November 26: A Design Process with Lorna Shapiro

Date: November 26, 6:30pm

Location: Fabric Arts Studio, 2nd floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

Lorna says, “I find it easy to think that other people’s beautiful quilts hatched, perfect in all respects, moments after they started their design. Then I remind myself that, for everyone, design is a process of exploration, of trial and error, of successes and less than successes. And each time I travel that road, I learn some new things about what is appealing to my aesthetic tastes. This presentation will walk you through some trial and error journeys I have taken, hoping that some of my lessons learned will be helpful in your design experiments. I’ll bring a number of my quilts and speak of what inspired the quilt design, my initial ideas, what changed along the way and why, and what I learned for next time!”

January 25: Sparkle and Pop with Stacey Day

Date: January 25, 10am – 4pm

Location: Fabric Arts Studio, 2nd floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

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Stacey Day

In this workshop Stacey Day will lead us through all the techniques needed to make the beautiful, unique quilt of her own design shown above.

Stacey, the author of “Child’s Play Quilts” as well as many magazine articles and quilt patterns also designs fabrics.  She brings energy to all her endeavours and TAGOR is delighted to welcome her back to this workshop.

Class is open to the public. Members $42, non-members $52. Please register here to participate.

Registration closes Jan 4, 2020.

January 28: Fabric Manipulation with Stitch and Collage – Lorna Moffatt

Date: January 28, 6:30 pm

Location: Fabric Arts Studio, 2nd floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

Lorna Moffat
Lorna Moffat

Growing up in Scotland, Lorna Moffatt was surrounded by fabric, buttons and colourful knitting yarn in her granny’s drapery shop.  This led her down a creative path that included The Glasgow School of Art and both Honours and postgraduate degrees in Embroidered and Woven Textiles.  She came to Canada in 2012 already an accomplished textile artist.

In her talk this evening, Lorna will take us on the creative journey she has traveled since coming to Canada.

February 22: Exploring Free-form Curved Piecing with Lorna Shapiro

Date: February 22, 10am-4pm

Location: Fabric Arts Studio 2nd floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

Lorna Shapiro says “My 35-year working career was “left brain” focused, working in IT and as an Associate Dean. I retired and my right brain came out to play!”

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Lorna Shapiro free form curved piecing.

Come out to play in this fun quilting workshop.

Free-form curves can provide an organic background for a substantial quilt, a quirky accent in an otherwise geometric quilt, or a beautiful focal point in a larger design. In this workshop participants will first learn methods for achieving technically successful free-form curved piecing, and then move on to design considerations for adding interest and creating a personalized aesthetic in their work.

The workshop is organized in order to allow participants time for both formal instruction and the unstructured play which is necessary to learn about our personal preferences in design and technique. We will learn from our own work, and from the work of other participants.

Class is open to the public.  Members $65, non-members $75. Please register here to participate.

Registration closes Feb 7, 2020.

Learn more about our instructor Lorna Shapiro

March 24: An Iceland Narrative with Susan Purney Mark

Date: March 24, 6:30pm

Location: Performance Hall, ground floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

About the talk:

Susan Purney Mark writes, “In April 2019 I was privileged to attend a month-long textile focused residency at the Icelandic Textile Centre in Blondúös, Iceland. This land of “fire and ice” was an inspiring locale to explore my concept of “textile book forms” a purposely loose term that embraced both implied text and language in stitch and print with dimensional shapes that resemble books as constructions.

I  use “found” textiles in my work – from thrift shops or friends which are already imbued with a memory ….maybe the linen tablecloth that dressed the dinner table at every Sunday dinner? Or perhaps grandpa’s favourite old cotton shirt? With each textile I wish to honour the story hidden in the threads while adding another layer of my own narrative.

“Cloth to codex”  was a subtitle to my work …..through alteration with paint, dye, marks, and stitch, the initial fabric takes on a different nature, and my found fabrics are imbued with new thoughts —- discrete, private willingly unreadable. The bindings were twigs and nails that I found during a walk or threads that I’d dyed, sometimes paper or other materials are incorporated into my work.

Join me as I show you the landscapes that inspired and formed my work, hear about the unique country that is incredibly supportive of the arts, and see the work that was produced during this time and that I continue to create.”

About Susan Purney Mark

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Susan Purney Mark

As a textile artist, Susan has embarked on a life transforming journey into the world of colour, design and pattern. Working with textiles has become her method of self expression and the focus of her methods of communication.

She has studied Design, Patchwork and Embroidery with the prestigious City & Guilds Institute of London, England and has studied with internationally acclaimed teachers/quilt makers Nancy Crow, Jan Meyers Newbury, Elin Noble, Gail Harker and Ruth Issett. Susan has also been awarded two Certificates in Art and Design and Textile Design/Decoration from the Gail Harker Creative Studies Centre in Washington, USA.

Susan has spent the last 20 years learning, experimenting and finally teaching a variety of surface design techniques in dyeing, painting, screen printing and image transfers. Most recently she has focused on soy wax resists and her work is known for its use of contemporary design and materials.

Susan is an active member of the fibre arts community in British Columbia, Canada and is a member of national/ international fibre and surface design associations and is a qualified quilt judge.

April 25: Sew a Rope Bowl with Wendy Van Haastregt

Date: April 25, 10am – 4 pm

Location: Fabric Arts Studio 2nd floor of the Richmond Cultural Centre

About the workshop: 

Sew a bowl using fabric-wrapped rope.  Rope bowls are very hot on Pinterest and Etsy at the moment though they have been around for a while. They are fun to make (addictive!) and sew up quite quickly.  The bowls are practical and make a nice gift for women, men, and children.  Assorted shapes and sizes of bowls will be on display. Tips and tricks for more advanced bowls will be demonstrated.

Class is open to the publice.  Members $35, non-members $45.  Please register here to participate.

About our instructor:

Wendy van Haastregt has been quilting since 2003 and has been a member of the Langley Quilters’ Guild since 2007.  She loves to learn new techniques and is interested in Art Quilting. Wendy has previously taught Fearless Free Motion Techniques, English Paper Piecing, and Snippets.  Wendy is a retired Delta high school science teacher.  She received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000.

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