Aya Fiber Studio Announces Grand Opening Monday, January 10th At New Location. Offering Fiber Workshops, Studio Time, Boutique With Ready-Made Clothing And Gifts

Suzanne Connors and Aya Fiber Studio has moved to a new space!  The public is invited to the Grand Opening on Monday, January 10.  Fiber-art workshops Now through April, 2022 are available for all levels of experience with regional, international and nationally known instructors who are experts in their fields. Studio time is also available for your own projects. Bring a group of friends and create together!  Shop in the boutique for one-of-a-kind textiles, wearable art pieces, and functional artworks.  The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks of the workshops.  Please note NEW ADDRESS!!!!

 

 

 

 

MONDAY,   JANUARY  10, 2022

5 – 8 PM

 

 

 

AYA  FIBER  STUDIO

170 NE Dixie Highway      Stuart, FL 34994

www.ayafiberstudio.com              suzanne@ayafiberstudio.com  

336.693.4606

 

 

The Aya Fiber Studio is pleased to invite regional, national and internationally acclaimed fiber-artists to the studio to give lectures, workshops and critiques for a wide range of fiber studio practices and techniques. 

 

 

TAKE   AN   IN – STUDIO  WORKSHOP

 

 

January 13; February 4; April 11

Intro to Shibori and Indigo | Suzanne Connors

 

 

 

 

Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery, and folklore. Discover how the leaves ‘make blue’ by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat. The  complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dying, such as shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. The natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’. While the vat develops, students will be shown a folded and clamped method, a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to make several pillow or napkin-sized samples

 

 

January 14 – 15   With Suzanne Connors

Shibori Stitching and Binding: Magi-Age and Ori-Nuri  

 

 

 

 

 

Shibori is a Japanese word used to describe the ways to create patterns on cloth by manipulating it before dyeing. Shibori comes from the verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press.” Learn the basic type of stitching used to create patterns in the cloth to create unique patterns and to resist dye.  Learn how to lay patterns out and how to execute them. You’ll come away with new friends , great memories and a collection of indigo dyed fabrics in various solid shades, and patterns!

 

 

January 17 – 20     In The Boro Spirit | Lisa Brinkley

 

 

 

Boro mending, kantha cloth, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend each evokes images of old, worn fabrics, simply but beautifully stitched for a new purpose out of need and salvaged cloth. Contemporary fiber artists can learn much from these traditions both technically and aesthetically. Explore the traditions that created these textiles and look to them for inspiration in creating new works of fiber art. Begin with pieces of old fabrics, especially those with personal meaning— vintage linens, pieces of worn jeans, even bits of blankets or tattered garments—we select, curate, layer, and hand-stitch them into new looks and new life. Techniques include non-traditional hand-piecing and applique, hand-quilting with various weights of threads, inclusion of repurposed embellishments such as shirt buttons and beads from old jewelry, as well as design considerations in creating our compositions. This four-day workshop is a meditative blend of history, hand work, upcycling, and art making. This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists.

 

January  23 – 26  

Botanical Books & Keepsakes|Merike Van Zantan

 

 

 

Learn how to use leaves and plants to print on paper, fabric and leather plus turn the results into keepsakes. On days 1 & 2, we’ll discuss types of fabric, paper and leather suitable for botanical printing, and types of mordants needed for the different materials, as well as possible modifiers.  We’ll cover folding and securing methods for bundles. With comprehensive, and clear, detailed instructions in the handouts you’ll leave with the knowledge to continue this at home. You’ll be making lots of botanical prints on paper, fabric, and leather, at your own pace.  On days 3 & 4 we’ll combine our printed materials to create different kinds of bindings for notebooks, journals and Midori travel journals that you can then produce in the workshop. We’ll print some wool to be sewn into bags to keep your book/journal in. Wallets and small pocketbooks are also possibilities. I’ll show you other things you can make at home, like shoes, bags, and discuss where to get the necessary supplies.

 

January 28 – 30

Joomchi And Beyond |  Jiyong Chung

 

 

 

 

Joomchi is a unique Korean tradition of making textured handmade paper by using water and eager hands. The terminology originated from the meaning, “making a Joomoney (Pouch)”. There are a few remaining Korean treasures made with this technique: purses, folding pouch, outfit for rain, etc. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers), not easy to rip/tear and creates elegant looking surface: As time goes, the surface becomes more and more elegant and aged looking, surfaces sometimes look like leather. Become acquainted with its history, usage and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art form. Joomchi’s usages are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new way of drawing, one-of-a-kind book art, wearable, unconventional body ornament or sculptural object: 2-D & 3D either functional or fine art oriented works. The possibilities are endless!

 

January 31 – February 2

Sashiko, Mending & Hitomezashi Stitching | Atsushi Futatsuya

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about the art and history of Sashiko, how to use a long needle and make beautiful stitches, and how to find joy in stitching. Learn how to transfer patterns to fabric and we’ll discuss ideas for future projects and how to use sashiko as part of a mindful mending practice. This is a unique opportunity to learn authentic Sashiko stitching from a traditional master, Atsushi Futatsuya, a third-generation Sashiko artist. Students will practice this meditative art and advance their Sashiko skills with lots of hands-on guidance.

