In June, I will be spending a week at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg TN. I haven’t ever been to Arrowmont, but I have heard all kinds of amazing things about the experience there, so I am excited to have been invited.
Our class at Arrowmont will be intense. We have 37 hours to explore all kinds of techniques for designing your own fabric. For the class in April at Spoonflower, we are going to focus on Adobe Illustrator, but for this one at Arrowmont, it is all about Photoshop and layers and texture. I have had several potential students email with questions about the class (which is awesome) and so I thought I should talk a little more about what we will be doing, since the description in the Arrowmont catalog is necessarily brief.
My theme for this class will be exploring the different paths you can take to design fabric. Everyone knows the feeling of staring at a blank page with an equally blank mind. Where do you start?
We are going to start this class by building a common vocabulary. We will talk about pixels and resolution and color. We will learn about different design tools that are common to Photoshop and other graphics programs (select, layer, opacity, offsets). Then we will start building a toolbox of techniques. Each day in this class we will take a different path to start a fabric design. One day we will work with scanned found objects; one day we will start with photos; one day we will doodle with paint. We […]