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FINE ART of FIBER – Part III

And two more pieces for the FINE ART of FIBER…

Distressed

 

Going with the Flow II

All images (c)Shelley Brucar 2012

Hope to see you there the first weekend of November!

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FINE ART of FIBER – Part II

Two more pieces of my work that can be seen at the FINE ART of FIBER

ChicagoBotanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL
Opening: Thursday, November 1, 6:30-9pm,  Friday – Sunday
November 2-4, 10:00-5
Free Spirit IV
Free Spirit III

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NEW WORK

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The same two pieces have been up on my design wall for many months – first because I did not have enough studio time, and second because when I got to the buildings I could not figure out how I wanted to stitch them.  (Buildings are outside my comfort zone of water and landscapes!)  Well, I have finally found studio time and then woke up one morning knowing what to do with the buildings.  So here is some nostalgia from a long-ago Venice vacation…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Venetian Reflections I  (c)2012 Shelley Brucar

 

 

 

  Venetian Reflections II  (c)2012 Shelley Brucar

  This one is the island of Burano where colorful buildings abound!

 

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FABRIC PAINTING WORKSHOP

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Last week was my “Explorations with Fabric Paint” class for Northwest Suburban NeedleArts Guild.  I’m pretty sure all participants had as much fun as I did!  We did immersion painting, gradations of color, color mixing, sun-printing (no sun needed), pole-wrapped shibori, scrunching and rubbings and rollings over texture plates.  We used ProChem textile paints – transparent and opaque – and we experimented with Shiva Paintstiks and Setacolor paints, including metallics.  We used gel medium for texture and collaging.

It was so much fun, I have decided to promote my workshops to other guilds.  Here is information on my current offerings for workshops as well as one lecture:

WORKSHOP 1

EXPLORATIONS WITH FABRIC PAINT

 2-3 day workshop                                All levels

 Experiment with different textile paints and application techniques.  See the wide range of effects that can be achieved.  In this class you will learn about the possibilities of textile paint; you will experiment with new ideas, have fun sharing, and create new fabrics to use in your textile art.

 This workshop is intended for students who are interested in learning new tools and techniques.  We will cover mixing color, value gradations, immersion painting, drip-painting, pole-wrapped shibori and more.

 WORKSHOP 2

PAINTING WITH FABRIC

 1-2 day workshop                                Beginning to Intermediate

 This is a design workshop which will cover basic design principles including color, value, pattern, etc.  You will use a background fabric (or batting) as a blank canvas and raw edge or fusible appliqué to “paint” with fabric.  You will learn to create your own pattern, work without a pattern, free-form cut, and design your art quilt.  Day 2 will be a continuation of design along with finishing instruction including free-motion stitching and various bindings.

WORKSHOP 3

STITCHING FOR DESIGN and TEXTURE

1 day workshop                   Beginning to Intermediate

For a follow-up to “Painting with Fabric” class or for those unfinished tops in the closet, bring your art quilt ready to be stitched.  Different stitching designs for each quilt top will be discussed and demonstrated.  Students will practice free-motion machine quilting and start stitching their art quilts.

LECTURE

AN ARTFUL JOURNEY

My path from junior high school clothing class to textile art – with some detours along the way.

Contact me by phone (847-921-4364) or email (shelley@handmade-memories.com) for more info.

 

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FABRIC PAINTING WORKSHOP

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Southern Lights IV  (c)2010

The first week of January is my “Explorations in Fabric Paint” workshop for North Suburban NeedleArts Guild in Northbrook, IL.  We will be experimenting with transparent and opaque fabric paints and many different application techniques for a wide range of surface design results.  The piece shown above started with several layers of “drip-painting” which is one of my favorite techniques and one of the explorations for the workshop.

Regular meeting and lecture on Tuesday, 1/3/12, 9am.  Two-day workshop Wednesday and Thursday, 1/4-1/5/12, 9am-4:00.   More info at www.needleartsguild.com.

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FIBER ARTISTS COALITON

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November exhibit at Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts.  Artist Reception Saturday, November 26, 3:00-5.  Here’s the video featuring me…

http://youtu.be/SI2r692uuQk

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SOFA CHICAGO 11/11

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A few photos from SOFA Chicago for Tracy McCabe Stewart who moved to sunny California and could not join us at Navy Pier this year.

 

  Artist Bihn Pho, who we both love.  His work is quite intricate and finely detailed which gives the viewer so much to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Some beautiful thread-painting.  So sorry I did not get the names of these artists.  If anyone knows who they are, please share!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  And two stunning glass pieces, this one by Holly Grace and the one below by Sungsoo Kim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My next post will be photos from this year’s Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Garden, another wonderful opportunity to see art the first weekend of November.

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