Nancy Crow fiber art

Nancy Crow

Sets & Variables I & II

March 24 - 28, 2018

Medium: Fabric

Level: Intermediate & Advanced

Prerequisite: free-hand cutting skills / very good machine sewing skills.

5-Day Studio Class

Sets and Variables I & II is based on exploring the use of a simple geometrical motif and its compound
version in compositions. A motif is defined as being a simple figure (a theme) that is repeated in
some manner. A compound motif is a simple motif simply opened up, creating spaces in the simple motif so the ground shows through.

It is the responsibility of each student to think about which shapes & combinations of shapes could
become new fresh motifs, to draw up many, many ideas in their sketchbook, and then, to actually cut
out and sew together as many black/white simple motifs as possible. After making samples of simple
motifs, compound versions of each of the simple motifs should be made. Making both these simple and
compound motifs out of fabric will enlighten the student as to which motifs are both visually effective
and which are easy to sew together. The size of the motif samples can be approximately 8” x 8” up to
12” x 12”. Keep black figure on white ground on the first round; make the reverse of each also with
white figure on black ground.

On the morning of the first day of class each student is to have all of their motif ideas pinned to their work wall, with simple and compound versions side-by-side. At some point, the student will be expected to choose one of their motif ideas and love this chosen motif enough to work with it throughout all given design exercises during the week. The chosen motif will become the set; then variables will be added as part of each timed exercise. Figure/ground composition, value and color usage will be emphasized at all times, so each student must come prepared with the very best assortment of values, in solids, (commercial or hand-dyed) in as many color families as possible.

It is important that the range of values includes very light colors, medium lights, mediums, medium darks, and darks. This class requires very individual thinking and total concentration, and is meant to be challenging! The method of working will be a journey about discovery and will require an attitude of risk-taking! The design exercises will stimulate thinking and hopefully help to develop more individual work.
• Students must come prepared with motif ideas!

Note: All design exercises will be done in solid colored fabric using machine-piecing techniques. Each exercise will result in a composition. Keeping a sketchbook with excellent notations will be vitally important throughout the workshop; therefore, it is required that students bring a digital camera and a small digital printer (such as the Canon Selphy printer) to use as a tool for keeping track of “works-in-progress.” Since students will be pining work as it progresses onto the wall, they should bring at least 2 boxes of fine but short ball-head pins.

Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with a digital presentation/laptop or 3-6 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (3-5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals.

Nancy Crow fiber art
Nancy Crow fiber art
Nancy Crow fiber art
Nancy Crow fiber art