For the past two Saturdays I have had the honor of teaching surface design at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC. We did rust dyeing, stamp making and stamping, discharging, and gelatin plate printing...and we had FUN!! These ladies were very open to learning new things and getting messy...my idea of the perfect way to spend a Saturday.
Everyone came up with great stamp designs!
Randi working on her silk scarf
Laura's gelatin print from real starfish (cool, huh?)
Pat discovers the joy of gelatin printing!
After having time to learn and play with each technique, everyone had a chance to alter a silk scarf as well as something they brought from home. Lynn and Toni did t-shirts and Randi gave a linen shirt and pants that were headed out the door a brand new look. Pat discharged two t-shirts using some oriental stencils she brought in. Denni altered one of her husband's old shirts, sort of in a spirit of humor, but it turned out really cool! She also altered a gridded piece of fabric to look like Spanish tiles. Laura had even done her homework and created a completed art quilt with the stamp she created in week one!
It was such fun to see everyone's creative gears turning, hearing "oohs" along the way! I just wish my camera battery hadn't died on me!!! Hopefully I'll find some photos in my email of everyone's projects so I can post more here. (hint,hint!) :)
* Edit - you can see more of Laura's work here (thanks Laura!)
I will be teaching this again May 8 and 15, so check the Sawtooth website for registration information and come join the fun!
And I promise, I'll charge my camera... :)