Posts Tagged: Chicago

Spring Session I Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello all! Spring session is off and running! You still have time to sign up for some of the end-of-week and weekend classes, so don’t miss out. Here’s the session I class and open studio schedule. Open studio will start on Monday, April 3rd. See you all in the studio! -Nora

Fabric Painting Experiments

One of the great perks of my residency here at Lillstreet has been the space and time to get messy and play with various surface design techniques, like dyeing, screen printing, and relief printing.  I am very attracted to the idea of transforming found fabric and making it my own via the aforementioned methods. To… Read more »

AiR Slide Talk: Tonight!

JOIN US for an evening as we meet these talented emerging artists and welcome them into our community. Our resident artists devote a year to strengthening their practice by learning, working and teaching under one roof. Come hear more about their ‘road’ to Lillstreet Art Center and their plans for what lies ahead. WHERE &… Read more »

Craftivism Opportunity

Now that the fall has settled in, hopefully you’ve found some time to get creative. If you haven’t and you’re looking for a unique project that has positive-impact-potential, look no further! A local fiber artist has initiated a craftivism opportunity that highlights the gun violence that is devastating the citizens of Chicago in a very real… Read more »

Design Print & Sew Class!!!!

  Want to deepen your screen printing skills? Master the sewing machine? Do some work on both sides of the department?Sign up for Design Print & Sew with Tabor Shiles and Rachel Wallis! In this ten week class you will learn basic and advanced screen-printing techniques including designing and registering multi-colored images, and creating repeat… Read more »

Shooting with Spates

More and more, restaurants are calling on ceramic artists to help them give their guests an even more unique dining experience. Mott Street uses ceramic mugs made by local artists. We took a trip to this Chicago hot spot to see a few of our favorite Zac Spates whiskey cups in action.


Applications for Lillstreet’s 2016-17 Artist in Residence program are due on Sunday, May 15th! Are you thinking about applying? Curious about what being an AIR is like? Here’s a quick interview with Tabor Shiles, the current AIR for the Textiles Department, about her experience in the program!  Tell us about yourself and your work. What are… Read more »

Welcome, Tabor!

Hello Lillstreet, I’m Tabor, the new Textiles AIR! I am so happy to be joining this team of amazing artists and look forward to the collaboration that will result from it. I moved to Chicago in July of 2014 and have since been interning at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, as well as working at Baker Prints…. Read more »

Surface Design for Product

Textile and surface design is typically the design of the surfaces of apparel and homewares with block printing, screen printing, and other methods. Many facets of the medium have changed over the past decade. With the revolution of the internet, the changes have been dramatic, and involve digital motifs, editing, exhibition and printing. Many changes… Read more »