presentations & workshops

Put a diamond in front of me and I'll stop dead in my tracks. Flash an image of a gorgeous gemstone on my PC monitor and I very nearly lose all capacity to form a coherent sentence. I love gems and all things "bling".

Since I first started making my giant gem portraits 20 years ago, I've explored many traditional quiltmaking techniques in search of the best methods to capture the brilliance and fire of faceted gemstones. I'm delighted to share these techniques in a series of workshops that will guide others as they seek to play with faceted light in their own work. Half-day and full-day workshops are available. Pricing is listed below. For more information, please click CONTACT in the navigation menu above and give me a shout. I'd love to hear from you!

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Trunk show

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: Colored Gemstones as Design Inspiration (60-90 minutes)

The most beautiful gemstone captures light and reflects it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing its fiery personality. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show chronicle my story – my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I'll discuss how I select gems that qualify as “divas and drama queens” and what they teach us about how to add sparkle to any art quilt. (I’ll display the actual art quilts inspired by some of these divas.) I’ll talk about the techniques to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem's surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem's facets. And, as so often happens with any artist's decades-long journey, I'll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate Life and into the Creative Life.

Equipment needed:

  • Slide screen and extension cord (I will bring my own computer and digital projector)
  • Hanging system to display quilts vertically
  • 6- or 8-foot table for horizontal quilt display
 
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Half-day Workshops (3 Hours)

Treasure Hunting: Discovering Abstract Designs in Exquisite Gemstones
Skill Level: All (no sewing required)
Subject: Design; pattern-making

Using images of gemstones, students will create their own stunning abstract designs of faceted light. Taking cues from shards of light and color, students will learn how to identify basic faceting patterns and become familiar with the principles of abstraction. Once familiar with the underlying structure of a gemstone, students will use various sizes of “lenses” (cut-outs) or the cropping tool in an online image editing tool to audition the unlimited number of faceted landscapes that exist within a single image. Once students have selected a landscape they love, they will learn how to chart the facets on a freezer paper template, utilizing the coding techniques for tracking color, placement and adjacency that I use to create my giant gem portraits. Students will leave the class with a fully charted paper template that they can use as the basis for a future quilt, painting or stained glass piece. A supply list will be provided at time of booking.

Equipment needed:

  • Slide screen and extension cord (I will bring my own computer and digital projector)
  • Hanging system to display quilts vertically
  • 6- or 8-foot table for horizontal quilt display

 

"Wild-Motion" Machine Quilting*

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Subject: Free-Motion Machine Quilting (Domestic Machines)

Students will experiment with the unique free-motion quilting techniques I use to enhance the facets of my large-format diamond quilts. Quilting adds an additional design dimension to every quilt. In order to allow the flow of light and color to remain the focus of my work, I’ve developed random, non-directional quilting that allows the faceting pattern to shine through. This class is for students who use domestic machines rather than long-arm machines. Student supply list will be provided at time of booking.                                               

* Participants must have a solid understanding of -- and relationship with -- their sewing machine, since the instructor will not be able to trouble-shoot mechanical issues during class.

  

 
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Full-day Workshops (6 Hours)

Bite-Size Gem Quilts: Creating a Small Faceted Quilt
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Subject: Single-Foundation Piecing

Using the design and piecing techniques I rely on to create my diamond portraits, students will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light. After choosing from one of several pre-selected images based on their skill level, students will learn how to code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto hand-painted fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Students will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home. Student supply list will be provided at time of booking.

Equipment needed:

  • Slide screen and extension cord (I will bring my own computer and digital projector)
  • Hanging system to display quilts vertically
  • 6- or 8-foot table for horizontal quilt display

pricing (for 2018 classes)

Trunk Show/Presentation (w/o class)                $450
Trunk Show/Presentation (w/ class)                  $375
3-Hour Workshop (10 person min; 25 max)      $450
6-Hour Workshop (10 person min; 25 max)      $700

Additional customary costs related to travel, lodging and per diem expenses are outlined in my contract and available at the time of booking.