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    Instructor: Anna Routson Mondays 6-9 Oct 19, 26 & Nov 2, 9   6-9pm Students will learn to read weaving drafts by picking an eight shaft pattern and planning their projects. Some weaving experience is recommended.  
  • A fun activity to do in your kitchen! Natural Dye with black beans, all supplies included: 22" x 22" 100% cotton bandana Black beans in 6" x 4" 100% cotton pouch Alum (the mordant or fixer) Citric acid (lowers pH - makes dye pinker) Baking soda (Raises pH - Makes dye greener) Rubber bands and twine (for creating beautiful designs with resists) 1 pair gloves          
  • Instructor: Tony Williams Saturday, March 20, 10 – 4pm Students will explore the Art of Mark making using a variety of tools and techniques to form a resist, creating patterns and textures when dyeing with Indigo. Adire Alabela, which means wax resist, is the Yoruba version of batik. Using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber, beeswax or paraffin wax is applied to the fabric. The fabric is then dyed and the process is repeated with the next color. Adire Oniko is tied or wrapped with raffia to resist the dye. Two different tie-dye techniques will be taught using raffia. Stitch resist is when raffia is sewn with a needle into fabric to create design. The second process uses raffia and sometimes assorted seeds or other small items to tie designs into fabric by hand. Once the designs have been created, the fabric is dyed and dried before the raffia is taken out to show off the resist patterns. We will explore African Designs and Adire patterns while discovering the origin of Indigo in the Americas and its importance.   Tony Williams is a Cleveland based artist whose approach to works of art is like the Ashanti proverb. “You must you must act as if it’s impossible to fail.” Whether working in paper or a fabric quilt, or a pen and ink illustrations, his sense of design and line quality are always present in his work. A former student of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and a graduate of the Art of the Institute of Pittsburgh 1983, Tony uses his life experience as a catalyst for his work. A self-taught Indigo artist, costume designer and Accessory designer in New York’s garment industry have molded and shaped his view and eye for design. Tony uses his willingness to experiment and try new techniques and methods to expresses Art. Tony’s work has been shown in numerous local and national juried exhibits, international exhibitions and publications have featured his work. Tony is currently working with Indigo on paper, writing and illustrating children’s’ books.
  • $50 per hour of individual instruction with Praxis staff!
  • Instructor: Kathryn Simmons Wednesdays: Feb. 24, Mar. 3, 10, & 17    6-9pm
    Spinning yarn is one of the oldest fiber traditions, the basic techniques of which have not changed significantly since Leonardo Da Vinci invented the modern spinning wheel circa 1490. A meditative and relaxing process, spinning is great way for weavers, knitters and artists alike to create custom yarn. Participants will learn to prepare fiber, spin fiber and ply yarns in this four-week course.  
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  • February 15 & 16, 22 6-8pm Eastern

      Join renowned digital weaver and North American TC2 representative, Cathryn Amidei for a brand new virtual curriculum to prepare you for weaving on a TC2 jacquard loom. During this three day intensive workshop, you will learn to optimize your interaction with Photoshop to create a successful digital weaving file. With registration, participants will receive a digital folder of basic weaves and black and white images to begin sample work and PDF versions of each stage of the process.    Day 1 & 2 - learn the newest approach to developing structures in photoshop. Begin designing a weaving file with stock images and patterns and generate concepts for your own unique design.  Day 3 - Bring your finished design for group review, troubleshooting and feedback.    Your design can incorporate one or two shuttles with the knowledge on how to expand. All learning styles accommodated with multiple approaches offered. All sessions will be recorded. Leave ready to weave on a TC2!
  • Instructor: Deb Berkebile Saturday, April 24, 10 – 4pm Eco Printing is a form of natural dyeing where plant materials are bundled and use a direct contact printing method, drawing out tannins & pigments from plants to make interesting and surprising marks on  protein (silk, wool) fibers which are transferred to fabric via steaming or boiling. Two for one bundling is a favorite technique. Learn how to make an iron blanket which dramatically changes and deepens the colors of the printed leaves.You will learn how to use natural dyes on your pre-mordanted silk fabrics, and the use of color blankets. Enjoy creating your own fabulous Ecoprinted scarves.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, May 8, 10am - 4pm Experimental Screen Printing is a combination of traditional screen printing, painting and fabric surface design. This is a great opportunity to learn about the techniques of screen printing on fabric, without the added expense of photo emulsion and a dark room. This process is great for home dyers without the equipment for a full screen printing practice. Manipulate your imagery with stencils and resists directly on the screen. Experiment with layering and mixing thickened dye. This process is full of the unknown! Experienced artists and beginners will both walk away with new knowledge and lots of results.
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