Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Susan Lenz

Susan Lenz is an artist and teacher who cannot be pegged into just one style or technique. She first became known for her quilts that incorporated grave rubbings on fabric.
 Susan is an avid collector of anything with a history: fabric, linens, buttons, old keys, spools—eventually it all finds its way into her quilts, collages, and installations. Do found objects speak to you also? Then why not join Susan’s “Second Life’ class?
You’ll have fun creating a series of small collages and stitched artworks using items provided by Susan from her vast collection. Then you will be ready to recycle your own treasures into art.
 Susan is a colorful gal so don’t assume everything she creates is in white and beige! Her QSDS weekend workshop, “HOT” focuses on her technique for transforming colorful fabrics into lacy artworks that will remind you of stained glass.
Everyone had so much fun in these classes last year. Students found that it was a technique that is easily adaptable to your own style and colors. Best of all, Susan brings almost everything, including a sewing machine or two. Check it out here:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Jiyoung Chung

Do you love fiber? Do you enjoy collage? Are you ready to try something that is a bit “out of the box?” Well, meet Jiyoung Chung. She will introduce you to Joomchi, a traditional Korean art that transforms mulberry paper into a soft, stitch-ablefabric-like surface. Melding together the mulberry papers is sort of like felting, in that the “unwrapping” to see how it’s turning out can be pretty exciting.

Jiyoung will encourage you to try cutting, collaging or weaving the paper. You can add lines of yarn or lace or mold the joomchi into shapes. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

Imagine any of this combined with fabric. Or imagine more stitching on these intriguing pieces. Nancy Karst collaged crochet and lace into the blue piece in the foreground, thus beginning an exciting, new series for her.

Some teachers are so delightful and enthusiastic, and some techniques are so intriguing that students end up signing up for all seven days. This often happens in Jiyoung’s classes. Check out Jiyoung’s classes, and some of her artwork here:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Sue Benner

Sue has always been a prolific quiltmaker and popular teacher. Here she is with her quilt that was juried into Quilt National 2017.

In 2019, she returns to QSDS to teach a guided class focusing on Composition. Each day, the class will work on a small composition, tackling forms such as angular shapes, curves and landscapes.

Students will be working in Sue's signature technique, which is first to iron fusible web on the back of the fabrics. This gives you the freedom to cut shapes and move them around, then simply fuse everything in place. Are you thinking about coming to QSDS for the first time? Well, this would be the perfect class for you! It is also a great choice for more experienced quilt artists who want to strengthen their composition skills. You won't need to bring your sewing machine, but be sure to pack lots and lots of fusible web!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

QSDS Historian Diane Herbort shares her memories of Father Larry Nolan

Last month we lost a good friend, Father Larry Nolan. Father Larry was a part of QSDS from the very beginning, when we were at the Pontifical College Josephinum. He was, by nature, a friendly but shy man. At first he would quietly set up his camera and tripod in the doorway or very back of a classroom and photograph the students and teachers as they sewed or scrutinized their designs pinned to the design boards. As he got to know us and became more comfortable, he became an integral part of the QSDS experience. Father Larry had a special knack for snapping interesting photos of the teachers. An entire class would actually pay attention and hold still for a nice group shot under Larry Nolan’s direction—I wish he was still there with me every time I try to accomplish the same task at QSDS each year
Father Larry was a man of many talents. His artistic pursuitss included glass blowing and quilt making as well as photography. He was always interested in learning new things. He did not share my fondness for capturing the quirky, funny or simply odd moments of life at QSDS—he left that part up to me. On the other hand, he was always a good sport. One year, when a friend sent me a birthday package containing “elderlythemed” temporary tattoos, Father Larry good-naturedly let Tracy apply one on his arm. It complimented the indoor scooter he was zipping around on at that time.

 I have been truly blessed to know such a kind and caring person, someone whose entire life was devoted to service and learning, someone who had found peace and joy in life. As I slip in and out of classrooms with my own little cameras, something of Father Larry Nolan will always be there with me.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Pat Pauly

I am excited to have Pat Pauly returning to QSDS in 2019 to teach three classes! You’ve gotta love a teacher who tells jokes while taking selfies of herself with her class.
Pat's art quilts have a unique look, thanks to the fabrics she creates for them. If you love the look of those bold, bright handmade prints, come spend five days with Pat and experiment with stenciling, stamping and screen printing with thickened dyes. You will end up with your own stash of amazing, unique fabrics!
Pat designs all of her quilts improvisationally. Do you second guess your design decisions? Are you kind of afraid to cut into your favorite hand dyed fabrics? Pat is a great one for helping you get over those hurdles.
Pat will be teaching classes during Sessions 1, 2 and 3. 
Check it all out here!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

QSDS 2018: What We Did and What You Missed

Those two weeks of QSDS flew by! Whew!
Maria Shell was among the teachers who came to QSDS for the first time - all the way from Alaska!
She guided two different groups of students through the intricacies of improvisational strip piecing. Those sewing machines and rotary cutters really got a work-out!
Maria helped Beth Esmont work out a very complex design.

Seth Apter brought his vast mixed media knowledge to QSDS and encouraged everyone to create complex surfaces from papers, fabrics and embellishments. 
As Susan Haftel discovered, there was no such thing as too many layers of painting, stenciling, collaging and stitching.
Kristen Rodriguez created a lovely group of booklets destined to be wrapped inside painted and collaged covers.

QSDS was a little more of an adventure this year.  The college decided to completely resurface almost every street and sidewalk surrounding the campus. It made for some things, such as getting to the dining hall, quite an adventure!
Orange barrels and cones were everywhere. But, very soon, all of this will be completed. When we meet again at CCAD next May for QSDS's 30th anniversary, the campus will be beautiful.
So, check out the 2019 class listings and start planning!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

QSDS Teacher Spotlight: Heide Stoll-Weber

We are excited to have Heide returning to QSDS from her home in Germany. Heide is wearing the glasses in the photo above. She is standing with her friend, Christina who helps her at shows in England and Europe.  Heide is a famed dyer and quilt artist whose work has been juried into many shows including Quilt National, Visions and the Dairy Barn's 2016 exhibition, "Mastery: Sustaining the Momentum," Which was curated by Nancy Crow.

During the first seven days of QSDS, Heide's students will work together to create a series of dyed swatches for a notebook that is sure to be an invaluable reference that you will use for the rest of your dyeing days. This is something that every fiber artist needs, so why not do it in a group with a master dyer guiding you?

During the week, there will be plenty of time to also dye yardage, using your newly-honed skills. Heide will also have advice to share about how to effectively use your beautiful dyed fabric.
Learn more about Heide's class here:http://www.qsds.com/classesbysession2018.html

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Deborah Griffing

With two Fine Arts degrees and a background in teaching, Debbie really knows her stuff. For the past 13 years, she has been working with Goodwill in Columbus to set up and maintain an art studio and gallery for artists with disabilities.
Debbie's classes for 2018 QSDS highlight two very different techniques and types of media. Her 5-day class, during the second week of QSDS (June 4-8), focuses on Creating art from recycled fabrics and embellishments. No need to bring a sewing machine - everything can be hand stitched.  Here is one of her latest pieces, "Space House".

During the last weekend of QSDS (June 9-10), Debbie will share her painting and mixed media skills. No drawing skills are required for this 2-day class! Working on smooth clay-boards, Debbie will encourage you to experiment with techniques that include mono-printing, adding collage elements, and scratching back into the painted surface.
Read the full descriptions of Debbie's classes and see more of her artwork here:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Lorie McCown

Lorie studied drawing and painting in college. Although she still paints, much of her work these days involves stitching, either by hand or machine. Her quilt, "The Story Cloth Vol. 1-4", was in Quilt National 2015. She is known for the way she works old textiles into her art, re-purposing them to help tell a story.

Do Treasured family items or discarded pieces of clothing and fabrics from the thrift shop speak to you? Then you might want to join Lorie and spend some time exploring what you can say and do with those textiles.
During the second week of QSDS 2018, Lorie will teach "Connections in Cloth (a 5 day class) and "Ex Voto: Small Stitched Works" (a 2 day class).
Come to QSDS and get some quality stitching time in!
Learn more about her classes here:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Susan Lenz

Susan is a multi-faceted fiber artist who has the knack for working on more than one series at a time.  Her artwork includes machine and hand stitchery, altered books and mixed media collage. During the first week at QSDS 2018, Susan will teach HOT and HOTTER.  Here is a commission that Susan created, using the techniques she will teach in her QSDS classes.
Both the five-day and the two-day classes utilize fabrics and tools that may be new to you: Polyester velvet, felt and wood burning tools (yes, you get to melt holes in your artwork!). Add lots of machine-sewn thread and perhaps some metallic foiling and you are guaranteed to be off in a new direction where can you take these techniques and make them your own.
Susan is always exploring new ways of working... Maybe it is time for you to do the same. 
Check out her classes at: http://www.qsds.com/classesbysession2018.html

And visit this posting on Susan's blog, or explore the links to videos of her working processes.  You will be amazed by this one:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7olvabmW6Lw

Monday, January 15, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Sue Bleiweiss

Sue's modern, clean-lined quilts have won many awards over the years. She will teach two classes during the first week of QSDS.  Sue is a fuser: the parts of her quilts that look like they might be pieced are actually fused.
Her five-day class will focus on working this way, starting with sketches then creating a quilt. Line is an important element in her work and that is the focus of her weekend class during Session 2.  She often creates lines from fused fabric But she is also a master of machine quilting, so students are sure to become more confident about their machine quilting skills.
Sue is the author of several books, with another one in the works.  Like many quilt artists, she uses her sketchbook to record ideas and start working out designs.  She authored a book about the wildly successful Sketchbook Challenge.  Check out her classes, the supply lists and more images of her work here: