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Visiting Artist Workshops


2019 Visiting Artist Workshops

Register soon! Many of the workshops are filling quickly!

April 4-5, 2019          Vicki Jensen | Getting Started with MX Dyes
April 15-19, 2019     Pat Pauly | On Your Mark --- Print!
May 6-10, 2019        Carol Soderlund | NEW Color Mixing for Dyers
May 13-17, 2019      Carol Soderlund | True Colors
June 10-14, 2019    Sue Beevers | Painted Wholecloth Quilts
June 24-28, 2019    FULL - Ana Lisa Hedstrom | Shibori - Ana Lisa'a last year of teaching
July 15-19, 2019      Lisa Walton | Permission to Play
July 29-August 2, 2019      Carol Anne Grotrian | Traditional Slow Stitch: Indigo Shibori and Boro
September 16-20, 2019     FULL - Betty Busby | The Third Dimension  
September 30-October 4, 2019     Sue Benner | Expressive Dye Painting
October 17-18, 2019    Vicki Jensen | Get Started Dyeing Wool and Animal Fibers

All of our workshops are held at PRO™ Chemical & Dye in Fall River, Massachusetts from March through October. Our building is air-conditioned in the summer months. Our 5 day workshops run from 9:00AM to 4:00PM each day Monday through Friday, with additional time to work independently after the formal instruction.

PRO™ Chemical & Dye provides a complimentary lunch daily for the duration of our workshops. The lunches are not gluten and dairy free. Please contact us for places in the area that you can purchase alternatives.

Workshops are open to all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, unless noted in the course description. We limit the size of our workshops to 14 students, to ensure maximum benefit and personal attention.

Decisions to run a workshop need to be made two months in advance,
so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Tuition

To guarantee your space in a workshop, the following deposit(s) must be received with your registration.

  • 2 day workshop = $215 - deposit of $100 charged at registration
  • 3 day workshop = $350 - deposit of $150 charged at registration
  • 4 day workshop = $420 - deposit of $175 charged at registration
  • 5 day workshop = $500 - deposit of $200 charged at registration

 The balance of your tuition must be paid 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the workshop. A late fee of $50 will be charged if the balance is not paid on time.

Your credit card does not automatically get charged for the full amount of tuition stated for each workshop, unless you are registering within 6 weeks prior to the scheduled workshop dates. Otherwise only the tuition deposit will be charge, once we process your registration. Please Note: No discount can be applied to the registration of a workshop. Thank you for your understanding.

Cancelations

If you cancel from a workshop up to 30 days before the beginning of a workshop, you will receive a full refund of all money paid at that time, minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel from a workshop within 30 days of the scheduled workshop dates, you will only receive a 50% refund of your paid tuition as a credit on file for future use, as long as we fill your spot with another student from our waiting list. If there is no one to fill your spot, then unfortunately we are unable to apply any credit on file.

PRO™ Chemical & Dye reserves the right to cancel a workshop without sufficient enrollment two months before the scheduled date. If you have registered for a workshop that gets canceled, you will receive a full refund of your tuition deposit. Please register early to avoid disappointment!

Transportation

If you are flying: T. F. Green Airport in Providence, RI is the closest to out facility in Fall River, MA with about a half hours drive. Logan Airport in Boston, MA is not as easy to get in and out of as Providence and is about an hours drive depending on traffic.

 Lodging

Lodging is not within walking distance of the classroom. Click here for a list of housing options in the area. Upon arrival at your chosen lodge, you are responsible for payment of your room and for transportation to and from PRO™ Chemical & Dye.

   
  1. Getting Started with MX Dyesl | Vicki Jensen - April 4-5, 2019
    Getting Started with MX Dyesl | Vicki Jensen - April 4-5, 2019
    $100.00

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    Getting Started with MX Dyes

    Whether you are brand new to the world of dyeing or just need a refresher, this workshop will get you started on a fun, easy journey of using the MX fiber reactive dyes. On the first day, you’ll begin by creating a 12 step color wheel, while learning how to prepare an immersion dye bath. Then an easy method of dyeing a six step gradation will be completed. You’ll finish the day exploring several low water immersion processes on cotton. On the second day, you’ll discover a variety of ways of working with thickened MX dyes to create color and pattern on cloth, in addition to hand painting yarns. See how easy it is to create one of a kind dyed cloth and fibers!!!

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    Tuition: $215 ($100 deposit charged at registration)
    Level;Beginner
    Materials Fees: $15 (paid separately during the workshop)

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  2. On Your Mark - Print! | Pat Pauly - April 15-19, 2019
    On Your Mark - Print! | Pat Pauly - April 15-19, 2019
    $200.00

    On;y 6 spots left! Register soon!