 

 

 

February 8 – 12  

Natural Dyes: Making A Color Library | Elin Noble

 

 

 

Use natural dye extracts to construct a color library on white and a light blue indigo dyed ground using three mordants (and mixtures of them) and a broad palette of dyes (including cochineal, pomegranate, Himalayan rhubarb, weld, and madder). This will become a reference library for future projects.  The 2nd part of the class introduces polychromatic dyeing. We’ll apply mordants to cloth through shibori, hand application, and printing techniques, including discharge and overprinting. In a one-color dye bath we’ll attain multiple colors and patterns. Hand-paint a range of dyes onto the mordanted cloth, thereby achieving an even wider range of colors, shapes and spaces. Explore a method of painting and printing using mordanted dyes on un-mordanted cloth. The process is direct and the results dynamic.

 

February 14 – 17  

Draw|Print|Stitch: A Textile Collage  | Peg Gignoux

 

 

 

 

Interested in printing your own cloth? Students will transform simple drawings into thermofax screens. Explore the fun of making your own design and printing with textile inks! Make your own yardage while also contributing to community cloth of combined marks. Day 2 and 3 will focus on color, composition, and line in the building of distinctive textile collages.  Layer, slice and stitch and artfully combine hand printed cloth with other fabrics in your stash. Each student will go home with their own screen for future printing opportunities.

 

 

February 21 – 25  

Process + Awareness + Connection | Amy Nguyen

 

 

 

Work with natural fibers, natural dyes, man-made dyes and fabric manipulation techniques to create a single textile to be used for the body or home. Explore soft and hard edges, such as the soft blurry edges that can be found in shibori in contrast with the hard edges found in textile printing or katazome. Through exploration of color, line, shape, pattern and form in our surface design, we find a visual language to express our current experience. Work with our hand-dyed textile pieces in an additive or subtractive manner to further create texture through deconstructing, piecing, seaming, layering and/or stitching.

 

Experience the science of dyeing raw materials as well as open ourselves to explore the process of our individual creativity with increased mind/body awareness. Begin each day with a brief movement qigong/meditation practice to encourage presence and awareness. By paying attention to not just the form we create, but also to our own form as we create, we can bring this awareness to ourselves and create mind/body connection to deepen our studio practice.

 

As we work with new tools of surface and stitch learned throughout the workshop as well as with our own natural intelligence, we automatically create a holistic textile studio practice from which to discover relationships and connections to inform our own evolution. From two-dimensional to three-dimensional, each individual will realize their own unique textile, through learning and sharing in community.

 

 

February 28 – March 4  

Explorations in Shibori | Ana Lisa Hedstrom

 

 

 

Learn the basics and more advanced arashi, itajime folding and clamping and katano sewing machine shibori. Then we will try various applications of dye comparing natural dyes and thickened fiber reactive dye and silk acid dyes. Learn: Painting with natural dyes on shibori textures; Kakishibu persimmon tannin, resist scouring silk; Experimenting on paper and wool felt.

 

March 7 – 11  

Color Mixing & Shading With Natural Dyes | Catherine Ellis

 

 

 

An extended palette of natural dye color can be created using very few dyes and the art of mixing colors. Dyes may be mixed in the dye pot or by over-dyeing. Color values can be controlled by using carefully measured amounts of dye. The class will learn how to control shades, gradations, and color mixes on silk fabric using a limited number of dyes. Indigo will be over-dyed with various yellows to make a series of greens. Indigo plus red dyes will result in shades of violet and even black. Students will build a comprehensive sample book of repeatable natural colors. At the end of the week, students will be invited to dye some of their own silk scarves with a palette of color.

 

March 21 – 25

 Skins| Skeletons| Nets and Knots  | Mo Kelman

 

 

 

 

Learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like rattan, bamboo, wood, wire and found materials. Techniques will include lashing, chaotic plaiting and wire construction. To build skins onto these structures, we will work with gut, rice papers, knotted and knotless netting. Coatings like paintable graphite and kakishibu tannin will further modify surfaces. Exercises, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving challenges will guide your production of a series of prototypes that will ignite your studio practice. All levels welcome

 

 

March 28 – April 1

 Shibori and Color Are My Obsession | Doshi

 

 

 

Shaped-resist dyeing is a textile art that is thousands of years old. In Japan it’s known as Shibori, in other cultures by a variety of names—Plangi, Bandhani, Adire, Tie-dye. While applying pressure to shaped fabrics before and during dyeing, we can create exquisite patterns of infinite variety on textiles. Samples from all over the world provide infinite approaches to practice several resist techniques: stitching, knotting, pole-wrapping, clamping and rope wrapping. Use folds, tape, and capping to create compound pattern and through layering these techniques we will produce complex designs. We will explore and study color—inspiration, choosing, and mixing—with acid dyes on a variety of silk fabrics. Building layers of rich color through processes such as pour dyeing, vat dyeing, painting, and discharge increasing the complexity of imagery and patterning.

 

 

April  5 – 9

Indigo Shibori: Beyond Blue  | Carol Anne Grotrian

 

 

 

 

Experience the excitement of dyeing indigo patterns over color. Results can range from dramatic to subtle, with an added bonus when the interaction of indigo and fiber reactive dyes create interesting halos of color. The class will include instruction on fiber reactive dyes in both immersion and direct application techniques, as well as shibori techniques in indigo. There will be lots of time to create beautiful, unique fabrics. No experience is necessary; experienced dyers are welcome.

