Aya Fiber Studio Announces New Dyehouse Studio Space, Workshops, Classes and Great Gift Ideas

The Aya Fiber Studio in Port Salerno Florida is happy to announce their new Dyehouse Studio Space!  Located in the Fish House Art Center, the Aya Fiber Studio Dyehouse will offer classes and workshops for all levels of instruction and ability in the fiber arts, sewing, dyeing, silk screening, marbling, silk painting, shibori, natural dyeing, surface design and indigo dyeing.  The Rickie Report shares some fabulous photos and reminds everyone that the first Indigo Workshop begins May 11th!  What a great Mother’s Day, Graduation Day, Father’s Day or ANY DAY gift idea!  Get a group of friends together or come and join the group.  We know this is a friendly atmosphere with all the tools you will need.  If you are looking for something ready-made, stop in!

 

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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, “My work is inspired by my life in south Florida and my times living in the Caribbean islands. I am drawn to the colors of a setting sun and the Indigo blues of the sky and the sea.”

 

 

Workshops on specific techniques will be held weekly and monthly for all ages and all levels from absolute beginners to experienced craftspeople looking to hone their skills. Teachers and speakers will include local artists as well as experienced “visiting artists” from the Fiber world!

 

In addition you can 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!

Results from a Workshop at Aya Fiber Studio

Results from a Workshop at Aya Fiber Studio

WORKSHOPS

Indigo Workshops: May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 3
Intro to Stitching two day workshops: June 14-15, July 19-20, Aug 9-10
Marbling on Silk workshop: May 17, 2015
***Thursday Mornings @ Aya Fiber Studio- beginning May 21, 2015 ( 1st session: ICE DYEING)

***Each Thursday Suzanne will lead an Open Studio Session presenting different techniques.  

 

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

 

 

 

Recently Dyed Fabrics Drying

Recently Dyed Fabrics Drying

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

STUDIO GRAND OPENING RECEPTION

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

Many fabrics to choose from

Many hand dyed fabrics to choose from

 

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?

 

 

 

Beautifully Hand Dyed Shawl

Beautifully Hand Dyed Shawl

 

Suzanne goes on to share, “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 typically use African Adinka symbols as inspirations in my batik prints and create my own stamps.  I am always learning new techniques and experimenting with them. 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

 

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Celebrate Mom With Special Reception At Artisans On The Ave

Artisans On The Ave is celebrating Mother’s Day in a special way!  Stop by this gallery filled with hand made art and fine crafts to choose a gift.  Not sure what to purchase?  Stop by any time so you and your loved one can peruse the gallery and make a list in the Gift Registry.  This is a terrific idea to take the guess work out of the equation!  Artisans On The Ave is offering a Free, handmade, fused glass pendant with every purchase.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few examples of the high quality artistry that awaits you at this free event.

 

 

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave

Gallery Opening

“CELEBRATE MOM ~
A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION”

May 8, 2015

Friday 6 – 9 pm

Refreshments will be served

Complimentary Art Gift With Purchase

Free Event

 

Artisans On The Ave

630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, Florida 33460

561-582-3300

 

 

 

Handmade Copper, Recycled Glass and Pearl Necklace by Amelia Costa

Handmade Copper, Recycled Glass and Pearl Necklace by Amelia Costa

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Art and Dessert Social at Artisans On The Ave in downtown Lake Worth. Give back to the woman who loved you first.  Show your mother how much you appreciate her with a gift of original art that she will cherish forever. Complimentary refreshments, desserts and beverages will be served.  Receive a free fused glass pendant made by hand with each purchase.

 

Three Handmade Bracelets by Debbie Kashdan

Three Handmade Bracelets by Debbie Kashdan

 

 

 

Raising a child is an art in itself. We suggest a gift that returns the favor in kind. Our artists will help you choose a wonderful gift from our vast selection in the gallery or bring your mother in and let her choose her own gift!   Be sure to create a page in the Artisans’ new Gift Registry!  

