Friday, July 06, 2012

Interested in a class with Carol Soderlund?

This is Carol Soderlund, who is undoubtedly one of the best fiber arts teachers I've ever had.  She is well known for her thorough and clear classes on fabric dying, teaching often at Nancy Crow's barn and at the Pro-Chem dye facility.  You can read a great interview with Carol here.)I just adore her, and I've been eagerly looking forward to taking her "True Colors" class in Southern California at the end of July.

Unfortuately, life has gotten complicated and family matters have required that I cancel.  But Carol's classes usually fill fast and spots in them are eagerly sought.  So I thought I'd mention the opening here, in case any of you might want to take my place!   The class begins on the Tuesday following the Long Beach Quilt Festival (which runs Thursday through Sunday), so if you're going to be at the Long Beach show, staying on for Carol's class works beautifully!

If you are interested, please email me!

So here are the details:

When:  Tuesday, July 31 -  Saturday, August 4, 2012 (class runs 9am to 4:30 pm each day)
Where:  The Quilters Studio, Newbury Park, California

Course:  True Colors: Developing a Personal Palette 
       It is not necessary to have previous dying experience.  You can see Carol's slide show of student work from previous True Colors classes here.  And here's an excerpt from Carol's description of the class:

This class will help you choose the pure color that will suit you in developing your own personal palette. This class will focus on
* developing skill in intuitive color mixing, based on primarily on training the eye
* an understanding of the relationship between colors
* understanding warm and cool contrasts
* choosing your personal palette of pure reds, yellow, and blues, from which all hues can be mixed
* how to dye saturated, brilliant colors, and avoid mud when you choose to
* how to create interesting complex neutrals (Bring on the mud puddles!)
* how to shade from value to value and hue to hue

Students will dye up from 8 to 30 yards of cotton (depending on whether one-yard cuts or fat quarter cuts are chosen) using low water immersion techniques. On the first day, we will develop concepts through lecture and discussion, and do some exercises to get familiar with the pure hues. On the days following, we will dye yardage using low water immersion techniques, resulting in both solid-colored and multi-colored cloth and explore the possibilities of layering color to enrich the palette, both through overdyeing and through numerous printmaking techniques.

You can see a slideshow of some student work from the True Colors class here.  (Oh dear, seeing it makes me feel so sad that I have to miss it.)  

But if you're interested, do email me!

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