Adventures in Design

Instructor: Joen Wolfrom


Tuesday - Thursday, April 14 - 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Arts Center

Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $250; Members of Gualala Arts or PPQG: $260; Non-members: $275

Register by:   March 13, 2015; after that, check availability
Tuition:   Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $250
Members of Gualala Arts  or   PPQG: $260
Non-members: $275
Materials:   Adventures in Design materials list

Quilt by Joen Wolfrom

I invite you to join me on a journey into the fascinating world of design. This design journey is similar to opening a lifetime gift filled with surprises and intrigues. In class we will investigate the basics of design, which are founded in the practices of nature – our world’s most influential and successful designer. By learning these keys to design, you will increase the beauty and visual success of your designs.

We will explore both the ingredients of design (the elements) and the wonder strategies and rules that help us create strong, beautiful designs (the principles). During the week, you will be immersed in activities that allow you to experiment, play and learn. As you work, you will begin developing ideas for a new design that you will create. (If you are interested in developing your personal design style and can devote the time to learning and experimenting, I highly recommend this class.)

Quilt by Joen Wolfrom

About the Instructor

Joen Wolfrom began quiltmaking in 1974 after she left her career in the educational field to become a homemaker and a stay-at-home mom. Her interest in color and design surfaced soon after. Besides enjoying color and design exploration, Joen loves the challenge of innovative piecing. She is recognized as initiating the landscape-quilt genre more than three decades ago. Her exploration of curved designs in the early 1980s brought forth a popular explosion of curved-pieced quilts.

In the late 1970s and 1980s, Joen created commissioned textile art for many private clients and corporations. Her work is included in collections throughout the world. Joen is the author of fourteen books and products. Color Play Second Edition, Joen’s latest book, was published in fall, 2014. Several of Joen’s books have been best sellers, including Adventures in Design, Color Play, The Visual Dance, The Magical Effects of Color, Landscapes & Illusions, Visual Coloring and Patchwork Persuasion. Joen has developed the 3-in-1 Color Tool, The Studio Color Wheel, and the Design-Ratio Tool.

Joen has taught and lectured in the quilting field, both nationally and internationally since 1981. Her guest international engagements include working in England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Germany, Holland, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Joen’s interest in color and design flows into her love of photography – most particularly creative photography, which is an avenue she plans to pursue seriously in the next few years. Joen, a native of Seattle, lives on a small island in southern Puget Sound with her husband.

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Quilt by Joen Wolfrom