There have been great things to share with you from the three classes that took place through the end of June, Batik with Mary Jo Scandin and Thom Scott, One-of-a-Kind Jacket with Mary Sue Fenner and Knitting on Location with Carol Anderson.
Taking advantage of the sun when it appeared, the batik class sometimes had to resort to “inside sunshine” to dry their pieces. Nothing could detract, however, from the artworks these talented students made or worked on during the week.
The official title of this class is Batik: Ancient and Modern. We know the “ancient” doesn’t really refer to our early days, shown in a photo from a 1989 class with Mary Jo Scandin (in the aqua sweatshirt), but we wonder now, how did we do it back then with only one sink, concrete floors to stand on all day and no kitchen facilities? Looking back from “modern” times with all the changes made, what hasn’t changed is the process, the finished batik art, the fun and the wonderful instruction and warmth from Mary Jo, joined now by Thom.
Fashion Week #1 at Sievers happened the week of June 24-29, finishing with a narrated show by Mary Sue Fenner. So many projects and just enough time! One student hand wove fabric in the few days between a weaving conference and class starting at Sievers and wore it beautifully transformed on the boardwalk. Some brought fabric or wove it at Sievers, either finishing a garment during the week or saving the fabric for later. An original from the start, Mary Sue “would just be ideal for the school…and would fit into the operation just perfect” according to Walter Schutz and taught the very first Sievers class, one student learning to weave in 1979.
The fashion show was one of the outings for the Knitting on Location class along with a busy few days enjoying breakfast at Sunset Resort and knitting on the grounds afterwards, stopping at the Red Cup Coffee House and Fair Isle Books, lunch at Jackson Harbor Soup and Sandwich, all the while, knitting their choice of Carol Anderson’s Cottage Creations patterns, Scandinavian Caps for the Guys or Caps for the Gals with authentic Norwegian wool.
These were some well-traveled caps, and they hadn’t even left the Island yet!
After a time without any class scheduled around the Fourth of July holiday, the Walter Studio is now housing basket materials and makers in Jeanette Biederman’s Independent Study in Basketry. There’ll be plenty to show, and soon!
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