Monday, October 30, 2017

Teacher Spotlight - Seth Apter

We are delighted to have Seth Apter scheduled to teach two classes during the first week of 2018 QSDS! Seth is a mixed media artist whose artwork covers practically all the bases: collage, assemblage with found objects, altered books, books made from scratch and much more. Plus he has recently bought a sewing machine and is starting to explore adding more fabric and machine stitching.
Layers are his thing.  With five days or a weekend, (or even seven days) you'll have the luxury to really get into your art, experiment and explore some new techniques.  Come work in (or discover) your own personal style.  Seth is a calm and generous teacher who knows so much about art and design.
Seth is a multi-talented designer.  You may have seen his name on some of your design tools.  He designs stencils, rubber stamps, lines of paint and items for collage.  This is going to be a FUN week!
Check out his classes here:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Teacher Spotlight - Clare Murray-Adams

Clare is an art quilter who became interested in encaustics (the use of melted wax), for painting and collage.  She brings her fabric and sewing experience to this fascinating medium. During the second week of QSDS, Clare will teach two classes that carry encaustics into a less traditional direction.

The encaustic medium can be used as is, for a mysterious, cloudy look, or you can stencil or drip or paint with pigment to give it a completely different feel.
Clare brings the wax, the pigments and about a gazillion tools for adding texture!
Students will learn to dip fabrics and papers into the wax to create book pages and collages with paper, fabric, threads and found objects.  YES! You can sew through these!
Carry this even further and experiment with forming vessels and small 3-D sculptures.  Here are some small pieces created by her last group of students at QSDS.
If you are thinking about exploring encaustics, or are curious about adding other mediums to your textile pieces, then this is the perfect way to try it out and to learn from one of the best!
Clare's classes are #17 (5 days) and #22 (2 days) on the QSDS schedule.
Check them out and our other classes at:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Expect the Unexpected!

When we sign up for classes at QSDS, we think we have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
The exciting part is, that you never know what will happen along the way!

Our fabulous vendors, Kristen Rodrigues (Fiber on a Whim) and Becky Hancock (St. Theresa Treasure Trove), set up their traveling shops offering an eye-popping assortment of goodies. 
Katrina, Becky's skeleton friend, sits in her finery, outside the door to welcome all visitors to the Vendor room.  She will even pose for pictures!

What could be a better inspiration for Susie Shie?  During Sessions 1 and 2 of QSDS, Susie was teaching an art journaling class.  Soon, Katrina the skeleton was recorded color on the pages of Susie's sketchbook!

It just goes to show that we can all be open to all of the inspirations going on around us at QSDS.  Not just those in our own classrooms.  And, who knows... Maybe Katrina will even end up on one of Susie's quilts some day!

Check out all of our inspirational classes at: