Collography and Intaglio on Cloth 3-5 days Explore a non-traditional approach to traditional printmaking techniques. Collography and intaglio are printing methods that incorporate a dimensional printing surface.  Collography involves building up a printing surface by gluing items to a hard, flat ground. A ghost impression of the item appears on the printed cloth. Intaglio is the reverse - etching into a surface to create a pattern.  These concepts are adapted and simplified for use on fabric. Lisa would love to teach a workshop or give a lecture for your group or organization.  Below are Lisa’s most popular workshops. They can be customized to fit your group’s needs and available time-frame.  Contact Lisa for more information.  Unblocking Your Creativity Have you ever felt like your creativity was on vacation? No flow of inspiration or ideas?  Join Lisa Kerpoe as she shares her perspective on tapping into the creativity that is inherent in all of us. Lisa will share her journey of incorporating  creativity as a daily practice, as well as tips and techniques she has learned along the way. Lectures Inner Wisdom or Divine Inspiration? Thoughts on the Source of Artistic Expression Many artists, writers and musicians express the idea that their creations arise not from a conscious level, but from something deeper.  Some attribute their inspiration to a manifestation of the Divine, some to the collective unconscious, some to a wisdom deep within. Lisa shares some of her research on this topic as well as her personal journey toward living an artistic life.  The Art of “Now” Lisa Kerpoe’s work is greatly influenced by her journey toward mindful living - the idea of living in the present moment rather than focusing on the past or future.  In this lecture and slide presentation, learn how her journey has shaped her art. Back to Workshop Schedule Back to Workshop Schedule © 2013 Lisa Kerpoe   All Rights Reserved All text and photos are copyrighted, please do not reproduce without prior written consent. Visual Texture: Using Resists to Create Stunning Cloth 3-5 days Are you intrigued by the idea of adding pattern and texture to cloth? Experiment with 6 resist materials and 6 application methods to add depth and complexity to fabric. The workshop explores the use of oatmeal, flour, potato and corn dextrin, water-based resists and soy wax. All of the resists are non-toxic, safe to use and easy to work with. Participants will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each resist, how to prepare the resist, which application methods work best for each resist and how to add color with Procion dyes.  Participants will have ample studio time to experiment with each of the resists and application methods. Workshops Sheer Color: Layered Screen Printing Techniques 3 days Achieve vibrant color and distinctive patterning through repeated layers of screen printing. Unlike paint, in which each layer covers the layer below, the transparency of dyes allows each layer of color and pattern to remain visible. Participants will use a variety of resist and masking techniques with a blank silkscreen, including gel glue, soy wax, paper masks, and found object stencils. Learn how an understanding of saturation and color choice can help you avoid a “muddy” effect. In addition to creating “sheer” color on a medium weight fabric, participants will explore the use of sheer fabrics. Learn techniques for printing multiple layers of sheers at one time, creating several pieces of coordinated cloth. Creating Your Personal Story with Adinkra Symbols 1-2 days Using an African technique of stamping on fabric, called Adinkra, participants in this  workshop will create a cloth using symbols that represent their life and their personal characteristics. Adinkra is a technique in which sacred symbols are stamped on a cloth in a grid pattern. There are hundreds of adinkra symbols, so each cloth carries its own message based on the combination of symbols used. The technique originated in Ghana and was traditionally used for funerals (adinkra means “goodbye”). Adinkra cloth is now used for a variety of occasions. Participants will use simple dyeing techniques to create the background color.   After learning the most common adinkra symbols and their meaning, participants will choose symbols that are personally meaningful.  Participants will carve their own adinkra stamps  and create a cloth with its own unique message. The cloth can be used for home décor, as a prayer or meditation shawl or sewn into a quilt, clothing or pillow. Cloth to Dye For 3-5 days Explore a variety of ways to add color to cloth with fiber reactive dyes. Those new to dyeing will learn the basics of working with fiber reactive dyes and more experienced dyers will have an opportunity to combine techniques to create a surface rich with depth. You will choose a color palette for the week, and will gain an understanding of how those colors work together in a variety of techniques, including immersion, painting, pouring, and dripping. By working with a set palette, you will also gain insight into how to mix and coordinate those colors and how they respond differently to different application techniques. In addition to creating fabulous dyed fabrics, you will experiment with adding layers of texture. Using thickened dyes and everyday objects, you will build a complex surface suitable for use in other projects or that can stand alone as a piece of artcloth. This workshop is perfect for anyone who works with fabric, whether for quilting, sewing, dollmaking or artcloth. Personalize your work, replacing off-the-shelf fabrics with fabrics that are uniquely you.  Dyeing for Color 2 Days Achieve stunning, one-of-a-kind fabric with this easy process. This  workshop uses a hands-on approach to teach participants the basics of low water immersion dyeing. The process allows you to create unique fabric with complex pattern and color variations in one dye bath. The results are perfect for clothing, quilting, home décor or as the basis for surface design techniques. Five techniques along with numerous variations will be covered, including multiple color dyeing, color gradations and value gradations. Boring to Beautiful: Transform Your Fabrics with Brayer Printing 2 days Have a lot of “ho-hum” fabrics in your stash?  Perhaps they were dye experiments gone wrong.  Or maybe commercial fabric that needs a little lift.  Learn a variety of techniques to transform these fabrics using a simple foam and napped brayer.  Participants will experiment with creating texture from everyday objects,  using paper and tape to mask off areas before brayering, creating their own custom-carved brayer and more .  Demonstrations of the techniques will be rounded out with a discussion of layering, contrast and effective color choices. Fiber Collage: 12 x 12 2 days A square canvas is an excellent surface for creating a fiber collage. Working in a 12 by 12 inch format, participants will experiment with techniques to add color and texture to the canvas in this workshop. Then participants will create a collage with cloth, fibers, natural objects or other embellishments. The instructor will demonstrate techniques to prepare the canvas, including using sand, spackling, herbs and spices to add texture. Techniques for designing the collage and adhering items will also be reviewed. Vibrant Color: Combining Soy Wax and Dye for Brilliant Results 3 days Got soy wax? Got dye? Put the two together in exciting combinations. Soy wax is biodegradable and a renewable resource. When combined with fiber reactive dyes the results are fabulous - intricate patterns with the staying power of the dyes but with an ease of wash-out unmatched by other resists. Three applications will be explored: crayons, which are perfect for rubbings, drawing and writing; hot, colored wax, ideal for stamping and direct application and wax paste, perfect for stenciling. The workshop includes ample open studio time for experimentation with all three applications. Additional lectures focus on building and using a steamer, ideas for incorporating techniques into other surface design processes, and an end of weekend show and tell. Lisa Kerpoe Artist       Facilitator From the Kitchen to the Cloth: Resists From the Pantry 3-5 days Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to create unique cloth with intriguing texture?  The ingredients are as close as your pantry. Experiment with 6 resists that double as food items: oatmeal, instant mashed potatoes, baby cereal, corn syrup, tapioca and grits. These are the resists featured in her series of articles for Quilting Arts magazine, Resists From the Kitchen. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each resist, how to prepare the resist, which application methods work best for each resist and how to add color with Procion dyes.  Participants will have ample studio time to experiment with each of the resists and application methods.