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Crow Timber Frame Barn Art Retreats | Fall 2014

Design Boot Camp 1: Design is the Foundation

Terry Jarrard-Dimond | September 22-26, 2014


The elements and principles of design are guidelines utilized by artists to structure their concepts and bring them from the world of imagination into the physical world. These elements and principles are also applied when evaluating work. In this workshop you will explore the key elements and principles of design, what they bring to your work and how they work together to support your concepts. You will explore with exercises using cut paper, sketches, wire, stitching, painting and constructed fabric compositions. Sewing techniques will include piecing and applique. This week will be a mini-semester in design. There will be both individual and group discussions and observation of the work you create. This workshop is suitable for all beginners and intermediate students or anyone who wants to refresh their design skills.

SUPPLY LIST (Please label your own supplies)

• Sewing machine
• 1/4" foot and zigzag foot or applique foot if you have one
• Thread for bobbin, piecing and applique - you will need a variety of colors for piecing and applique
• Scissors for fabric, scissors for paper and a small pair for embroidery thread
• 18” acrylic ruler
• 1 square ruler size of your choice
• Large cutting mat
• 1 small “old” cutting mat - you will not want to use your “good” mat for all exercises
• Rotary cutter with replacement blades
• If possible you may wish to bring an iron that works well both dry & steam
• 1 pack black card stock (not construction paper)
• 1 pack white card stock (not construction paper)
• 1 large glue stick
• Awl or other sharp punching tool with a slender shaft
• 1 tapestry needle that will accommodate at least 3 strands of embroidery thread
• 6 skeins of black embroidery thread
• Multicolored embroidery thread - bring what you have on hand
• Embroidery needles & thimble if you use one
• 1 pad - smooth bristol board 20 sheets - 100 lb. weight - 9” x 12” or similar size
• 1 small bottle black India ink or black acrylic ink with dropper
• 1 small bottle white India Ink or white acrylic ink with dropper
• 1 clean unscented trash can liner or sheet of plastic to protect table
• Several full sheets of paper from a newspaper
• 2 synthetic bristle brushes - 1 flat (size 4 or 5) & 1 round (size 3, 4 or 5)
• 1 - foam brush - 1/2"
• Paper towels
• 6 small containers to hold ink such as yogurt cups or small palette if you have one
• 1 small container for water
• 1 small tray or shallow box in which to place all liquids so as to protect the work area
• Wire cutters - small pair or regular pliers will work
• Sketchpad - with tear out paper
• 1 pad tracing paper the same size as paper in sketchbook
• Pencils and/or pens
• 15 sheets of plain white copy paper
• 1 small roll cellophane tape
• 1 manila folder
• 8 small safety pins
• 6 yards - Pellon 931TD fusible mid-weight
• 4 yards - Pellon Sew In Shaping Aid Light (20” wide)

• 3 yards black
• 3 yards white
• 1/2 yard of 3 shades of gray
• 1/2 yard black and white small scale pattern
• 1/2 yard black and white small scale texture

• Colored fabrics: You will need a good selection of solid colored fabric with a variety of shades and values in large cuts. Half yards and fat quarters can be used but may not work for everything.

• 2 fat quarters of unbleached muslin - preparation: tear away all edges. Compress the fabric into a bundle and tie with a string. Wash and dry the fabric but do not iron the fabric.

Resource material:
Bring a folder of artwork (other than textiles) that shows the following:
• Use of line
• Use of shape
• Great color usage
• Symmetrical composition
• Asymmetrical composition
• Active composition
• Passive composition

Bring a folder of artwork (other than textiles) shows good design and you admire. We will use this work as inspiration so choose thoughtfully.

Roll of aluminum wire

If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please > Email Terry

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