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Fiona + Ellen, a special collaboration!

21 June 2019

Fiona Duthie and I have been working on our plans the last year.
And now the time has come to announce that we will be giving a series of 4 special workshops together in both the Netherlands and Canada.

March 9-14 2020 Salt Spring Island, BC - Canada (3 workshops)
April 6-11, 2020 Nes aan de Amstel, the Netherlands (1 workshop)

6-day workshop Experimental Silk Painting and Garment Construction
Fiona Duthie & Ellen Bakker
March 9-14, 2020
Salt Spring Island, BC  


Ellen Bakker: Experimental Silk Painting : March 9-10-11
In this silk painting workshop, you will explore your own creativity while discovering the unique potential and surprising possibilities of silk painting. Working with brushes, templates, stamps and other tools, you will experience the effects of working with transparent layers, letting ink flow and making it stop.  The fabrics created will be used to create garments with Fiona Duthie, over the next three days.
No experience is necessary for this workshop.


Fiona Duthie: Garment Construction: March 12-13-14
Working with your luscious silks from the first three days, we’ll now explore aesthetic composition and seamless garment design, encompassing colour, form and fit, custom resists plus resist additions, for additional shaping and best fit.  Refine your felt making to achieve exacting end results.  Participants can make either a dress, vest, tunic, skirt or short jacket.   
Basic experience in feltmaking is essential.

$950.00 CDN (+GST)  Includes tea/coffee and a delicious lunch.
There will be a materials fee for this workshop of between $100-$140 CDN.

Registration for the Salt Spring Island Workshops opens on July 15, 2019.

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3 Day Workshop
Fiona Duthie
Raised Surfaces in Felt
March 9-10-11

Raised Surfaces works with great textural dimension through the construction of felt forms that rise up and over the surface of our felt. By repeating these forms, we establish a strong sense of movement, creating felt canopies of leaves or waves, a floating garden of felt or silk blossoms, or dancing, twisting bone-like structures. We’ll work with these raised elements plus paper in felt, adding unique sculptural and tactile qualities, which we can further enhance with striking line work in greys and blacks with sumi-e ink. We work with all of the techniques while creating small wall pieces. 
Knowledge of basic feltmaking and a curiosity in exploring new materials is essential.

$475.00 CDN (+GST) Includes tea/coffee and a delicious lunch.
There will be a materials fee for this workshop of  $50 CDN.
Full materials lists will be available here on June 31.
Registration for the Salt Spring Island Workshops opens on July 15, 2019.

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3 Day Workshop
Ellen Bakker
Experimental Silk Painting
March 12-13-14

In this silk painting workshop, you will explore your own creativity while discovering the unique potential and surprising possibilities of silk painting. Working with brushes, templates, stamps and other tools, you will experience the effects of working with transparent layers, letting ink flow and making it stop. You will have the chance to create scarves, colour silk for nuno felting, design fabric for clothing or interior use, or make samples for future inspiration.
No experience is necessary for this workshop.

$475.00 CDN (+GST) Includes tea/coffee and a delicious lunch.  
Ellen will be providing most of the materials you will need for your class. The fee will vary depending on the type of materials you chose to work with, but you can expect to spend approximately $80.00 – $ 150.00 on materials during the workshop. Materials fees will be payable at the end of your workshop.
Full materials lists will be available here on June 31.


Registration for the Salt Spring Island Workshop opens on July 15, 2019.

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6-day workshop Experimental Silk Painting and Garment Construction
Fiona Duthie & Ellen Bakker
April 6-11
 2020
Nes aan de Amstel - The Netherlands

3 day silk painting by Ellen Bakker

Discover the creativity within you and learn about the surprising and advantaged technique of art silk painting. The workshop leaves a lot of room for experimenting. During the workshop you will learn what the effects are of working with transparent layers, how to allow the paint to flow, but also how to stop it. You will be introduced to working with brushes, stencils, stamps and other tools. But most of all, you will learn to intuitively fill a white silk sheet with colour and shape. We start the workshop with painting one or more samples, after which you start painting big pieces for felting later during the 3 days with Fiona. If there is time left, you can also paint one or more scarves, a piece of thicker silk to make clothes from, or more samples. Each student has a large frame for stretching the silk.

Steaming
Steaming of the silk in a professional manner is included in the workshop. The colors become more intense and washable after the steam process. The fabrics will be steamed for ± 3 hours during the evenings.

