November 2 & 3
10 am-4pm EST
in-person at Townsend Atelier
Instructor: Carrie Pendergrass
Adults. All skill levels are welcome!
Great for holiday gift giving!
In this two-day workshop, you will be designing and creating your own series of “mini” relief blocks by carving different sizes & shapes of linoleum blocks. You will then use your relief blocks and various colors of fabric-ready ink to create unique pattern designs on fabric (or paper, with standard block-print inks). We will discuss helpful techniques for creating continuous patterns like tessellations, as well as ways to create boarders or single image free-floating patterns. You will be taken through the process of designing, carving, printing, and heat-setting your designs. You have the option to choose from making sets of hand-printed cloth napkins or tea towels, a table runner, or your own unique project from home. The blocks can be used in a variety of artistic applications, so if you’d rather stick to working on paper you may choose to make hand-printed cards and/or gift wrap, or for use as mixed media, collage, or single prints. Whatever you choose, this is a fun and fantastic way to make beautiful utilitarian or artful items for your home or for holiday gift-giving! The class itself would be also make a great gift to share with a friend or loved one. Feel free to bring a lunch or a snack with you.
Materials Included: Carving tools, fabric Inks, misc. papers, brayers, and relief blocks are included in the workshop fee.
You may choose to print several different projects that we will have supplies on hand for you to purchase at the workshop. To prepare your items, please let us know one week prior to the workshop what you would like to print on so that we can have it ready for you!
If you have items from home that you want to print, bring feel free! Some ideas: blank note cards, paper gift bags, tote bags, fabrics, pillowcases, etc. If you bring a fabric item, please be sure that it is washed, dried, and ironed before printing (cotton is best or can be a cotton/linen blend).
CLICK HERE for instructions on materials, what to bring and choosing your project!
About the Instructor:
Chattanooga-born artist, Carrie Pendergrass, has been a visual artist, art educator and art advocate/facilitator for over 25 years. Carrie holds a BFA degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a visual art-focused MEd degree from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She has worked in both the non-profit and private sector as an art teacher to all ages of children and adults. She has been a small business owner of her former handmade gift gallery and studio (initially as part of the River City grant program “Project Pop Up”) as well as a working artist. Her years at the nonprofit, H*Art Gallery, whose mission of “offering hope and opportunity through art” allowed her to work with many underserved populations in the community and spurred many Outsider and self-taught artists to sell their work. She left her job as Gallery Director there just before the pandemic to
concentrate on her own art practice, and to pursue more freelance curating and
teaching opportunities. She has been recognized for her alternative printmaking work since 2017, with Honorable Mentions and juror’s prizes in 2017, 2021, & 2022 from the nationally recognized 4 Bridges Arts Festival. Her art can be seen locally and nationally in private and public collections, primarily in the Southeast. Outside of making her own work, she works as a freelance art educator, adjunct university art professor and the director & curator of CHA ART SPACE, a free public art exhibit space at the Chattanooga Airport
that she established in 2021, as the recipient of an ArtsBuild Artists’ Work Grant.
You can find her at @sewntothesea and @cha_art_space on social media and through her website, sewntothesea.com.