2016 Speakers and Workshops

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Here’s a quick overview of the
PenWAG 2016 classes and workshops

Remember that registration for a workshop does not open until two months before the workshop. Visit the Workshops Schedule  page for more information on class registration.

January 9, 2016 Ellen Hauptli

Lecture: On the Seamy Side with Ellen Hauptli www.ellenhauptli.com Ellen’s talk and slide presentation will chronicle her personal clothes-making journey from college to the present.  While attending the University of California at Davis she discovered the Design Department.  She studied clothing and its components for her undergraduate degree in Design and knew she had found her calling!  She received her MFA from the Fiberworks Center for the Textile Arts in Berkeley, CA, where she concentrated on pleated clothing. Through the study of costume and textile expressions from cultures throughout the world, and in particular the restoration of a Chinese pleated and embroidered silk skirt, Ellen began making sculptural pleated clothes.  She found beauty in the simplicity and symmetry of the shapes and how, when they were worn, the body gave life to them, transforming both the garment and the wearer.  She closed her line of pleated clothes after 25+ years ...

February 13, 2016 Natasha Foucault

Lecture: Natasha Foucault Trunk Show www.natashasilkart.com Russian born artist, Natasha Foucault is a silk painting artist at the top of that game.  Her work is bold and vivid; the brilliant colors shimmer on the silk.  Her studio overlooking the San Francisco bay is filled with light.  Growing up in Europe, many of Natasha’s art creations reflect street scenes and stories; however, now she has branched out to scenes of California.  Her book “Silk Diary, An Artist’s Journey from Moscow to Mendocino”, co-authored with Jeanne-Michele Salander, combines a collection of her silk art, stories of her life and signature painting techniques. Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door Workshop        Silk Scarf Painting Talented Natasha will guide students through the process of painting on silk using a resist to hold the dyes in place.  This is a hands-on workshop where students will learn the gutta serti method of ...

March 11, 12, 13, 2016 Kenneth King

www.kennethdking.com Friday Workshop: Embellishment and Fabric Manipulation Embellishment, when chosen well, can enhance the simplest silhouette.  This class will cover some of Kenneth’s favorite techniques, culled from his lab notes and blog posts for Threads Magazine.  These include braiding, pleating, fantasy feathers and ruffles, fantasy fabric flowers, fluting, and frog closures.  The students will make samples of these techniques, so they can keep them for reference.  Materials list will be supplied.   March 11 supply list California Hawaiian Mobile Home Park Location:  3637 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 10:00 to 4:30 PM 6 hour workshop Class size: 25 students $80 members, $110 guests     Saturday lecture:  Make Mine Manhattan – the Life of a New York Designer When Kenneth moved to New York in 2004, he gained access to a new environment full of new sights and sounds.  This new environment and access to a wider variety of materials helped him ...

April 9, 2016 Maurine Starkey

Maurine Starkey is a veteran artist and designer in the computer game industry with a fine arts background.  Early in her career she studied sculpting from her mentor, Anton Benson, a graduate of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Her art has been exhibited many times in the Clark County Library, Nevada’s prestigious annual art show and in the Zomo Art Space in Los Angeles.  Her love and respect for storytelling and illustration has led her to enjoy a career of illustration for comics, magazines and fanzines.  Her work is eclectic and whimsical, mixing many mediums together in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional. Lecture:  History of Carnival Arts The morning presentation will be a power point slide show with a quick history of the Venetian Carnival, followed by a list of the various traditional masques and their origin: Bauta, Volto, Medico della peste, Zanni, Muta, Pantalone (old man), Arlecchino (harliquin), and ...

May 14, 2016 Marilou Moschetti

www.mariloumoschetti.com Lecture:  What’s New in the World of Felting Felt designers from the United States, and on every continent, are making art-to-wear, sculpture, wall art or functional items for use in the home.  As textile art, the color, depth, dimension and beauty of every piece is guaranteed to inspire conversation and awe.  Each piece has been individually created and the artists say they are truly alluring.  Shibori hand-dyed silks or cotton are blended and fused with fine Merino wool fibers, which are then felted by hand.  Marilou will show us the felt artists who are shaking up the world with their amazing creations. Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door Workshop:  The Dimensional Vessel “You Can Do It”!!!!  Finally, a wool that you can almost pinch, and it felts!  Welcome Short Fiber Merino!  During this four hour workshop, participants will be provided with an individual kit ...