 

 

April 14 – 16    

3 Day Rozome and Batik Techniques | Muffy Clark Gill

 

 

 

 

Have you been interested in trying a new painting process but have been afraid to learn? This workshop is about using the batik (Indonesian style wax resist painting) and rozome (Japanese style batik) wax and dye painting processes to create unique artwork on silk and other fabrics that can be used on everyday household objects, clothing or works of art! Play with tjaps (Indonesian printing blocks), tjanting tools, brushes, and other waxing techniques so that you have a variety of tools to create artwork that is uniquely yours. We will work with environmental friendly soy/beeswax and acid based dyes for vivid colors. Good for experienced silk painters, fiber artists and artists who would like to work in fiber so they can add new techniques and ideas to their toolkit.

 

 

April 18 – 21  

Batik Adire and Tie Dye | Gasali Adeyemo

 

 

 

 

Learn the traditional Yoruba techniques of Batik, Adire Eleko and Tie-Dye and learn about my culture. Batik is the process of creating designs using wax. Batik is the way of creating so many beautiful colors. Traditionally in Nigeria the dye used for batik fabrics is a dye called Jaman dye or Prosion dye, which are both colored dyes.  Adire Eleko is the process of creating designs using cassava paste (yucca), a small broom, and a chicken feather.  Learn how to prepare the paste, so you can do it at home. Use a stencil and create the patterns by hand.  Learn how to prepare indigo, use it to dye your work and how to remove the cassava.  Tie-Dye is the process of using raffia to tie fabric and then dying the fabric.  Learn a few different tie-dye techniques.The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo. Indigo has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. The Yoruba name for indigo is “elu”. Since the olden days indigo has been used for medicine as well as a dye; it cures an upset stomach. Indigo is also used to ward off viruses; houses are painted with indigo to prevent the sickness from entering. Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. During the beginning of the rainy season the leaves are harvested and then dried. After they have dried they are formed into little balls which are then used to prepare the dye.

 

 

OPEN     STUDIO     TIME

 

 

 

 

Enjoy delicious, uninterrupted studio time. Open studios is a great way to try out the Aya Fiber Studio. Do you have a project you’re working on but need assistance? Do you have indigo projects to put into the vat? Maybe you need a large table or access to the dye kitchen? Come use ours! Maybe you’ve taken a class but need a little extra time to work. A drop in fee includes access to our dye kitchen, print tables, sewing area and small equipment, just bring your material or buy some of ours!

 

VISIT   OUR   BOUTIQUE!

 

 

 

 

For more details about these events, classes, upcoming workshops and opportunities to explore creative fabric design:

 

 

https://www.ayafiberstudio.com/studio-workshops-sonora 

 

Contact Suzanne Connors at: (336) 693-4606

 www.ayafiberstudio.com

www.facebook.com/ayafiberstudio?fref=ts

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy delicious uninterrupted studio time. Open studios is a great way to try out the Aya Fiber Studio. Do you have a project you are working on but need assistance? Do you have indigo projects to put into the vat? Maybe you need a large table to work on or access to our dye kitchen. Come use ours! Maybe you’ve take a class but need more time to work. A drop in fee of $30 includes access to our dye kitchen, print tables, silk screens, sewing machines and all dye equipment. Just bring your own fabric and materials ( or buy some of ours) PRE REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED.

 

 

https://www.ayafiberstudio.com/open-studio-appointments

 

 

VISIT    OUR    BOUTIQUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about these events, classes, upcoming workshops and opportunities to explore creative fabric design:

 

Contact Suzanne Connors at: (336) 693-4606

or visit www.ayafiberstudio.com

or visit:

www.facebook.com/ayafiberstudio?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Aya Fiber Studio Offers Indigo, Shibori, Botanical Printing Plus Other Textile Arts Classes Both On-Line And In Person

The Aya Fiber Studio is South Florida’s premier fiber art workshop destination. The waterfront location in Stuart is Suzanne Connors’ studio and maker-space where she invites world renown textile artists to share their skills and techniques with students.  Aya Fiber Studio offers in-person learning as well as on-line classes.  Don’t miss the free “Coffee With An Artist”, where Suzanne hosts a Zoom conversation with respected fiber artists from around the world (begins Sunday, January 10).  Start your year with intention and creativity by signing up for the workshops being offered!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some peeks here. CDC Protocols will be followed.  Don’t want to create but you love the look?  Stop by the Studio Boutique!

 

 

 

Aya Fiber Studio

4745 SE Desoto Ave B2    Stuart, Fl 34997

 

Gather and Learn with Like-Minded Fiber Artists

Learn  new techniques

 

 

Check the Calendar and Register online

 

 

We offer Studio Days where you can practice your new skills

 

 

https://www.ayafiberstudio.com/coming-workshops 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aya Fiber Studio is thrilled to announce our new program, “Coffee with The Artist”. Each week Suzanne will host a LIVE ZOOM conversation with some of the most respected fiber artists in the field today. Many are upcoming Instructors in the studio, and some are former Instructors. In our 45-minute discussion we will focus on the artists work and their creative journey: especially what they have been doing during this COVID pandemic. We will allow 15 minutes at the end of our conversation for questions from the audience. So, grab a cup of coffee and join us every Sunday at 9:00 AM (EST) beginning in January 2021 and will be broadcast via Zoom. These broadcasts will be free to view and open to all. (links will be on the website: ayafiberstudio.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy delicious uninterrupted studio time. Open studios is a great way to try out the Aya Fiber Studio. Do you have a project you are working on but need assistance? Do you have indigo projects to put into the vat? Maybe you need a large table to work on or access to our dye kitchen. Come use ours! Maybe you’ve take a class but need more time to work. A drop in fee of $30 includes access to our dye kitchen, print tables, silk screens, sewing machines and all dye equipment. Just bring your own fabric and materials ( or buy some of ours) PRE REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED.

