OUT OF THE ORDINARY & EXCITINGLY EXPLORATORY
TWO WORKSHOPS TO BE HELD IN AUSTRALIA!
JUNE 30-JULY 7
Join Leisa Rich, an artist known as an ‘Experimentalist’ for her unique approach to intuitive, exploratory art-making, for an exciting workshop that will provide you with the skills to transform assorted materials, fabrics, and art bits, using the techniques of free motion machine embroidery, sculptural sewing methods, and an incredible material called Fosshape® that -- when heat is applied – magically morphs from 2D fabric to 3D form. Push your art works or wearable art into new territory. It is not necessary to have all above materials; you can bring new fabrics instead, too!
Our workshop will begin with plenty of inspiration to get your creative juices going. There will be presentations of images of instructor and student work, slides of related contemporary work, and an on-site display of samples. A full curriculum booklet accompanies the workshop, so you will be able to refresh yourself on a technique or find a supplier after the workshop is over. In addition, demonstrations of all of the processes, intensive one-on-one time with the instructor, and an emphasis on developing your specific creative direction, will guide you. Learn several easy methods of free motion machine embroidery using a sewing machine and an embroidery foot to build up your surfaces, and create texture and visual interest with thread. You will also work with dissolvables, heat transfers, embroidery floss and elastic in the bobbin, and more. Using those finished pieces as inspiration, you will do quick sketches of ideas for a 3 dimensional form or a wearable. You will learn how to shape and form the Fosshape® material using a heat embossing gun, and assemble all of your elements together into a finished piece, using a variety of hand and sewing machine construction methods. This workshop is suitable for the beginner to advanced artist, the art quilter to fiber sculptor, the crafter to wearable artist, the theatre set designer or costumer. The only important prerequisite to note is that you should have basic machine sewing experience and a clean, working sewing machine whose feed dogs can be dropped, an embroidery foot to fit your machine as well as a regular sewing foot, and have done a test run prior to the workshop to ensure that the machine performs the free motion machine embroidery function.
TRANSFORMING FOSSHAPE: 2D & 3D APPLICATIONS
POTOMAC FIBER ARTS GUILD
SEPTEMBER 14- 16
URL COMING SOON!
SHAPE SHIFTERS AND TEXTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS
The focus of this workshop is on transforming a 2D material called Fosshape®—a unique, low melt synthetic fiber that hardens with heat—into rigid 3D forms and textural 2D artworks. Students will learn simple methods to transform Fosshape which include stitching, ruching, plaiting, fusing, distressing, and molding for 3D applications, as well as embossing, collage and layering for 2D artworks. During class participants can create sculptures, vessels, forms or wearable art. You may also construct maquettes, bases for other art/craft disciplines and armatures for structural felting, as well as for theatrical applications, Cosplay and garments. Industrial heat guns, embossers, presses, and incisors will be used. Open to all skill levels.
UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Solo exhibition- as yet untitled!
Thomas Deans Gallery
690 Miami CirCLE NE #905, Atlanta, Georgia
April 26- May 29, 2019
A titillating exhibition of installations, viewer interactive wall sculptures, sound symphonies, and surprising new directions from Leisa Rich, Experimentalist! Magic is going to happen at this show!