Past Workshops


Wrap Your Head Around It | Edition 2

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS

Penland, NC

October 9 - 15, 2016

Transform acres of silk into 200 hand-dyed art scarves. Add in original poetry and pattern.  Print, cut, stitch and release! These wraps will be given to women living with and surviving cancer in diverse communities. Together we will consider the scarf as canvas; as talisman, as dialogue. Explore words and graphics funneled through basic dye, print and piecing techniques.  Discover how pop up studio practices allows the artist to work in unconventional spaces, reaching hidden communities.

 
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Picturing | Illustrating the Picture Book

Pacific Northwest Art School

Whidbey Island, WA

September 7 - 11, 2015

This workshop explored the magical world of illustrating for children. Participants created a vivid array of textures and colors in both papers and fabrics that became the ingredients for innovative mixed media illustrations. Surface design activities included simple printing techniques, drawing, stitching, dyeing, and layering. Workshop discussions included how words connect to image, the role of book designer, and DIY publishing possibilities.

 

Silkworks

Pacific NorthWest Art School

Whidbey Island, Wa

June 9-13, 2014

This workshop explored the translucence and luster of silk of various weights and hues, which included hand dyeing silk thread,  organza, and habotai to create fabrics to layer and stitch to linen, cotton, and paper. Participants created complex colors to blend materials, cut, and redefine the surface. Mixed media collages were created by adding in vintage maps, old lace, antique letters, as well as hand and machine stitches onto the surface of each composition.

 

Mapping Memory

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN 

June 23-29, 2013

This workshop uncovered the creative potential of combining antique lace, old buttons, vintage clothing with radiant silks creating  dynamic textile designs. Beginning with a quiet palette of white on white, students played with tone and texture: layering, collaging, and stitching old and new cloth together. The workshop included opportunities to: print and collage; layer with translucent silks and stitch maps, papers, letters into fabrics; explore the infinite possibilities of stitching pojagi (Korean patchwork); play with machine and hand embroidery; and embellish.

 

Pictures & Words : Words & Pictures

PENLAND SCHOOL of Craft

Penland, NC

June 24 - July 6, 2012

This workshop explored the magical world of writing and illustrating for children.  Peg Gignoux collaborated with writer Susie Wilde to guide participants as they invented and connected words and images. Wilde led a playful progression of writing activities designed to transform ideas into finished stories and/or poems.  Students created a vivid array of textures and colors in both papers and fabrics, which become the ingredients for innovative mixed media illustrations. Surface design activities included simple printing techniques, drawing, stitching, dyeing, and layering. Workshop discussions included the essential roles of the book designer, photographer and a look to DIY publishing opportunities.

 


SCARVES, SCARVES, SCARVES

Mulberry Silks and Fine fabrics

Carrboro, NC

November 18-19, 2011

This workshop created an array of radiant hand printed silk scarves. The two-day workshop began by patterning silks with simple screen prints and artful hand stamps with textile inks, followed by stitching together patterned silks with solid lengths of silk producing one-of-a-kind art to wear.  

 

The Power of Repetition

MULBERRY SILKS AND FINE FABRICS

CARRBORO, NC

February 1 - March 1, 2011

This workshop involved drawing, printing, painting, stitching, fusing and beading on cloth to create a variety of expressive interpretations of various flowers. Participants played with many variations of a single motif inviting opportunities to explore color, line, gesture, and light. Work was done by machine and by hand, mixing silk, cotton and linens, and other media into works suitable for wall or garment.


Personal Geometry Textile collage

MULBERRY SILKS AND FINE FABRICS

CARRBORO, NC

April 27 - May 11, 2010

In this workshop, participants made a contemporary textile suitable for wall or wearable by selecting a confined pallette of solid colors in cotton, linen, and silk fabrics.  The workshop encouraged: playing with different weights and textures of cloth, including vintage fabrics; repetition and layering of simple geometric forms (circles, squares, triangles); and developing a graphic textile collage; machine and hand stitching. 

 

Imagery and Language II: 
Connecting Reading Methods with Illustration

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

October 24-25, 2008

The illustrated page serves as an essential and creative link toward achieving excellent reading comprehension for all students. This workshop guided participants through the creation of an accordion pop-up book. After analyzing the work of illustrators and considering how style and graphic intention evokes meaning in children's stories, participants explored the expressive role of story illustrator. Using the visual tools of collage, each participant created a multi-page accordion book interpreting an original story created previously in one of Wilde's Collaborative story writing workshops. 


Artful Albums with Peg Gignoux

White Oak Pottery

Durham, NC

April 28-29, 2007 

In this workshop, participants created an artful album to hold treasured pictures. The weekend of bookmaking fun included painting, stamping,  wrapping, and collage. Participants designed a large hardcover album style book complete with secret envelopes and fanciful mixed media covers.


SYMPOSIUM & TEACHER WORKSHOP

Greenhill Center for NC Art

Greensboro, NC


Saturday, April 14, 2007

In this teacher workshop, participants learned to create a totem by wrapping, gluing, drawing and writing with paint, string, and fabric to build a construction with personal symbols. Participants also learned innovative methods for facilitating personal totem projects in their classrooms. Workshop was for teachers of all grade levels, with curriculum applications for each grade.

 

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