 

OPEN STUDIO DAYS: WED & THURSDAY EACH WEEK ON DAYS THERE ARE NO CLASSES SCHEDULED

 

(2) SESSIONS: 10 AM – 1 PM   AND   1:30 PM –  4:30 PM 

 

https://www.ayafiberstudio.com/open-studio-appointments

 

 

 

JAN 6-8, 2021: 3 DAY INDIGO & SHIBORI WITH SUZANNE

 

JAN 18-20, 2021: 3 DAY BOTANICAL PRINT WITH SUZANNE

 

JAN 22, 2021: ITAJIME SHIBORI: FOLD & CLAMP (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

 

JANUARY 23, 2021: KANOKO AND ORIGAMI SHIBORI; TIED RESIST (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

 

JANUARY 24, 2021: ARASHI SHIBORI – THE DRIVING RAIN (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

 

JANUARY 25, 2021: DRAWING WITH THREAD: NUI SHIBORI (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

 

JANUARY 26, 2021: MAKI-AGE, GUNTAI AND OTHER NUI TECHNIQUES (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

 

FEB 7- MARCH 7, 2021: OUT OF THE BLUE ONLINE SHIBORI

 

INTRO TO INDIGO: MONTHLY STUDIO WORKSHOP:

FEB 2, 2021

FEB 22, 2021

 

 

VISIT    OUR    BOUTIQUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about these events, classes, upcoming workshops and opportunities to explore creative fabric design:

 

Contact Suzanne Connors at: (336) 693-4606

or visit www.ayafiberstudio.com

or visit:

www.facebook.com/ayafiberstudio?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Hailed By Critics For Her “Subjective Realism” Approach, Eran Far Offers Three Abstract Painting Classes At Hobe Sound Fine Arts League

Eran Far is an Iranian/American artist whose formal training began at the Kamal El Molk Art Academy in Tehran.  Under the direction of great academics in Brussels and the Art Students League of New York, her artistry matured into a unique style which combines the abstract and expressionist movements.  Eran is offering 3 workshops ( individual or they can be combined) to students interested in exploring abstract art, at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League on February 16, February 23 and March 2.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of her exquisite artistry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTS:

3 One- Day Workshops With:

                                                                                            

E R A N     F A R

 

Internationally Acclaimed Abstract Expressionist Artist

 

 

 

 

Saturdays:   February 16, February 23, and March 2, 2019

For more information and to register for a workshop:  call :     201 496-3872 or    email:     eranfar31@gmail.com

      

 

Classes take place at:

Hobe Sound Fine Arts League

8879 SE Bridge Road     Hobe Sound, FL 33455

 


Eran Far
 

 

 

 

Hailed by critics as “subjective realism”, Eran Far’s expressive and hypnotic style evokes thoughts that carry the mind from the reality of nature to abstract expressions of emotion.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Through my watercolors and mixed media, I want to explain beauty and harmony beyond the traditional and expected ways. My paintings reflect all the scenes and incidents that affected me deeply…sounds, lights, colors. This, together with the experience of “crossing into the world beyond’ which is inexplicable even to myself, is the main texture of my paintings”.

 

 

 

Eran attributes the creative expressions in her paintings to hard days and happy days growing up in Tehran, and to her life travels in different parts of the world. Born to older parents, Eran grew up in a largely adult world.  Encouraged to be fiercely competitive and having an appetite for singing, theater, and dance, Eran performed happily before her home audiences.  She also had an innate love for design, appreciating the depth of color and nuance.

 

 

“Summer Breeze” by Eran Far

 

 

Biographer, Fleeta E. Fox, talks about Eran: “ Her art and painting had their beginnings at Kamal el Molk Academy in Teheran.  As she studied the Masters and began painting, she felt that her own paintings were superficial and  “too copycat”.   With an unbridled need to express herself from within, Eran rejected and discarded the idea of painting altogether and “forgot art”.  Eran joined her brother in Brooklyn, NY  to continue her college studies”. 

 

Eran was  inspired by the creativity and history of the New York World’s Fair, as “lighting, scenery, and theater all impacted her and opened new horizons”.  She was energized by her nascent experiences in the bustling city. In the seventies, as Eran grieved her mother’s death, she sought reprieve by traveling to the south of France and later to Brussels.  Eran says, “The yellow lights of Brussels inspired me to try painting once again”.  But, being restricted to traditional art forms, her spirit for expression and creative form was dampened.

 

“Class Recess” by Eran Far

 

 

 

A return to New York City, brought Eran to classes at the Students Art League. In this new-found space, Eran’s love of Modern Art was finally released.  She told Fleeta E. Fox the following story.  

 

The students were assigned small spaces on a table upon which to work. They were allowed to paint on a small canvas. One day during class, an instructor approached Eran and said, “Why are you painting in this space? What are you doing? You need more space….”

Eran responded, “That’s what we’re allowed”.

She was instructed to purchase a larger canvas and work on the floor. For the very first time in her life, she was painting with large, sweeping strokes and “painting her heart out”! Inspired by her mentor who believed in her gift, she was encouraged to “excavate her soul” and paint from within. She was also inspired by a fellow art student, illustrator, and scholar who recognized and encouraged her development into a fine artist. He later became her husband.

 

 

At the prestigious Art Students League of New York, Eran studied on and off for over two decades (1990-2012) under Master artists Joseph Stapleton, Anita Steckel, and Dale Myer. Eran’s style of painting was recognized as “Subjective Realism” within abstract expressionist style.

