Deborah Fell

Sun, June 20 to Sat, June 26 2021

Layered Cloth Construction and the Slow Stitch with Deborah Fell

Medium: Fabric

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: 8 Spots Left

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In this workshop, students will learn the power of combining established quilt piecing techniques in a unique way that will open a door to the possibility of new approaches in making design decisions. Students will begin by making small compositions. Guidance is provided on how to translate these small compositions into larger scale compositions. Using different materials as a base, unconventional foundation piecing is explored, along with non-traditional approaches to raw edge applique, as manageable options for working with small fabric scraps to create a unified image. Approaching hand stitching as a mark making design element, brings the final magic. Students are provided with direct instruction through demos, presentations and handouts. Content includes exploring these techniques using the collage method to create a more consistent, personal design style. Using this approach allows you to have greater choices when approaching the design and implementation of an art quilt. Students will also learn the power of limiting your color palette for materials. Along with celebrating the imperfect, the organic line and making mistakes, this method opens up innovative avenues for construction options. Imperfection and breaking the rules are encouraged.


About Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium.  She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and ArtQuilt Network.  Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials.  Deborah has been a professional educator for over 30 years.  Besides teaching at-risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums, community college and continuing education.  Deborah obtained a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University.  In 2010 Deborah was asked to assist the host of CBS’s television show, Extreme Home Makeover, in creating the art piece for the master bedroom project for the new house build in the east central Illinois area. The fall of 2011 Deborah received an artist-in-residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California.  In 2012 Deborah started teaching art quilt related courses at the University of Illinois through OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio features Deborah’s work on the front cover.  In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois Figure One Gallery in Champaign, Illinois.  Art exhibit openings in South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, and France in 2016, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level.

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Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $730.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,834.00-2,002.00* + Service Charge & Tax

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

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