In mid July I will be teaching natural dyeing at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, a summer camp for adults in the most beautiful place in the world; Vancouver Island. The programming at MISSA consists of various of 2 and 5 full-day art classes that can be taken individually or one after another over the course of two weeks in July. For the full summer camp experience students are encouraged to purchase room and board in the beautiful ocean/woodsy location and there are opportunities for biking, kayaking, swimming, yoga in the mornings and you can even book a massage for after your day in class.
In my five-day Natural Dyeing class we will work within a large range of natural colours including indigo on silk scarves, silk and linen yardage, as well as wool yarn. Students will learn about and practice mordanting, making natural dye extracts, immersion dyeing, shibori and botanical printing as well as creating an indigo stock solution and preparing, maintaining and troubleshooting two kinds of indigo vats. Each day will be spent preparing and watching over our natural dye pots and indigo vats, and manipulating our fabric with resist techniques. Everyone will go away with a collection of yardages and scarves as well as a sample book illustrating the colours and techniques we applied throughout the week.
I have a couple of surprises up my sleeve, too. We are spending five-days together after all, so I'm bringing some extra tools and fun things for both during and after class hours. That's the only hint you get, hehe. It's going to be a lot of fun.
MISSA has not yet posted their summer 2016 classes, but I'm giving you a heads up since they will put classes up on the website on February 1st and they fill up fast. For early access to registration you can sign up as a friend of MISSA for $20 here. Friends of MISSA get class schedules and can register for classes before they are announced to the public.
I recently received a grant from the Surface Design Association which will cover the tools and materials for a two-day natural dye workshop for low income individuals. I am volunteering my time so that means I am able to offer it for free to scholarship students! Others are invited to participate for only $75. Are you in? Scroll down for time and location details.
Please send this newsletter to any organization or individual you think might want to participate, too.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP//
NATURAL DYEING & SURFACE DESIGN WORKSHOP
Two Tuesdays, September 22nd & 29th 4:30-7:30
@ Grace Church Van Vorst Jersey City @ Grove St PATH.
Students must commit to coming to both Tuesdays.
You will go home with multiple silk scarves as well as stretched silk on canvas designed by you using natural dyeing, botanical printing and shibori techniques taught by Janna.
By way of funding from the Surface Design Association and sponsorship from Grace Church Van Vorst there are a number of scholarship positions for people in financial need. Additional spots are available for only $75 including materials. Scholarship spots are available on a first come first serve basis HERE where you will register for the 'SDA scholarship' option and use the notes section to state why you require financial support. The following is a (non-exclusive) list of ways that you may qualify for a scholarship. You will receive confirmation of enrolment within two days of applying.
-a Medicaid recipient
- a SNAP recipient or recipient of Public Benefits
-a resident of low-income housing
-an elder in government housing/care
-a single parent
-homeless/living in a shelter
-recently released from prison
ABOUT THE ACCESS ART PROJECT//
This workshop is a part of the Access Art Project which makes art education available to low income individuals in the form of free workshops by way of financial support from granting bodies and sponsors. After designing and organizing a comprehensive workshop based on skills that I can personally volunteer my time for I seek out financial support so that people who would otherwise be unable to afford extracurricular art classes may take them at no cost.
Feel free to email me with any questions and below are two posters in PDF form if you know of good place to post it - and thanks!
my email: janna (at) everleatextiles (dot) com
It's time for another jaunt back to the west coast from the Big Apple! Ah, homeward bound where I will reunite with family and friends once again, AND for the first time in years my dear friends Ana, Sasha and I will be in the same place for an extended amount of time with our three toddlers!!! I can already smell the ocean, and hear the crying (of two-year olds... and maybe us too). I can hardly wait another minute. My mom has not made the wait any easier by announcing that the summer theme will be wine sangria and wood-fired pizza. My parents are master chefs (don't try to deny it, mom!) and my dad is a stone mason, so it was only a matter of time before he built a brick oven in our back yard. I'm not sure they've mastered the art of pizza making in it yet - so this is the year! I wonder if my mom will curse me for writing this? My parents' house has always been a bit of a neighborhood gathering place, so I'm thinking there might be a few people who after reading this will decide to 'happen upon' our particular part of town this summer.
Something I always get up to at my parents' house in the summer is indigo dyeing and then some general textile studio time in the carport. Last year we made a few saw horses so I could make a printing table with them, some foam from the Sally Anne, a piece of plywood and a duvet cover. That was were I did some further exploration and eventually teaching with natural-dye printing. This year the theme will be of course indigo dyeing (there will always be indigo!) and my most recent textile love affair, a return to tapestry weaving. I'll be weaving samples of my own as well as teaching some one-on-one classes on Mirrix looms in the Greater Vancouver area. In the next couple of weeks I will also announce some group workshops that will occur on the Sunshine Coast, most likely on Friday and/or Saturday mornings.
The group classes require that students have their own Mirrix Loom (I offer a $25 student discount) and the one-on-one class does not (you are still offered the $25 loom discount, though). Soon I will be doing a post or perhaps a video detailing why Mirrix Looms are the best. They really are. If you're interested in one-on-one lessons and have any questions feel free to email me anytime janna(at)vancouveryarn(dot)com
Have a couple of friends who want to learn too? Ask me about the group rate.
For more information on these workshop opportunities visit the Vancouver Yarn online shop and sign up for the newsletter. I'll be sending out an update when I have group workshop dates lined up soon.
Also follow me on Twitter or Facebook for updates on free-skill shares that I'll be holding around BC this summer, too. For fun pics there's always Instagram.
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