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Gualala Arts Workshop
Abstract Textile Painting

Instructor: Suzan Friedland

Saturday, May 5, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Abstract Textile Painting, with Suzan Friedland Register by: April 21
Tuition: $50 members; $60 non-members
Materials Fee: $20 paid to instructor
Students: minimum 7; maximum 20

Objective: To generate your own hand painted fabric.

Outline: Class will start with a Zen inspired, silent easy stroll along the river to start the day, get our creative juices flowing, and have us observe the colors and textures. Suzan Friedland will then demonstrate and share the techniques she has developed for abstract textile painting. She will help students find their own voice through modification and extension of these techniques. Students will come away from this class with design capabilities they didn't know they had.

Abstract Textile Painting, with Suzan Friedland Prerequisite: A lack of preconceived ideas!

Supplies provided by student: 3-5 yards of 100% linen, raw silk or cotton, (only natural fibers) with or without texture - Do not prewash. Bring lunch, snacks and drinking water. Dress in layers, we will paint outside weather permitting. Plastic garbage bags for bringing home wet fabric.

Suzan will provide everything else we need. Also she will have fabric for sale; you may purchase some at the workshop if you choose.

About Suzan Friedland

Abstract Textile Painting, with Suzan Friedland Over the past 20 years, Suzan Friedland has been an innovator in the world of contemporary textile art. Mathematical themes, her Zen training, and the process movement influence and inform her work.

Friedland began working with textiles in 1986 after seeing a quilt show while working as a theatre lighting designer. A few years later, she enrolled in the MFA program at San Francisco State University to explore other media in addition to deepening her textile studies.

In her recent work she continues to explore mixed media. Her pieces have appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications, including Quilt National, Visions, Fiber Arts Design Book V, and Robert Shaw's The Art Quilt. She has lectured and taught on surface design including workshops at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the de Young Museum of San Francisco. In 2002 she was awarded a fellowship and residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She currently lives with her husband in San Francisco and Gualala and is a board member on both the Textile Art Council of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the North Coast Artist's Guild.