 

For two decades and prior to relocating to Florida, Eran also served as a computer programmer and systems analyst for NCR Corporation, an international manufacturing company in both Iran and New York.  She later jointed Metropolitan Life of New York, as a financial representative.

 

“Nature’s Choreography” by Eran Far

 

 

 

Eran currently works as a private art instructor, conducting art workshops, and participating in art shows in different venues in Florida.  Her paintings speak for themselves.  They have been presented in art shows in New York, Berlin, Paris, Teheran, and Nice.  In 2015, Eran made her home in Stuart, Florida, where she shares her art with residents of the Treasure Coast, as well as “sharing her secrets” through her upcoming classes.  Her paintings are included in numerous art collections internationally.  She is available for commissions.

 

 

 

To learn more about this artist: 

Contact Eran Far

      Tel:         201 496-3872

      email:     eranfar31@gmail.com

      website:  www.yessy.com/eranfar 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Neil Capozzi From Stuart Art Supply & Artists’ Nook Shares His Expertise About Options And Care Of Different Brushes For Artists, Plus Much More

Stuart Art Supply is a full service specialty store selling fine art supplies to artists and students. Owner, Neil Capozzi  provides a vast knowledge of art supplies, value pricing and a good selection of materials. Stuart Art Supply is affiliated with the Artists’ Nook Studio, giving local art instructors a place to offer fine art classes and lessons.  Neil shares his expertise about the countless options of brushes available.  It is reassuring to have someone so knowledgeable to guide us, when the selection can be so overwhelming. From vegan brushes, white hog bristles, synthetic filaments, plus so many shapes and sizes, how does one decide?  The Rickie Report shares the details and a Store Coupon!

 

 

 

 

Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990

http://www.stuartartsupply.com

772.220.4500

n.capozzi@stuartartsupply.com

MONDAY – FRIDAY  10 AM – 5 PM

SATURDAY  10 AM – 3 PM

 

 

 

 

Neil Capozzi tells The Rickie Report, “My personal and business mission is to provide local artists with a great selection of quality art supplies at value pricing”.  Neil is a major supporter of the local art scene, by bringing special events into the store and art studio.  He is heavily involved as a volunteer with local arts agencies and organizations.  In addition, Neil provides affordable space for instructors to hold classes and workshops. He passes on his expertise by providing affordable art education to adults.

 

 

 

 

Recently, Neil announced that he would be making changes in his artists’ brush mix eliminating Escoda, stocking Da Vinci and expanding Silver Brush. He says, “I”m happy to share that the Da Vinci Brushes have arrived to rave reviews from artists and instructors alike.  For you fine art painters, I added the short handled red sable brushes from Silver Brush (excellent for all media). These brushes join the long handled versions favored by detail painters. I’ve also added the Silver Silk 88, a semi stiff synthetic bristle for water media painters including water soluble oil paints”.

With so many different types and brands of brushes, Neil offers all of the details at the store and on the website.

 

 

Check out this video of Dee Silver, as she discusses the proper treatment of artist brushes:

https://youtu.be/GCIv2hTTGu0

 

An Overview of Brushes:

 

 

The Art Sherpa® red handle — made by Silver Brush in partnership with Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa®. These beauties feature excellent quality stiff white filaments that were specifically designed for use in all acrylic paints, including heavy bodied. Sherpa brushes provide paint and tip control unique to the series. Now you can scrub, scumble and push paint around on your surface without fear of damaging the brush! 

 

 

 

Silverstone™ brushes are of the finest quality interlocking Chungking white hog bristle. They have perfectly balanced and shaped handles for ultimate comfort and control while a nickeled brass ferrule protects the brush from damage, splitting and wear. 

 

 

​Cambridge™ series brushes have a unique blend of selected natural bristle and multi-diameter synthetic filaments with a resilient interlocked construction and deep natural chiseled tips. A seamless nickel-plated brass ferrule and carefully balanced handle make the Cambridge series a joy to work with, even on rough surfaces. These exceptionally durable brushes work well in heavy bodied acrylics, water-mixable oils, and traditional oil colors. 

 

The Atelier™ Mottler brushes feature a blend of badger and synthetic bristles and they are perfect for blending or softening edges. The extra long handle provides reach for work on a large canvas and a rust proof copper ferrule protects the brush.

 

Bristlon® is a superior stiff white synthetic brush that has been specially processed so it can be used with harsh solvents without compromising the texture or the fibers. These brushes offer excellent color control and strong resiliency on rough surfaces as a result of their interlocked construction and finely chiseled tips. It doesn’t matter if you are working with oils, acrylics, or watercolors, they will maintain their form and provide a smooth application of color. 

 

 

Black Pearl™ brushes are made with Mightlon™ synthetic filaments that can withstand rigorous treatment with heavy bodied and tube acrylics. These are great value brushes for not only acrylics but oils and water mixable oils as well. Ideal for canvas, large murals and plein air painting. 

 

 

Black Velvet® — distinctive black lacquer handled brushes with a signature silver band are a water-based artist’s dream! The Black Velvet® series is made with a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetics that allows the brush to hold a huge amount of color and release it with perfect control for watercolors, gouache, liquid acrylics, inks and dyes. The bristles are simultaneously soft enough to allow multiple-layer glazing without disturbing previous colors, yet firm enough to lift color with a gentle scrub. 