By who
The silk painting workshop is given by Ellen Bakker. Under the label ‘colorsofellen’ she manufactures hand-painted silk fabrics and silk felted with wool. This creates feather light silk scarves, silk fabrics for clothing and wool/silk fabrics for shawls, clothing and interior applications, throws, cushions, wall panels, etc. The textile designs are characterized by a combination of graphic patterns, transparency, special colors and use of materials. The designs and fabrics form the sum of Ellen’s years of experience as graphic designer and her passion for textile art. This combination can also be found in the five inspirational textile art books that Ellen has now published. Containing the collected work of textile artists from around the world.

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3 day Garment Construction by Fiona Duthie

Working with your luscious silks from the first three days, we’ll now explore aesthetic composition and seamless garment design, encompassing colour, form and fit, custom resists plus resist additions, for additional shaping and best fit.  Each participant starts with their own body measurements to build a resist that is their exact body shape. We then add on mix and match resist additions to create any type of garment you wish. We look at collars, sleeves, aline shaping, godets, box pleats, ruffles, gathers and much more. This garment construction method ensures an excellent and personalized fit. Refine your felt making through special finishing techniques to achieve exacting end results. Participants can make either a dress, vest, tunic, skirt or short jacket.

Day 1:
Surface and Shape: Colour theory discussion, construction for fit, measuring and resist construction for garments, Basic resist form plus additions, beginning layout

Day 2:
Felt and Form: completion of felt layout, surface design, beginning felting

Day 3:
Reveal and Refine: final felting, techniques for final fitting and refining the felt surfaces, review of techniques

By who
Fiona Duthie is a feltmaker recognized for her dynamic surface design. She loves storytelling, both in words and textiles and starts a new piece, thinking first of what story she wants to tell and then creates tactile metaphors in form, fibre and surface additions to best communicate that narrative. Fiona creates sculpture for the body, art objects and outdoor felt installations. Her work uses geological surfaces built up through fabric manipulation, stratified textiles and mapping imagery to explore biography and individual perspective. Lines of topography, tracks, trails, and traces. Each piece is created as a seamless three dimensional form through traditional feltmaking. Fiona’s work has been published in many international textile arts publications and she has exhibited her work in both public and private galleries in Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Felting since 1996, Fiona Duthie has a full-time studio practice based on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. www.fionaduthie.com

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For whom
Experimental silk painting is for everybody, you do not need experience to participate.
Basic experience in feltmaking is essential.

Where
Nes aan de Amstel, The Netherlands.
(25 min. from Amsterdam and airport)
A day lasts from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Maximum 12 participants

6-day workshop
Euro 695,00 per person
Included:

  • 3 days teaching by Ellen Bakker and 3 days teaching by Fiona Duthie
  • Steaming of the silk in a professional fixing device
  • Coffee and tea with sweets
  • Delicious lunches

During the workshop silk painting the following materials are available:

  • Scarf Pongé silk 45x180 cm euro 10,00 each
  • Scarf Pongé silk 90x180 cm euro 17,00 each
  • Scarf Pongé silk 90x90 cm euro 9,50 each
  • Scarf Pongé silk 55x55 cm euro 4,50 each
  • Pongé fabric 90 cm euro 8,00 / meter
  • Pongé fabric 112 cm euro 11,00 / meter
  • Crepe de Chine 14, 90 cm  euro 25,00 / meter
  • Coupons Bourette, Crepe de Chine, Organza, etc. 
  • Silk paint euro 3,00 /100 ml


Participate
Registration for the workshop in the Netherlands is open.
In case you are unexpectedly unable to attend, you may find another participant to take your place or if there is a waiting list, the first one in the list can participate. The workshop will not take place if there are insufficient participants or unforeseen circumstances.
Participation is at your own risk.

As soon as there are enough participants, we will inform you, so that you can definitely make your arrangements.

List of necessities for silk painting

  • Apron - old cloths
  • 4 empty glass jars with lockable covers
  • 1 or more aquarel brushes with a point (12 or greater) – Please contact Ellen if you want to borrow a brush
  • Old towels • Kitchen paper
  • Thin rubber gloves

If it’s not possible to bring all the necessities, please contact us.

List of necessities for felting
Will follow later

Bed and breakfast
There are various accommodation options in the area.
https://www.smore.com/n1s8

Questions
If you have any questions, please contact: info@colorsofellen.com

Registration for the workshop in the Netherlands is open

 

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