Images: Fran Skiles and her art works and one of Fran's workshops at the Crow Timber Frame Barn.


Fran has a BA in Clothing Design from West Virginia University. Her 22+ years in art quilt making have evolved into stitched hard surface paper and fabric collages. She currently teaches collage/painting workshops and works full-time at her studio in Fort Lauderdale.

In 1993 she was invited by the British Crafts council to participate in a year-long traveling American Art Quilt exhibition. In 2000 her work was included in Art Quilts: America of the Millennium, an invitational exhibition in Strasbourg, France. She has exhibited in Fiber Arts International, Visions-Quilt San Diego, and Quilt National, winning Quilt National Best of Show in 1997. She is represented by Thirteen Moons Gallery. Her work was featured in Fiberarts Magazine, Summer 2005.

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Fran Skiles art work collage
Fran Skiles collage workshop



• Dates: May 17-21, 2010
• Level: Beginning to Advanced
• Zig Zag Sewing Machine: Yes
• Tuition & Meal Plan: $770
• Materials Fee: $30
• Dye Facility Usage Fee: $10

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This five-day workshop emphasizes the process involved in creating paper collages. Participants are encouraged to work intuitively using a sewing machine, hand-stitching and acrylic medium, to build shapes, structure and texture into paper canvases. Students will work with and have demonstrations in painting, mono-printing, resist dyeing, photo transfers, plus other techniques. These studies may become completed projects and/or works-in-progress. The class includes demonstrations, group discussions, and individual critiques.

• 3 yards Pellon “stitch and tear” interfacing
• Watercolor paper (15 sheets of 140 lb. approximately 14’ X 20’. Hot or cold press, or rough) Alternative choices for the watercolor paper that I have found work very well, are Rives BFK paper (250 grams, 20" x 30", white) or Stonehenge paper (250 grams, 22" x 30", white). They can be purchased through art supply stores.
• Gloss medium, 2 quarts – (all of the popular paint companies carry gloss medium: Daniel Smith, Dick Blick, Liquitex and Golden. Golden’s is called Polymer Medium Gloss).
• Embroidery material – thick and thin yarns, threads and twine. Keep it neutral – black, beige and white – embroidery needles to match
• 1 small bottle acrylic ink, black or brown – (I use FW brand)
• White gesso, 1 quart – (not the fluid kind, it’s desirable for it to have the consistency of acrylic house paint)
• 1 thin acrylic sheet for a work surface, (this can be purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot. The size should be as large as you can accommodate, depending on your travel plans.)
• 4 - 6 foam brushes, variety of sizes
• 1 hard rubber brayer
• Ruler
• Container for water
• Spray bottle
• Rags or paper towels, for clean up
• Thin rubber gloves if you want to keep your hands out of the paint

Photo copies
These black & white photocopies can be any images you would like to work with. This might include personal photography, magazine and newspaper images. Any print material, especially including text (which can add interest to a collage). Copy your images, black & white and color onto copy paper. It would be helpful to have high contrast images. Enlarge your images so that they fill a full 11" x 17" copy page. Print multiples so that they won’t be so precious. Print more than you think you’ll need.

Bring any personal papers that can be put into your collages.

• All paint and printing ink – Golden fluid acrylic and Daniel Smith Ink
• Ink pens
• Japanese paper
• Chinese paper
• Heat transfer paper
• Paper paste, Yes and PVA
• Black gesso
• Extra supplies on supply list to cover shortages
• Access to inkjet printer

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Crow Timber Frame Barn art retreats
Fran Skiles collage workshop/art class