Workshop & Instructor Information

Valerie Goodwin art quilt

Valerie Goodwin

www.QuiltsByValerie.com

The Complex Composition

December 4 - 10, 2016

All Levels

A few years back, Valerie Goodwin composed a fiber art map called “Landscapes of Legacy”. This piece celebrated two cherished places in Alabama where her grandparents lived. Valerie's personal memories of these places still remain fondly embedded in her mind even as the years go by. All the lines and shapes that mapped these locations have special significance.

You may have similar memories of a place in your childhood, where you vacationed last year, or where you now live that could serve as a starting point for your own fiber art map. Come tell your stories artfully through quilting and maps. We all have stories to tell!

Valerie's 5 day workshop is also the perfect way of learning a unique approach to design called The Complex Composition. In addition, you will learn fun techniques using fabric, paint and thread.

The Complex Composition

Cross-fertilization between the arts can enrich how each of us approaches our work. This workshop will focus on using basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. You will learn to create rich and complex compositions from this inventive perspective using the principles of SCALE, MERGING, LAYERING/ OVERLAPPING, RANKING, AND FRAMING. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the story of a particular place.

Through a series of quick exercises - this workshop will cover the fundamentals of composition employing the elements and principles of design. Building on these nuts and bolts - students will tap into the right and left sides of the brain to design a thoughtful and imaginative composition from a distinctive perspective.

The instructor will guide you through a series of explorations that will supply opportunities to experiment. She is known for creating a flexible environment of encouragement, order, and inspiration. One student wrote:

“I was impressed with her knowledge of design and the exercises she executed within the class in order for us to gain a grounded knowledge of those principles and then the application of the principles into the formation of the quilt in a concept /idea driven format. She was organized and kept the workshop moving in a steady pace while being sensitive to the needs of the group”.

Valerie Goodwin art quilt
Valerie Goodwin art quilt