 

 

Silver Silk 88™ is the best quality synthetic brush on the market for use in fluid acrylics, interference acrylics, gouache, watercolors and more. These beauties have great absorbency, exceptional holding capacity, wonderful color control and excellent wear resistance. Make your mark with Silver Silk 88™! 

 

 

Grand Prix® brushes are of outstanding quality. Perfectly balanced and shaped, they feature interlocked 100% Chungking white hog bristles for maximum color carrying capacity and corrosion-resistant double crimped pure copper ferrules with an epoxy seal for added protection.   The Renaissance® brushes are a top quality kolinsky-class pure red sable brushes with a natural spring and generous color-holding capacity. Renaissance brushes keep a fine point or sharp chisel edge.

 

 

Morgan Samuel Price Talks About her Brush Selection HERE:

 

Morgan Samuel Price Artist Describes Why She Chooses Grand Prix™ brushes

AS ALWAYS SILVER BRUSHES ARE 40% OFF OUR LIST PRICE.

 

Neil tells us, ” We’re offering a nice mix of watercolor, oil and acrylic paint brushes from DaVinci at an everyday value price.”

 

 

 

 

Casaneo Watercolor Brushes made from extra soft synthetic fibers with an extraordinary elasticity and an extremely high color absorbing capacity, manufactured in plastic quills, rounds, flats, oval pointed filberts, and wash brushes bound on black lacquered handles. 

 

Spin Synthetics – watercolor brush finest extra smooth light brown synthetic fibre so-called silver ferrule short red transparent lacquered ergonomic handles for all liquid colours, especially for watercolor and silk painting. 

 

da Vinci CASANEO WATER COLOUR BRUSHES

 

 

College – Acrylic brush, round strong synthetic fibre seamless aluminum ferrule brown-red matte finished handles with a new, non-slip surface structure to enlarge our assortment for acrylic and oil painting in the lower price level, we have created this new synthetic line with very elastic synthetic fibers and long brown-red matte finished handles with a new, non-slip surface structure.

 

Impasto – Acrylic colours are used in a more liquid as well as thicker consistency and for special techniques you need painting knives. The IMPASTO has been designed to be used with the many texture gels and pastes now available 

 

Maestro 2 – The enormous amount of labour involved in hand making interlocked brushes has led us to develop a new technology, which enables us to manufacture the artist brushes in a more effective way. 

 

Top Acryl – white synthetic fibers with interlocking effect, medium length with silver ferrule long natural polished handles.The IMPASTO/TOP ACRYL has been designed to be used with the many texture gels and pastes. 

 

 

 

NEW  Product  Test  Drive!

 

 

KingArt 9000 Series ORIGINAL GOLD

 

 

Artist Brushes

Your favorite, high-quality, golden taklon brushes are back in KingArt’s 9000 Series “Original Gold” premium brush line. KingArt, part of the Cornell* family, has created an exciting line of premium, golden taklon artist brushes at fantastic prices. Short, black handle brushes with gold bands and silver ferrules.

*The Cornell family has re-entered the artist brush business – Michael Cornell – Grandson of the original founder is importing some of the best water media brushes in the world. I especially love the 9020 Max Round (think Loew Cornell Ultra-Round).

 

 

Check Out The Classes/Workshops  Here:

For more information about art supplies, art classes, or the opportunity to conduct art classes:

 

Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990

http://www.stuartartsupply.com

772.220.4500

n.capozzi@stuartartsupply.com

MONDAY – FRIDAY  10 AM – 5 PM

SATURDAY  10 AM – 3 PM

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Behind-The-Scenes At A Batik Workshop With Caren Hackman

What happens after a Rickie Report article announcing a class or workshop is published?  On March 2, 2018, we published “Cynthia Head And Sally Pearson Offer 1 Day Workshops To Create A Take-Home Batik Painting”.  Today, Caren Hackman reports on her own and other workshop attendees’ experiences and shares their exciting results in this article.  The Rickie Report shares this behind-the-scenes experience with our readers!

 

BEHIND   THE   SCENES    WITH  CAREN  HACKMAN:

 

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper  1 day Workshop

 

 

Caren Hackman at Batik Workshop

 

It is great to get out of my own studio and take workshop to learn new skills or a new process. A one-day-Saturday workshop, suited me fine. I invited my sister, Naomi, friend Mara and her daughter Sarah, to take a watercolor-batik workshop with me.

 

I learned about the workshop through The Rickie Report. Rickie’s initial article about the workshop stated that all participants, regardless of experience, would be able to create a stunning work of art. The workshop was instructed by artists Sally Browning Pearson and Cynthia Head, and took place in Sally’s well-lit Port St. Lucie studio. The skill level of the 6 participants spanned from experienced watercolorists, to individuals with almost no painting experience. For the designs, Cindy and Sally offer tried and true patterns or the option to create your own design. I chose to use my own design.

 

I asked several of the workshop participants why they had chose to attend.  Barbara shared, “I was looking for something fun and I know Sally, so I knew this would be fun”.  Both Mara, an artist and instructor and Kendra, a longtime student of Sally’s, said that they were hoping the workshop would jumpstart some new creative endeavors.

 

The project begins by drawing the image on rice paper that is shot through with Mylar threads. I don’t want to give away too many of the secrets of this wonderful process, but there is a point when we crumpled our beautiful, delicate projects into fist sized balls!

 

 

Barb and Mara crumbling their paper

 

After the crumbling and another watercolor wash, we ironed the artwork to remove all of the wax. The results were delightful and varied. Each workshop participant adhered their rice paper art to a 16” x 20” stretched canvas support. I skipped this stage because I wanted to I attached my watercolor batik to a canvas scroll, as I’ve been doing for all my YogaPainter artworks.

