Fiber 2014 Workshop Schedule

Fiber 2014 Workshop Schedule
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Beaded Sushi Sampler
Linda Rettich
May 17-18
In this workshop you will learn how to create small sculptures using seed beads. Linda will provide a traditional plastic
bento box containing the materials and supplies to stitch individual sushi pieces. Working with size 11 and 15 seed
beads using the peyote stitch, herringbone (ndbele) stitch and bead embroidery you will create a fabulous arrangement
of individual sushi pieces which may be stored and displayed in the bento box. A working knowledge of bead stitching
techniques is most helpful. Intermediate
Linda Rettich is a recognized bead artist who has shown in many juried shows and currently has work in the 2013 Fiber Arts International Show and Lark's newest book, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. She creates beaded jewelry and whimsical small projects.
Linda has a BFA from Pratt Institute. For many years she worked as an award-winning graphic designer. After closing her graphics
business, she turned her interest to bead work. She has taught at the Newark Museum, The Long Island Chapter of the Embroiderers' guild of America, Inc. and at other venues.
Tuition: $300
Studio/Materials Fee: $50
How We Felt….Explore the Magic of Hand Making Felt
Carol Cypher
May 24-25
The making of felt, though physically demanding and commonly described as magical and sensuous, is simple and virtually unchanged over several centuries. Glimpse the art & elegance of feltmaking while exploring the craft of transforming wool fiber into felt in many forms. Expect to hand-felt flat, 3-dimensional (both hollow and solid), cordage and
ropes, and nuno felt during this intensive weekend. Learn various surface design using inclusions, skewer technique,
blending, and even deconstruction. With the hands-on experience of this weekend, you will be confident to explore
and create your own vessels, decorative items, scarves, hats, footwear and sculpture. Beginner to Intermediate
Fiber artist, Carol Cypher teaches workshops in beadwork and feltmaking and the provocative pairing of the two, in the US, Japan,
Australia and Europe. She is the author of Mastering Beadwork in addition to 2 felting books, published in the USA: Hand Felted
Jewelry and Beads: 25 Artful Designs and How We Felt: Designs and Techniques from Contemporary Felt Artists. She also wrote a
Japanese book on feltmaking, published by Patchwork Tsushin LTD and sponsored by Tulip Co. (Carol's English manuscript was
translated by Motoko Natsubori.) She has exhibited in the US, Japan, Australia and Scotland. Her articles and designs appear in several books and magazines in the US, Australia, Japan and Europe. She enjoys her reputation as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and
generous teacher, offering fresh and contemporary approaches.
Tuition: $300
Studio/Materials Fee: $45
Quantum Creativity: Textiles
Lian Sawires
May 30-June 3
Explore your own creativity through the medium of textile design, dyeing and surface layering. If you have worked with
textiles before or not, this creativity explosion will lead you through understanding and following your own preferences as you use fiber reactive dyes, acid dyes and indigo, discharges, fabric paints and metallics, and a slew of design
techniques from Japanese Shibori to batik to create complex, deeply expressive fiberworks. Color, layers, luminosity,
and texture are your tools. The experience of your own powerful creative expression, plus new skills and your selfmade idea book will you guide you through a lifetime of dynamic creating. If you have ever wanted to see what you are
capable of, without the limitations many art forms impose, this class is for you! Beginner and Beyond
Lian Sawires is a silk artist and master dyer who creates dramatic wearable art, using soft materials to express movement and emotion. With work displayed in craft galleries around the country, her passion is the power of clothing to transform how we think,
act and feel about ourselves. Trained as an abstract painter, she engages in Japanese dyeing, layering, painting and discharging all
types of silk to create complex one-of-a-kind/one of a series pieces. Whether working in her Bucks-county studio, on a large silk
installation, or teaching, Sawires is captivated by the aliveness of color, material and visual potential. Sawires attended the School of
Visual Arts in NY, the Brooklyn Museum Art School and is a member of the American Crafts Council, the PA Guild of Craftsmen,
Silk Painters International (SPIN) and the National Center for Creative Aging. Visit her website at
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $55
Bookmaking Intensive
Mary Tasillo
June 6-10
Explore a range of bookmaking structures while honing basic tricks and techniques for working with paper. Workshop
participants will start the week by creating a range of decorative papers using paste paper and tyvek dying techniques.
