Dye-Paint Your Images: Bring Them to Life With Quilting
In this workshop, you will first learn how to paint images with Procion dyes on cotton. Learning to control the dyes will be emphasized. Among other things, we will cover blending, layering, special effects and painting without bleeding. All of these techniques can be used to create images as complex as portraits or as simple as a line on a scarf. Each student is asked to bring two or three 18″x 20″ designs or drawings that they will transfer onto cloth and then paint. These drawings can be fruits or rounded objects, still life, animals, faces, or anything you would like to paint. Any image can be used as long as it has been made into an 18″ X 20″ black and white line drawing. It would also help to have an example or an idea of your color choices. In the second part of the workshop, we will explore new ideas about how to use quilting to enhance the look of your painted cloth. The main objective is to use quilting lines to create depth, texture, tension, or shadowing which will give a new dimension to your quilt. Lines can be inspired by an endless variety of things (nature, architecture, technology, etc.) to add visual interest and reinforce your overall design. Even straight lines can become a design in themselves. You will be working with the images you have painted during the first part of the workshop. This workshop is based on free-motion machine quilting but the design techniques can be adapted to hand quilting. Experience in one or the other is required.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students.
Skill Level: Experienced to Advanced
- Workshop Fee: $700
- Class Supply Fee: $50 with optional $125 class fee that include most of the supplies (Payable to Instructor)
- Class starts at 9:30 am daily and ends at 5pm CST on the last day of the workshop
- This is an online workshop taken from the comfort of your home.
If paying by mail, contact us to hold a place for one week until deposit is received.
About Hollis Chatelain:
ART INSPIRED BY EXPERIENCE
Hollis Chatelain is an internationally recognized and award-winning artist specialized in textile painting. Through her work that addresses challenging social and environmental themes, Hollis reflects 12 years of experience living in West Africa and working with humanitarian organizations.
Using a distinctive style characterized by a dream-like use of color and imagery, her dye-painted scenes of multi-cultural life convey the untold stories of women, children, families, and the earth, and have been described as “easy to gaze at, but hard to forget.”
With an educational background in design and photography, and over 35 years experience as a professional artist, Hollis’ work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. In addition to creating her art, Hollis holds lectures and workshops in the United States and abroad, instructing students in subjects including color, drawing, design, dye-painting, and quilting technique.
My art most often comes to me in my dreams; usually influenced by current events and the many years I spent living in West Africa. This is why I tend to create surreal dreamlike compositions with a photographic quality.
I create “textile paintings” because fabric not only gives me a way to do all the things I love – photography, drawing, painting – but it is also very tactile. The softness of the medium draws viewers in and encourages them to engage on a deeper level.
Just as my many colors of thread hold the layers of fabric and batting together, I feel that my creations can also pull people together. We are wrapped in cloth from birth through death. Thus fabric creates a connection that suits the issues I address in a personal way.
I believe that each one of us plays an essential role in making this world what it is. I hope my work will touch and inspire viewers.