HOT! Exploration in contemporary fiber arts

HOT! Exploration in contemporary fiber arts


May 3-5. 2019

Join Susan Lenz in an introduction to heat-activated processes for contemporary fibers.  Susan will share her unique melting techniques and will guide participants through experimentation with painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, hand stitching and free motion machine embroidery, utilizing a variety of fibers. This HOT workshop includes all the materials and supplies needed to create a finished, matted original fiber work.

Kit fee: $20 Paid to teacher first day of class. Participants are only asked to provide their own scissors if they don’t want to use the ones provided ... which aren’t particularly sharp! Participants do not need to provide any materials, tools, or equipment beyond their own scissors.

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GOALS: 1) an introduction to heat-activated processes using painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, and experimentation with various fibers 2) an introduction to hand stitching and/or free motion machine embroidery as a contemporary design tool 3) mounting a finished fiber creation and other information about professionally presenting framed fiber arts 4) stimulating creative responses for fiber arts explorations

Finished Product: At least one completed project, mounted into a provided 8” x 10” professionally cut mat

Provided Materials: basic ground fabric, threads, chiffon overlay, metallic foil, heat-transfer adhesive tissue, needles, polyester velvet, “scraps/fragments/fibers”, mat, foam-centered board, plastic “stick-on” hanger, pins, felt backing, thread and yarns

Provided Class Supplies (as needed): scissors, staple gun and staples, use of a sewing machine, stretcher bars, tacks/staples and staple gun, 2-way tape, resource books, irons (6), ironing boards (6), release paper, heat guns, soldering irons, heavy-duty extension cords, power strips, iron cleaner, bibliography in handout form, previously cut 8” x 10” mats with 4” x 6” openings etc.

WORKSHOP OUTLINE: Session 1) Introduction to heat-activated processes for fiber arts. Demonstration. Student exploration. Session 2) Hand stitching and free motion machine embroidery demonstration. Continued student exploration. Session 3) Demonstration of mounting and matting/completion of project. Final discussion.

Artist Biography:

Susan Lenz is a full time, professional studio artist in Columbia, South Carolina. Her studio is located at Mouse House, Inc. at 2123 Park Street where she has both a studio for 3D sculptural and installation work and a separate fiber art studio. Susan's work has been juried into numerous national and international exhibits, featured in solo shows all over the United States, and shown on television and in print. She has been awarded eight full scholarship art residencies and several "Best of Show" ribbons.

Cancellation Policy and Refunds

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) reserves the right to cancel any program up to 10 days prior to the event. When WMQFA cancels the workshop, lecture or event, students will receive a full refund. When WMQFA cancels a program due to extreme weather, every student will be personally notified and refunded. While WMQFA is understanding, “no-shows” will not be refunded. In the event that you are unable to attend a program that you registered for, please request a refund 30 days prior to the program, or you may apply your costs towards another workshop or program instead of being refunded. For classes over $250 a non-refundable fee of $100 will be assessed to any cancellations.

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