Joanne Sharpe (author of Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop Artful Lettering: Tools and Techniques for Discovering Your Style) taught a "Free Motion Tapestry" class where students learned to
|Hand painted material by Joanne Sharpe|
Lisa taught a fun class on how to write on fabric and make some pretty terrific banners. Some of the projects can be viewed on her flicker account. She also taught a really cool "Hand Lettered" t-Shirt class. The students got to create their inspiration t-shirt using the techniques that Lisa taught them in class. In the past Lisa has also taught a variety of calligraphy classes and lettering techniques. Below is a video that is a sample of one of her writing technique demonstrations.
The third class she taught at this show, was a fun "Fascinator" class.
|Sample Fascinator from Lisa Engelbrecht's class.|
In this class the students learned the basics to designing their own Fascinators from a variety of materials, including feathers from sustainable farm grown flocks. They were quite impressive to see in person (for pictures from her class, just check out Lisa's FB page to find a link).
|Assorted materials and sample Fascinators for Lisa's class|
|Amy Morinaka, Stefanie Girard, Jeannine Stein, and Lisa Englebrecht|
I had a chance to talk to each author and take a few pictures of their work. The first author is Amy
Morinaka, who's first book "Zakka Handmades: 24 Projects Sewn from Natural Fabrics to Help Organize, Adorn, and Simplify Your Life" was just released. For those who are unfamiliar with Zakka style, it is a fashion and home good designs style that has spread from Japan. It specifically refers to hand-sewn items for the home, as well as simple clothing. On her blog "Chick Chick Sewing", Amy has some great projects that vary from simple to advanced. Like her book, the projects include some very clever and lovely designs made from some beautiful fabrics.
Amy is an accountant who's love of fabric combine with her sewing abilities has inspired her to design some very fun projects for this book.
I also got to spend a few moments speaking with Jeannine Stein, the author of two books
(Adventures in Bookbinding: Handcrafting Mixed-Media Books and Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials ). Recently, her work has also been featured in the "Pages"magazine from Cloth Paper Scissors.
Below is a beautiful examples of the many creative ways, Jeannine uses ephemeral to accent the handmade books she makes.
This is another great example of the books she makes with both new and recycled materials.
Here is a peek at the inside of the book.
Stefanie Girard, who blogs for Craftside blogger and Craft Gossip (recycled crafts), was also on hand.
Sweater Surgery" blog, you are in for a treat. Stefanie often posts some tutorials and other tidbits from the new books that are being released.
Stefanie Girard, is also the author of the book "Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things with Old Sweaters". In her book, everything is made from recycled sweaters with a fun variety of projects like the messenger bag below and the cute red cowboy boots for infants (behind the purse).
If you like learning new technique from some great teachers then I highly recommend the "Create Mixed Media Retreat". Check their website to find out when one is coming to your area.