sunday, SEPTEMBER 29


All workshops are offered at the Helms Design Center.

Two workshops will run concurrently in the morning; three workshops will run in the afternoon. We’ll have a break between noon and 1 p.m. for lunch and catching up with fellow students.

morning workshops


From Vision to Reality: Advice and Methods from an Established Artist

with janice arnold
9am to 12pm

Do you have a vision for an exhibition, installation or art event but aren’t sure how to successfully bring it to life?  This interactive workshop outlines the essential skills for turning your concept into reality, with tried and true techniques for navigating all the elements and the steps in-between with confidence. You will learn how to refine and present your vision with a professional edge that will set you apart from the pack. I will cover skills and mindsets you can learn, knowledge and habits you can practice, that help foster success. There will be plenty of strategies for organizing chaos into a clear framework for staying on track and developing excellence every step of the way from Artist Statements to RFQs. Most of these strategies grew first out of mistakes, then survival and finally, success.


artistic tools: natural brushes

with barbara bryn klare
9am to 12pm

In this workshop we will create sustainable brushes using natural materials and rescued textiles which you then can use to create freehand patterns on paper or fabric. Some materials will be provided and/or bring materials from your own backyard and fabric stash. India ink, paper, and basic textile paints provided. Basic wrapping and knotting techniques will be discussed.

BIO: Ms Klare was born on Valentine’s Day in Athens, Ohio, and received her BA in geology and studio art/art history from Oberlin College. She has worked as a freelance textile/surface designer in SF and LA and as a professional writer, editor and columnist.

Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally including museums and galleries in SF, LA, Brooklyn, S Korea, Canada and the UK among others, and has been reviewed online and in print, including Huffington Post, Woven Tale Press, Art Bra Austin and Culturetr/ke. Her art reviews have appeared on Delicious Line and ArtBusiness.

Her word art project WHERE Were You Harassed? was just published in WordPower: Language as Medium, an anthology of artists who use the power of text in contemporary creative practices.

Ms Klare divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and southeastern Ohio.

afternoon workshops

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local color: dyeing with native plants

with trudy barnes
1pm to 4pm

Come explore the hidden color in our landscape by learning about native plants and their potential for dyeing. We will discuss how
to forage local plants responsibly as well as how to broaden your color palette using modifiers. Participants will come away with a selection of botanically-dyed samples as well as a finished textile and instructions on how to repeat the process at home. All materials provided.

BIO: Trudy Barnes received her BA with Honors in History of Science and Anthropology from the University of Florida and her BA with Honors from the Welsh School of Architectural Glass in Swansea, Wales. Barnes has exhibited her work internationally at New Designers in London and the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. U.S. exhibitions include the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT and Kala in Berkeley.

Barnes has received residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and Kala Institute. She has also been awarded several scholarships and awards. She has been commissioned to create work for private residences in the Greater Bay Area. Themes of landscape and making connections to place inform the conceptual development of her studio practice. Trudy currently lives and works in Glendale, CA.


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From text to textile: how the visible moves the invisible

with sarah d. haskell
1pm to 5pm

Witness the subtle transformation within your mind and heart as you write on Kozo paper, spin it into thread and then weave, crochet or knit a small textile.

In this workshop participants will respond to a question or writing prompt filling sheets of Kozo paper which we will spin into thread using the Japanese technique called Shifu.  From this paper thread we will weave, crochet or knit a small textile, embedding our language, thoughts and feelings into the fabric.

The act of consciously observing the changes in these materials by simple textile methods offers an opportunity for personal reflection and transformation.

  • Instructor will supply all the materials for this all day workshop.

  • Participants are welcome to bring their own drop spindle, crochet hook and/or knitting needles.

  • All experience levels welcome.

More info about Sarah can be found on our speakers page.