Studio & Workshops

Natalie Gerber – Studio & Workshops

SPRING SESSION                   

SURFACE DESIGN DISCOVERY

Join us at the studio every second Thursday and be introduced to a variety of surface design techniques for textiles. Explore pattern through screen, block or eco printing. Discover resist dyeing with indigo or natural dyes and combine what you’ve learned through improv quilting. Participate in the full six-week course or individual workshops.

AT A GLANCE
22nd Feb – Screen Printing, Natalie Gerber
8th March – Intro to Indigo, Caroline Forde
22nd March – Block Printing, Charis Birchall
5th April – Eco Printing, Caroline Forde
19th April – Improv Quilting, Cheryl Arkison
3rd May – Natural Dye Intro, Caroline Forde

WEEK 1
Instructor: Natalie Gerber
Date: 22nd February
Intro to Screen Printing on Textiles
Description: Join surface designer Natalie Gerber for an introduction to silkscreen printing.  You’ll work through the process with hands on demonstrations and develop a pattern for print. We’ll build up texture and explore pattern using pre-prepared silkscreens and you’ll take home two tea towels that are one-of-a-kind!

CLASS OPEN

WEEK 2
Instructor: Caroline Forde
Date: 8th March
Discover Indigo Dyeing: Inspired by Japanese Shibori Resist Dyeing
Description: Explore the process of indigo dyeing with fibre artist and surface designer Caroline Forde. In this workshop you’ll be introduced to surface pattern design and the complexities of indigo dyeing through Shibori, a Japanese resist dyeing technique. Along with developing a beautiful selection of cotton fabric samples, you’ll gain a better understanding of the nature and history of indigo.  Enjoy exploring various patterning by stitching, clamping and tying. Gain the confidence to further your exploration in natural dying and take home a small indigo vat for continued natural dyeing discovery along with your own one-of-a-kind cotton scarve.

CLASS OPEN

WEEK 3
Instructor: Charis Birchall
Date: 22nd March
Block Printing Basics
Description: Join surface designer and fibre artist Charis Birchall for an introduction to surface pattern design through block printing. Explore pattern with hands on demonstrations teaching the basic concepts of repeat and multi-colour block printing. Carve your own block for printing and take it home for further exploration along with your finished one-of-a-kind tote bag!

CLASS OPEN

WEEK 4
Instructor: Caroline Forde
Date: 5th April
Intro to Eco Printing
Description: Explore pattern in this ecologically sustainable method that pulls vibrant colour from nature through bundle dyeing. With hands on demonstrations you’ll discover this rewarding technique that can be further explored at home.  You’ll take away a one-of-a-kind scarf, various fabric samples to apply to a future project and the drive to continue on your own journey in eco printing.

CLASS OPEN

WEEK 5
Instructor: Cheryl Arkison
Date: 19th April
Improv Quilting Discovery
Description: Join modern quilter and writer Cheryl Arkison for an introduction to improv quilting.  Explore the process through colour selection, pattern, prep and texture with hands on demonstrations. You’ll discover the possibilities of this quilting technique and problem solve along the way, while selecting from a wide variety of hand printed Natalie Gerber linens. You’ll proudly take home a finished pillow top at the end of this workshop and the confidence to continue your self-discovery in improv quilting from home.  Please note your own portable sewing machine is needed for this workshop.

CLASS OPEN

WEEK 6
Instructor: Caroline Forde
Date: 3rd May
A Foundation in Natural Dyes
Description: Join fibre artist and surface designer Caroline Forde to expand on your understanding of natural dyes. In this workshop you’ll explore the natural dye pot while starting to build a dyer’s sample book.  Further explore the possibilities of this process with mordants and fixatives through over dyeing and using resists. Take home a one-of-a-kind scarf and a variety of fabric samples for future projects.

CLASS OPEN


YOUTH 12 - 16: SURFACE DESIGN DISCOVERY

Join us at the studio over four Saturdays for a fun introduction to surface design techniques for textiles, aimed at youth 12 – 16 years of age. Explore colour and create pattern for cloth through silkscreen, block and eco printing. Discover Shibori, a Japanese resist dyeing technique with natural indigo dyes.  Over the course you’ll work on four projects, take home a greater understanding of surface pattern design and your finished one-of-a-kind scarf, tote bag, t-shirt and bandana.

AT A GLANCE
17th Feb – Screen Printing, Natalie Gerber
24th Feb – Intro to Indigo, Caroline Forde
3rd Mar – Block Printing, Charis Birchall
10th Mar – Eco Printing, Caroline Forde                                       

WEEK 1
Instructor: Natalie Gerber
Date: 17th February
Intro to Screen Printing on Textiles
Description: Join surface designer Natalie Gerber for an introduction to silkscreen printing.  You’ll work through the process with hands on demonstrations and develop a pattern for print. We’ll build up texture and explore pattern using pre-prepared silkscreens and you’ll take home a one-of-a-kind printed t-shirt.

