Forging Futures: Studio Craft in Western North Carolina
Jun
29
Aug 25

Forging Futures: Studio Craft in Western North Carolina

  • Blue Spiral 1 Gallery

Western North Carolina continues to be one of the top epicenters for the production of studio craft in the United States. The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains shelter a number of internationally renowned artists and many more are inspired by an ever-growing creative community.

Forging Futures surveys 24 emerging and established artists shaping the future of studio craft in this region. Their work represents the range of forms, techniques and materials employed to create handmade works of art, including functional and sculptural works in wood, metal, clay, glass, and fiber.

Exhibition on view at Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.

Featured artists include: Dean Allison, Alex Bernstein, Brian Boggs, Elizabeth Brim, Lisa Clague, Josh Copus, Heather Mae Erickson, Dustin Farnsworth, Jessica Green, Hoss Haley, Andrew Hayes, Eric Knoche, Stoney Lamar, Rachel Meginnes, Jaydan Moore, Zack Noble, Mark Peiser, George PetersonAmy Putansu, Michael Sherrill, Tom Shields, Pablo Soto, Kathy Triplett, Hayden Wilson

Forging Futures was curated by Jordan Ahlers and Marilyn Zapf and organized by Blue Spiral 1 and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Pursuing Excellence, the first survey documenting the rise and prominence of studio craft in the region.

Introduction to Ondulé
Jul
23
Aug 8

Introduction to Ondulé

  • Penland School of Craft

Workshop at Penland School of Craft

Ondulé is a French word for undulating or wavy. Ondulé fabric breaks the grid of conventional weaving, producing gently curving threads in the cloth through the use of an unusual tool: the fanning (or ondulé) reed. Students will become acquainted with this rare technique through a round-robin experience, making a collection of fabrics. We’ll emphasize learning how to maneuver the reed. We’ll cover the materials and structures most suitable for ondulé and the techniques that complement it. Students are encouraged but not required to bring an ondulé reed.

Two Day Workshop: Embroidered Shibori
Dec
8
Dec 9

Two Day Workshop: Embroidered Shibori

  • Cloth Fiber Workhsop

Apply traditional hand embroidery stitches to Japanese resist-dyed fabrics as a form of layered decorative mark-making. The focus of this workshop will be reinterpreting
shibori patterning and linework into embroidery to create a cohesive fusion of pattern and technique. The workshop will begin by creating fabrics of simple shibori resists such as kumo (bound resist) or ori-nui (stitching and gathering) and dyed in natural indigo. Additional shibori-inspired patterning will then be applied using embroidery stitches such as chain stitch, French knots, back stitch, split stitch, coral stitch and many others.
Students will be introduced to a number of basic resist dyeing, hand embroidery stitches, and indigo dyeing by making a small series of small art-textiles.

Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $198 + materials


One Day Workshop: Shibori in Deep Indigo
Jul
1
10:00 am10:00

One Day Workshop: Shibori in Deep Indigo

  • Cloth Fiber Workshop

This dyeing workshop will focus on achieving deep shades of indigo blue on cloth with resist-dyed patterning. We will explore some basic Japanese patterns and techniques on vintage handkerchiefs and linens. Students will make a series of small pieces and dye them using recipes and methods for the darkest blues possible with natural indigo. The results will be a collection of finished, one-of-a-kind fabric pieces with classic white motifs on a deep blue background. Emphasis will be primarily on dye instruction and procedure: cotton and linen fabrics in a ferrous indigo vat, while practicing the simplest of resist dye techniques.

One Day Workshop: Traditional Embroidery
May
20
10:00 am10:00

One Day Workshop: Traditional Embroidery

  • Cloth Fiber Workshop

This day long workshop will focus on practicing a range of classic hand embroidery stitches, applied to simple transferred designs on linen. The introductory level of this class means that emphasis will primarily be on working with the stitches, tools and tips and less on imagery. Simple designs will be provided to transfer onto cloth, providing lines to follow while practicing many types of stitches. Students will develop unique samplers as a resource for future hand embroidery designing.

T E X T I L E S: Traditional to modern | hand woven to hand dyed
Feb
24
Apr 1

T E X T I L E S: Traditional to modern | hand woven to hand dyed

  • The Refinery Creator Space

Seven artists express their evolving response to the world through textiles.  Exhibitors are Cassie Dickson, Catharine Ellis, Vicki Essig, Heather Allen Hietala, Amy Putansu, Kathie Roig, Barbara ZaretskyCurated by Barbara Zaretsky

at The Refinery Creator Space, Asheville Area Arts Council

Opening reception March 3rd.

Workshop: Classic Shibori II
Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Workshop: Classic Shibori II

  • Cloth Fiber Workshop

At Cloth Fiber Workshop, River Arts District, Asheville, NC

The classic Japanese shibori designs can be combined and manipulated to create original motifs and compositions. This one-day workshop will focus on pairing traditional stitching and binding techniques on cotton or linen to be dyed in organic indigo. Innovation and experimentation are encouraged in this workshop, and results will be apparent by the end of the day when fabric is dyed. Part II of Classic Shibori is open to all students new and returning, but will build upon techniques explored in Part I (offered in June 2016).

Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $95 + materials

 

Maiwa Symposium
Oct
3
Oct 14

Maiwa Symposium

  • Maiwa School of Textiles

I am honored to be presenting at the 2016 Maiwa Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia next fall. I will be presenting a lecture about my handwoven artwork titled "Invitation to the Divine". My woven and hand dyed scarves will be on exhibit at the nearby Silk Weaving Studio .  I will also hold a one-day seminar on my weaving technique and teach a 4 day workshop on shibori and selective degumming on silk. When registration opens I will share the news here.

degumming silk raw silk shibori Amy Putansu
Workshop: Classic Shibori & Indigo
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

Workshop: Classic Shibori & Indigo

  • Cloth Fiber Workhsop/BZ Design

For one full day students will be introduced to several favorite Japanese shibori resists, and execute them on fabrics to be dyed in an organic indigo vat. Techniques will include the stitching, binding and gathering that leads to beautiful white-on-blue patterning. Instruction will focus on the introduction to shibori resist and indigo dyeing, and students will take home a collection of samples.

Workshop: Resist Techniques on Silk: Natural Dyes, Degumming + Shibori
May
20
May 21

Workshop: Resist Techniques on Silk: Natural Dyes, Degumming + Shibori

  • Cloth Fiber Workshop/BZ Design

In this two day workshop you'll learn and practice a method to manipulate raw silk cloth into fabrics of textural and visual interest. Using shibori techniques you'll take advantage of silk’s unique characteristics by selectively removing an outer protein to achieve a cloth that is both soft and crisp. The resulting patterns will be emphasized when mordanting and dyeing them in natural dyes. The dyeing process can be repeated using still more shibori techniques, creating layers upon layers of textural contrast and color-mixing. Students will leave the workshop will a better understanding of traditional shibori techniques, raw silk and the degumming process, and dyeing silk with plant dyes.   

Aug
29
Oct 31

Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts

SDA Newsblog editor Leesa Hubbell writes an article with images from the show. There is also a link to purchase an exhibition catalog. This was an amazing international juried show installed at Arrowmont, as part of the Surface Design Association conference. Namita Gupta Wiggers was the juror.

Amy Putansu hand weaving ondule contemporary fiber art Materialities