You will Incorporate these papers into several beautiful blank books as you learn to create several sewn and adhesivebased multi-signature bindings. Then embellish the books with pockets, a range of closures, and simple printmaking
techniques. This workshop is open to beginners, and those with some bookmaking experience who would like to expand their skills and learn new techniques. Participants are expected to have manual dexterity (i.e. capability to thread
a needle, sew by hand, and safely use an Exacto knife). Everyone will leave with several beautiful hand-crafted blank
books, an array of decorated papers, and the skills needed to continue making books at home.
Beginner to Intermediate
Mary Tasillo is an internationally exhibiting artist working in the book format, printmaking, and handmade paper. She teaches workshops in Philadelphia and around the country at locations including the University of the Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Naropa
University. Mary is a columnist for Hand Papermaking Newsletter and has written for publications such as Journal of Artist’s Books and
the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $120
Craft Yourself…Online!
Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios
June 7-8
Spreading the word today can be challenging. But with so many new forms of media, it’s a great time to represent your
work and your journey as a craftsperson online. You just need the skills to make the most of what’s available. In this 2day workshop, we’ll review theory about online communications; review the ins & outs of online tools; and dive in for
hands-on practice (with your laptop or tablet) to fit your individual style and needs. We will cover; best ways to showcase your work online, building or joining artist & gallery websites, how social media can be a tool for working artists,
online promotion & advertising, building a global community of people who love your work. Whether you need a basic
website or to dive into social media, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on what fits you and your abilities the best.
By the end of the workshop, we want you to walk away with the basics in place, knowledge of tools, and the skills to
enhance your online presence over time. Beginner and Beyond
Ennis Carter opened Social Impact Studios in 1996, since then Social Impact Studios has combined artistry & activism to promote
important social issues. They believe good causes should get more attention than anything else. And they believe thoughtful, beautiful and meaningful communication is still the best way to engage and motivate. Social Impact Studios is a creative hub where groups
and creative activists collaborate, learn and do the work. From concept to creation, they design action plans, visuals, messages and
moving grassroots experiences that make a social impact – together.
Tuition: $300
Willow Basketmaking
Katherine Lewis
June 13-17
Learn the basics of stake and strand willow basket making, and how to make sturdy functional containers from a sustainable material that you can grow for yourself. The workshop will begin with round baskets, and then move on to an
oval project. Techniques covered will include twining, waling, and several types of randing, ways to form willow rod
borders and different styles of handles. Projects will be tailored to your experience and desires. Both beginners and
experienced weavers wanting to refresh skills or learn a new technique are welcome. Ways to grow your own willow
will be discussed. Some hand strength is required when working with willow. Beginner to Intermediate
Katherine Lewis is a full-time basket maker living in the Pacific Northwest where she has been weaving willow since 1992. She
works on her farm near Mount Vernon, Washington where she grows her basketry willow. Katherine's goal is to weave willow
baskets that are functional and durable while reflecting the natural beauty of the willows. Katherine has studied with accomplished
basket makers from England, Switzerland, France, and Scotland; and has traveled to the UK and Europe to study, tour willow growing areas, and learn more about the willow basketmaking traditions. Katherine began teaching basketry in 2004.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $135
For the Love of Color
Tommye McClure Scanlin
June 20-24
Discover new ways to think about and work with color in your tapestries. Delve into color in tapestry and other weftfaced weaving by exploring color contrasts and concepts of harmony. Representational, symbolic and emotional aspects
will also play roles as participants immerse themselves in color study. Woven examples of the color study will be completed during the workshop, as well as examples on paper. You should be comfortable with basic tapestry techniques,
including setting up a loom for tapestry and weaving. Intermediate
Tommye McClure Scanlin has been weaving tapestry for over twenty years. Her teaching experiences include short and long workshops, as well as university courses. Her love of color and the natural world are both important to her tapestry designs. She is a
member of American Tapestry Alliance; a founding member of Tapestry Weavers South; and juried member of Southern Highland
Craft Guild, and Piedmont Craftsmen. In 2009 she was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award in Craft Education by the Georgia
Art Education Association, and she is Professor Emerita, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA. View her work at http://
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $35
Eastern Paper Magic
Aimee Lee
June 27-July 1
Papermaking and paper manipulation techniques that originate from East Asia will be introduced in this class. Workshop participants will learn to process fibers to make paper with traditional and hybrid eastern techniques, which include texturing, felting, pasting, slicing, spinning, and weaving. The traditions of jiseung (paper weaving), joomchi (paper
