In this class, I will show you the basics of how to make your own natural indigo vat using just 3 non-toxic ingredients, two of which you can buy at the grocery store. We will mix the vat and learn how to dye something in it. You will leave with a small indigo vat and a dyed bandana, along with all the information you need to mix up another one.
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!”
This spring, I have been accepted to participate in the Periscope program, an eight-week intensive training opportunity hosted at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) that empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens.
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.