|Basically the Before|
|Ready to Paint!|
At QBL, some years I learn just a bit and play a lot; some years I learn a LOT of stuff and play not at all. I've had a couple really crappy years where I kept waking up each day and think OMG why did I take this class??? THIS year I really had a creative breakthrough and an amazing lot of fun!! I would look up at Emily and say at least a couple of times a day, "I'm really having a good time!!"
|My OMG why didn't I take up knitting when I had a chance!|
So Here's What We Did:
On the first day of class, I promised Emily I was going to jump on her train and follow her directions. This really is not my style. I mean I love rules....right up to the point that I think their stupid. But if you just stay in your little box and never step out, you will never progress. (maybe I should send that to the leaders of the two major political parties).
|Getting the hang of it|
hmmmm, Sorry, I digress....
For the first two days we painted mostly silk. The supply list came with a relatively inexpensive supply kit that contained all sorts of silk types for us to experiment with. Plus I brought all my silk scraps too. We stacked the fabric and just started painting. I would be lying if I said at this point I had a clue of how I was suppose to paint but Emily said just get some paint on the silk so that's what I did (as you can see from the picture). But with each following painting session, I had more an idea of how it was going to come out and what kind of effects I liked best. Really, though all the fabric came out usable. Maybe not amazing usable, but it will do usable.
|MUCH Happier With this one|
By the end of Day 3, I finished my first trial which Emily thought was almost there. She walked up and looked at the piece - looked at my silk pile .... grabbed the right piece and put it in the right place. PERFECT....so apparently you get better at this with years of practice. Although that saved me a TON of trials, I still like to do my own work. I asked if I could do another one that looked more like me and less derivative of Emily's work. She gave me a look because normally classes start sewing it down but once mine was basted I thought I could do the rest at home. (Most everyone did more than one...some even did three! She said she never had a class do that!)
|Actually this one came out the best....you really don't know you're going until you iron the out!!|
Day 4/5 was spent doing a much bigger piece more in my own compositional style and it went together much easier. By Friday at 2:00 pm, it was all basted and ready for our last evaluations. I'm leaving that piece for another post but I really love it!!
|My first piece ...not super big 14" by 20"|
Two weeks later, I still haven't made it back into my studio to figure how how to finish sewing them. But I will this weekend.
|Now we're cooking....ooops Painting!|
So to sum it up....If you ever get a chance to take a class with Emily ... DO IT!! She has a unique teaching style which is totally her. She's a lovely lady. Quiet on the outside but really has a nice dry sense of humor underneath. She's VERY generous with her process. She's one of the few teacher/artist that doesn't do this to be in the limelight. In fact, I'm thinking that is the last place she wants to be. I think she creates to share the beauty of her work with the world. And yessssss...it was super fun to soak it in all week!
|I love this picture!|
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What an interesting workshop! I had never heard of her and love the idea of layering painted silks. I sure do have a box full of them! Thanks for the inspiration this morning. Looking forward to seeing your finished piece.
I haven’t been to QBL for a few years but it was always the highlight of those summers. I’m glad to hear Emily is an inspiring teacher.
I've admired her work for ages and would love to take a workshop from her. So, how does she finally sew everything together? And does she use batting or is it just layers of silk? It's hard to tell from pictures of her work how she does it. It looks like she maybe does a blanket stitch to connect some layers?
Hi Sherrie - she does not use batting. She ends up with three layers of the silk and backing. She does use a modified hand blanket stitch to stitch them all down. Yes, I've been wondering for years too!
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