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Jim Hay Presents: Two New Quilt Workshops

Jim Hay QuiltJim Hay is an artist of international recognition with a studio in Japan. He holds an MFA from Michigan State University, and taught sculpture at Olivet College. Hay is the winner of 11 major awards at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, including the 2017 Original Category Cash Award. His exhibitions continue to travel throughout the world, including Washington DC, Chicago, Portland, Houston, London, Dublin, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Japan.

The Dots Have it — 2 days

Monday, May 1, 2017 — 9 am - 4 pm

tuesday, may 2, 2017 — 9am - 1pm

Please bring these materials for this workshop:

- Good scissors or pinking shears, Straight pins, glue sticks and an iron

- Two pieces of color cotton background cloth (black, white or color) 28”x28”

- A bag full of wide ranging cloth pieces: cotton, silk, lace, solid colors, plaids, floral, cloth with words and images, netting, sparkly cloth, even pieces cut from clean t-shirts, skirts.

- A sewing machine, preferably with zig-zag ability, extra bobbins plus a range of colored threads.

- Lots of DOTS. Bring dot cloth; big dots, small dots, tiny flower dots. Buttons, other dot-like objects. You may bring brushes or sticks to paint dots, make dot stencils and sponge on, cut holes in cloth, burn holes. Try Pollack drops, paper punch, pour dots on surface and cover with netting to sew. YIKES!

Discuss Vermeer dots, Seurat dots, Lichtenstein dots, Yayoi Kusama dots. Keep enlarging a digital photo and it becomes… dots.

Let’s go backward and forward. Back to your hazy dotted past and forward to a clear future. Forget tradition, drawing skills, technical skills, and craft skills. They are how some other persons did things before, how they solved their creation and construction dilemmas. Don’t worry about whether your friends will like it. You are not making this for your friends. Let your friends make their own. Start cutting. Let it grow itself. It may become “realistic” or abstract. It may have mood, emotion, be loud or silent, friendly or scary. You are the ‘carpenter.’ Put patterns together, add structure. Go beyond anything you have seen. Let out the vision. “The Dots Have It.”

open a new page — 2 days

wednesday, may 3, 2017 — 9AM - 4PM

thursday, MAY 4, 2017 — 9AM - 1PM

Please bring these materials for this workshop:

- Good scissors or pinking shears, straight pins, glue sticks and an iron

- Two pieces of cotton background cloth (black, white or color) 28”x28"

- A bag full of wide ranging cloth pieces: cotton, silk, lace, solid colors, plaids, floral, cloth with words and images, netting, sparkly cloth, even pieces cut from clean t-shirts, skirts.

- A sewing machine, preferably with zig-zag ability, extra bobbins plus a range of colored threads.

*finish pieces after workshop to 24”X24” stretcher or quilt with 5” hanging sleeve.

This workshop will “Open a New Page” to YOUR personal creativity, individual expression, artistic vision, interpretation of a subject, use of materials. Making art is a path to awareness, a finding out of who you are as an individual connected to all. It starts when you “Open a New Page.”

I will help you open a page and then get out of your way. Forget tradition, drawing skills, technical skills or craft skills. They are just how others solved their creation and construction dilemmas. Don’t worry about whether your friends will like it. You are not making this for your friends. Let your friends make their own.

Let out your ideas. Take risks. Go to the edge. These are not your Grandma's quilts; no maps, no patterns, no sketches, no preliminary drawings or have specific expectations. Too conscious a concept for a piece can make that initial time period the only creative part followed by a long period of work. Stay open to continual creative discovery.

Need a bird? Pick up scissors and start cutting around a piece of cloth. No drawing on the cloth. Trust. This will be your bird on this day. If you need a red bird, grab some red cloth, start sewing it down with blue thread, get bored, switch to green. Choose as you go. Surprise yourself. “Open a New Page.”

Cost: $100 per workshop; $180 for both workshops

Member Rate: $90 per workshop; $160 for both workshops

Space is limited.

For more information or to register, call Chelsie Niemi at 231-995-1573.