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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Fibers and Textiles is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours, and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Approved Maker Space students in FIBERS will be offered a locker in the Fiber Department (dry storage only). Storage space in the Dye Studio is limited. We can designate a small area (shelf) for Maker Space Dye Studio storage. You may store dye stuffs in the Dye Lab refrigerator for up to 1 month.  For Fall 2017, the jacquard loom is unavailable due to academic use.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.        

To register for Maker Space, please contact cmalone@ocac.edu

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Start Date: Sep 16, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Indigo blue has held a significant place in many world civilizations for thousands of years.  This class will explore indigo with multiple techniques and projects that highlight this dye’s natural beauty.  We will make natural indigo vats that are reliable, easy to produce, remain viable for the long term and use environmentally friendly ingredients.  Each class will build skill with the dye by exploring the surface design techniques of a different region of indigo history, such as Japanese country textiles, West African cloth traditions, Indian block printing, and European woad. You will learn care and maintenance of your vats for home use and finish up with a thorough investigation into the mystery that is indigo blue. This series is on Saturdays:  9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/9

 

Prerequisites: None

                                    

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Welcome the return of autumn with an exploration of natural color from plants on both fabrics and papers.  This term’s focus will be on the decorative art of printing with natural dye sources.  We’ll use traditional block printing methods, multi-color registration of pattern, screen-printing, mono-printing, direct application with brush, and some new shibori methods. Multiple mordant, dye, and pigment applications are included in the investigations.  While this course builds upon previous experience, adventurous beginners are always welcome!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 26, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Tue)

The history of creating shawls through the processes of needlecraft dates back as early as 80-90AD.  Made by hand through processes of knitting and/or crochet, these distinctive garments were fashioned in hopes of providing positive energy, prosperity, and good health to the recipient.  In this class, you will be introduced to the history of the shawl and receive guidancein the creation of your very own shawl.  You will be welcome to work from a pattern, or write your own pattern to best construct a shawl that provides the well wishes to the receiver of the piece.

Prerequisites: A knowledge of basic crochet is strongly suggested, but not required.

 

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Start Date: Sep 30, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

“There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change.” (Wm Stafford)

Slow stitching, the meditative art of hand-sewing, is a chance to relax and enjoy the rhythmic dance of needle and thread as we construct a Japanese-inspired bag in the shape of a bird or other small animal.  We’ll enjoy a cup of tea, a treat or two, and the company of like-minded souls.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 5, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Thu)

Indulge your inner child and design the costume of your dreams in Costume Construction!  During this class, we will be fabricating our costumes, start to finish.  You will learn how to take your drawn designs and bring them to life through the processes of sewing.  This class will cover the basics of machine sewing, but also cover the basics of hand sewing for decorative stitching and embellishments.  Be the life of the party this Halloween when your costume is 100% handmade!

Prerequisites:  Basic sewing knowledge encouraged, but not required.

Start Date: Oct 7, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

There’s a history of thriftiness in many cultures.  In Japan, mottainai is a term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste.  The British proclaim, “Make do or do without.”  The American phrase is “Waste not, want not,” to imply if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.  This class is an exercise in creative re-use.  By restructuring thrift store men’s shirts (or family excess?) we will construct new garments that are inexpensive, modern, and fully original without proclaiming their origins. “Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” (G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World)

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Oct 13, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Learn from artist Elizabeth Burger the many ways of stretching handmade paper and pulp into large and unusual sculptural shapes. Lightweight and easily colored, paper allows you to combine wood, wire, natural materials such as bamboo, tumbleweed and reeds into units that are strong and easily transported.  Experiment with pre-made plaster molds, wire, plastic, chicken wire, reeds and tumbleweed combined with sheets of bleached abaca and pulp in three colors. 

(The pulp will have been processed the day before the workshop.)

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 15, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sun)

Come experiment with Surface Design in the Fibers Studio.  Dye, print, paint, and stitch on a variety of textiles building complex layered effects. Experiment with color and material as well as methods for functional or conceptual projects. Spend the day with individuals exploring a broad variety of goals to expand the potential for learning and creating beyond a one day maker space. Course includes one tote bag, access to dyes, printing inks, fabric, yarns, and more.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Oct 28, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. You will learn care and maintenance of your vats.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Nov 4, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Explore the most famous blue in the world using a different aspect of design: printing on cloth and paper! Sample indigo dye, indigo print paste, and indigo ink in this one-day comprehensive workshop. Designs may be printed using traditional and non-traditional methods, including block printing, screen printing, stenciling and direct application. 

Prerequisites: None

 

Start Date: Nov 8, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Welcome the return of autumn with an exploration of natural color from plants on both fabrics and papers.  This term’s focus will be on the decorative art of printing with natural dye sources.  We’ll use traditional block printing methods, multi-color registration of pattern, screen-printing, mono-printing, direct application with brush, and some new shibori methods. Multiple mordant, dye, and pigment applications are included in the investigations.  While this course builds upon previous experience, adventurous beginners are always welcome!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Nov 11, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Who doesn’t love embroidered patches? When I was a kid, I had a nylon jacket covered in patches. It was a personal statement of who I was and where I’d been. In this workshop, experiment with and combine several different techniques. Use painting, drawing and printing techniques with paper and fabric. Start with some mark making exercises using watercolor, pencil and paper collage, then translate and layer those ideas with hand and/or machine stitch. Painting on fabric and transfer/printed images and layer those images with stitches.  Express yourself through color, texture and layers. We’ll use your own images as a base to create your own patches that tell your personal story.

Prerequisites: Some sewing/ drawing/ painting experience preferred.                       

Start Date: Dec 2, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Explore printing techniques as stand alone processes or combine them for a layered process.  Experiment with silkscreen material techniques using drawn and cut stencils, design projects using photos, drawings, or digital files. Prepare images for use with photo sensitive emulsion in the OCAC computer lab before exposing screens on a light table. By the end of the course, printed garments, papers, and more will allow for endless making possibilities.  Course includes muslin fabric, one cotton tote bag, and one screen to take home. Bring any natural fabric garments or items to use.

Prerequisites: None