Jennifer teaches workshops at a variety of venues around the country.  She is also available for private or small group classes scheduled on demand at Sulfur Studios in Savannah, GA.  Email for availalbility and pricing.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops:

June 9 & 10th, 2018: Nature as Source at West County Fiber Arts in Sebestapol, CA

Explore the natural world as a source of inspiration and a source of materials for textile design. We will begin by walking along the nearby Joe Rodota Trail to gather materials and inspiration, returning to the school to explore natural dyes and a variety of surface design techniques on fiber, including eco-printing, shibori, smocking and embroidery. We will discuss the many conceptual and technical connections that textiles have to the natural world. Students will complete multiple samples and an eco-printed silk scarf, and may also begin a personal project with advice and guidance from Jennifer.

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Workshop Descriptions:

Natural Dye Exploration – Eco-Printed Scarves   In this half-day workshop students will learn the basics of preparing and using natural dyes to create beautifully printed silk scarves.  Topics covered will include choice of fiber, preparation, safety and after care.  Material/workshop fee includes 3 silk scarves which students will be able to take home with them. Students may choose to bring additional fabrics from home with which to experiment. All Levels.

Natural Dyes Start to Finish    In this full day workshop students will explore the wide range possibilities of natural dyes.   We will cover preparation of fiber, dye recipes, color theory and modifiers.  We will also discuss resists and printing.  Each student will create a set of samples on silk fabric and wool yarn, as well as at least one silk scarf.  Student may choose to bring additional protein fibers (silk or wool) to experiment with. All Levels.

Frame Loom Weaving 1: Basics   In this half day workshop we will build a simple frame loom, prepare it for weaving and cover basic weaving techniques, including plain weave, and soumak stitch.  Students will leave with their own frame loom and sampler. All Levels.

Frame Loom Weaving 2: Tapestry and Texture  In this half-day workshop we will expand upon the basics covered in Frame Loom Weaving 1 to focus on tapestry interlock techniques to create form and imagery in weaving, as well as textural elements like rya knots and loops.  Must have loom and basic understanding of plain weave.

Frame Loom Weaving 3: Lace and open work In this half day workshop we will continue to explore the possibilities of frame loom weaving by incorporating lace and open work in woven designs, including leno and wrapping.  Must have loom and basic understanding of plain weave.

Intro to Felting (1 day to 1 week)  In this  workshop students will be introduced to the basics of wet felting for flat and 3-dimensional forms, which can be used in a wide range of applications, from fashion and accessories to fine art.  All Levels.

  • 1 Day version   - Students will create 2-3 samples and can begin to plan personal projects with instructor input.
  • 2-Day version – Students will create 4-6 samples and will have time to begin working on a personal project with instructor assistance.
  • 1 week version – Students will create 6-8 samples and will have time to complete one or more personal projects with instructor assistance. (Can also be scheduled as 2-3 hour weekly classes for 4 weeks).

(De)Constructed Surfaces

In this week long workshop students will explore a range of traditional and experimental fabric manipulation techniques.  We will begin by smocking, gathering, pleating, stitching and stiffening fabric.  Then will cut, stain, and burnout our materials, and begin to apply these skill to a wide spectrum of creative expressions that can be applied to craft, fashion and fine art. (Can also be scheduled as 2-3 hour weekly classes for 4 weeks).  All Levels.

Embroidery Expanded

In this week long workshop we will expand our definitions of fabric and thread by applying embroidery techniques to a range of materials, including wire, metal, paper, and wood.   We will begin by creating a sampler of traditional embroidery stitches on fabric, including needle-point, cross stitch, and black-work.  We will then find ways to apply these methods in unexpected ways.  Students will create a range of samples and begin to design personal projects. (Can also be scheduled as 2-3 hour weekly classes for 4 weeks).  All Levels.