You'll get a choice of dyed pieced silk velvet pillows which are ready to print and then choose your own design group MaryJane's giant collection of handmade blocks. We will be printing in broze/gold, silvers, and olive metallics. MaryJane will guide you so that the results will be amazing! You can take your velvet home to sew or MaryJane will arrange for it to be put together and shipped to you. Wonderful handmade gifts! You are also welcome to bring a Tshirt (for Example) and some blank greeting cards. We'll have free time to print things you can bring.
MaryJane has been designing and creating handmade textiles for over 30 years. Her creations have been collected by a wide international audience including many notables. Garments have been shot by Cunningham for the New York Times and pillows were featured in Elle Decor, to name a few highlights. MaryJane was awarded the Turtledove Prize at the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. Her work appears in several publications as well. After graduating from Bennington college in 1979 she developed her own block printing methods and since then her block printed (Fortuny style) silk velvets have been widley collected. Her interests are veering back towards printmaking and painting, yet fabrics are never far behind any expressions she creates. Teaching and mentoring young artists has become very important as well.
The studio has a lovely kitchen. Feel free to bring snacks. I'll provide beverages. Creative supplies
We will be working in MaryJane's beautiful handmade post and beam studio situated on 60 acres in the mountains of SW Vermont. You'll enjoy the views and are welcome to take a hike to the close by waterfalls. This space also has an Airbnb loft if you'd like to stay some time. There's a ton of art and design books for inpirations and an amazing music collection. Plenty of beauty and inspiration in every direction.
I have taught this technique at numerous schools and events to all ages. You really don't need to plan anything, this is a very free and improvisational experience.
Block Print a Silk Velvet Pillow