Have you ever wondered what you could do with that doodle on the napkin or notepad? A doodle can be a way to awaken your sense of creativity and self-discovery. This type of drawing is born of intuition and is a great tool for connecting with your inner voice. I believe a doodle can spark a series of artworks when you are stumped for ideas. This type of “play” is important to everyone who wants to grow creatively. I use doodles as the basis of a lot of my own artwork and it has helped me to expand my artistic voice.
In this workshop, students will be using doodle drawings as a basis for embroidery and fiber art pieces. We will take doodle drawings that been inspired by “prompts” to see how you interpret ideas into drawings and expand them into abstract works of art. A variety of art materials will be used to help discover your inner child. No drawing experience is needed, just a sense of fun.Open to all levels.
Nature has been used for thousands of years in all art forms. It has been portrayed in all aspects of fiber art and has played a large role in all cultures around the world. Textile crafts such as weaving, lace, knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting and rug making utilize details from our “Mother Earth”. I believe that every artist can be helped to find different ways of designing by looking at nature in more perceptive ways. We can all look at the same subject matter and it will always be unique to that person. With the following lessons, I hope to inspire students to take a fresh look at the world around them. Also, by taking the theme of Nature and exploring its different facets and design possibilities, you can develop a very personal and creative approach to these embroideries. We will also collect things for an idea box and use an art journal to paste images, draw sketches and ideas for our work and future projects. Working on one lesson over a period of time can produce a multitude of ideas, which can be developed further. While one idea can lead to another, sometimes the end result resembles nothing like the starting point. Plus, in our lessons we will experiment with background fabrics to be an integral part of the designs.
In this workshop, we will use a variety of techniques to create embroideries that will involve drawing, painting, collage, photography, and printing. I will touch on design, pattern, and texture, but you don’t need to know how to draw.
Do you want to feel more comfortable using color in your fiber art? This workshop will help you get your mind around color combinations and how the color wheel works. Instead of mixing paints, we will use frosting and food coloring to mix our colors for our color wheel. So, you can eat and learn at the same time! Also, you will get permission to go to the store and buy that big box of Crayons to use in another lesson. Hopefully by using these simple lessons I have put together to learn about color, you will be comfortable in using different color combinations in your fiber art. We will use collage, crayons, fabric and thread to explore color combinations.
4 Lessons/4 weeks $40.00 US
Lesson 1-Intro to Color Lesson 2-Collecting Color Lesson 3-Magazine Collage and Color Lesson 4-Fiber Collage and Color
If you know me, you know I like to celebrate my birthday the whole month of March. I figure one day isn't enough to cram in all the celebrating, so I like to spread it out. This year I am extending my celebrating to my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Blog hoppers. I have set up on my website where you can buy a coupon for $20.00 and only pay $10.00 for it! It can be use for an online class or a piece of artwork valued over 200.00. This deal expires 3.31.2013 and the coupon is valid until 12.31.2015. So, you do have a while to use it. And just for the heck of it, I will throw in Free Shipping for USA customers. (But that is only if you get the coupon!) Only one coupon per customer please and let me know if you have any questions!! Click here to buy the coupon.
Getting new work framed for the Some Like it Hot Show-Upstate SC Encaustic Show! It will be at the Metropolitan Arts Council, 16 Augusta Road, Greenville SC. I will be one of 24 showing. Here is a list of all the artists:
Suzanne Bodson, Caroline Thomas, Calder Kellie Cawthon, Pat Cato, Jeanet Dreskin, Tricia Earle, Greg Flint, Paul Flint, Marie Gruber, Patricia Kilburg, Nadia Land-Greene, Laura MacPherson, Rosemary Moore, Maria Nitsche, Jane Nodine, Teri Pena, Teresa Prater, Susan Sorrell, Pat Spangler, Alexia Timberlake,Judy Verhoeven, Philip Whitley, Susan Young, Michael Ziemer
I have been working on my internet market for the New Year to bring more awareness to the plight of Fiber Art. How more people need more fiber in their life and how I am trying to remedy this. Jump on over and visit me! I always try to find interest stuff to post....most the time. :)
New Crop of Online Fiber Art Classes for the Winter of 2013.
All Classes are ongoing and self-paced FYI: If you are trying to sign up for a class, you might not be able to sign up via a tablet or iPad or phone, due to the way websites are going mobile. Contact the Susan for payment instructions.
I am now taking orders for custom dog portraits in different sizes. If you are interested in having your fur baby become a piece of hangable art, email me and we can talk "dog". I do have a website for my Southern Pop Paintings and it has more information on it.