WEEK 2
Instructor: Caroline Forde
Date: 24th February
Discover Indigo Dyeing: Inspired by Japanese Shibori Resist Dyeing
Description: Explore the process of indigo dyeing with fibre artist and surface designer Caroline Forde. In this workshop you’ll be introduced to surface pattern design and the complexities of indigo dyeing through Shibori, a Japanese resist dyeing technique. Along with developing a beautiful selection of cotton fabric samples, you’ll gain a better understanding of the nature and history of indigo.  Enjoy exploring various patterning by stitching, clamping and tying  then take home a one-of-a-kind cotton bandana.

WEEK 3
Instructor: Charis Birchall
Date: 3rd March
Block Printing Basics
Description: Join surface designer and fibre artist Charis Birchall for an introduction to block printing. Explore pattern with hands on demonstrations teaching the basic concepts of block printing. Carve your own block for printing and take it home for further exploration along with your finished one-of-a-kind tote bag!

WEEK 4
Instructor: Caroline Forde
Date: 10th March
Intro to Eco Printing
Description: Explore pattern in this natural dyeing method that pulls vibrant colour from nature through bundle dyeing. With hands on demonstrations you’ll learn how to get colour onto cloth from flowers and nature.  You’ll take away a one-of-a-kind scarf and many fabric samples to use in your own future project.

CLASS OPEN


FOCUS ON SURFACE DESIGN - YARDAGE PRINTING

Join surface designer and textile printer Natalie Gerber in her studio over 4 weeks to expand your knowledge of screen printed textiles.  In this intimate class you’ll team up with a studio mate to develop and produce your own micro collections with a focus on fall winter 17/18.  With hands on demonstrations and problem solving through out the course, you will print two meters of organic cotton/linen and gain a deeper understanding behind the process of screen printing. Work through the steps from repeat pattern development to screen prep, colour mixing, registration and finally printing. At the end of this four week course you will have a better understanding of the process, materials and history of textile printing and your own micro textile collection for future projects.

AT A GLANCE

Thursday
22 Feb | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Intro to Textile Printing and repeat pattern development.
1 Mar | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Intro to water based inks, silk screen prep. + registration
8 Mar | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Team Printing
15 Mar | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Team Printing

CLASS OPEN

Friday
23 Feb | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Intro to Textile Printing and repeat pattern development.
2 Mar | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Intro to water based inks, silk screen prep. + registration
9 Mar | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Team Printing
16 Mar | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Team Printing

CLASS OPEN


FOCUS ON SURFACE DESIGN – REPEAT PATTERN BLOCK PRINTING

Join textile designer Charis Birchall in the studio for a focused workshop in block-printing repeat patterns for cloth. Develop a multi-colour repeat pattern for print while gaining carving, colour mixing, registration and printing skills. At the end of this workshop you will have a greater understanding of the process, materials and history of block printing and a series of printed organic cotton/linen fat quarters for future project.

AT A GLANCE
5 May - Block Carving, Pigment Mixing, Repeats, Printing

CLASS OPEN


FOCUS ON SURFACE DESIGN – RED, YELLOW + BLUE FOR NATURAL DYERS

Join fibre artist and surface designer Caroline Forde in the studio rejuvenated from her Iceland textile residency and travels.  This course is for beginner and intermediate dyers; we’ll be adding to our dye journals and exploring a new range of reds and yellows. You’ll investigate the natural dye pot from dye extraction and fabric preparation to dyeing.  Further explore the possibilities of this process by brightening your fabrics using mordants and over dyeing using resists.

Deepen your natural dyeing experience by further exploration and delving into the natural indigo vat. Gain a better understanding of the process of working with this complex dye and its endless shades of blue.  Continue your exploration in indigo and natural dyeing through Shibori, a Japanese resist dyeing technique.

You will take home new skills and various fabric samples of cotton, linen, wool and silk. For the keen knitters Caroline will be sharing a selection of beautiful Icelandic wools which we will be vat dyeing in class. Gain a greater understanding of the process of working with natural dyes while you explore the Japanese art of shibori resist dyeing along with beginning or adding to your own Surface Design and Textile Discovery Journal

AT A GLANCE
16 Mar | 6.30pm – 9.30pm | Focus on the Natural Dye Pot, Indigo + Shibori
17 Mar | 9.30am – 4.30pm | Focus on the Natural Dye Pot, Mordants, Indigo + Shibori
18 Mar | 9.30am – 4.30pm | Focus on Dyeing and over Dyeing

CLASS OPEN