Join us this October 13 & 14, 2012 for our Annual Fall Simply Silk 2-Day Workshop. Learn the basic techniques of silk painting with New Mexico artist Sandy Hopper at her home studio. This workshop is perfect for beginners or for those who want to gain more experience in creating these beautiful forms of art.
2-Day Fall Simply Silk Workshop - Beginner Level
October 13-14, 2012
This workshop is a great way for any creative soul to learn how to tap into that creative energy. No artistic background is necessary. The techniques you will learn give everyone the opportunity to be successful, from the novice to the experienced silk painter. Silk painting is a very “FUN and FREEING” art. With just the basic skills, the creative possibilities are endless. You will be introduced to the different techniques used to stretch the silk in preparation to paint, the various types of silk and different techniques used to apply dyes, gutta, presist, soy wax, etc. Then you will learn how to set the dyes using a dye set or steaming your items.
You will learn secrets to help you achieve beautiful results that are fun and stress free. Silk painting can be as free and easy as just playing with color, or as complex as a fine art museum piece. So let’s start simple and easy, create a beautiful piece of wearable art for yourself or to give as a gift. At the same time we will open the door to endless possibilities! And we will have such fun along the way!
~ Itinerary ~
Day One: Basic techniques; Stretching silk, resists including soy wax, color mixing, material and technique discussions. To steam or not to steam. Where to get supplies! The chatter will be endless….the more you learn the more we will talk. Paint! Paint! Paint! Experiment and explore….and have I mentioned …have fun??
Day Two: Putting it all together. Painting, painting, painting. Plus, hands-on demonstration of setting dyes with dye set and steaming instructions. Ask and I will do my best to answer your ques-tions. Supplies are included in the class fee!
~ About Sandy ~
Sandy Hopper's unique wearable silks and framed fine art flow with energy and glowing color. Each piece is as unique as the surroundings that inspired it. The southwest has always been her home, growing up in El Paso, Texas and now living near Ele-phant Butte Lake in New Mexico. She is a skilled, self-taught, multi-media artist whose creative energy is boundless. Her home studio, Grasshopper Silk , is a New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails site #55, where visitors are always welcome.
“My creations are expressions of my intimate relationship with the spiritual and cultural diversity of the southwest. Silk is a natural medium; the luminosity and texture of the fiber gives exceptional dimension to the finished work. Painted silk elicits a joyful reaction as it suffuses one with a feeling of euphoria. It is, pure and simple; love of color that enticed me to paint on silk and vibrant, glowing color that has made it my passion. I love to experiment and explore the art of painting on silk so each piece is one of a kind and unique to that moment in my studio.”
All materials necessary will be supplied. There are many products to choose from and every silk painter has their favorites. We will use as many non-toxic products as possible. The results will be beautiful, glowing, translucent works of art.
Supplies included for the workshop fee are:
- A kit of green label jacquard dyes with resist, dye set, brush, gloves and applicators. The kit is yours to take home so you can continue to create at your own pace.
- Several pieces of silk including a hankie and 2 scarves, plus a piece of yardage to create your own color chart and technique reminder.
- Paper towels, freezer paper, distilled water, and numerous other items needed to complete your work.
Supplies you should bring are:
- Apron or cover shirt
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us. In order to participate, we ask that you Pay in Full via EventBrite. We also accept Check or Cash payment at the door. Make checks payable to SANDY HOPPER.