yet made), one finished piece, and some photos of previous work for individual and group feedback.
|Day Guild||November 13, 2017||10:30am||From Mundane to Magnificent: The Found Object in Contemporary Textile Art|
|Night Guild||November 14, 2017||8:00pm||From Mundane to Magnificent: The Found Object in Contemporary Textile Art|
Denise Perreault is a weaver, antique beadwork restorer, and mixed media textile artist with a particular love for glass seed beads. She is the founder and Executive Director of Art Parts Creative Reuse Center and curator of their in-house Bricolage Gallery. The increasing number of artists in all mediums who employ found objects in their work inspires Denise.
|Day Guild||December 11, 2017||10:30am||Potluck & Fashion Show|
|Night Guild||December 12, 2017||8:00pm||Potluck & Ornament Exchange|
|Day Guild||January 8, 2018||10:30am||Felt Designs|
|Night Guild||January 9, 2018||8:00pm||Felt Designs|
Tylar Merrill is the owner of Thimbleberry Felt Designs Studio & Gallery and has been creating felt art and teaching fashion design for over 30 years. She was first introduced to felting in 1984 and has fallen in love with the versatility of this ancient textile. Learning the process of felting was a very natural and perhaps inevitable transition for her art.
Tylar uses her background in painting, quilting, dyeing, and design to create each unique art object. Mixed colored fibers with abstract hand strokes bring together these loves in exciting and satisfying ways. Tylar has always loved color and fiber. Felting has given her the opportunity to combine and explore color, texturing, 3-dimensional form, folk art, and fashion design. Her one of a kind fashions include a wide range in styles of garments and accessories based on the Nuno felting technique. She uses her advanced skills and experience in tailoring and fitting, giving her one-of-a-kind garments high quality artistry with a professional finish.
Tylar will be conducting a 3 workshops during the week of our Guild meetings: “One Sleeved Silk Stole”, “Patchwork Tote Bag”, and “3-D Pattern Flared Skirt”.
|Day Guild||February 12, 2018||10:30am||TBD|
|Night Guild||February 13, 2018||8:00pm||
|Day Guild||March 12, 2018||10:30am||An Artist’s Journey – How Knitting Came to be Part of my Creative Life|
|Night Guild||March 13, 2018||8:00pm||
An Artist’s Journey – How Knitting Came to be Part of my Creative Life
with Ellen Veneski “Writing Knitting Patterns and Selling on Ravelry”
Roxana Bartlett’s life has been a journey with many adventures. Printmaker, painter, artist quilt maker all have been intertwined with knitting, first as a relaxing outlet and finally as a genuine aspect of my creative life. Designing is fun, writing the patterns not so much, and putting them on Ravelry impossible without a great technical editor! Roxana is both an artist-quilt maker and a knitwear designer. Leading a double life isn’t as difficult as it sounds, she says, since both reflect an aspect of her creativity and both are exciting. Her book Slip Stitch Knitting is an Interweave Press best seller.
Ellen Veneski spent her career working in high-tech marketing, advertising, and public relations. Now retired, she spends time with her family, as well as meeting up with friends to knit and play duplicate bridge.
|Day Guild||April 9, 2018||10:30am||Exploring the Creative Decisions Behind Animals with Attitude|
|Night Guild||April 10, 2018||8:00pm||Exploring the Creative Decisions Behind Animals with Attitude|
Barbara is a native of Boulder with a varied fiber art background. She had an early interest in art, learned to crochet, quilt, embroider, and love animals from her mother. As her interests expanded to knitting, spinning, and needlepoint she was encouraged to join the Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder by Sue Henrikson. Barbara is now a full time working artist combining quilting and her connection to animals into a distinctive style of animal portraiture.
|Day Guild||May 14, 2018||10:30am||TBD|
|Night Guild||May 15, 2018||8:00pm||TBD|