In the past four classes, four separate fiber arts were represented in the Sievers studios. Those four were: surface design (Batik Alumni Studio), weaving (Beyond Beginning: Weaving with Nancy Adams), stitchery (Japanese Temari Techniques with Judith Yamamoto and Kathy Broer) and basketry (Splint-Woven Basketry: Independent Study with Jeanette Biederman).
The Batik Alumni Studio was a way for previous batik students at Sievers to return and work outside the formal class structure to share ideas, get feedback from each other and design/wax/dye…repeat. Mary Jo Scandin, who taught Batik classes here for many (wonderful) years, came as part of the Alumni group.
Reviewing the warping and weaving process and choosing projects appropriate for next-step weavers was the focus of the Beyond Beginning: Weaving class. With Nancy’s excellent guidance, students spent the week learning new techniques, refreshing skills and experimenting with different color combinations in their projects.
Words like “stunning”, “beautiful”, and “awesome” are always overheard when there’s a display of Japanese Temari made by Judie and Kathy and their students in this unique class. Starting with a pre-wrapped ball, students stitched geometric designs on the surface using sectioned lines as a guide. The bright colors and decorative threads result in some “delicious” fiber art eye candy.
Each year there are new shapes, colors and designs Jeanette brings as inspiration in the Splint-Woven Basketry class. Each year there are baskets made for special occasions, gifts, or “just because”. Each year there are works-in-progress from past classes. Each year there are conversations, meals and memories to be shared. Each year there is this reminder,
“As every basketmaker knows, old baskets, like old friends, just get a little grayer and become more valuable with the passing of time.” Jim Bennett
We are “four”tunate to be looking “four”ward to even more great classes!