6" x 6"
6" x 6" gallery wrapped is $125.00 plus shipping
8" x 8" gallery wrapped is $145.00 plus shipping
8" x 10"
8" x 11"
Haus and Little Joe
8" x 11"
8.5" x 11" gallery wrapped is $160.00 plus
10" x 10" gallery wrapped is $175.00 plus
(Shipping: $11.35 priority mail or less for smaller
(if you want a painting
of two or more images, I need a photo of them together and I charge 10.00 for each additional image)
Since the holidays are approaching and you just don't know what to get that favorite person in your life that has everything...Little House Art Studios has gift certificates. Just email me, firstname.lastname@example.org and you can pay with a credit card, check or Paypal.
What to expect from one of my workshops (on location and online)
1. Sign up for my workshop with an open mind.
A workshop is a place to try new techniques and ideas. If you approach the workshop by doing what you’ve always done, the way you’ve always done it, you defeat the purpose of the new experience, saturated in creativity.
2. Keep a journal.
I think it is a good idea to keep a journal whenever you are taking a workshop to jot down notes. This will help you relive your workshop experience later on, when you need inspiration or a reminder of what you learned.
3. Have a camera on hand and take photos.
Record your work in progress and if you are on location, your fellow students and their work and any demos your instructor may do. Sometimes it’s the little things that you miss that make a difference, and photographs don’t miss much. Take photos of things you come upon in life to use for future workshops and ideas.
4. Ask questions.
There’s no such thing as a silly question at a workshop. No questions. . . no answers.
5. Avoid the cookie cutter syndrome.
Don't try and do everything exactly like I do it. Choose your own colors and images. Make it personal and use what I show you as a jumping off point.
An instructor should meet you ”where you are” in terms of your art knowledge. This is not to say a beginner or someone looking for guidance in buying supplies or trying a new technique should not take instructor’s suggestions—but you’ve all seen classes of ‘cookie cutter’ students where you can pick out the instructor by looking at the work the class has done, and that’s what you want to avoid.I don't like working from a pattern. I will not be giving you an image and you have to produce that image.
6. Network—and be a sponge.
Rarely will you have the opportunity to be in a creatively charged atmosphere where you can eat, sleep and breathe art. Take the time to learn from AND get to know your fellow students. . . some of the most enduring friendships begin in a workshop. If you are taking an online class, make your fellow students friends on FaceBook, Flicker, Twitter, Stumble Upon, etc. This way you can exchange ideas after the class in over.
7. Experiment with all types of art supplies
I use certain fabric paints, but they work for me. Try different paints, threads, beads, etc. Go with the "What If? question.
8. Give yourself time to catch on.
If you’ve never attended a fiber art workshop before or you are new to fiber art, it may be a little overwhelming. Cut yourself some slack when things don’t go perfectly right from the start.
9. Don’t necessarily expect finished you piece at the end of the workshop.
If your goal is to come away with finished pieces, then you’re going to miss out on a lot of other stuff. It’s always tempting, of course, but you’ll learn much more if you focus on accomplishing individual techniques instead.
I want you to have a wonderful learning experience from my workshops, don't get frustrated when you don't finish something by the end of the week. This goes for my on location workshops and online workshops. I want you to open yourself up to new experiences and go with the flow. There are other workshops out there that teach this method of "here is the project and you will have one at the end of the class" and that is great. I want to go a step above that and help you tap into your creative mind.
10. Don't take a workshop with me and expect for me to pour my all my art knowledge to you.
It has taken me over 20 years to get where I am and there is no way I can put all of that knowledge and life experience into a capsule for you to swallow. I will answer all of your questions and help you any way I can, but I had a student make the comment that she had to drag information out of me. Which is really funny, since I can't shut up when I am teaching.
When I am teaching a workshop I have a class outline and teach to that class outline. If there is something else that interests you, I am more than willing to help. :) But there is no way I can teach you everything I know, so don't expect me too. That is like me taking a cooking class and wanting a chef to teach me every cooking style in one week!
Also, when I take a workshop with a teacher I am taking that class to learn from that person, but also to get to know that teacher on a personal level. That gives me insight on how they produce their artwork and that is what drew me to their work and workshop in the first place. If they are teaching different methods on dyeing fabric, I don't expect them to also teach me block printing on fabric too...that is a different class.
I hope this helps you find your way through one of my workshops and deciding if it is for you or not. I don't want anyone to sign up for one of my classes and not get what they expected.
Please come and join us if you do cool and creative embroidery!!
Please use the group to keep in touch with other classmates, ask questions about a certain class, add a link to your website, post your work in a file for others to see!!
And if you haven't joined the Fiber Art/Mixed Media Ning Group, we are now over 1000+ strong! We have members from all over the world and they are posting some awesome artwork! Pass it on to your artsy friends!!!
I have been using Facebook and have met up with a lot of old friends and met some new ones too.It is cool to hook up with other fiber artists and seeing what they are doing. I think it is an excellent networking too!
I have started flickr.com groups for each of my classes.(To join Flickr.com is free!) If you want to display your work for others to see, please follow these links to each group. I will be adding more groups for the other classes I will be teaching in the future. Also, if you are interested in taking one of my classes, you can view student work on these web pages.