Workshops and More

Thanks so much for considering me for a workshop or program with your group. I really enjoy sharing the creative spirit and offering nuggets of inspiration! Please feel free to email me with questions or requests. I am eager to put together a program that will fit the needs of your group.

Programs

Stitching, Symbols, Signature Style

Deborah shares her most recent art quilts and talks about developing her own personal style. Tons of examples of her favorite techniques, materials and themes. Deborah includes many symbolic shapes in her art quilts and she’ll discuss how those came to be. She’ll tell stories about exciting collaborations, surprising discoveries and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

 
All About Art Quilts

What exactly is an art quilt? What can you look for in the art quilt category at a quilt show? What can you talk about when someone says they are an art quilter? Deborah will share a fun overview of art quilting including lots of pictures and examples. This is a great program for guilds who want to get a taste of the art quilting world… even if they make mostly traditional quilts

 

Captivating Compositions

Deborah introduces eight classic compositions and shares inspiring examples from fine art, mixed media, art quilting and traditional quilting. Learn how these compositions can guide any artist in creating fabulous, original work. The presentation is enthusiastic and approachable… not dry and academic. A fresh look at design and composition. (Also a great program for non-art-groups who want a lively, inspiring presentation about creativity and art appreciation.)

 
Getting From Start to Art: 76 Tips to Jump Start Your Creativity

Deborah shares quilts from her journey as a fiber artist including traditional pieced bed quilts, contemporary art quilts and mixed media collages. She talks about her inspirations, successes, challenges and light-bulb moments. This program is packed with tons of tips to inspire all kinds of artists.

 

Making Meaning: Art Quilters and Personal Symbols *NEW IN 2017

Deborah’s art quilts often incorporate houses, stones, bowls, chairs and other shapes that symbolize experiences and ideas. This presentation is a captivating look at Deborah’s work and the quilts of several other artists who use symbols in innovative and inspiring ways.

 

The Path to Art Quilting *NEW IN 2017

Deborah started as a traditional quilter making pieced quilts from patterns. Twenty years later she rarely sews a quarter inch seam, but she creates award-winning art quilts built on her early love of traditional quilts. In this inspiring presentation, Deborah shares her path and the journey of several other art quilters who began with patterns and now create one-of-a-kind art with fabric and stitching.

 

All programs (except Getting From Start to Art) include a digital slide show and a collection of actual art quilts. Digital slide shows allow for sharing of a wide variety of images, inspiration and process photos, but there is no substitute for seeing quilts in real life so Deborah always brings some along! Deborah provides her own projector. Getting From Start to Art is a trunk show style program with a collection of quilts from Deborah’s 20 years of quilting.

 

 

Workshops

Art Quilt Collage
Super fun, improvisational workshop exploring a variety of ideas and techniques to create a dynamic fabric collage filled with layers of design, texture and detail. Great for building creative confidence, trying new things and “seeing what happens.” We’ll talk about finding inspiration, choosing fabrics, easy ideas for composition and creating details with stitching by hand and by machine.

One to four day workshop. Kits can be proved. Appropriate for all levels. 

 

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Captivating Compositions for Art Quilts

Deborah introduces eight design guides that get the creative juices flowing. Look at examples of captivating compositions from fine art and the quilt world. Create a “sketch” for each of the design guides using fused fabrics. Learn to edit, audition and improvise using a super helpful design checklist. Explore adding details with machine and hand stitching. Your completed set of fabric sketches can be used as instruction and inspiration for future art quilts.

One day workshop. Appropriate for all levels. Supply List.

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Creativi-Tree Art Quilts

Create a small art quilt with a beautifully original tree using a simple formula and interchangeable patterns. Explore layers of design and innovative stitching. Deborah will share several options for edge treatments and finishing techniques. Super fun, uncomplicated process and patterns make this a great project for enthusiastic beginners.

One day workshop. Appropriate for all levels. Supply List.  Kits can be provided. Kit info

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Techniques with Paint and Ink

Simple techniques and supplies, stupendous results! Cut freezer paper stencils, create foam stamps, print with found objects and make marks with pen and ink! We’ll talk about shapes, pattern, repetition, and color. Students will leave with a beautiful stash of original fabrics ready to be used in art quilts, collage or mixed media.

One day workshop. Great to combine with Techniques with Fabric and Stitch and Art Quilt Collage. Appropriate for all levels. Supply list.

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Techniques with Fabric and Stitch

Explore several techniques for creating interesting shapes, patterns, symbols by manipulating fabric, thread and embroidery floss. Explore free-cut fused shapes, learn to outline for emphasis, create layers with sheer fabrics and add glitz with foil. Plus, options for unique stitching by machine and by hand. Students will leave with a collection of inspiring examples to add to their own creative process.

One day workshop. Great to combine with Techniques with Paint and Ink and Art Quilt Collage. Kits can be provided. Or Supply List. Appropriate for all levels.

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Small Stitched Landscapes

Create small fabric compositions full of texture, color and stitching inspired by nature. Each student will design four 4×4 inch art quilts that can be mounted as an inspired grouping. Learn intuitive tricks for design and composition. Explore several hand embroidery stitches. Combine various fabrics for maximum effect and detail. 

Half day workshop includes composition and some stitching. One day workshop for full design, stitching and finishing.

Kits can be provided. Appropriate for all levels.

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Buds, Branches and Blossoms

*Also available as an online workshop!

Join Deborah in exploring botanical shapes, textures and patterns! I’ll share my process for creating a collage incorporating fabric, machine and hand stitching, and a variety of unexpected materials and techniques. You’ll choose your own fabrics, compose an original design and experiment with layers of detail. I’ll teach ways to add personal design to your fabrics with painted patterns. We’ll use simple construction techniques, then enhance your collage with a variety of unusual materials and interesting embellishments. Plus, I’ll share tons of fun embroidery stitches to add more detail.

One or two day workshop. Appropriate for all levels.

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Head, Heart and Hands: Developing Your Creative Voice

Learn to fully utilize your head, heart and hands in your creative process as you develop your own unique and original creative voice. Prompts, lists, exercises, mind-maps and lots of Q&A will generate lightbulb moments for understanding your art. Students will share examples of their art and discuss themes, possibilities and potential in each other’s work. “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” — St. Francis

Half or Full Day Workshop. Appropriate for all levels and any kind of art group. (Very few supplies needed. Just pen and paper, enthusiasm and creative spirit!)

 

 
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 A La Carte

Deborah also offers brief mini-sessions on the following topics. They are particularly good for smaller groups (6 to 12) and can be scheduled in one or two hour blocks. This is a great way for quilt guilds to expand programming opportunities and maximize time.

  • Developing Your Creative Voice: Work through inspiring and insightful exercises to guide you on your artistic path.
  • Guided Critique: Deborah leads a thoughtful critique and discussion for positive reinforcement and development. 
  • Design and Composition: Discover accessible ways to think about design and questions you can ask yourself during the creative process.

Fees
Lecture/Programs: $400 (or $350 if booked with a workshop)
Full Day Workshop: $650 per day
Half Day Workshop: $450
A la carte: $150 per hour
Plus travel and lodging. Trips requiring air travel must book at least two full days of programming.