 

 

As the workshop progressed, I asked the two least experienced “artists” in our group what they thought of their projects.  Naomi said, ” I was anxious about taking this workshop because I am a perfectionist, but I am not an artist. I absolutely love what I made”!  Sarah told me, “This is the best piece of art that I have ever created”!

 

ONE   DAY   BATIK   PAINTING   WORKSHOPS

To Register or get more information contact: cynthia.head@gmail.com or sallybpearson@gmail.com

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 yogapainter.com

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Cynthia Head And Sally Pearson Offer 1 Day Workshops To Create A Take-Home Batik Painting

Join Sally Pearson and Cynthia Head in an exciting one day workshop at Sally’s home studio in Stuart, FL and create your own Batik painting!  In addition to learning about batik on rice paper –design and color application – they will also show you how to mount your picture over canvas. You will go home with a picture ready to hang!  They supply the coffee and wine ( at the end of the day) in a small group setting.  Beginners are very welcome and for those of you thinking “I’m not creative”… this is FOR YOU!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the Batik images, Cynthia’s original watercolors, and her own “Batik in a Bag©” kits.

 

One Day Batik Painting Workshop

 

ONE   DAY   BATIK   PAINTING   WORKSHOPS

 

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper

1 day Workshop

Available:   Thursday, Friday or Saturday

 

“Birches”Batik © by Cynthia Head

 

Join Sally Pearson and Cynthia Head in this exciting one day workshop in Sally’s home studio!

Wear old clothes, bring a lunch, we supply coffee and lemonade, and wine at the end of day.

Cost: $75.00 payable by cash or check

 597 SW Kaabe Avenue   Port St Lucie, FL

Time: 9:30 – 3:30

To Register or get more information contact: cynthia.head@gmail.com or sallybpearson@gmail.com

 

 

Bring your own photo reference or choose one of our drawings to use in this exciting workshop.

Two teachers for 5 students provide more individual instruction.

In addition to learning about batik on rice paper –design and color application – we will also show you how to mount your picture over canvas.

You will go home with a picture ready to hang!

Materials provided include:

· Rice paper · Drawing and or pattern · Watercolors · Designated brushes · Pens · Hot wax · Canvas · Matt medium and rollers to mount your picture

 

 

About Batik

Cynthia’s most recent work incorporate watercolor on rice paper using the ancient batik method.  Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied traditionally to whole cloth originating in Indonesia. Batik is made by drawing wax dots and lines of resist with a tool called a canting or by printing with resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The wax resists dyes and allows color to selectively soak into the cloth. Boiling water is used to remove the wax.

Cynthia tells us that wax resist dyeing of fabric is an ancient art form. It already existed in Egypt in the 400 BC, where it was used to wrap mummies, and was practiced in Asia, China, India, Japan as well as in Africa.  Different resists were used, depending on the availability of resources.  Indonesian batik from the island of Java is the best known. In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik a a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.  Handmade Unyru paper is made from the highly renewable resource, the mulberry tree. The particular paper I use has strands of gold or silver, pre-consumable, recycled, mylar added to it, adding interest to each piece.

 

 

Below are some patterns available for students – more being developed every week !

 

 

 

“Sidekick©” Batik  by Cynthia Head

 

 

 

“Hibiscus”Batik© by Cynthia Head

 


Cynthia shares, “Combining the vibrancy and versatility of watercolor, with the spontaneity of the batik process, embraces a sense of perfect imperfection. There is a joy in working through each piece that energizes me. It motivates me to share this artistic journey by teaching others. My goal is to work with freer, more intuitive expression”.

 

“Hydrangeas” Original Watercolor by Cynthia Head


“Having finished a career in teaching high school, I am fortunate to be able focus fully on studio art and teaching adult watercolor batik workshops. My degrees in history and education, along with fine arts courses and workshops, provide a firm basis in design, color, and composition. Living in Florida and Canada, and traveling extensively, supplies me with constant inspiration. It’s always uplifting to be able to get out with a sketch book and camera to view the world anew. My work is based on my own photography, sketch books, and imagination”, she explains.

 

“Just Leaves” Original Watercolor by Cynthia Head

 

INTRODUCING:

BATIK IN A BAG©  – Take home a DIY

Each kit contains patterns and instructions, canvas, pen, and wax, to complete a
8 X 10 canvas gallery wrapped – ready to hang – picture!

$28.00

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Batik on watercolor, Batik in a Bag© and to see more of Cynthia’s work go to her website:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia-Head-Studio-330599384092514/?ref=bookmarks

Website:

https://cynthiaheadstudio.wixsite.com/mysite

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/cynthia_head_studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Aya Fiber Studio Dyehouse Shares August Offerings And Upcoming Specialty Workshops

Aya Fiber Studio Dyehouse’s Suzanne Connors has brought new classes and techniques to share with you! The Rickie Report shares the August Workshop Schedule, studio time and group visits. Indicate your interest in a future Felting Workshop. Sign up now for Kathy Hay’s Eco Print Workshop in October. NOTE TO FIBER ARTISTS/INSTRUCTORS: Suzanne is putting together the Fall and Winter Schedule. Contact Suzanne if you are interested in being an instructor. NOTE to Indigo Lovers – Aya Studios offers ready made tote bags, clothing, bedding and more! Click here for details.

