Friday, May 30, 2008

Encaustic Workshop for Fiber and Textile Artists

Lonely (detail)
encaustic sewn paper
18 x 48

I'll be teaching a 2 Day Encaustic Workshop for Fiber and Textile Artists
at the Surface Design Conference/SAQA Reinvention Conference
at San Francisco State. The Dates are March 22-24.
The class is limited to 12 students

Also a 3 day Class in April 15-17 at ZIJDELINGS in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

I always include a talk, entitled Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility during these workshops.

What you'll learn:

Supports and grounds
Compatability of Fiber and Wax
Creating smooth or textured surfaces
Xerox transfers
Collaging various materials
Imbedding objects
Line and edge
Working on paper
Poured surfaces

Here are a few examples:

working with natural materials and wax

dipping fiber in wax

line and edge

collage with text

xerox transfer

Materials to Bring:

Plywood panels, up to 8" x 8"-baltic birch is best
your local cabinet shop will have scraps, and will gladly give to you.

Bristle or natural hair brushes. You can get cheap ones at hardward stores in the paint dept. (synthetic brushes will melt), two or three flat (hake, 1”,2”) or other small flat brushes, and two or three small rounds.. I prefer the split shank Hake brushes. Utrecht has very good ones.

Mark making tools: dental tools, ceramic trimming tools, palette knives, pin tools, etc.

Basic artists tool box: scissors, single edge razors, (utility blades), pencil, masking tape or blue painter's tape, roll of waxed paper (for wrapping finished work), ruler or straight edge, painting clothes or apron.

Sketchbook for notes

Collage materials: xerox prints, drawings, small pieces of handmade papers, small pieces of wire or hardware cloth, thread, yarn, fabric, small metal objects to imbed.