    On Your Mark --- Print!

    Workshop: Take a favorite mark and use that motif in various print methods from direct dyeing and dye painting to layering print techniques wet and dry. We’ll create a variety of fabrics that relate, contrast, and become the center of attention in a piece. Starting with a notebook of linear designs and shapes, we’ll center on how to use a mark and define that motif simply and dramatically. Experiment with under-laying color for a background, applying a printed texture to the fabric, and adding a graphic element through the use of silkscreen, monoprint, and stencils. Using thickened dye as our medium, we’ll add color and pattern, repetition and scale to design a fabric that will result in cloth that has layers of images, bold, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind. This class will leave you with a notebook of real experiences that use the surface design printing tools, and you’ll know well how to Make Your Mark!

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)

    Level: All

    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

     

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  3. The NEW Color Mixing for Dyers | Carol Soderlund - May 6-10, 2019
    The NEW Color Mixing for Dyers | Carol Soderlund - May 6-10, 2019
    $200.00

    Only 1 spot left! Register soon!

    The NEW Color Mixing for Dyers

    NEW for 2019! Students will be creating new color families not previously dyed in Carol’s classes. This is a THIRD set of families, and we will be using some different yellow. red, and blue dyes as primaries than in previous classes. If you have been wanting a new set of samples, but would rather do the work cooperatively with classmates, this is your opportunity!

    Dye the color you choose, not the color that chooses you! Explore the unlimited number of hues possible by mixing only pure reds, yellows, and blues of Procion MX fiber reactive dye. Teams of students will use different sets of primaries that when mixed will yield hundreds of colors in a wide range of values. Sharing the results, each student will build a sample book of more than 1,000 dye swatches and their recipes on 100% cotton fabric. This book will become an invaluable reference for future dyeing. Using the sample book as a guide, each student will apply the basic techniques of dyeing, including dyeing value gradations, over-dyeing, and low water immersion techniques.

    Along with this hands-on approach, students will come to understand color theory in three-dimensional model that goes beyond the color wheel. We will examine the difference between color theory and color reality, and break through the confusions of so many color systems that are not dye-based. This course will be a wonderful foundation for wearable artists, quilters, needleworkers, weavers, and dyers of cellulose fibers and silk, or for anyone who wants to learn more about the interactions of color.

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level: All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

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  4. True Colors | Carol Soderlund - May 13-17, 2019
    True Colors | Carol Soderlund - May 13-17, 2019
    $200.00

    Workshop is half full! Register soon!

    True Colors: Developing Your Personal Palette

    For the dyer, the many choices of dye colors available can lead to confusion and disappointment in color outcomes. This class will help you choose the pure color that will suit you in developing your own personal palette. Carol has dyed over 80 individual palettes, which she will share with you through slide presentations, discussions, and hands -on dyeing. Brilliant yellows, passionate purples, rich reds, astounding blues and soothing greens as well as necessary neutrals will be yours to mix using Procion MX dyes.

    This class will focus on:

    • developing skill in intuitive color mixing, based primarily on training the eye

    • an understanding of the relationship between colors

    • understanding warm and cool contrasts

    • choosing your personal palette of pure reds, yellow, and blues, from which all hues can be mixed

    • how to dye saturated, brilliant colors, and avoid mud when you choose to

    • how to create interesting complex neutrals (Bring on the mud puddles!)

    • how to shade from value to value and hue to hue

    Students will dye up from 8 to 20 yards of cotton (depending on whether one-yard cuts or fat quarter cuts are chosen) using low water immersion techniques. On the first day, we will develop concepts through lecture and discussion, and do some exercises to get familiar with the pure hues. On the days following, we will dye yardage using low water immersion techniques, resulting in both solid-colored and multi-colored cloth and explore the possibilities of layering color to enrich the palette.

    This class is suitable for all levels of experience, both for those who have had Carol’s class Color Mixing for Dyers, and for those who have not.

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level; All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

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  5. Painted  Wholecloth Quilts | Sue Beevers - June 10-14, 2019
    Painted Wholecloth Quilts | Sue Beevers - June 10-14, 2019
    $200.00

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    Painted Wholecloth Quilts

    Painted wholecloth quilts are exciting to create, and can range from simple to intricate.  Participants will explore two dimensional, free-form and geometric design, and will execute these designs in paint using masking, stenciling and printing techniques, and water soluble resist. This workshop is designed to give students an opportunity to become familiar with making a pointed wholecloth quilt. Participants will explore free-form, geometric, and stenciled design, and will execute these designs in paint using Masking, stenciling, printing techniques, and water soluble resist.

