JOURNAL

A Sense of Design: My UGA experience + new workshop

Thanks,   University of Georgia Fabric Design Department!

Thanks, University of Georgia Fabric Design Department!

I was invited to teach silk painting at the University of Georgia Fabric Design Department this week. It felt like full circle; this is where I went to school, and although they do not teach silk painting at this time, this is where I learned this technique!

I will be teaching silk painting again Saturday, September 17 in Athens. Sign up here! If you’ve been thinking about expanding your artistic skills, this class will be a great opportunity to explore ideas and learn a new craft. We can start refining your design ideas and we can also discuss possible gifts for your friends and family. 

If you’ve taken the class before, I welcome and encourage taking it again! We will work on extending your skills to try something new. When I teach at KA Artist, we explore the possibilities of using a resist line to create a “drawing” with the gutta (or wax-like substance), but you could easily create a watercolor effect without the lines, or paint on a pre-treated silk that will keep the dye from spreading, or we can explore layering designs on the silk – there are many interesting effects to try out.

MEET YOU AT GRAND CENTRAL!

Does the whole world pass through Grand Central Station? What a hub of activity and civilization! What an opportunity for more people to see my artwork! I am pleased to report that my Café Experience prints are now on display at Café Grumpy in Grand Central Station through May 31st. Here is a what it looks like if you walk into the Station:

Send your friends & family there to enjoy a great cup of coffee (in ceramic cups!) on their visit to NYC or on their daily commute. That way they can enjoy a coffee break and discover my artwork, too. (Gosh - I'm still waiting to be discovered by Anthropologie or West Elm - maybe this will do the trick!)

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On top of all that the silk painting class held recently at KA Artist in Athens was a great success. We had a room full of creative participants, and the whole event was lots of fun. Here are some of the paintings-in-progress from that day:

 

Currently on display:
Café Grumpy Grand Central Terminal
Lexington Passage, New York City through May 31, 2016
 
Spring Showcase
KA Artist Gallery, Athens, Ga through June 2, 2016

Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley: 
Silk paintings by René Shoemaker
 The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga through July 2016