INTRODUCING ADULT TEXTILE SUMMER CAMP

 

We are excited to be introducing a new series of Adult Classes at TAC: Adult Summer Camp! These 5 day classes are specially designed to create an opportunity for more in depth exploration of textile techniques; and for creating work within a supportive environment and critical feedback. 

 

 

FROM PLANT TO PIGMENT - NATURAL DYE EXPLORATIONS

JULY 22 - 26

MANHATTAN STUDIO

 

This 5 day intensive course delves into the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable natural dyes. Students will learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, and extracting color from a variety of fresh and dried plants. Special attention will be paid to the selection of mordants for lasting color in textiles and works on paper. After getting familiar with the best practices of natural dyeing, we’ll explore print and pattern opportunities. We’ll also produce handmade inks and lake pigment watercolors. This process of transforming the dye baths into lake pigments stabilizes and preserve the dyes for future projects and uses up every drop of natural color.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Natalie Stopka

Natalie Stopka is a New York based textile artist focused on processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. She uses diverse techniques drawn from the immense heritage of intercultural craft traditions, refreshing age-old methods such as fabric marbling, mordant patterning, botanical dyeing, and pigment extraction. Each artwork is rooted in a particular space and time created by the intersection of the techniques involved and enlivened by creative accident, building a continually evolving vocabulary of textures and patterns. Natalie is a Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

Class will meet with the instructor Monday through Friday from 10:30am-1:30pm. This course encourages students to get creative and develop their artwork independently, with extended open studio hours after each class session. Your focus may be building a comprehensive swatch library, tackling a big project, or pure experimentation. On Friday evening from 7-9pm students are invited to share their work with the public during a show and tell session.

 

Materials for experimentation during class are included in the class fee. You’ll be provided with a material list from the instructor with material suggestions for personal exploration and project creation (These may include fabric, yarn, paper, vegetable tanned leather, or other natural materials.)

 

Materials provided:

 

  • 1 yard of habotai silk; 1 yard of mercerized cotton
  • Assorted selection of paper
  • Selection of natural dye materials
  • Mordants
  • Dyeing equipment and tools

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

PAINTING WITH YARN - TAPESTRY WEAVING ON FLOOR LOOM

JULY 29 - AUGUST 2

 

This 5 day intensive course will allow weavers an insight into flat tapestry composure. Students will learn how to design a cartoon and edit drawings or designs to suit the tapestry medium. Additionally, students will experiment with the best tapestry techniques such as hatching, hachure, transparency and blending to create depth and nuance with yarn, while working on a small piece based on their vision. Beginners are welcome, but students must be familiar with tapestry techniques and how to set up a floor loom.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Erin M. Riley

Erin M. Riley is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in fibers from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA in textiles from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Her tapestries have been exhibited nationally, internationally and published in American Craft, FiberArts, WSJ, Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose.

 

Class will meet with the instructor Monday through Friday from 10:30-1:30pm. This course encourages students to get creative and develop their artwork independently, with extended open studio hours after each class session. Your focus may be building a comprehensive swatch library, tackling a big project, or pure experimentation. On Friday evening, 7-9pm, students are invited to share their work with the public, during a show and tell session.

 

Materials for experimentation during class are included in the class fee. You’ll be provided with a material list from the instructor with material suggestions for personal exploration and project creation.

 

Materials provided:

 

  • Schacht Pup Floor Looms
  • Loom set-up tools (warping board, threading/sleying hook)
  • Assorted selection of wool weft yarns
  • 8/4 cotton carpet warp
  • Mini beaters
  • Tapestry needles

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 

SCHOLARSHIP

 

The Textile Arts Center is committed to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. The  Adult Textile Camp Scholarship will support individuals from minority communities within the United States, through awarding 2 full tuition seats to applicants who: identify racially and/or culturally with a historically underrepresented community; have the need for financial assistance to advance their artistic careers ; and demonstrate commitment to their art practice/craft.

 

LEARN MORE + APPLY HERE

Deadline: June 19