Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May is always a busy month. This year is no exception. I am involved with a new, fabulous, art exhibit in Elk Rapids called "Experience Art Rapids". Taking place June 10 - 24, over 100 artists will be exhibiting in over 33 venues around Elk Rapids. Venues include the local bakery, some newly remodeled warehouse space, our Walk of Art park, many local businesses, large and small. Even the Village Market grocery store will be participating, with some great art work, and generous donations.  The support and response has been overwhelming. 

I am also involved with Art Rapids as the Education Chair. We are planning some art camps for kids at the Walk of Art park, including a one day Fish Printing class on June 20. This will be great fun for kids and adults. Please visit www.artrapids.org for more. 

Many studio projects are calling my attention as well. And along with all of this - I teach! 

Class schedule

Rigid Heddle Weaving at NMC
Are you curious about handweaving, but not ready to invest in a large loom? Rigid Heddle looms are portable, less expensive and easy to use. Learn the simplest method of warping your loom. Once set up, you'll learn how to make plain weave, the most basic and versatile weave structure. You'll also become familiar with weaving vocabulary, how to finish your project and how to make design decisions for your next project. A supply list will be mailed prior to first class. You need your own rigid heddle loom. A limited number of looms are available to rent from instructor on a first come first served basis.
May 23 and 30
5:30 - 8:30 pm
University Center Rm 214
$95
Contact NMC for more information
www.nmc.edu

Rigid Heddle Weaving II
Add a pick up stick or two to the Rigid Heddle loom and explode the possibilities! Practice adding weft floats, warp floats, and combining the two for wonderful lace and textured effects. Create a sampler in class but leave knowing several patterns that can be combined for some lovely fabrics. You must have taken Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving or have instructor permission. A supply list will be sent prior tot the first class. You need your own rigid heddle loom. A limited number of looms will be available for rent from the instructor; ask for contact info when you register. 
June 6 and 13
5:30-8:30 p.m.
University Center Rm 214
$95
Contact NMC for more information
www.nmc.edu


Rigid Heddle Exploration - at Interlochen Center for the Arts

This extended, two day class,  is perfect for beginners as well as returning students. 
On the first day beginners will put on a long two color warp, and weave a table mat. 
On the second day beginning students will embellish their second mat with pick up patterns and textures. 

Returning, or intermediate students will be able to jump right in on the first day to explore their choice of textures and patterns, color and weave or two heddle weaving. The more advanced students are encouraged to contact the instructor ahead of time to discuss their own area of interest. 

Having students weaving together at a variety of skill levels will provide everyone with a rich learning opportunity. 

Supplies:
Rigid Heddle loom with one or more heddles
There are some looms available from Interlochen and from the instructor for rent at $15 for the two days. 
Scissors
2 Brown paper grocery bags 
measuring tape
Yarn:
Beginners - two hundred yards each of 2 different colors of worsted weight wool
Returning students - please consult the instructor
nmcray@mac.com
June 22 and 23
Contact Interlochen Adult Creative College for more information
www.interlochen.org

Overshot and Inlay 
Crooked Tree Center for the Arts
Petoskey MI
Learn the traditional rules of overshot and inlay through a combination of lecture, samples and lots of play time. After learning the rules of traditional overshot, students will proceed to break them to experiment with different weights, treadling combinations, supplemental weft pick up, and inlay. Together students will explore overshot principles as it relates to shibori, collapse weave and textural effects. Students should arrive with a pre-warped 4 or 8 shaft loom. The instructor will send a weaving draft ahead of time.

Level: Advanced Beginner. Students must be able to warp a loom on their own and read a basic weaving draft.
www.Crookedtree.org

Nancy McRay

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