SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART
Sculptural Basketry WORKSHOP

300 AUGUSTA ST, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205
Feb. 2017

This workshop covered expressive ways to create nonfunctional sculptural works using organic, found, and recycled materials with basketry. Students first learned basic twining techniques using wax linen and hemp twine. Then they began working intuitively with chosen objects while considering the techniques they learned.  Materials included clay, cement, waxed linen, reed, wire, and any found objects students brought with them. Each student completed three different basket samples and began one large basket project in class (and finished the work at home). 



SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART
natural dye inks WORKSHOP
300 AUGUSTA ST, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205
FEB. 2017

During this workshop, studets explored the use of natural dye inks and flower stamping techniques on paper. Students learned how to mix their own inks from natural plant materials such as logwood, cochineal, marigold flowers, and cutch with gum arabic and alum. All participants learned the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants, and how to use them to alter hues with additives such as iron, and citric acid. 



SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART
Shibori & indigo WORKSHOP
300 AUGUSTA ST, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205
july 2017

Participants  explored the ancient tradition of Shibori dying. Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping. Students focused on obtaining beautiful blues on cotton and silk using indigo.  We covered how to make three different organic indigo vats from scratch using fructose, henna, and iron as reduction agents. 


SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART
MARBLING PAPER + FABRIC WORKSHOP
300 AUGUSTA ST, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205
July 2017

In this workshop participants explored how to embellish paper and fabric with swirls of color. Marbling is an ancient technique practiced in 12th century Japan and in 15th century Turkey. Delicate paint patterns are floated on a gel-like bath and transferred to a watercolor paper, cotton and silk surfaces. Students considered how marbling can be used to enhance an artist practice in fibers, collage, illustration, or printmaking.  On day one, we focused on the  chemistry of the alum mordant and carrageenan size and how to apply marbling designs to paper. Day two focused on applying marbling designs to fabric samples and a larger fabric piece. Students  went home with 12 sheets of marbled paper, cotton and silk samples, and a finished, 22"x 22" cotton bandana.