Collage anthologies are wonderful stories of us. We take bits of our history, the minutia of our daily lives, snips of memories, moments in time and lay them out to tell our story. We will use fabric, images, paper, stitch and our hearts to tell our unique story.
In this class, you will create a standing accordion book or a fabric book. You are welcome to create a wall piece if you prefer. We will begin by learning some basic design and composition skills and discuss the use of symbols and imagery to help tell our personal story. I will share with you my tools for overcoming the worry of where to start. You will create 3 or 4 beautiful mixed media collage anthologies that make up your book…share your history…tell your story.
We will explore fabric and paper image transfer techniques (including one developed by Liz), learn how to combine fabric, paper and other textures into the luscious layers of an intricate collage. We will investigate different ways to attach the bits and pieces of our history. Stitching and embellishments are important to telling our personal story and a whole lot of fun! I have a plethora of embellishing techniques to share with you to help make your story come alive.
MUST HAVE SUPPLIES to Bring to class:
Theme: The most critical starting point for your book is your theme. Your theme can be a person, place, thing or idea, emotion, color.
Fabrics: Bring any fabrics that speak to your theme…no more than a grocery bag full of. There are no rules on the type of fabric you should bring. Cotton, silk, satin, vinyl, drapery, polyester, upholstery, leather, denim, vintage clothing, organza, lace, lutradur…can all be considered! The more variety you have the better BUT do not bring more than will fit in a paper grocery bag. Less is more.
For the accordion book…If you want to use the same fabric as the base on every page you will need about ½ yard
Thread: A small assortment of decorative and/or utility threads. They should go with your theme as well as your colors.
light weight tear away stabilizer like Stitch-N-Tear
If you want to make an accordion book: 1 yard of a heavy duty stabilizer like Peltex 72 or Fast 2 fuse.). If you want to make a traditional non-standing book a canvas or duck fabric base works well.
(all of these are available for purchase in class so you don’t have to bring them if you are flying.)
Basic Sewing Kit: hand-sewing needles, thimble, whatever you rely on for general sewing tasks.
Sewing Machine: We have a limited number of class machines but if you want to bring your own, be sure your machine is in good working order with all of your feet and attachments. Bring an assortment of sewing machine needles. Be sure to include a size 90 embroidery needle.
We will be exploring image transfers. I will bring a wide variety of images to play with. If you are familiar with image transfer techniques and products you can print your own images on Transfer Artist Paper and/or Paper Solvy. Please bring images you want to use on your laptop computer or on a flash drive as a backup.
If you are not familiar with the techniques and products please contact me to send me your images before class or bring on a flash drive. I will print them on the appropriate materials. There is an additional $10 fee to cover materials and printing costs. We will discuss various techniques and materials in class. You may use original photos in your work if you prefer
Total embellishments should not be more than a grocery bag full:
Embellishments: There are no rules on embellishing: ribbons, vintage spoons, tree branches, old keys, beads, buttons, silk flowers, rick-rack, feathers, metal washers, bottle caps, rulers, toys, leaves, small stones…you get the point. Choose anything that speaks to your theme or anything that just seems interesting. Consider yourself a magpie gathering up treasures for your nest.
Paper: Ephemera, scrapbook papers, chocolate wrappers, tissue paper, art papers…same as with the fabrics bring what seems like it might go with your theme or simply says pick me!
Rubber Stamps and stamp pads: Images that relate to your theme. The best stamps for using on fabrics are fairly simple in design and deeply etched.