 

 

"Star Crossed Lovers", Glass Wall Hanging by Irene Jalowayski

“Star Crossed Lovers”, Glass Wall Hanging by Irene Jalowayski

 

She will be awed by the beautiful selection of jewelry made by our numerous jewelry artists. Maybe a lovely hand crafted mug for her favorite cup of tea?  Give her flowers that will last forever on her wall with a painting or photograph.

 

"Barn Owl" Sculpture by Mary Ellen Dohrs

“Barn Owl” Sculpture by Mary Ellen Dohrs

 

If she is an animal lover our pets captured on canvas, fused glass or pottery will bring a smile to her face. For the avid doll collector you may want to add one of our new unique handmade dolls to their collection.

 

 

"Tory", Mixed media artistry by Victoria Rose Martinory

“Tory”, Mixed media artistry by Victoria Rose Martin

 

More info Betty Wilson 561-762-8162 or visit ArtisansOnTheAve.com

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Using Your Art Images for Lower Cost Gifts

The Rickie Report receives numerous emails and phone calls from readers asking a variety of questions. We’ve invited Caren Hackman, author of “Graphic Design Exposed”, to be a guest columnist to answer some of them.  Today’s topic is how to use your original images to create lower cost gifts.

 

 

Using Your Images to Create Lower Cost Items

 

 

Question:     I am an artist.  I’d like to give a personal gift that shows my work without giving away a high cost original. I’d also like to offer lower cost gift items, with my art images, that can be purchase during the holiday season.

 

Caren Hackman's "Water Lillies"

Caren Hackman’s “Water Lillies”

 

 

Every holiday season I print notecards and package them for friends, family, and clients. The cards offer me an opportunity to share a favorite image with others.

 

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen (http://deborahbigeleisen.com) an artist who creates large scale paintings on canvas and Nina Fusco, (http://www.nina3dpaper.com) an artist who creates three dimensional sculptures with paper, shared their methods for offering artwork as gifts.

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen's "Magic"

Deborah Bigeleisen’s “Magic”

 

 

Several years ago Deborah Bigeleisen began sharing her work printed on note-cards, using a fine linen stock with matching envelopes, and elegantly packaged. In addition, Bigeleisen offers archival pigment prints on museum quality paper in sizes up to 13” x 19” priced from $25 to $95. Because her original paintings are large, ranging from 40” x 40” to triptychs that easily exceed 80” wide, and are priced from the mid-$7000s to the mid-$20,000s, the prints and cards are a terrific way to own Deborah’s work at fabulous prices.

 

Nina Fusco explained, “To make my work more affordable, I started photographing it and making notecards. Original work such as “Reach” which is 38” x 26”, sells for $1,000. Signed 5” x 7” cards with deckle edge envelope in a cello bag sell for $5.00 at crafts shows. I never knew what designs would be popular that day. I decided that I didn’t  want to be a card printer and carry inventory. A fellow artist and great painter, Betty Laur, introduced me to Zazzle.com. This is a wonderful venue for artists to upload their artwork and have it printed on notecards, t-shirts, hats, bags, magnets, and even stamps. Zazzle does most of the work to get my artwork out to the public, giving me more time to create.”

 

 

 

Nina Fusco's "Reach"

Nina Fusco’s “Reach”

At no charge to the artist, Zazzle maintains the artists’ stores, takes the orders, and ships the product. All of the products can be personalized by the purchaser. The artists get a small percentage, 10-15% is common. Online vendors such as Shutterfly (http://www.shutterfly.com) and Zazzle are expanding the possibilities for artist. My research turned up many online vendors that will create gifts with art images, however Zazzle was the only one that operated robust marketplace for artist.

 

 

As artists, we should ask ourselves if the quality of the gift item is compares favorably with the original.  Each artist must decide if it is preferable to order the items ourselves to gift or sell, or if we prefer to have an online vendor handle the the store for us.

 

 

Please send your questions, no more than 250 words to:

rickie @therickiereport.com

 

 

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. www.carenhackman.com  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.

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291