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Call for Entries in Western New York
IMPACT ARTISTS GALLERY PRESENTS:
FibreArts Initiative III
Show runs April 4th – 28th
Opening Reception Thursday April 12th,5-7:30pm
‘Fourth Fridays at the Tri-Main’ April 27th,5-8pm
Featuring the diverse artwork of independent fibre artists whose workincludes weaving, contemporary quilting, thread painting, felt making, needlefelting, beading, embellishment, papermaking, hand painted, printed ordyed/discharged fabrics, fibre jewelry, digital printworks, fibre/mixed mediacollage, 3D sculptural design, highly stylized ‘art dolls’, and so MUCH more.
Location: Impact Artists Gallery, suite 545 at the Tri-Main Center2495Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 Use the rear entrance and freeparking on Halbert Street.
Gallery viewing hours this show are 11am – 4pm Wed – Sat. (extended)
Additionally you can view this yearsartwork and archived ‘July 2010’ and ‘April 2011’ for past years shows
Secure a prospectus on their blog or on their Facebook or pickup one at the gallery or send a SASE to the galleryor email prcontact.impactartistgallery@gmail.com for one.

Classes in Cheshire, New York

Joan Morriswill be in Cheshire, New York, June 22-26, 2012 to teach:

Shibori and Natural Dyes.
This is a classdescription for a 5 day class in shaped-resist dyeing using natural dyes,including indigo, woad, a variety of natural dye extracts, madder root,cochineal bugs, and walnut galls. This class is geared towards studentsat various levels of experience; from the beginner to those with prior experienceand a desire to expand their vocabulary, experiment, sharpen skills and gaingreater control of materials. All levels are welcome in this class. The beginner can expect to learn 10- 12 forms of shaped-resist (shibori),while they gain knowledge of mordanting with alum, and dyeing with the abovementioned natural dye stuffs. New to my classes will be the addition of awoad dyebath, a process at once similar to and different from indigo dyeing. As they are available, new natural dye extracts will be added to thematerials we’ll use in class (e.g. coreopsis extract). Colorshifting (with ammonia, vinegar and iron) presents additional colorpossibilities for each of the dyestuffs we’ll use. For those with priorexperience, bring images of your work, or actual pieces, includingwork-in-progress, if you would like to engage in a dialog about possibledirections that your work could take. Please note that this is a forumfor making samples, experimenting, and making small pieces. It will notbe possible to dye large yardages in this setting.

See Joan Morris’s website to learn more about her work : http://www.joanmorrisartist.com.

September 5-7, 2012 Lisa Klakulak will teach a felting class, also in Cheshire New York.

A NaturallyDyed Palette for Surface Design: Patterning and Imagery with Partial Felts
Natural dyeingof wool fleece necessitates a cautious approach, especially working with Merinowool, so that fibers don’t mat in the processes prior to intentional felting. Experience an alternative technique Klakulak uses to create a broadpalette of naturally dyed partial felt for application in surface patterningand image articulation. Learn her strategies for layout, ideal amounts of waterand soap and the type of agitation for making quality felt as well as thedifferences between wet felted partial felt and needle felted pre-felt. Aftercreating partially felted sheets of wool fleece in a gradation of the wool’snatural colors, mordant and over-dye with the most light-fast natural materialsand dye extracts: Cochineal, Madder, Weld, Indigo and Walnut. The dyed sheetsof felt will then be cut and arranged on a background of loose fleece to createvarious patterning effects and recognizable imagery that can be applied to theparticipants future felt projects or fulled and finished for wall display.

See Lisa’s website for more information on her work : http://www.strongfelt.com

ContactSara Burnett for more information and sign up for the class: sjburnett@frontiernet.net

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