Open Studio Closure! Sat, Feb 17

Please be advised of the following changes to our Open Studio schedule:

  • There will be no Open Studio in the print room on Saturday, February 17th because of a private event. Open Studio in the sewing room will continue as planned. 

We apologize for any inconvenience!

Winter Session II: Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello All and happy Winter Session II!

Here is our new class and open studio schedule which goes into effect on Monday, February 12th.

**And just a quick reminder: please make sure to check back here before heading into open studio! There are frequently workshops and events which cut into previously scheduled open studio times and we would hate for you to get all the way to the studio and be turned away! We do our best to post closures in the classrooms and online. Check first so you don’t end up disappointed!**

See you in the studio!

Upcoming Open Studio Closures

Hello All!

Please be advised of the following changes to our Open Studio schedule:


  • Open Studio will be closed on Sunday, February 4th from 1-5pm because of a workshop scheduled in the print room.


  • There will be no Open Studio in the print room on Saturday, February 10th because of a prescheduled workshop. Open Studio in the sewing room will continue as planned.


We apologize for any inconvenience!

Fabric is Paint with Visiting Artist Pam Collins

So, maybe you’re wondering exactly what is this class that is going to happen on Sunday, December 3?  Yes, the class entitled “Fabric is Paint”.

I am Pam Collins, the artist who will traveling from Central Minnesota to teach the class. In this very fun class you will cut or tear fabric and use zippers and other notions to create a landscape, sunset, waterscape or a floral painting.  You will work on a stretched canvas measuring approximately 11″ x 16″.  The only tools you will likely use are scissors and glue, a few straight pins and maybe tweezers. 

We will talk about designing your art piece, and I’ll demonstrate how the process works.  The tricky part of this medium is to look at old corduroy and upholstery fabric and think of it as rocks, mountains and even trees.  It’s fun to explore how fabric can take on a new purpose and be recycled in an imaginative way.  You’ll discover how placing fabric in a certain location on your canvas, can help to give depth and perspective to your painting.  You will glue each piece of fabric or notion onto the canvas and build on to what has already been glued down. 

The pictures you see are examples of past students work.

I also hope you’ll take a moment to look at my one page website to see some of my work in fabric.  I have been teaching for a number of years, although not always textiles.  I also work in mosaics and watercolor. I find it extremely satisfying to help students discover a new way to look at things and learn this unique medium.  I hope you will be excited to join me on Sunday, December 3rd to learn this simple yet challenging medium.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact me  at

I look forward to meeting you! 

Welcome Rachel Davis, New Textiles Department Artist in Residence!

Rachel Davis, Artist-in-Residence

Nearly two months have passed since I began my artist-in-residence in the Textiles department. In that time, I’ve been making leaf inspired forms with cloth: quilting, cutting, and using embroidery to embellish these new pieces. I focus on color and pattern when combining textiles, dyeing fabrics when necessary. I enjoy this new, and relatively large-scale since I am using mostly cotton sheets as raw material. These new pieces are large fabric sketches that I will later refine, edit, and print on.

In addition, I am printing my botanical illustrations and stockpiling imagery for later use. I think of this new collection of images as raw material to use with the quilted pieces and to experiment with dye and color printing techniques.



I am delighted to be a part of this vibrant community and to have the gift of time and space to create new work. I am in the studio Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, stop by and visit!

-Rachel Davis

Instagram: @art_bumble

Fall Session II Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello lovely Textiles Department community members! Monday, October 16th is the first day of Fall Session II. Here’s the class and open studio schedule. Please remember that open studio is subject to change: especially during the first week of classes! Make sure to double check here before heading into the studio. See you soon!


Fall Session I: Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello All!

I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of Fall session! Open studio will open on Monday, September 18th. Here’s the class and open studio schedule so you can start planning your projects!

See you in the studio,


***EDIT 9/29/17: Lillstreet recently shifted webhosts and the transition seems to have effected how images are loaded onto the blog. We’re working to correct this issue; thanks for your patience!***

Fall SI Open Studio Schedule 9.14

HAT FORMING: WEARABLE SCULPTURE with DJ DeGayner on Monday Nights!

Hello! My name is DJ DeGayner. I’m a milliner in Chicago and I’ve been teaching hat making for over 4 years now. My students and I create everything from floral headbands and sun hats, to avant garde runway headpieces. Good news! I’m teaching a hat making course this fall. But this course is special because it’s the foundation to becoming a do-it-yourself milliner: Hat blocking.

In this course, the focus will be on creating a one-of-a-kind blocked felt hat. Students will design and  carve their own hat block (which is a 3D form used to sculpt headpieces) and stretch a felt hood over this form to create a finished hat. We will also work on traditional millinery sewing techniques.

After the block is carved, you use a felt hood (of any color) and steam to stretch over the form. Then it’s roped & pinned down to emphasize the carved shapes, and let set for 24 hours.

It is then removed from the block and finished on the inside with a millinery ribbon.

We will focus on 3D carving skills to create something wearable and original. These skills can be used to create hats on your own, even after the course ends. If you’re interested in learning more about millinery materials and techniques, this class is the perfect start.

If you are interested in my work, please check out my website or email me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you in my course!

If you are interested in seeing more artist’s millinery work, please look at:

Philip Treacy

Angela Moreno


And countless more… just google hat blocking.


Register for the class today!

Hat Forming: Wearable Sculpture w/ DJ DeGayner

Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, 10 weeks, starts on September 11th


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