After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a ceramics major, Betty Busby founded a custom ceramic tile manufacturing firm in Los Angeles. After nearly 20 years of running the firm, she sold the business in 1994 (it is still in operation to this day). Upon relocating to New Mexico, she changed the focus of her art work to fiber, taking it full time in 2004. Her manufacturing background has led to constant experimentation with new materials and techniques that fuel her work. The classic fractal structures of the sub microscopic world are a constant inspiration, as are natural processes, such as oxidation, replication, and growth.
Classes: 11. Multi-Media Materials
Elizabeth Busch is an internationally renowned artist who has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been making painted quilts since 1983 and making a living as a self-employed artist since 1987. Her ‘personal quilts,’ which is what she teaches, feed her soul. From such work she has won numerous awards, including the Best in Show and the Quilts Japan Award from Quilt National. In 2009 she was given a retrospective exhibit at the Visions Quilt Museum in San Diego. She has taught workshops throughout the US and abroad since 1985.
Classes: 12. Color + Composition = Art Quilt
Sarah Bond comes from a family of quilt makers stretching back to the early nineteenth century. She has been quilting since her early twenties and loves immersing herself in old quilts and quilt books, looking for new ideas. She is obsessed with color and pattern and while her inspirations are classic and traditional, she renders her own work with a modern or contemporary flair. She loves nothing better than being in a room full of quilters because the creativity that is generated is so intoxicating. Her mission when teaching is to break quilts down to their components to demystify them so that students can master those components, bend them to their will, and design their own masterpieces.
Classes: 2. Lone Star Variations1. Coming Full Circle
RACHEL D.K. CLARK
Rachel D.K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher, and lecturer. She has been creating wearable art for over 30 years. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel’s work. While her work can be whimsical, political, or a personal statement it always reflects her love of traditional quilt making. Rachel has had several solo exhibitions. Her work has been featured in various gallery shows; magazines such as: the Fairfield (Bernina) Fashion Show, Threads and “The Quilting Quarterly, PIQF and The Home and Garden Channel’s Simply Quilts. She is featured in a Craftsy Unlimited video. Having ended her affair with beige and chartreuse, right now, Rachel is having a love affair with the color turquoise and blue.
Classes: 3. Fast Piecing with Seminole Techniques4. Clothing for the Body and Soul + Quilts
I am obsessed with light and color; loving the rich contrasts resulting from the juxtaposition of cottons, silks, velvets, brocade, and sheers. I love traditional quilts, but want my quilts to say something about their time and place in history and come directly from my life. As a teacher and artist, my aim is to fill my students with confidence and the excitement I feel about creating art in fabric and fiber. I aim to guide them in the direction of their interest in a non-threatening supportive environment so that they create more than they thought possible.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
Classes: 5. Rock On13. Design by Nature
Kathy Doughty is a self-taught quilter, author, fabric designer, and owner of Material Obsession, a patchwork shop in Sydney, Australia that is known for innovation in contemporary fabrics and designs. Kathy’s workshops focus on taking ownership of the decision making process. Participants learn by discussing what fabric designs have to offer, how to make appealing combinations, and how to achieve a unique look that reflects their personal taste. As well as designing quilts and teaching she also designs for Free Spirit Fabric and has authored several books including Material Obsession One, Material Obsession Two, Making Quilts, Adding Layers, and Mixing Quilt Elements.
Classes: 15. Taking Shapes14. Organic Applique
David Hornung has taught painting, drawing, and color at a number of art schools and universities including Indiana University, Parsons, Pratt, Skidmore College, Brooklyn College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Adelphi University. The first edition of his book Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers was published in 2004 by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. in London. An American version was distributed in the same year by McGraw-Hill. The second edition, published in 2012, is currently being sold internationally and has been translated into French, Spanish, Polish, Korean, and Japanese. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Classes: 6. Elements of Design and Composition
Paula Kovarik is based in midtown Memphis. A degree in graphic design and 30 years of work as the head of her own firm informs her approach to art. She was a featured artist at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art during ArtPrize 2015 and was profiled in American Craft magazine in June 2015 and Art Quilting Studio magazine in 2016. Her art has been selected and recognized in Quilt National, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Delta Arts Exhibition, and ArtQuilt Elements.
Classes: 7. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free-motion Quilting
Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA at Tyler School of Art. She has completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, at Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB and at the Klondike Institute of Art And Culture in Dawson City. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions in 2017 in Seattle (WA), Okotoks (AB), Brantford (ON) St. Catherines (ON) and State College (PA).
Classes: 17. Landscape Scarf/ Wall Hanging16. Embroidered Images
Lorie McCown is an American artist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, from California State University, Long Beach, CA and attended San Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, textile and fiber. Her pieces are in private collections and public galleries nationally and internationally. Her work has been juried into local, national, and international shows, including Quilt National, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and Mid-Atlantic New Painting. Lorie's art work has been featured in Art Quilting Studio magazine, Quilting Arts magazine, Surface Design magazine, Fiber Art Now magazine and Artist's Portfolio magazine. She teaches workshops and classes nationally in painting, mixed media, and fiber arts.
Classes: 18. Book of Life- Yours!
Emily Richardson has a background in fashion design and theatrical costuming, and has been making art quilts since 1988. Represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Emily has exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad, including in numerous solo exhibitions at Gross McCleaf Gallery, and the Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe. In 2009 an extensive exhibition of her work was presented at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego. Known for its painterly and expressive qualities, her quilts are held in many corporate and private collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design inNew York City, The International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Nihon Vogue Company in Tokyo. In addition, her work has been published in numerous periodicals, catalogs, and books. Emily was the recipient of a 1995 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the 1997 Leeway Award for Excellence in Fiberarts, and the 2004 Nihon Vogue Quilts Japan Award. She maintains a studio in her Philadelphia home.
Classes: 8. Inspiration Through Reflection: Painting Fabric, Creating Quilts
Using her grandmother's quilts as her only guide, Mickey began making quilts in 1968 and within ten years had constructed and hand-quilted over 100 full-size and crib-size quilts and had taught quiltmaking to over 1000 students. In 1983 she began painting cotton to satisfy her own need for landscape and textural types of fabric and subsequently created SKYDYES, a business specializing in hand-painted fabrics. Her exhibits and awards for quilting and surface design include the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Fabric Gardens exhibit which toured Japan in 1992, and Art Quilts: Playing with a Full Deck (1994). Co-author of Not Just Another Quilt and author of Skydyes: a visual guide to Fabric Painting; an instructional DVD on Landscape Painting and SKYQUILTS, and more recently online classes, Mickey has been in demand as an enthusiastic instructor of her serendipitous style of fabric painting for the past 25 years.
West Hartford, CT
Classes: 21. Paints on Fabric