Empty Spool Seminars puts on lots of wonderful workshops with many traditional and, more recently, innovative-artsy quiltmakers. Niki Bonnet , who is not a quilter but a mixed media artist, taught a class one year that I really enjoyed. The results of this were a small but fun piece in which I got to utilize spray paint, paper, stencils and whatever as part of my design. I also learned that any tossed away lying around 'road kill' has design potential.
"Lost Time" laments about the time spent commuting back and forth to work, some of it traveling through neighborhoods and memories.
She Was a High Class Dame
I have long admired Susan Shie's work and when East Bay Heritage Quilters held a workshop with Susan as an instructor, I signed up for two days of classes. Part of her process is to take suggestions from the class for a subject that we would all focus on for our pieces. I generally don't like doing stuff like this, thinking in will "cramp" my style/vision/inspiration...whatever. And when the subject voted on was tomatoes, I cringed. But by the end of the class, it was amazing what different visions and story pieces people had of tomatoes. Mine was a memory of my mother canning tomatoes on the hottest day in August and me trying to stay as far away as possible from the whole event. It was a real fun class. I like using some writing in my pieces, though not as much as Susan Shie does.
St. Carrie of the Kitchen