 

 

 

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Aya Fiber Studio

Fish House Art Center

4745 SE Desoto Ave

Port Salerno, Florida 34997

STUDIO and BOUTIQUE OPEN: Tuesday- Saturday

and by appointment: 336-693-4606

 

Suzanne Connors tells The Rickie Report, “I can hardly believe summer is going by so fast, My 2 weeks at Arrowmont were wonderful and I learned so much new information! I’m putting together some really exciting workshops and I hope you will join us at The Dyehouse.”

 

Interested in a September Felting workshop with Robin Firth of Heartfelt Silks?  This would be held on Sat or Sunday, September 19th or 20th. Before committing I would like to see if there are enough people interested. Please email ayafiberstudio@gmail.com if you are interested or to let me know things you might be interested in.

 

 

Hand Dyed Mobius Shawl

Hand Dyed Mobius Shawl

 

Suzanne will be adding new workshops monthly! I have received some very exciting proposals from some of the best fiber artisans I know and I am excited to see what this season will bring. Eco- Printing , basketry, felting, dyeing with lichen; these are just a few! In order to help me with this could you take 3 minutes to fill out a survey? http://questionpro.com/t/ALh1lZSuW9

 

AUGUST WORKSHOPS

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Marbling on Fabric
Monday  August 17, 2015
10:00- 3:00

 

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Shibori Dyeing – Silk Scarf

Wednesday, August 20, 2015

10:00 -1:00

 

 

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Intro To Shibori Stitching on Raw Silk

 August 23, 24, 2015

10:00 – 3:00

 

AYAFIBERSelectivedegummingworkshop

 

Select DeGumming on Raw Silk

Thursday, August 27  10:00 – 3:00

 

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Indigo Play Date!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

10:00 – 3:00

 

 

Come enjoy an early morning cup of coffee on the dock, gather and mingle with like minded fiber artists, learn new techniques. Call Suzanne at (336) 693-4606 for more information
In addition you can rent studio space by the hour, day, week or month to practice your new skills. Purchase a Studio Pass! It is a great opportunity to create in an intimate fully furnished waterfront studio environment in South Florida!

 

Eco

Eco-Printing Workshop With Kathy Hays

 

Eco-Printing workshop with Kathy Hays

October 16, 17, 18, 2015

Eco Printing is contact printing of plants onto fabric. In this 3 Day Eco Print workshop intensive you will learn about plants, fabrics, equipment, processes and bundling techniques. Silk and wool fabrics have an affinity for plants and create fantastic prints. This workshop is perfect for fiber artist, feltmakers, dyers and art quilters. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and enjoy the bounties of nature. Some hand strength is needed to create bundles. This workshop is designed to learn essentials to carry printing at home.

 

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  • Day 1 Introduction – A discussion about what is Eco printing, what type of fabrics necessary, the equipment, materials, solutions and processes that are used for successful prints. A demonstration of how to make a bundle is given and balance of the day students make bundles. An indigo vat will be available, some fabrics are dipped for printing on day 2

 

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  • Day 2 First bundles are processed in the morning with results and discussion in afternoon of results. In the a.m. different bundling techniques are demonstrated and students allowed to explore those techniques. Those morning bundles will be processed in p.m. (if indigo vat available students may use their fabric from previous day)

 

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  • Day 3 Bundles will be opened from previous day and results discussed. (Fabrics from day 1 can be dipped into indigo vat .) Final bundling technique to produce high definition prints will be demonstrated. The balance of the day if finishing up all bundling processes and discussion of results.

 

$150 Deposit will hold your place in class; Balance of $300 due 1st day of class (cash/check) payable to Kathy Hays. Cancellation before 9/25/2015 will credit toward another workshop at Aya Fiber Dyehouse.

Materials List will be supplied September

LIMIT 10 persons

Weekly and monthly WORKSHOPS are available for all ages and all levels from absolute beginners to experienced craftspeople looking to hone their skills. Teachers and speakers include local artists as well as experienced “visiting artists” from the Fiber world!
Rent studio space by the hour, day, week or month to practice your new skills. It is a great opportunity to create in an intimate fully furnished waterfront studio environment in South Florida! Use onion skins and beets for natural dyes!

REGISTER TODAY: http://www.ayafiberstudio.com/indigo-workshops/

Studio equipped with:

sewing machines
serger
large cutting and work tables
irons/ironing boards
dress forms
wet area with sinks
dye equipment
drying rack and indoor lines
silk and batik frames
steamer
4 harness Leclerc floor loom
Tapestry Loom
Marbling equipment
Reference library
Computer and printer
Wi-fi also available

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE TODAY?

 

New Arashi Fabric

New Arashi Fabric

Suzanne explains to The Rickie Report, “What I love about fiber art is the surprise element – the mixture of the fabric, the dye and the resist create different combinations of results that are only revealed at the final step…the magic when the freshly dyed indigo comes out of the vat and turns from green to blue right before your eyes! It is always a surprise when I unwrap a freshly dyed piece of fabric! I currently specialize in Shibori and Batik. For me, these art forms are an excuse to use vibrant colors and simple shapes to produce designs, without having to worry too much about the details –just as in life, there are no “mistakes” with fiber, and everything is always subject to change. The imperfections are all part of the creative process. I’m always learning new techniques and experimenting so I can share them with my students. Every piece created is a unique one of a kind original!”

 

 

For more information please contact Suzanne Connors at:(336) 693-4606

or visit www.ayafiberstudio.com

or visit:

www.facebook.com/ayafiberstudio?fref=ts

 

 

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The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291