    Topics include:
    Properties of silk resist
    Applying silk resist
    Painting resisted fabric
    Paint properties: Opacity and Viscosity
    Painting techniques
    Effects of fabric moisture
    Geometric design
    Painted embellishments
    Designing with stencils
    Decorative embellishments
    Decorative machine embellishments

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level; All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

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  6. FULL - Shibori:  Classic Techniques:  New Ideas | Ana Lisa Hedstrom - June 24-28, 2019
    FULL - Shibori: Classic Techniques: New Ideas | Ana Lisa Hedstrom - June 24-28, 2019
    $200.00

    Workshop is full! Please call 800-228-9393 to be put on the waiting list.

    Shibori:  Classic Techniques:  New Ideas

    After a review of the classic patterns Arashi shibori, Itajime, and Katano machine stich resist, we will discover some new ways of using these techniques.  We will also combine some of these techniques to create new patterns and learn advanced processes such as the Arashi net pattern.

    Indigo, silk acid dyes, and fiber reactive dyes will be explored in a variety of ways, and resist silk scouring will make areas of crisp and soft silk that receive the dye differently. This class is for beginners through experienced shibori dyers. Using our fabrics for clothing, quilts, and art textiles will be part of the discussion.

    Come and explore new possibilities!  Ana Lisa will bring samples of traditional Japanese Shibori and examples of her own work.

    PLEASE NOTE: This will be Ana Lisa Hedstrom's last year of teaching.

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level; All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

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  7. Permission to Play | Lisa Walton - July 15-19, 2019
    Permission to Play | Lisa Walton - July 15-19, 2019
    $200.00

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    Permission to Play - Surface Design Workshop

    Have you always wanted to try out interesting surface design techniques and products without stress? In this workshop you will explore a wide variety of surface design techniques such as fabric painting, sun printing, fabric manipulation, stamp making, rubbing, stenciling, stamping, rubbings, layering, thermofax screen printing and foiling. You will not only become comfortable with a wide range of easy to use surface design tools, you will also incorporate these original fabrics into a contemporary artwork using Lisa’s Fantastic Fusion techniques. Two workshops in one.

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level; All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

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  8. Traditional Slow Stitch: Indigo Shibori and Boro | Carol Anne Grotrian - July 29 - August 2, 2019
    Traditional Slow Stitch: Indigo Shibori and Boro | Carol Anne Grotrian - July 29 - August 2, 2019
    $200.00

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    Traditional Slow Stitch:  Indigo Shibori and Boro

    If you love the idea of slow stitching, come experience two age-old Japanese traditions of hand sewing in this five-day workshop. Create new indigo-dyed cloth with shibori, where stitches are sewn, gathered and dyed. Designs are revealed as the sewing is removed.  Thanks to centuries of experimentation, there are seemingly endless variations to try.

    Then turn to boro, a tradition of patching and mending, born of a need to revive worn, once precious, fabrics. Created by layering a variety of existing fabrics, our boro textiles will include the shibori dyed in class. Usually densely hand-stitched, boro has been called “country sashiko.”

    Though shibori and boro both rely on, but are not limited to, simple running stitches, the results are elegant and complex. It’s optional to quilt the layers with batting. Students at all levels are welcome.

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level; All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid during the workshop)

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  9. FULL - The Third Dimension | Betty Busby - September 16-20, 2019
    FULL - The Third Dimension | Betty Busby - September 16-20, 2019
    $200.00

    Workshop is full. Please call 800-228-9393 to be put on the waiting list.

    THE THIRD DIMENSION

    Workshop description: Learn all about heat shapeable batting. In this class, we will explore the basics of using this very useful material by creating free standing, quilted cylinders from our own hand painted fabrics. We will explore several techniques for painting, including paint pouring using PRO Pourable Opaque Paints.

    Please note: Each student will need to bring their own sewing machine to use in this workshop.

    There will be a $30 materials fee paid directly to Betty Busby for the supplies that she is bring for you, in addition to a materials fee payable to PRO Chemical & Dye for the paints used in class.

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level; All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

     

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  10. Expressive Dye Painting and Printing | Sue Benner - September 30 - October 4, 2019
    Expressive Dye Painting and Printing | Sue Benner - September 30 - October 4, 2019
    $200.00

    Only 1 spot left! Register soon!

    EXPRESSIVE DYE-PAINTING AND PRINTING WITH PROCION MX DYES

    Workshop description: Make your marks, brush your strokes, and record it all on fabric.

    Bold and expressive use of Procion MX dyes is the goal of this workshop. Sue teaches her layered painterly approach using direct application, mono-printing, and various other techniques. Emphasis is also placed on developing sophisticated color combinations, using interesting tools, along with adding touches of metallic and opaque fabric paints. Sue shares helpful hints, technical information, and her own variations. 

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    Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
    Level: All
    Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)

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