Monday, May 19, 2014

Studio Space to Share

Studio 512

Lowell Fiber Studio has openings for  new members.  We are artists who work with fiber in a wide variety of techniques and styles.  Our studio - #512 - is one of the largest studios in Western Avenue Studios, a restored mill complex at 122 Western Avenue, Lowell. Western Avenue Studios houses over 250 artists  and as well as meeting spaces and the Loading Dock Gallery , an artist-run gallery.

art quilt, detail, Cathy Granese, Lowell Fiber Studio member
 As a member, your monthly fees will not exceed $200/month. 
Membership entitles you to:

Studio access 24/7
Shared use of 860 sq.ft. studio
16-foot canvas covered table
Sewing machine
 Ironing and cutting center
Use of dye and printing equipment
Access to Thermofax machine
 2 -  12-foot design walls
Close proximity to utility sinks
Huge windows for natural light
Individual shelves and ample shared storage
Optional private work station 
Weekly gathering for crit and company
Monthly opportunities to display and sell your work

Working on the print table

 Our space is uniquely adaptable to a variety of fiber-related processes. 

If you work with fiber, play well with others, and are interested in a  shared studio,  
we would be happy to meet you.

Contact Cathy Granese at cag721 (at ) verizon (dot) net 
or call  781-662-0349 for further information.

Banner, Linda Dunn

Monday, May 5, 2014

Thermofax workshop: Prayer Flags

 Saturday May 3, students  joined me at the Arlington Center for the Arts to try something new. They printed their own fabric, then created prayer flags or banners. 

I gave each student their choice of four small screens to work with. After a brief talk about flags, bunting, and symbols, we got down to the fun of printing.

The students had access to a library of colors but a limited set of images. 

printing through a stencil
This produced some truly beautiful results, including layers, reverse-prints, and  free-form repeats.
Water-color print-off layered with text

At the half-way point, we cleaned up, then began to compose. The students used their prints, along with heap of colorful scraps I'd brought, to expand the possibilities.

a banner for a friend
Everyone brought unique energy to the day. It was amazing to watch their voices emerge in the course of one afternoon.
layers and layers

working with sheers

 Along the way we shared stories, ideas, and laughs. The class surely could have run another two hours. People left with  nearly-finished work, four screens, and a sense of possibility.

finished banner