Saturday September 3rd, 2016 10a-4p
Materials Fee : $25.00 to be paid to instructor.
Max 10 Students
Instructor contact info: 503-319-7105 – Email Debbie
Think of the ghostly imprints left on a sidewalk by fallen leaves. Or the lovely colors of flower petals imbedded in a piece of paper.
Eco-printing – also referred to as contact dyeing – is a technique that employs the gifts of nature: Leaves, barks, lichens, flowers, minerals, and other materials. Selected materials are rolled, bundled or wrapped into fabrics, then tied securely in the fashion of Japanese shibori. The items are steamed or immersed in water, then cooled and unwrapped. The resulting impressions on the fabrics can be glorious and breathtaking!
No synthetics or chemicals are used, and water waste is minimal, which renders this process environmentally conscious and socially responsible.
In this class, Debbie Ellis will guide you in creating your own exquisite and very unique impressions on silk, wool, cotton and paper. You will use a variety of plant materials, including, but not limited to, ferns, walnut, eucalyptus, and flower petals. The magical influence of minerals, such as iron oxide and metal (think RR spikes, iron bars!) will also be employed for those who wish to use them.
You will print and take home a ready-to-wear silk scarf, as well as paper and additional wool, silk and cotton fabrics, which you can use in other creative projects, such as quilting, appliqué, weaving, book arts, etc.
Debbie Ellis first became enamored of this technique several years ago, when Judilee Fitzhugh gave a presentation and mini-workshop at her handweavers guild one evening. Then, as fortune would have it, she was able to attend a workshop given by renown eco-print artist India Flint. Debbie has since studied further with Judilee, and is in constant awe of the myriad discoveries she makes with each piece as it comes out of the steamer. She sells her eco-print scarves at local and regional art and fiber shows under the name Artisan Fibers.
Blacksmith Week 2016 – August 18th -21st
Thursday August 18th – Registration and Group Forging Project
Friday & Saturday August 19th & 20th – Demonstrations Morning & Afternoon
Sunday August 21st – Demonstrations
Open Forging Every Evening
A fantastic event for the whole family. Demonstrations, open forge time, and great times with fellow smiths. Don’t miss it!
Demonstrations by top Pacific NW Blacksmiths, including Ben Czyhold, Dave Thompson, Dave Tuthill and Silas Maddox.
Register at the door.
- Individual One Day – $45.00
- Individual Entire Event – $90.00
- Student (valid ID req.) One Day – $30.00
- Student (valid ID req.) Entire Event – $60.00
- Family One Day – $60.00
- Family Entire Event – $120.00
The Gallery will be located right in the middle of bustling Government Camp and will be open during business hours to the public.
Maquette Totemic Sculpture Workshop with Alan Flashing
Fri & Sat August 19 & 20, 2016 – 10am – 3pm
One Hour Lunch Break at Noon. Students encouraged to bring their own hammer and hand tools (chisel, punches, top and bottom fullers, etc.) if possible.
At Cascadia Center For Arts & Crafts Summit Campus Blacksmith Shop
Cost: $110.00 – Class Registration On Site
Blacksmith Week 2016 has just added a new workshop on Maquette Totemic Sculpture by NW Blacksmith Alan Flashing. Alan , an artisanal blacksmith for 20 years, is the owner and founder of Flashing Forge Metalkraft Studio. He is acknowledged for his unique sculptural and architectural forge work. Alan has worked and studied with master smiths in Germany and Sweden, as well as throughout the United States. He has also demonstrated and taught at blacksmith conferences in Germany and the United States. He now operates Flashing Forge in the forested hills near historic Oakland, Oregon.