Wednesday, October 5, 2022

2022: Back To In-Person QSDS!

 We did it! We arrived at the college from all over the country,

vaccinated and well-prepared with masks, hand sanitizer and all of our fabrics and art

supplies. Everyone was so eager to get to work and learn something

new, to see old friends and make new ones. As always, it was a great

mix of techniques and design, sewing, painting and dyeing.

Christi was just one of Sue Benner’s students who worked on a series
of small studies and learned how to get to the heart of a design.
QSDS has always been known as an opportunity to try something out
of the ordinary. We were all so happy to have time to truly focus on
exploring new techniques with teachers who are masters at what they
teach. Jane spent five days in Lisa Binkley’s class, exploring a variety
of methods to dye and print with botanicals.

The CCAD Dye was full of leaves, seed pods and flowers, plus
mysterious solutions in buckets.
Michael James came out of retirement to be the mentor for the
Independent Study
Participants spent the week working on their fiber art, benefitting from
individual critiques and enjoying wide-ranging discussions about art in
all its forms.

Now we can begin looking forward to 2023. The information about the
classes and activities is all here on the web site. So check it out----the
next QSDS will be here before you know it!

Monday, March 28, 2022

Teacher Spotlight: David Hornung

David, a retired university professor is the author of “Color: a Workshop For Artists

and Designers.” You may even have a copy of this book on your bookshelf.

His own art focuses on painting and collage.

During the second week of QSDS, David will teach a seven-day  Collage Workshop. If you have never really devoted much time to this useful and highly addictive art form, you are in for a treat, and possibly a revelation. The supplies are simple—and  

almost everywhere. Aside from some glue, brushes, scissors and basic colors of paints, the main medium of collage is paper.

Anything goes–magazines, old book pages, envelopes, maps, you name it.

I can guarantee that there will be a lot of sharing and trading of collage papers in class.

Students will concentrate on smaller collages, working out ideas, themes, design concepts.

Pretty much anything goes. For those who have worked primarily in fabric, you will

find that this is a really great way to explore color and design concepts in a much

faster way then when you work with precious fabric. And, also to refine ideas that might lead to new fiber art. But collages are also a beautiful and satisfying art form on their own. 

For seven days, you can focus on a very freeing way of working, with the time

and space to spread out and really get into it. Who knows where this will lead?

And don’t worry, if, along the way, your work table looks like this for a while.

Sometimes that is just part of the creative process!

Check out David’s class and those of the other great QSDS

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Teacher Spotlight: Lisa Binkley - Classes during QSDS Sessions 3 & 4

Many of you may know Lisa.
Her classes on embroidery and beading on fabric have been very popular at QSDS
over the years. This summer, she will return to QSDS during the second week
(Session 3 & 4).

Lisa’s five-day class during Session 3 is “Botanical Printing & Dyeing.
This is a very hot topic right now!
She will guide you through two major techniques: 1. dyeing cloth with natural materials
such as logwood, madder and cochineal.

2. Then you will experiment with printing leaves and flowers, which works beautifully on a range of fabrics. What a delightful surprise, to undo each little bundle and discover
the colors and patterns inside!

Let’s face it, do you really want to try to gather the supplies and learn all this on your own at home? Heck no! Spend five days with Lisa, who will bring all the correct supplies and equipment. She knows all about the mordants and the way different plant materials react. 

Let’s face it, do you really want to try to gather the supplies and learn all this on your own at home? Heck no! Spend five days with Lisa, who will bring all the correct supplies and equipment. She knows all about the mordants and the way different plant materials react. 

Lisa stays for the final weekend of QSDS to teach “Hand Stitching on Hand-Dyed & Printed Fabric.” Do you have a beautiful fabric that has you stumped? Is it a piece of shibori or maybe some colorful dye-painted cotton? Lisa will get you stitching and understanding how to respond to the patterning. It will be a relaxing and creative class.  In fact, why not consider spending the whole week with Lisa? It’s a chance to start stitching on those newly dyed and printed fabrics.

Check out Lisa's classes and all of our other fantastic teachers & classes at:

Monday, March 14, 2022

Teacher Spotlight: Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer

 Jeanette will be teaching at QSDS during the second week.  Her skill sets include many types of surface design as well as a broad range of both machine and hand sewing techniques. Are you intrigued by sheer fabrics?  In “Sheer Play: Painting, Designing and Constructing with Translucent Fabrics” Jeanette guides you through all stages, from painting various types of fabrics to trying different ways to piece or collage sheers. You will learn how to take advantage of the translucence of these beautiful fabrics.

One of Jeanette’s strengths is in composition.
This is a chance to explore what you can do with fabrics that are very different from the usual quilting cottons.

On the weekend. Jeanette turns to another one of her interests, handmade books.

She will supply the pages for the books and guide you through the steps of

assembling and stitching it all together. But the real fun will be in creating a

beautiful fabric cover.

