Posts Tagged: Lillstreet Textile Department

Inspiring Independents

We’re moving into the second half of winter term here in the Textile department at Lillstreet, which means that round two of class sessions begin today.  Are you feeling antsy after a grey filled January, ready to get out of the house and stretch your creative wings?   The Independent Projects course is just the… Read more »

Improvisational Quilting

*** Improvisational quilting? What is that? It’s more expressive way of piecing. It is an intuitive and playful process, more like painting or making collage than traditional, block-based, precise methods of making patchwork. The improvisational method involves cutting with scissors and/or rotary cutter, but not always with a ruler. Sometimes improvisational patchwork has a wonky… Read more »

Trace/Memory exhibition, Durango Colorado

I was invited as an artist-in-residence by the Fort Lewis College in Colorado.  I gave a lecture and critique for the students.  Here are some pictures of the invitational solo exhibition at the For Lewis College Art Gallery.  Total 13 pieces are shown.  (Oct. 6-Nov. 4, 2016) Materials are silk fabric, Japanese rice paper, hand… 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 »

Air Travel by Rachel Davis – October Rooftop Flag Space

Air Travel, currently on display on Lillstreet’s rooftop flag space, is an installation of flags that celebrate wind-dispersed seeds, insects and pollen. These flags were created at Lillstreet by Rachel Davis, an artist and monitor in the textile department. The flags include drawings of Monarch butterflies; lightning bugs; dragonflies; maple, milkweed, and dandelion seeds; and various pollens,… Read more »

The Heat is On!

We can feel it wafting up from the streets and it certainly is emanating from the textile print studio here at Lillstreet, yowza!  Students are creating smoking hot designs as they fan the sparks of their bounty of ideas.  With just a few sessions left in this Summer half term, I’m eager to see what happens… Read more »

Spring Pattern Play

Hello and Happy Spring!  It’s exciting to see the fresh and vibrant green of tender new blades of grass beginning to blanket the yards on the sunny side of the street.  Crocus open themselves in purples, yellows and whites, while shoots of daffodils, tulips and hyanciths boldy hint at their beauty to come. Come add… Read more »


Students are getting creative and inventive in this terms MX Dyes: Alternate Applications.  The inspiration springs not only from the variety of techniques taught, it also comes from the the various talents and points of view of everyone participating in the class.  Take a look a the creations below and you’ll know what I mean…. Read more »

Sewing Machine Manuals: The Good Ol’ Days

A student from my Multi-level sewing projects class brought the manual to her 1956 Singer sewing machine to class last week *not* to oggle over the amazing and beautiful illustrations and diagrams, and *not* to just plain show off how cool an antiquated object it was. Nope, those things were bonus. She brought the manual in to ask… Read more »