18/19/20 May 2017
from 10 am to 4 pm
Kapelstraat 93A, Tilburg
Students will transform a revolutionary 2D material called Fosshape -- a unique, low melt, synthetic polyester fiber -- that when exposed to a variety of heat types quickly and easily hardens into a rigid, 3D form. Use hand and machine stitching and melt methods to hold the fabric together, and learn to employ steam, water and high heat to manipulate the shape. In addition, fusing, distressing, and molding over found objects will create layering, texture, and unique organic forms. Basic patterns, enthusiastic and knowledgeable hands on involvement, and a curriculum book, are provided by the instructor to help guide the process. Transform your personal creative vision into sculptures, vessels, representational forms or wearable art. Unlimited sculptural applications are possible such as: maquettes, armatures for structural felting/plaster/fiber/mixed media works, theatrical applications, and more, to suit a variety of creative needs. All students in the workshop will leave with completed, white, sculptural forms and the confidence they can replicate the techniques at home or in their studios after this dynamic workshop.
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Another workshop is planned after this one, a follow up where color and needle felting will be applied. See below!
22/23/24 May 2017
from 10 am till 4 pm
Kapelstraat 93A, Tilburg
On day one, students will create and build a basic 3 dimensional sculptural form of their choice, made from Fosshape, which is a unique, low melt, synthetic polyester fiber that, when exposed to heat, quickly and easily hardens into a rigid, 3D form.
Coloring methods will be applied and include easy, paintable dyes put on the fabric pre-form, and acrylic paints used after heat applications make the form rigid. Students can create something quietly lovely or boldly colorful! Needle felting will be taught in a brand new way to integrate wool batt directly into the Fosshape material to build the surface with color patterns and create texture and visual interest. Upcycled materials such as netting or vintage fabrics, and bits brought in from home material stashes can be incorporated, and hand embroidery embellishments will turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!
This class builds on Transforming The 2D Surface to 3D with Fosshape. However, it is not a prerequisite. If signing up for both, sculptures built in Transforming can also be used in this workshop. This workshop is suitable to all types of artists!
Leisa Rich is a studio artist and art educator in Atlanta, Georgia. She has an MFA in Fibers from The University of North Texas, a BFA in Fibers from The University of Michigan and a B.Ed. in Art from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. Leisa has been teaching art for 41 years.