Talented individuals soar past their comfort zone working one-on-one with me

August 9, 2015

Lori Davis

 I can always tell when an individual is ready to spend a day with me filling in the gaps in their fiber education. They linger in my studio, ask a couple questions, touch the cloth, linger some more -- then I break the tension by asking if they sew. Invariably, they are ready for my one-on-one program, A Day in the Studio. 

I design the day for the individual, filling in the gaps in their knowledge, which typically includes a few art design concepts as well as how-tos. These photos are of Lori Davis, who flew in from Colorado to spend a day with me in March,  and Karen Trifonoff, who drove in from Scranton, Pa., to spend two consecutive days in April. I taught them both how to draw with thread (they made vases of flowers) and how to structure and layer the stitching in art quilts, working from the back forward, which they did making their abstracts. The abstracts look simple when they are done, but are complex to sew. No one shape can be stitched from end to end without moving parts of the other shapes. 

A second photo of Karen shows her working on some improvisational piecing. That's a rewarding process for someone who has mostly pieced quilts that were pre-engineered. She also sewed her first curved seams. She did all with ease and aplomb. 

I love pushing my students gently off the cliff. They never realize they are going but are always happy when they land. The idea is to push through their comfort zone and attack things they used to consider scary. Anytime anybody arranges to spend a day with me, they are ready. The act of committing to a specific day says it all. 

If you are hungry to learn how to make art using your machine -- or hand stitching -- or want to learn how to paint/print on cloth, give me a holler. 330-472-0161. I also do workshops for groups. See the Events section of this website for downloadable information on Talks & Trunk Shows and Workshops. 

Karen Trifonoff
Karen, improvisational piecing
Mary Mahoney, improvisational piecing
Karen Trifonoff, sewing curves