This will be a slow and relaxing time of hand stitching. I will bring fabric that I have dyed using natural materials. We will cut out and sew shapes that tell a story or symbolize something meaningful. We will draw our design on paper before transferring the design to our fabric. I will cover more basic methods as well as more detail-oriented techniques. Each participant will leave with a flag, banner, or piece of wall art. We will discuss the tradition of appliqué, what it has been used for in different cultures throughout history, as well as artists who use it today.
In this class, I will show you the basics of how to make your own natural indigo vat using just 3 non-toxic ingredients. We will mix the vat and learn how to dye fabric in it. Basic resist techniques for creating designs will be covered. You will leave with a small indigo vat and at least one dyed piece, along with all the information you need to mix up another vat. We will discuss the basic chemistry of indigo, history of the plant, and where indigo fits in our modern world.
Sewing Training Academy, a program of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, will host SewPOP, an event created to showcase student talent and provide funding for the Academy. The Opening Night Preview Party will take place on Friday evening September 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door of Imogene + Willie’s or available via the link.
SewPOP will feature 12 new student vendors and 13 existing businesses selling their uniquely Nashville wares. It will showcase highly curated and original items made by students of STA. 30% of all sales will benefit the STA’s future training programs.
In addition, SewPOP's public event will take place on September 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free for children and a $5 donation is suggested for adults.
Each year, the Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training program culminates with the Periscope Pitch event, where talented arts entrepreneurs put their training to the test as they take the stage to pitch their arts businesses to the community.
Throughout the evening, Periscope artists will share about their artistic work, business models and key needs. An all-star panel of judges will provide insights along the way, and attendees can participate in live voting to help determine which artists will walk away with cash prizes.
Artists will share their work in a booth display style before the Pitches are performed on stage.
This class is for kids ages 9-12. Learn to use the colors of nature to dye fabric and yarn. We will use foraged plants, food waste, magical natural indigo, and even tiny bugs to color and print our textiles. We will create designs using resist blocks and plants we find outside our classroom. Penland School of Craft is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and has a long and rich history of craft.
I am teaching Reverse Applique at the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center! Decorate T-shirts and any other knit fabric with reverse appliqué. This is a slow, hand-stitched process. Reverse appliqué is a method of sewing two pieces of fabric together before cutting out the shape you want from one layer.
I am teaching a Mother’s Day themed indigo class on the Saturday before Mother’s Day at the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center!
Bring your mom, come make a Mother’s Day gift, or indigo dye a commemorative object if you would like to honor or remember a mother in your life. We will be using basic resist techniques to dye scarves, tote bags, bandanas, and pieces of fabric you could put on the wall or sew with. You can also bring something from home. This dye vat will only have 3 non-toxic ingredients.
As mentor of the Plateau section of the Emerging Makers Tent, I will have work for sale in the Annual Tennessee Craft Fair in Nashville for the third time.
“Shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork directly from the juried, award-winning artists. A unique feature of Tennessee Craft fairs requires artists to be on-site. While shopping, you’ll meet the artists, learn what inspires them and how they take raw materials like clay, wood, metal and glass and transform them into fine craft.”
I will be selling work at the Annual Celebration of Craft at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. The Craft Center is located on beautiful Center Hill Lake, and there will be food and music. This event is free to attend!
“Appalachian Center for Craft’s campus will be open with live demonstrations in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood; live music from the Global Education Center, Crossing the Caney and Spoonful; hands-on kids’ craft activities; 25% discounts on items in the retail sales gallery; and tasty food from the Blue Water Grille on the Hill and Whitt’s BBQ. Celebration is FREE and open to the public! Bring the family for a great art, great music and great fun!”
Two of my pieces, Joy, Hope, Nostalgia and Appalachian Queer for Justice, are a part of Deliberate Works, a group exhibition featuring artists of the Appalachian Center for Craft, part of Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft and Design and a Southern Highland Craft Guild Education Center Member.
This exhibit is located on the second floor of the Folk Art Center in Asheville in the main gallery through the end of April 2019.