Snapshot: Create a Picture Quilt with Carol Anne Grotrian
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About the Class or Event
4 days workshop:Wed July 21 - 10AM to 5PM (7 hrs)
Thu July 22 - 10AM to 5PM (7 hrs)
Fri July 23 - 10AM to 5PM (7 hrs)
Mon Aug 16 - 10AM to 2PM (4 hrs)
Begins Wed July 21, In-studio
All Skill Levels
Materials fee: $0, Students will need to purchase some materials on their own.
Create fabric pictures--landscape, still life, etc.--based on assigned snapshots that you bring to class. Pick your favorite photo and adapt it to fabric, using simple tools like photocopies and tracing paper. Then select fabrics that will bring the image to life.Class includes lots of supportive information on simplifying the photo into a useable pattern. On the second day, we'll pick fabrics and the third day we'll focus on ways to construct the picture, including fusibles, raw edge appliqué and boro hand stitching. We'll gather again, after an interval of a few weeks, for a half day session to see results, share triumphs and ask questions.This class will meet for 3 consecutive days (7/21-23), for 7 hours each day (10:00-5:00). Then it will take a 3 week hiatus and reconvene for 4 hours (10:00-2:00 ) on August 16.
Materials: Students will need to purchase some materials on their own and do some homework prior to the class. Details can be found HERE.
About the instructor: I began quilting in the early 1980s, and soon discovered shibori, Japan’s ancient tradition of tie-dye. Shibori helped me find my voice in landscape quilts. I dye fabric for my quilts, using fiber-reactive dyes and indigo. In recent years, I added slow stitch techniques—raw edge appliqué and Japanese boro—to my love hand quilting. Sharing all these traditions by teaching is, for me, important.
Though the subtext is always ecological, my landscapes usually express a quiet sense of place, often places I’ve experienced. They are “breathing spaces” that stop time-- seasons, tides or day to night. The natural world is a gift of great beauty, whatever one’s spiritual beliefs. It always gives me more ideas for quilts than I have time to make them.
Haiku have inspired recent landscapes. These compact Japanese poems usually refer to a season and to commonplace nature. Though I continue to create larger quilts, especially commissions, haiku have led me to smaller, more intimate works. Experiencing a moment of simple beauty in poetry or landscape is a welcome antidote to today’s divisive tensions.
My sense of place emerged in New England, where I’ve lived since 1979. My quilts are in corporate, private and museum collections. They have been exhibited nationally and internationally and appeared in various publications.
My best critics are my husband of 53 years and my crit group of over 33 years. My studio is in my home in Cambridge. My quilts can be seen at www.carolannegrotrian.com