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Gualala Arts Workshop
Quilt Line as the Third Design Aspect
Instructor: Hollis Chatelain

Tuesday - Wednesday
September 13 - 14, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register by:   September 1, 2011
Tuition:   Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $150
Members of Gualala Arts  or   PPQG: $160
Non-members: $175
Materials:   for Quilt Line workshop

This is a process class that will help you find new ideas on how to use quilting to enhance the look of your quilt.

The Gift, by Hollis Chatelain We will be working on design, not technique. We would like to go further than just holding the three layers together with stitches. The main objective is to use quilting lines to create depth, texture, tension, or shadowing which give a new dimension to your quilt. Lines can be inspired by an endless variety of things (nature, architecture, technology, etc.) to add visual interest and reinforce the overall design of your quilt. Even straight lines can become a design in themselves.

You will be working with the quilt tops you bring, which can be a traditional patchwork or a contemporary design. We will pin the quilt tops on the wall one after the other and discuss the possibilities of how to enhance what you like best and diminish what you like least in your quilts.

This class is based on free-motion machine quilting but the design techniques can be adapted to hand quilting. Experience in one or the other is required.

About Hollis Chatelain

The Gift, by Hollis Chatelain, detail Hollis Chatelain was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but lived fourteen years of her adult life overseas in Switzerland and in four West African countries. At the end of 1996, she moved back to the United States. Her current studio and home are in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Hollis' educational background is in design and photography. She has worked in the arts in one form or another since 1976. Hollis started her career as a textile artist in Africa. Her interest was sparked by the richness and beauty of African fabrics which are ever so integrated into the everyday life of Africans. Her distinctive use of colors and imagery, as well as her dye-painted scenes of multicultural life have brought her international recognition. Hollis' work can be found in public and private collections in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and North America.

In addition to creating her textile art, Hollis lectures and leads workshops on drawing, color, dye painting, quilting and West African textiles.

Artist Statement

Much of my work is influenced by personal experiences. I make imagery that evokes an emotional response and creates a mood or atmosphere. My dreams also provide me with an infinite supply of inspiration and reinforce my views and feelings. When I am at peace, I dream images and color flows. When my life is chaotic, I dream people and events. My dreams are lucid and always in color.

The twelve years I lived in Africa have deeply influenced me. Six months after moving back to the United States, my longing for Africa was so great that I started to paint African images in order to put me back into the life I loved so much. I feel Americans should know more about the joy, harmony, and pride of the African people, rather than only hearing about the suffering and turmoil so commonly depicted in the media. I would like viewers to see my African imagery as a tribute to a people I truly admire and respect.

Since 2000, much of my work has reflected my feelings upon worldwide issues. Whether these concerns be social or environmental, they have overwhelmed my dreams and manifested themselves in my art.

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