Do you envision a mini-quilt, a mixed media collage or perhaps beautiful fabric

embellished with hand or machine embroidery? 

 Are you intrigued? I’ll bet you also have friends who are not into quilts but would love to make a special treasure like this. Check out Jeanette’s classes here:

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Planning for a Healthy QSDS

 Are you looking forward to seeing me as much as I am looking forward to seeing you?? 

I’m sure you have many questions about how we will safely gather for QSDS. 

First, every student and faculty member must show proof of both vaccinations. 

The protocol for the Columbus College of Art and Design requires faculty, students and employees to be fully vaccinated unless they have an exemption. Exempted people are tested weekly. Keep in mind that there will be very few CCAD students on campus while we are there. CCAD employees you might interact with would be those who work in the library, bookstore and dining hall, as well as the wonderful security guards who look after us so well. Masks are not mandated in Ohio but many of these employees choose to wear them. 

Covid Testing: If you wake up unwell and feel the need to get tested during your time in Columbus, the protocol is to get tested at the local CVS or Walgreens. We will arrange to take you there. 

Masks: We will keep you updated about this. By all means, if you prefer to wear a mask indoors, please do so. I will be wearing one! 

Classrooms: Every QSDS student has a full table and design board. The 7-day classes get two tables/boards, which spaces students out even more. Those of you who have attended our symposium know that some of the classrooms are actually large spaces with very tall ceilings. The smaller classrooms have doors at both ends and also tend to have an open “spillover area” for working. Some of the surface design classes will be in a building that includes a dye lab with a built-in exhaust  fan system. We will do our best to space everyone out comfortably. 

Activities: CCAD has a HUGE, fabulous auditorium with a very large screen and terrific sound system. We will have the Faculty Presentations and the Keynote Address in there. Plenty of room for everyone to spread out, but comfortably see and hear.


The Mini Bazaar takes place on the third floor of Crane (the main classroom building) in a large open area 

We will not have a bus tour on Wednesday this year. If you signed up for this, the fee will be removed from your balance or refunded if you have already paid in full. I think everyone will welcome an extra afternoon with time to work and also some decompression time. We have some fun things planned that will leave you refreshed and give everyone a little break. 

Housing: Schottenstein

Dorm is set up so that each QSDS student will has a totally private bedroom. Pairs of roommates share a bathroom and small kitchenette area. If you prefer a private room, a limited number are available.

Meals: The Dining Hall is right across the road from the building where most classes are held. It’s large, with lots of tables so we are not crammed together while eating.

You have the option, especially on nice days, of getting your meal as take-out. The campus has benches, tables and lovely garden spots just steps from the Dining Hall. Plenty of opportunities for fresh air and a picnic. There is also a Hills grocery store behind the dining hall. 

We will keep you up to date if there are any changes, or anything else you will need to know.

Now is the time to sign up. There is still room in most of the classes. Join us as we all celebrate creating together in person!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022


 Jiyoung will teach two classes during the second week of QSDS. She is a master of the traditional Korean art known at Joomchi. But her work, and that of her students, is not at all traditional. This mixed media technique is really fun!  Students start by smooshing strong but light mulberry paper until it becomes soft and clothlike. Traditionally, Joomchi was made into clothing and purses as well as wall art. Jiyoung brings lots of the right kind of mulberry paper in a rainbow of colors.

This is a chance to experiment. Anything goes. You can weave in strips of paper or fabric, like Carole is doing

Holes are desirable, papers and fabrics and trims can be melded into the surface.  Joomchi can be sewn or painted. Dianne Mehlinger’s design board looked great!

Nancy Karst experimented by adding vintage lace.

Whether your main interest is art quilts, paper collage, bookmaking, or even sculpture, this class will open your eyes to a whole world of new possibilities. Jiyoung has a devoted base of students who will tell you what a delightful person she is. If you would like to know more about Jiyoung and her classes, click here:

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Teacher Spotlight: Becky Hancock

Becky is the owner of St Theresa’s Textile Trove. Many of us have spent a very happy time discovering the beads, fabrics and mysterious embellishments that she brings when she sets up her store at QSDS. Becky is one of the most creative and accomplished people you will ever meet.

Her class during the first weekend of QSDS is “A Trio of Joy Mojonators.” What’s a Mojonator? It’s a mixed media art piece brings color and joy, creativity and good Mojo to your studio, sewing room or home.

 Students who sign up for Becky’s class will receive a package full of fabulous components sure to inspire you: beads, fabric, ribbons, trims, embellishments of all sorts.

She’s already started sorting through the goodies, choosing the embellishments with the best mojo! Knowing Becky, it will all be wonderful and selected with love. Becky’s classes are always fun relaxing and full of laughter. So why not make something wonderful for yourself or for a friend? Learn more here: