Art Quilt Design Intensive
Denise makes contemporary art quilt portraits of megalithic “stones” and monoliths (think Stonehenge), and their landscapes, and more recent (though still centuries old) monastic ruins. She handpaints most all her own fabric, and uses reverse appliqué, turned edge appliqué, raw edge appliqué, insetting, free-form strip piecing (and optional couching), and “thread shadowing” (a variation on thread painting) to achieve her trademark quilt top textures, lighting, depth of field, and shadowing and perspective.
Denise’s sewing and quilting experience and knowledge (which includes both contemporary art quilting and traditional patchwork) is both deep and wide-ranging, and she has proven to be uniquely capable of helping her students better understand and use both new and traditional (though typically repurposed) fiber art and quilting techniques. Her Art Quilt Design Intensive workshop focuses on teaching her approach to composition, to fabric painting, and to helping her students gain a hands-on understanding of the comparative effects, strengths, benefits, and use – basically, the “what, why, when, and how” – of alternative quilt top construction and finishing techniques.
The first two days are dedicated to fabric painting – how best to mix, use, and layer paint; how to create and use various resists; how to cause (and control) layer-by-layer differential paint absorption, diffusion, blending, patterning and mottling; and the effects of alternative fabrics.
The following three days focus on quilt top construction techniques and “best practices” re: turned edge appliqué, raw edge appliqué, reverse appliqué, insetting, free-form strip piecing, couching, thread shadowing (similar to thread painting), and quilt finishing.
Note that the workshop is not specifically about stones, or even landscapes, but instead about fabric painting and construction techniques capable of dramatically improving overall quilt design and composition, messaging and storytelling, color and texture, dimensionality, and craftsmanship and design integrity, regardless of quilt theme or focus.
Denise’s workshops are highly interactive and very hands-on, and are focused more on the development of participant creativity, confidence, and experiential exploration and learning than on rigid, one-size-fits-all lesson plans or patterns – her goal is to teach re-useable and replicable techniques and “lessons learned” that each participant’s own creativity can confidently expand on once away from the classroom. Denise is an accomplished quilter and instructor who enthusiastically, energetically, openly, and warmly shares her knowledge, and her design and color sense, without reservation. Denise’s classes are fun.
Denise has been a featured (solo) exhibiting artist and instructor at national exhibitions in the US, France, Italy, China, South Korea, Luxembourg, Germany, The Netherlands, and Spain. She is a multiple Quilt National (USA) award winner (both People’s Choice and the McCarthy Award for Craftsmanship, and in 2021 she will have an extended summer-long solo exhibition of her work at the U.S. National Quilt Museum (Paducah, Kentucky).
Level: Intermediate to Advanced Quilter
Class size is limited to 12 students.
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Workshop Description and Supply List
- Deposit due with registration: $250
- Workshop cost $995 (add tax for meal portion = $5.50) (includes lunch Wednesday-Sunday, excludes lodging)
- Class Supply Fee $40.00
- Optional $75 Fee for 7.5 yards of fabric (5 ea x 1.5 yards)
- Workshop starts at 9am Wednesday, June 1, 2022 and ends Sunday afternoon at 4pm
- On site lodging available for an additional fee:
- Lodging available Tuesday Night – Sunday Morning
- Meals provided with Lodging: Breakfast is served daily (noon meal provided with price of workshop)
- Triple Occupancy $420 (lodging plus 5 meals)
- Double Occupancy $570 (lodging plus 5 meals)
- Single Occupancy $1010 (lodging plus 5 meals)
- Add additional nights to your stay for $50 per night
- (No meals served when class is not in session)
- Sewing Machine Rental $100/per week
If paying by mail, contact us to hold a place for one week until deposit is received.
Denise Labadie Registration Form 2022