Makability, Dec 29-Jan 12


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As the 5th and final component of Laura’s design course, it’s time to take our ideas and get real about making this happen in the medium(s) of our choice.  Laura will lean on decades of experience over countless projects she’s designed to share all the tips, tricks, pearls, and pitfalls along the way for making your design ideas manifest into the actual art you want to create.  Please come to this class with at least one design idea well fleshed out, using the principles of the preceding sessions to help you be as close as possible to knowing what you want to make.  By the end of this course, students will have a strong gameplan for either jumping right into their piece or making meaningful studies that will prepare them for the greater work at hand.  We’ll be graduating from the pencil and page and into the world of form, medium, scale, function, and more.  Let’s do this!

We will meet via Zoom on Fridays Dec 29-Jan 12 and 10 from 10am to noon CST.  These Zoom sessions will be recorded.  Class recordings will be available to registrants for 1 month after the final session date.

This class is inspired by Laura’s practice in the mediums of drawing, tapestry weaving, punch needle rug hooking, painting with wool needle felting, and more.  If you are keen to continue the journey of being a designer, all mediums are welcome.  No previous experience necessary.

Students will be working in their design journal for the exercises, though all manner of additional journals and sketch books are welcome.  A collection of essays, examples, and exercises will be offered as a digital download for students, in addition to the Zoom time.

Course Outline 

This course can be self-paced, and students are welcome to embark on as much making as desired.  The idea is that you’ll be actively working through the material, individualized to your interests and medium(s).  Here are notes on how the Zoom sessions will be paced.

Session 1:  Meet and greet.  Considerations of Scale.  Why size matters, fineness and how this impacts scale, tips for scaling, the value of repositionable subjects, and gaining some distance on your design.

Session 2:  Progress report.  Considerations of Medium.  Selecting the right medium, knowing your medium’s strengths and weaknesses, the importance of orientation, constraints of gear, and assessing budget and time.

Session 3:  Progress report.  Considerations of Ability.  Identifying the tricky spots, simplification when necessary, the value of studies, allowing adjustments, the option of re-dos as you improve, every piece is a snapshot of your practice in that moment.  Launching from here.

Please make sure the email you use during the checkout is the email you’d prefer Laura uses for class communications.  This is the email that will receive the digital download of the photo essay Laura’s creating, as well as your Zoom link before the first class.  Thank you, and happy creating!

Erindale Tapestry Studio Presents

Laura Berlage

Fiber Artist /Educator