texturing and felting), and shifu (paper cloth) will inform the work and stories about these techniques will be woven
into the fabric of the week. Persimmon dye, konjac, and rice paste will be introduced and participants will leave able to
make paper, bark thread and lace, paper yarn, paper cord, paper tiles, and cloth-like paper. A certain degree of physical
fitness, willingness to do manual labor and lifting, and ability to share and cooperate are necessary. Patience and flexibility will serve you well in the more time-intensive practices. This is also an ideal class if you are interested in the intersection of paper and fiber arts. Beginner and Beyond
Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who works in paper, book, and installation arts. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin
College and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. She researched Korean paper arts
as a Fulbright fellow and built the first Korean papermaking studio in North America in 2010 at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. In 2012, The Legacy Press published her first book, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking, recognized by the
Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2013. She exhibits internationally, and her artists' books reside in collections that include the Joan
Flasch Artists' Books Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, and Yale University Haas Library. She teaches and lectures at
sites that include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Institute of East Asian Studies (UC Berkeley), Korean American Educational Commission, Oberlin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mills College, Center for Book Arts
(NYC), UC Davis, UW Seattle, and the University of the Arts. She has been a resident artist at Art Farm, Jentel, Ragdale, Saltonstall Arts Colony, Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, and Weir Farm Arts Center. Funders include the US Fulbright
Program, Korea Fulbright Foundation, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend
Program, and the Puffin Foundation.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $60
Garment Construction Intensive: Clothing from your own hands
Daryl Lancaster
June 27-July 1
This is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to fit and sew clothing from their handwoven, hand printed, dyed,
quilted, felted or commercial fabric, as well as for those more experienced participants wanting polished and professional results. You will construct a basic unlined jacket, from your own fabric, custom fit to your body. Learn all sorts
of inspiring techniques to make your garments reflect your uniqueness. This class is designed to teach creativity as well
as technique. Returning students who have already made a jacket with Daryl in any other class may opt to bring their
own patterns and agenda. Beginner and Beyond
Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award winning hand-woven garments, has been constructing garments for more than 45 years. Daryl has a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Montclair State University. She gives lectures and
workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States and Canada. The former Features Editor for Handwoven magazine, she frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $50
Digital Imagery on Fabric
Marie Elcin
July 4-8
Bring your embroidery into the 21st century! In this course you will explore digital collage techniques using Photoshop,
learn how to prepare your own fabric for inkjet printing, and further develop digital prints with embroidery, applique,
or 3D construction. Workshop participants should have a basic familiarity with computers and printers, and should
have some experience with sewing and stitching. By the end of the course you should be able to use layers, filters, and
the toolbox in Photoshop, properly run fabric through an inkjet printer, and know a variety of embellishment techniques so that you can continue to express yourself in fiber art.
Beginner to Intermediate
Marie Elcin is a fiber artist and art educator from Philadelphia. She has a BFA in painting and textile design from Moore College of
Art and Design, and an M.ED in art education from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has been teaching fiber arts at Fleisher Art Memorial since 2007. Her work is greatly inspired by the natural and urban environment, and she loves to combine a variety of surface design techniques, including dyeing, screenprinting, and digitally printing fabric as a jumping-off point for embroidered
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $45
Discharge Blast
Miyuki Akai Cook
July 11-15
This workshop offers various applications of Thiox (Thiourea Dioxide). This is a chemical that strips color from natural
fiber fabrics such as: cotton, linen, and silk. Unlike bleach, Thiox can be used in immersion bath and mixed in printing
paste. In this workshop participants will explore immersion discharge and printing discharge. One of the printing discharge techniques uses a template and rice paste to remove color from different types of fabric. Through this workshop you will soon discover that the subtraction of color from material is another way to create unique looks for you
work. This class is designed and suitable for the very beginner as well as the more experienced. By the end of this
workshop, you will have created several finished fabrics with patterns and designs of your own design.
Beginner and Beyond
Miyuki attended Seian Woman’s college in Kyoto for a year to study textiles, which was where she first experienced dyed fabric.
She earned her BFA in Interior Design from Osaka University of Arts in Japan. In 2000 Miyuki took a journey to the U.S. to explore a different culture. She re-discovered an interest in textiles while she was studying at University of North Texas. In 2006 she
received her MFA in Fiber/Artisanry from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. Her visual inspiration and aesthetic are often
from her Japanese heritage. She calls herself a “maker” because her curious and adventurous personality leads her to use various
techniques and materials for different purposes. She is currently teaching at Marshall University.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $95
Jewelry Adorned: Treasures in Handmade Felt
Martien van Zuilen
July 18-22
Learn a variety of ingenious techniques to create uniquely shaped jewelry and explore the wondrous possibilities of
felting on a precious scale. Using Superfine Merino wool and a variety of materials, make uniquely shaped jewelry components, including ingenious beads (Scrunch, Spike, Fangs, ColorCuts to name a few). Incorporate wire and foam to
make earrings and bangles. Make hand-felted cords in minutes; then transform them into one-of-a-kind Pendants,
Brooches, Necklaces and more, more, more! The focus of this hands-on workshop is on ‘quality in creativity’. Demonstrations and individual feed-back attend to detail and the aim of finishing works to a high standard whilst having lots of
creative ‘play-time’! You will complete numerous items, gain lots of ideas, and the knowledge and confidence to keep
creating: the possibilities for one-of-a-kind jewelry and adornments are endless! All levels of experience welcome.
Beginner and Beyond
Martien van Zuilen is a felt-maker and anthropologist, living in Perth, Australia. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has
taught felt- making workshops throughout Australia, as well as in Europe and the USA (including at PVSC in 2012!). Martien is the
founder of the Victorian Feltmakers Inc. and the coordinator of the Australian National Yurt Project. She holds a Diploma in Art
Textiles, an Honours degree in Anthropology, and in 2013 completed her PhD, also in Anthropology, with a thesis titled: ‘Through
the eye of a needle: Ethnographic engagements with textile creative practice and the meaning of making in contemporary Australia’.
Martien’s felt artwork and articles appear in a number of publications, including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, Yurts Tipis and Benders, FELT, Textile Fibre Forum, Felt/Filt, Felt Matters, Fiber Art Now, and verFilzt Und zugeNäht. She is delighted to return to Peters Valley
in 2014. Her website is
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $40
Experimental Approaches for Quilters & Fabric Lovers
Barbara Schulman
July 25-29
Expand your love of fabric by investigating the manipulative properties of it, such as layering translucents, pleating,
burning, tearing, transforming commercially printed fabric, exploring alternatives to quilt batting, plus many other techniques, including sewing machine stitching for design and structure. Beginning with two days of experiments, you will
also have three days of studio time to make an original, finished quilt. Basic quiltmaking techniques will be taught, with
an eye toward freedom from all those quiltmaking “rules”. This workshop is offered for all levels, but confidence with
your sewing machine will allow for speedier experiments; however, if you do not have a sewing machine, hand stitching
is acceptable. Students are asked to bring their own sewing machine. Beginner and Beyond
Barbara Schulman holds an MFA degree in Fiberarts from Kent State University in Ohio. She has exhibited woven, embroidered,
quilted, and mixed-medium textile constructions throughout the United States and in France, Canada, the Philippines, and in the
Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department in Baku, Azerbaijan and Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. She has lectured on
Contemporary American Textiles in England, Scotland, Ecuador, and throughout the United States. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and Carolina Power and Light,
and has been shown in seven volumes of the Fiberarts Design Books and in numerous publications, including the February-March
2013 issue of Quilting Arts. Awarded two Visual Arts Fellowships in Crafts by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Barbara is currently a full-time studio artist, having recently transitioned from her position of Professor and Head of the Fiberart Program at
Kutztown University in PA.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $20
Warp Painting
C. Pazia Mannella
July 25-29
Learn the art of warp painting using a variety of weave structures combined with painting with dyes, water colors, and
other mediums. You will focus on the development of personal images, color, and woven pattern that will result in the
creation of several woven paintings. Beginners will be taught basic floor loom operation, thread, and weaving fundamentals. Intermediate and Advanced participants will be encouraged to explore more complex structures and painting
techniques. Beginner and Beyond
C. Pazia Mannella is the Interim Program Head of the Fibers and Material Studies Program at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. On view fall 2013 until summer 2014, Mannella created, Swell an outdoor installation at The Long Beach
Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences sculpture garden in Loveladies, NJ. Her work has been included in numerous shows
through the tri-state area and she has had installations commissioned for WHYY Connections Salon and the Night Market Washington Avenue. She presented lectures at FiberPhiladelphia Artist Presentation, Friends of Fiber Art International, and the UPENN
Art Club as well as a large-scale installation at the University of Delaware Gallery. Her work was also featured in a solo exhibition
at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelpia. Snyderman-Works Galleries exhibited her work in the Seventh International Fiber Biennial, and at SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, in 2009. At SOFA Chicago, she participated in an artist’s lecture, Fiber Art: Expressions
and Aesthetics, presented by Friends of Fiber Art International. Her work was featured in such publications as Talent Pool, US Airways Magazine, the Dutch textile magazine Signalement; Textiel Plus, and Philadelphia Home Magazine.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $45
The Fine Art of Painting on Silk
Jamie Kirkell
August 1-5
This is an exciting and stimulating workshop to explore design, color and floral painting on silk. Color on silk is breath
taking. Design techniques are easy to apply and florals are a lovely compliment for this art form. This workshop will be
taught in an open and shared manner, geared for beginners as well as for artists interested in exploring silk painting.
Workshop participants can expect to finish 3 to 4 scarves. Supplies include stretcher frame, silks, and entire dye kit.
There will be emphasis on both painting and textile design.
Beginner and Beyond
Jamie Kirkell was a studio art director in New York City for ten years. His unique style and teaching techniques are a culmination
of his studies in Java Indonesia, New York City, and his world wide teaching experience. Jamie has taught at the School of Visual
Arts and Craft Student League in New York City, the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida and is currently teaching at Art Center Sarasota. He teaches workshops and exhibits his work throughout the United States.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $60
Weaving From the “Right Side” of the Brain
Kathrin Weber
August 8-12
Perhaps you love the complex planning, numbers, math, computer programs and other "Left Brain" activities that frequently go into weaving. But, maybe you would like to have a system for designing and weaving that comes from a fluid,
artistic approach. In this class you will learn non-traditional techniques that allow you to design at the loom. Sspacedyed warps will be provided for you, in which the colors flow and change, creating designs that appear complex in planning, but actually spring from making flexible and intuitive decisions as you work. You might choose to flip sections of
the warp from end to end to create color flow in opposite directions or to shift the warps to create patterns that flow
in the weaving lengthwise as well as horizontally. You might choose additional warps to create stripes within the spacedyed design. You might use multi-harness weave structures or plain weave. Weavers with more experience will be able
to take it to more complex levels. You will weave and construct a Japanese Market Bag during the class. More importantly, you will develop new techniques for spontaneity and confidence in the creation of your fabric.
Beginner and Beyond
Kathrin Weber has been a full-time studio fiber artist since 1980. Her work revolves around dyeing, weaving and teaching. She has
a fearless enjoyment in using color in her line of space-dyed, handwoven fabric. She enthusiastically encourages students to dive
into color. No matter what her classes are officially entitled, they are ultimately about color and good technique. "My goals in my
work, as well as for my students' work, are to design and weave well made personal fabric using efficient techniques in set up,
weaving and finishing. I approach designing and weaving with anticipation of unfolding possibilities leading me to less rigid predetermination of final fabric. This approach leaves the door open to a creative flow of physical time spent at the loom and to fabric
that I might not have been able to envision at the beginning of the project."
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $60
Color and Texture: Stitch and Surface
Leisa Rich
August 8-12
Explore easy, creative dyeing and printing techniques using effective, safe and inexpensive color applications to transform white cloth, and then progress on to using that cloth in combination with basic to advanced hand and machine
embroidery to add dimension and texture. Every workshop participant from beginner to advanced will receive individualized attention from Leisa to advance abilities. You will transform 2D pieces into a 3D sculpture of your choice in representational or conceptual form- we'll brainstorm ideas together! Emphasis will be on fun exploration, personal creative growth and recognition of artistic strengths. Through personal time with the instructor, idea exchanges with classmates, collaborative group sharing and unexpected twists and turns participants will expand their repertoire of surface
design skills in a supportive environment. Leisa is also going to sneak in a revolutionary material that will entice and add
to the creative experience, too! Upon completing this course, you are guaranteed to have several new creative practical and conceptual paths to explore, tons of applicable, new skills you never had previously, and will certainly feel able
to add impetus and excitement to you craft and artistic pursuits! Bring your own sewing machine to explore these skill
sets with a familiar tool, and a darning or embroidery foot to fit your machine. You must have a basic knowledge of
machine sewing for this class. Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Leisa Rich is a studio artist and art educator based in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from The University of North Texas, her
BFA from The University of Michigan and Bachelors of Education from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. She has appeared in the PBS artist special "inCONTEXT" and her work has been published in several books such as Mastering the Art of Embroidery, Noplaceness: Art in the Post-Urban Landscape, Hand to Hand: 195 Artists Witness the Iraq War, The Best of America
Sculpture Artists and Artisans, Modern Sculpture, and Quilt National 2009. It has also been in numerous magazine articles, TV. and
internet interviews/blogs. Leisa writes for Fiber Art Now and Burnaway magazines, teaches at The Galloway School in Atlanta, and
travels to teach. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Kamm Foundation; The Dallas Museum of Art; The University of
North Texas; The University of Texas and more.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $30
Purl Jamming: A Knitter’s Tea Party
Adrienne Sloane
August 15-19
Escape the tyranny of pattern knitting while gaining a greater appreciation of knitting as an art form. Geared towards
workshop participants with strong basic skills, we will experiment with knitting fundamentals through manipulating
stitches, solving knitting geometry and the structural dilemmas that working in fiber present. The class will explore the
use of non-traditional materials with a focus on wire as well as cover a range of other techniques to help create shape
and stability. Time will initially be devoted to making samplers and experiments as we cover new techniques. While this
new knitting vocabulary can be applied to future sculptural or wearable creations, the focus will be on applying these
skills to design and knit a unique teapot of your own. Advanced Beginner and Beyond
An award winning contemporary fiber artist, Adrienne Sloane has shown her work nationally for over 20 years. She also teaches
sculptural fiber internationally as well as having worked with indigenous knitters in Bolivia and Peru. Her work has been published
in Fiber Art Now, Fiberarts, American Craft, the Surface Design Journal, The Culture of Knitting, Textiles: The Art of Mankind and is
profiled in the book, Knitting Art. Sloane has work in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Goldstein Museum of Design, The
American Textile History Museum and the Kamm Collection. A profile of her political knit sculpture also appeared in Vogue Knitting
Magazine’s 2013 spring issue. Sloane’s curatorial work includes the contemporary fiber exhibits, “Beyond Knitting and Primary
Structures” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and Metaphoric Fibers in Minneapolis.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $20
Advanced Painting on Silk
Suzanne Punch
August 22-26
Become more painterly in your work with silk. Beyond the outright beauty of color on silk, there are many avenues to
depth and complexity in this ancient medium. Together we will explore techniques for washes of color and creating
texture. Optionally, you may bring a steamed painting that “needs something” for techniques in overpainting and layered imagery. Traditional gutta and non-toxic resists will be presented. The question of what makes a good composition is an ongoing study throughout. Formats for finished paintings will be addressed. Always, the development of the
individual expression of each student is at the heart of what we try. Full support, both technical and artistic, will be
given in these explorations. Come prepared to see in fresh ways and discover new vistas for your paintings on silk.
Intermediate and Beyond
Suzanne Punch has been a full-time working artist in New York City for 27 years. While maintaining her fine art work, she has
free-lanced to the fashion industry, doing hand-painting in extensive development and production projects for Ralph Lauren, Donna
Karan, Narciso Rodrigeuz, Calvin Klein, Jill Stuart and Charles Alexander for Bergdorf Goodman through DyeNamix in SoHo. She
has shown at Premiere Vision in Paris and sold designs on silk for production to Theory and J.F. and Son. Fine art paintings on silk
have been exhibited at Mark Milliken Gallery, Landing Gallery of Long Island, NY and Rockland, Maine, the Mendocino Art Center,
Shirley Scott of Southampton, NY, New Women's Gallery in Santa Cruz, Ca. and at Art Ascent Gallery in Tokyo. She has given
workshops in California, New Mexico, New Jersey and New York and considers teaching to be an equal calling to her work as an
artist. Her mission is to help each person studying silk painting to find their authentic voice in this evolving medium. Her work may
be seen in Susan Louise Moyer's books on silk painting. Suzanne has been designated as a Master Silk Painter by Silk Painters International.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $35
Machine Knitting
Frances Collier Singh
August 30-September 1
This course will cover the skills needed to get you started in the wonderful world of machine knitting. We will explore
the capabilities of this amazing machine through a series of structured exercises that cover from basic skills to more
complicated patterning. Students will learn how to interpret machine knit patterns and have access to a variety of materials from which they will create beautiful patterns, dimensional shapes and much, much more.
Beginner and Beyond
Frances Collier Singh holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber Arts from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She has studied textiles in Japan and was the Fibers Artist Fellow at Peters Valley Craft Center in 2010. She works as a production manager for
Elyse Allen Textiles studio in New York City.
Tuition: $385
Studio/Materials Fee: $50
Silk Dyeing, Painting & Surface Design Intensive
Lian Sawires
September 6-7
This intensive workshop will provide foundation and experience in silk hand dying and painting techniques for beginners
and artists: use of acid dyes and fabric paints, explanation of fiber-reactive dyes, overview of and experience with shibori dyeing techniques, embellishment (stenciling and stamping, including tool creation), monoprinting, and silk painting
techniques. Using silk scarves as a medium, hands-on experience will be gained in clamping, pole wrapping and resists,
overdyeing, visual layering, discharging and complex cloth creation, scarf making and design. Students leave with 3+ finished scarves, an awareness of their own technique preferences, skill in using all mentioned techniques, knowledge of
fabric design and scarf-making concepts, and information in setting up a dying studio. Many techniques are applicable for
use with other fabrics and lend themselves beautifully to quilt-making, wall art and garment construction. Hand outs of
all techniques covered and links to related resources, books, websites and organizations will be provided. Beginner
and Beyond
Lian Sawires is a silk artist and master dyer who creates dramatic wearable art, using soft materials to express movement and emotion. With work displayed in craft galleries around the country, her passion is the power of clothing to transform how we think,
act and feel about ourselves. Trained as an abstract painter, she engages in Japanese dyeing, layering, painting and discharging all
types of silk to create complex one-of-a-kind/one of a series pieces. Whether working in her Bucks-county studio, on a large silk
installation, or teaching, Sawires is captivated by the aliveness of color, material and visual potential. Sawires attended the School of
Visual Arts in NY, the Brooklyn Museum Art School and is a member of the American Crafts Council, the PA Guild of Craftsmen,
Silk Painters International (SPIN) and the National Center for Creative Aging. Visit her website at
Tuition: $300
Studio/Materials Fee: $35
19 Kuhn Road, Layton, NJ 07851~ (973) 948-5200 ~
Meals & Lodging
Lodging for workshop students is available on the Peters Valley campus in our rustic farmhouses.
The accommodations are very basic and “no frills.” Most rooms are not air conditioned, have two twin
beds and share a bathroom. Pillows, linens, and towels are provided. Peters Valley also offers a “youth
hostel-style” dormitory that is available for matriculated college students only. This dorm is very basic
and has bunks with up to 4 people per room.
Space is limited for all rooms and students desiring on-campus lodging are encouraged to reserve early.
The farmhouses at Peters Valley are not handicapped accessible. Each house has two floors, so if you
require a first-floor room, please be sure to let the office know at least one week prior to your arrival.
The houses have at least two steps leading up to the entrance of the house as well. There are a very
limited number of rooms that do have air conditioning and two rooms that also have a private bath.
Additional fees are charged for these rooms and reservations must be made by calling the office at
Meals are served in the Peters Valley Dining Hall during workshop sessions. Lunches are included
in the tuition cost for the workshop for all students.
Breakfast & dinner can be purchased separately as a meal plan according to number of days of the
workshop. Students are encouraged to bring along snacks to enjoy when the dining hall is closed. Students staying off campus, or not purchasing a full meal plan, can purchases breakfast & dinner at the
dining hall (pay as you go). Dinner is also available the evening before the workshop begins for an additional cost of $15 and may be paid at the door. Dinner is not served on the last day of the workshop.
If you have special dietary requirements, please notify the Peters Valley office at least two weeks prior
to your arrival. Most dietary needs can be accommodated with prior notice. There are some restaurants near the campus, but most are between 10-15 minutes by car and may not be convenient for students staying on campus.
Prices for Meal Plans:
Prices for Lodging
2 day workshop: $28
3 day workshop: $49
4 day workshop: $70
5 day workshop: $91
8 day workshop: $155
Single Room $55 per night
Shared Room $40 per night
19 Kuhn Road, Layton, NJ 07851
(973) 948-5200