We’ve Got the Blues (but in a good way)


 
New Fiber Workshops Focus on Indigo
 
In addition to all of the sewing and textile printing classes we normally offer, we’re rolling out some new workshops that dig deeper into the magical world of blue.
 
Blue Alchemy Workshop
Saturday-Sunday, October 2-3, 10:00am-3:00pm
Building on already existing knowledge of the indigo vat and dyeing process, lovers of blue are invited to consider projects based on West-African stitch resist or Japanese Sashiko embroidery techniques resulting in home furnishings or accessories. Sample ideas and techniques on Saturday and allow for plenty of time for individual projects on Sunday. A working knowledge of indigo is required to have a satisfying experience. Materials for sampling along with the proper sewing implements will be provided.
 
Getting the Blues – An Indigo Dye & Shibori Workshop
Sunday, Nov 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dive into the wondrous world of blue with this introductory workshop in indigo dyeing. Students will dye with an organic indigo vat and explore the Japanese art of Shibori, a traditional method of folding and binding fiber to create patterns. Included in the workshop are two 100% cotton tea towels, as well as a prepared organic indigo vat and equipment needed to bind and dye. There may be time at the end to do more, so bring an additional item or two, like a white shirt or cloth napkin made from natural fibers.

 
Need more fiber art? There are more classes & workshops this fall

Tattoo Your Sweater
5 Mondays begins September 20, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Do you have a great sweater in your closet that’s a little plain? Let’s make it special! Bring your pullovers and cardigans to learn some big embroidery techniques to infuse new life into your garments.
 
 
 
 
Conscious Cloth
9 Thursdays begins September 23, 10:00am-1:00pm
Create a positive impact through learning skills connected to cloth. Explore a variety of hand-sewing and embroidery techniques inducing Japanese Sashiko and Indian Kantha stitching, along with visible mending and decorative surface treatments. More info & registration.
Sewing 101
4 Fridays begins October 1, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ideal for beginning sewist or those in need of a review. Master proper hemming and measuring, rotary cutting skills and patchwork techniques. Gain confidence with machine sewing; machines provided or bring your own. More info & registration.
 
Textile Printing
4 Fridays beginning October 29, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Experiment with a variety of printing techniques while becoming familiar with proper carving tools, textile paints, inks, fabric and papers. More info & registration.
 
Nature Printing on Fabrics & Paper Workshop
Sunday, October 17, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the season by gathering leaves, flowers, herbs and seed pods to ink and print on flour sack cloth, fabric and cards. More info & registration.
 
Stitched Wishes Workshop
Saturday, October 30, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Stitch one of a kind notecards to send warmest wishes this holiday season using naturally dyed paper and cloth, beads, buttons and other items. Your cards will definitely stand out on the mantel! More info & registration.
 
 
Needle Book/Treasure Book Workshop
Sunday, November 14, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Explore embroidery and mark making stitches to embellish a fabric book to hold moments and/or sewing items.
 
 
Fall Semester Catalog
 
We have a wide range of adult classes and workshops, including Beading, Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Leather, Metals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Paper and Weaving. There are also classes for ages 4-12, plus teen classes.
 
Besides the early ones listed above, most classes begin the week of Sept. 20.
 
There is something for EVERYONE.
Check out the catalog and start making!!
 
 

 
LAST WEEK! GAC Resident Potter Gallery Exhibition
 
View ceramic work by Megan Mayall, GAC’s resident potter, in the gallery
through September 4. More info here.
 
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12-4pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm.
Free and open to the community. 

 
Financial Aid Deadline is Sept 12
 
Financial aid is available for adults and children based on need and interest. Forms are available here and should be emailed to info@guilfordartcenter.org or mailed to Guilford Art Center, PO Box 589, Guilford, CT 0637. Questions? Call (203) 453-5947.

 
THE SHOP
 
Ewe won’t find anything sweeter than these felted sheep by
Guilford artist Holly Bollier
 
There are more opportunities to shop at GAC now! We are thrilled to announce we’ll be expanding our SHOP hours to seven days a week beginning Sept 7.
Until then, we’re open Wed-Fri, 12-4pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm.

 
Thank you to all of our Business Sponsors
 
Prospector Partners · Yale New Haven Health 
Eder Brothers · Page Hardware & Appliance · The Stone Agency
Bailey Scarano · CK Architects · East River Energy · Kebabian’s ·
Ladd Capital Management · Monte Financial Group · Shoreline Financial Advisors ·
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty