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Lura Schwarz Smith Workshops

2-Day Workshop -- Designing Art Quilts
1-Day Workshop -- Traditionals Transformed
June 6, 7, 8, 2009

at Willamette View Commons
12705 S.E. River Road, Portland, Oregon

Lura Schwarz Smith, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from San Francisco State University, has been producing textile art for over 30 years. Before that, she was making traditional bed quilts with her first quilting partner, her mother, starting in the 1960s. Originally showing in galleries in the 70s and 80s, for the past years she has been showing quilts and receiving awards at regional, national, and international quilt shows. Several highlights of her career in the quilt world over the past decade are that one of her quilts was named one of the "100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century," and she was included in the "30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World" exhibit at the first Tokyo Dome quilt show in 2002.

She is a member of various quilting and art quilt groups such as Studio Art Quilt Associates (professional member) and the California Fiber Artists. The California Fiber Artists is a group geared more toward gallery and museum shows and sales. Currently, like many artists and quilters, she is working on redoing her juggling act of family, teaching and travel, to manage more time in the studio.

Designing Art Quilts -- Sat & Sun June 6 & 7, 2009, 9:00am - 3:30pm -- Lunch provided both days.

We are all artists, whether or not we have yet discovered it. As quilters, we have a wonderful medium in which to explore our artistic potentials, and the tools of our time allow us to produce exciting, original images in our quilts we may never have believed possible, regardless of our known drawing abilities (or "lack" of them). In this workshop, you will learn some of the basic elements of design, do a few simple, fun drawing exercises, and become acquainted with some of the many easy tools and techniques available to us all to help design and produce original art quilts with images you choose. You will also produce sample quilt labels using some of these techniques. Bring a photograph or simple drawing and learn to design your own art quilt pattern. All skill levels are welcome, and the words "I can't draw!" are outlawed. We will be using fabric pens and paints, so come dressed to play and rediscover the fun and power of creating your own art.
Workshop fees for members $166.00 non-members $186.00
Lunch included -- ($10.00 kit fee paid to Lura on the first day of class)

Traditionals Transformed -- Monday June 8, 2009, 9:00am - 3:30pm -- Lunch will be provided.

Give an old favorite a new twist -- take a traditional block and tweak it. Learn to draft and piece distorted traditional blocks. Also learn a simple paperless free-form curved machine piecing technique which allows students to build abstract texture in their quilts. The sample quilt is totally machine pieced, including the machine-inset sphere. Class time will be mostly spent on learning to distort blocks and learning the patternless free-form piecing technique. This is free-wheeling rotary cutting fun for those ready to try working more freely without patterns.
Workshop fees for members $76.00 non-members $86.00
Lunch included -- ($5.00 kit fee paid to Lura on the first day of class)

Deposits of $35.00 for Traditionals Transformed and $83.00 for Designing Art Quilts, or $100.00 for both are required for registration. Registrations will be accepted on a "first come first served" basis. If you must cancel, or your remaining registration balance is not received by May 15th 2009, refunds will be given if your spot can be filled (minus $10.00 cancellation fee).

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