Home Studio Workshops: These are held at my home studio in Clearwater, Florida usually on Thursdays or Saturdays from 1-4pm (Note time change to afternoons only). Special days for private instruction can be set up. Art supplies are sometimes included in the price of the workshop of $40. Workshops can be on a variety of topics-dyeing silk, collage, fusing foil to fabric, indigo, alter-ego dyeing on satin devore, painting fabric, silk screen imprinting and free motion drawing on fabric.
Please contact me if you would like to set up a workshop just for you and some friends. See types of workshop to choose from below the calendar schedule of away from the studio workshops.
Open Studio: whenever the fancy strikes me and I have an available Saturday afternoon. Free to former students who have taken a workshop (dyeing, collage, foiling, pin weaving, etc.) with me. Any silk items you dye you pay for the price of the item plus $5 dyeing fee. Questions on how or what to do will be answered. Come make gifts for your friends, family, c0-workers…and have a good time. Refreshments will be served. If you have never taken a workshop, the fee is $20.
Classes held by personal appointment. 5 or less in a group.
Types of Workshops Available on request
1-4pm: Home Studio Workshop Easy Silk Dyeing with Color Hue Dyes: The Basics: Dye 2 silk scarves 11 x 72 in lightweight silk. The first will be done baggie style for a random design. The second scarf will be a sampler of 6-8 techniques (soft and dynamic floral images, zebra stripes or sunset lines, stencil imagery, stamp images transferred to silk, clothespin clamp resist and dynamic lines. The third scarf can be done using a combination of techniques: growing trees, abstract, repeat square or chevrons, etc. Possibilities abound. Optional: learn to create hand dyed silk greeting cards or create a hand dyed landscape using silk broadcloth (feels and sews like cotton). There will be extra scarves and silk items available for purchase and you can dye them right there. Size of class limited to 5. Cost is $40 and includes dyes and 2 silk scarves. Reservations prepaid required.
Advanced Dyeing for Beginners: Create 2 silk scarves using knots, clamps and sticks, and other casual shibori techniques creating repeat shapes, flowing trees, abstract imagery, dip dyeing, stamps, silk screens and more. You will also make a hand dyed silk greeting card incorporating foil into the card design.
Pin Weaving Workshop : Workshop cost is $40 and includes all pin weaving supplies including a pin weaving board. If you fall in love with the process, I will have supplies you can purchase to take home. Let me know what colors you want to work with. In 6 hours (10-4pm) Create a small pin weaving using threads, yarns, lightweight fabrics and roving. This will be fused on the back to hold it together. No tight compacting of rows needed. This is similar to a tapestry type weaving method. Then dye sheer silk organza for the background panel. Fuse the weaving to the panel. Cover with tulle and free motion (bring your machine or I can do this part for you if you don’t sew). Cut away tulle to reveal contrasting fabrics and yarns. Embellish with beads, hand dyed ribbons and any special trinkets you would like to bring with you. All supplies are provided . Limited to 5 students. The project you do can be a wall hanging or cut up into smaller pieces, mounted on the silk organza and fused to cardstock for a unique textured greeting card. I will provide supplies: pin weaving board the student takes home, fibers, fabrics, fusible, silk organza and dyes, etc.
Creative Fabric Collage. Fee is $40.00 for the workshop/$30.00 supplies Collage Kit (student chooses color of kit. See website shopping cart www.SilkDyes.com for a selection of colors to choose from and email me Marlene@123webmagic.com so I can reserve one for you. Each kit includes fabric for 15-20 collages, sheers, foil, fusibles, embellishments. Sewing Machine optional as we will be using fusing methods and hand sewing for details. Learn to manipulate and fuse fabric creating a free form design, a textural landscape, 3D floral image and working with foils for a sun or moon or abstract design. Techniques in addition to the above are funky fiber friends, layering sheers to create shadows and fog, hand dyeing small silk fabrics to incorporate into collage design using stencils.
Fun with Foils: Fusing on Fabric and Paper Workshop. Explore a variety of fusibles (sheets, delicate web, thread, powder) on fabric and paper. Learn to embellish a greeting card with foil and the tip of your iron. Hand dye sheer silk to soften the metallic effect. $40 includes supplies and a light lunch.
Indigo Dyeing and Shibori with Instant Setting Color Hue dyes on Silk and Vat dyeing outdoors with any fabric (cottons, silks, linens, rayons, etc. ) Learn to manipulate fabric-folding, stitching, clamping, dipping… and with whatever resist you created, dye in indigo to see the design that happens. Indoors in dyeing with Color Hue dyes on silk and outdoors, a variety of fabrics dipped in a vat of indigo.
Open Studio Play Day. Bring a project or gift to work on or dye a silk scarf or tie or hanky or greeting card….. Pay for the silk you want to dye. No fees for Open Studio day for former students. $20 for people who haven’t taken a workshop.
Testimonial from the Hand Dyed Silk Scarf Workshop for Teachers at the Tampa Museum of Art:
“We dyed the scarves yesterday and I have to say it was one of the best projects ever! I had originally intended on having some adult helpers but suddenly none were available — and it was still manageable for me. I did a demo in front of the entire class and had a few student helpers who made their scarves as part of the demo. Then they were able to help me. I gave the kids choices of three colors — each one was unique and beautiful in its own way and while I was ironing I would find images of flowers, butterflies, snowflakes, horses heads, etc. which got the kids so engaged. I would most definitely do this again or take the dying process to another level.
“In addition, it was very clean, no one got excess dye on them except for me (when I was mixing them) and the worst thing that happened was someone popping their baggie while waiting.