We’re back on schedule now with this post which covers three classes held in early August; Beading: Composing Components with Francie Broadie, the Beadwork Alumni Studio and Finding Our Way: A Dyeing Journey with Stephanie Lewis Robertson.
We were very happy to welcome Francie and this new class to our 2021 schedule. Francie first came to Sievers in 2009 as a student in a Diane Fitzgerald beadwork class and has gone on to take many more beadwork as well as several fabric printing and dyeing classes here. She taught a workshop at the Sievers Gathering in 2018 and was scheduled to offer Composing Components in 2020. This was another new class that was long overdue!
Students worked on creating rings, tubes, fans and more out of beads and designed pieces from mixing and matching those components.
Following Francie’s two-day class, Sievers beadwork alumni students stayed additional days to work on projects of their own choosing, share ideas and enjoy unstructured studio time. It was great to have the flock return and the week flew by!
Telling stories and decorating cloth through silk screening, dyeing, direct painting and printing on fabric are the hallmarks of Stephanie Robertson’s Dyeing Journey class. Experimenting, deconstructing and looking at their work in new ways brings the studio alive with creativity.
During these classes the skies remained hazy. It’s taken until now to see the clear, blue sky, opening up the opportunity to capture some summertime photos of our dear Washington Island home.