I was extremely jealous when Denyse went to Portland to teach a wokshop last summer at the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Summer of Making Series. Portland has long been a favorite city of mine, every time I visit I start plotting a move to this lovely, artsy, green city.
So when I got a call asking if I would like to come and teach I was absolutely thrilled, especially when I learned that PNCA has a fully outfitted classroom with workstations that mimic my very own design process and its tools. I have been looking for an opportunity to teach basic fabric design for a long time. My process, which involves Adobe Photoshop and a digitizer, is straightforward and fun. For someone who is itching to turn their art (or someone elses art) into a repeating design ready to print onto fabric, these skills can really open up a whole new world. It goes without saying that until very recently a class like this would not have had much of an audience, designing and printing fabric was something that happened on a large and expensive scale. But now, thanks to my friends at Spoonflower, we can all design and print whatever we like, in whatever amounts we want. In fact, we are teaming up with Spoonflower for this workshop so that everyone can actually print some yardage after honing their new skills.
Ah, this brave new world!
You can check out PCNA's Summer of Making here, and register online for my four day workshop here. There is a Friday night lecture planned as well, which will open to the public. PCNA will even be offering a crash course in Photoshop just before my workshop, since familiarity with the application is a pre-requisite.