You're receiving this email because you asked us to let you know when we scheduled our Libs Elliott workshops.
We're excited to host the talented Libs Elliott at Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn in September! Libs is a textile designer who explores the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. She studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University and lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Libs uses a programming language called Processing to randomly design her quilts, which gives her the ability to quickly edit the code and generate random compositions from simple geometric and traditional quilt block shapes.
Libs has recently expanded her repertoire with fabric design, creating two lines of quilting fabric for Andover Fabrics, with a third collection due in October 2017.
We will be hosting two full-day workshops with Libs, one on Saturday, 9/30/2017, and one on Sunday, 10/1/2017. Libs will also present a lecture at IQ on Friday evening, 9/29/2017. If you're interested in taking part in the whole weekend, we have a full "weekend with Libs" option that includes the lecture and both full-day workshops for one price.
If you know you want to take whatever quilt Libs will be teaching sight unseen, feel free to sign up for either (or both) workshops.
We know Sunday's workshop will be The Weight of Love, a workshop-only quilt. The Weight of Love is made up of hex, half-hex and equilateral triangle pieces, and was designed randomly using Processing code. Students will spend the day making the Weight of Love their own by customizing it with fabrics and then building it using the Y-seam piecing method. Libs does a quick review and provides a take away on digital tools students can use to pull colors from their own photographs.
For Saturday's workshop, we're torn between two options: Embrace the Chaos and Improv Piecing with Dynamic Stripes.
Embrace the Chaos: Using only paper and pencils -- no computers required! -- Libs will walk students through a series of worksheet exercises that mimic the programming language she uses to generate her quilt patterns. By using controlled elements in a random way, each participant will end up with a unique quilt pattern -- no two Chaos Quilts are the same!
Improv Piecing with Dynamic Stripes: In this workshop, students will explore visually dynamic striped piecing and create one-of-a-kind striped compositions. We'll review examples of how color, size and angles can affect visual outcome, and cover strip piecing and how to cut equilateral and half-square triangles. Participants will be able to make choices on what kind of stripes they want to make and how they want to cut their block pieces so, in the end, no two compositions are alike.
If you have a preference for either of these quilts, please hit "reply" ASAP and let us know! We think either workshop would be a blast but we'd love to get a little input from those of you who've expressed an interest in taking classes with Libs while she's here. We'll make a decision by the end of the day Thursday and email you an update on Friday. It will go out to the general newsletter list early next week.
Sarah & the IQ crew