Workshops, Lectures, Classes, Residencies & Lessons
My Teaching Experience
I have been teaching classes, workshops, residencies and camps for more than 20 years. I have a degree in Elementary/Middle School Education and a background in community art and theater. I worked for 11+ years as the head of education programming at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, where I coordinated all of the adult and youth education programs, supervised a core group of teaching artists, mentored new teachers, and developed curriculum for summer camp and outreach programming. I am active in my local arts community: teaching at local guilds and museums; school residencies; festival demos; guest lecturing for college classes; serving on boards of directors and as a volunteer.
When I was working in arts admin full time, I used to say that I didn’t have a particular media that was my specialty but that my specialty was that I could teach a beginner class in anything. My business cards say “artist & teacher” because I really believe that teaching and creating art as a community is core to my own artistic practice. It’s part of the art that I do.
Selected venues where I have taught classes and workshops:
- Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts (Gatlinburg TN)
- Spoonflower (Durham NC)
- Midwest Weavers Conference (Minneapolis MN)
- Handweavers Guild of America (Milwaukee WI)
- Surface Design Association Conference (Minneapolis MN)
- Art Educators of MN State Conference
- NC FACS Teachers State Conference (Greensboro NC)
- Hennepin History Museum, Bakken Museum, Bell Museum, Museum of Russian Art
- South East Fibers Arts Alliance (Chamblee GA)
- Surface Art Association (Los Angeles CA)
- WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (Cedarburg WI)
Want me to come and teach for your conference, guild or group? Click that Contact Me button to the right and let’s see what we can put together!
Topics, Skills and Media that I Can Teach
- Spoonflower, fabric design, digital printing on fabric
- Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom
- PicMonkey, RepperPatterns
- Creating seamlessly repeating patterns
- Etsy shop basics & setup, marketing tips, workflow
- Photography with emphasis on product/art/object photography, basic photo editing
- Business skills for artists including beginner classes in blogs & newsletters, social media, marketing
- Sewing, specializing in wearables and accessories, bags
- Intro to dyes on plant or animal fibers with fabric, yarn or roving. Chemical dye processes (not eco/natural dyes)
- Shibori patterns and other dye-based surface design
- Embroidery and hand stitching
- Inkle weaving, kumihimo braids, small loom weaving
Types of classes
Lectures (1 hr – 90 minutes)
Half Day or One Day Classes (Intro Level)
Two Day (Intermediate)
Three to Five Day (Master Class or Deep Dive)
Residencies at schools, art centers, museums
Mentoring & Private or Small Group Lessons
Company or Organizational Team Building
Student Skill Levels and Abilities
I LOVE working with beginners and I love to teach beginner level classes. I especially love beginners in “techie” classes like Spoonflower, Etsy, or Photoshop. I am passionate about making technology more accessible to artists generally and to fiber artists specifically.
I am comfortable working with all ages, from preschool to adult.