Monday, October 19, 2009

Houston International Quilt Festival - Hollis Chatelain

I was fortunate to take a class with Hollis Chatelain while at the Quilt Festival in Houston. Hollis is one of the top quilters in the world and has won numerous awards with her quilts. She is a very giving teacher and very approachable. Check out her website www.hollisart.com(Also while you are there check out a project of Hollis' called Imagine Hope www.imagine-hope.org which is bringing awareness through art)
At the Houston Quilt Festival this year Hollis took out The Master Award for Thread Artistry with Protection, a quilt that is a wholecloth with the images created entirely by threads, and First Place in the Art-Painted Surface with Exodus.
The class I took with Hollis was a one day class Painting Images with Dyes which was teaching us how to paint on wholecloth using Procian Dyes. It was very overwhelming at first, putting your first stroke onto the cotton knowing you can't remove it, but under Hollis' guidance we all completed the project with flying colours!

Here is a picture of my painted piece (the drawing was a design by Hollis) and the class

(Below) Tanya was who I was sitting next to in the class, she is from California, Here is a picture of her piece that she was working on (once again a design by Hollis)

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