June 11, 2016 Michelle Paganini

www.paganoonoo.com        Lecture:  Upcycle Magic The act of transforming existing clothing into new creations is as old as clothing itself.  How is this practice relevant in a day and age of fashion overabundance?  What is possible?  Paralleling the fast/food - slow/food movement is a fast/fashion – slow/fashion movement.  The creativity and artistic expression available in upcycling will both inspire you and leave you with a whole new perspective. Multipurpose Room – M-50 Free for members; $5 guests at door Workshop:  Creating the Patti Blouse Create your own personalized upcycled blouse using the Paganoonoo “Patti” upcycle sewing pattern.  The step-by-step pattern directions and illustrations make upcycling simple.  Workshop participants will begin the process of transforming 3 dress shirts into a custom-fitted one-of-a-kind blouse.  Michelle will demonstrate the key steps of transformation and then provide coaching as participants make their own unique creations. June 11 supply list Adult Center – C-35 1:30 to ...

July 9, 2016 Pot Luck, Challenge Reveal, Mini Stash Exchange, and Sewing Works

Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door 10:00am to 4:30PM ...

August 13, 2016 Tobin Keller

www.tobinwkeller.com Lecture:  Narrative Fabric: A Brief History of Pictorial Prints on Fabric Wearable meets fine art at the hand of Tobin Keller.  He is passionate about fashion and clothes because of the change in the physical and emotional state of the wearer. Through creating fabrics by hand dyeing and screen-printing and then incorporating these into the fashions he designs, the result is more artistic and sculptural. He will take us through a brief history of pictorial prints on fabrics. His accomplishments are many. Currently Tobin is art department co-chair at Cabrillo College; he is an artist, printmaker, fabric designer, clothing designer, art instructor and gallery curator.  He has had many gallery shows; fashion shows and is winner of the 2014 Gail Rich Award.  Tobin has BFA and MFA in Art.  We are lucky to have him come and inspire us! Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at ...

September 10, 2016 Holly Badgley

www.hollybadgley.com Lecture:  The Holly Badgley Trunk Show Holly Badgley was brought up in an artsy household on the central coast of CA.  As an artist, her interest was in painting.  In the 70’s her time was split between France and Morocco.  There she was introduced to the rich art of Kandinsky and Sonia Delaunay as well as the rich tribal textiles and Kasbah architecture.  Upon returning to the states she immersed herself in blending these disciplines.  Holly will take us on a journey of her development as a textile artist in her presentation/trunk show. Orchard City Banquet Hall - OCBH  (NOTE ROOM CHANGE) Free for members; $5 guests at door Workshop:  Wild Vests The workshop will be a fun take on embellishing, printing and stitching your most treasured fabrics into a “wild vest".  We will assemble panels from your favorite vest pattern.  Holly will bring elements to use: scraps, organza ...

October 8, 2016 Jackie Snell

Lecture:  Textile Travels Jackie Snell will give a trunk show of Indonesian and Malaysian textiles.  Most of these beautiful textiles were acquired during stays in these two neighboring countries.  Included in the collection are ikats, batiks, supplementary weft weaves, and contemporary fabrics for kebayas. Jackie Snell is a professor of business who has been interested in ethnic textiles for several decades.  She spent an academic year in Malaysia, teaching at the Universiti Putra Malaysia about 15 miles south of Kuala Lumpur.  During the academic year she traveled to various parts of mainland Malaysia, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah (states of Malaysia that share the island of Borneo with Indonesia and Brunei) several times.  She spent time in Bali and Java (Indonesia) in 1990 and 2004, and in Java, Sumatra, and Sarawak in 2008. Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door Workshop:  Jewelry Finishing and Findings Don’t know ...

November 12,13,14 – 2016 Kathryn Brenne

www.finesewing.com Lecture:  Trunk show Kathryn is known for her technical expertise with a variety of fabrics and projects.  During this fun presentation you will have the opportunity to see some of the garments you have admired in magazines and on-line articles.  Kathryn will bring a variety of garments and accessories highlighting a wide range of techniques and beautiful fabrics.  She will share many of her tips, talk about inspiration and discuss her work as a Vogue pattern designer.  Kathryn’s presentation and fashion show will definitely inspire you! Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door Workshop (2 ½ days) A to Z of Perfect Pants Note: This is a single workshop extending across 3 days (3 1/2 hours Saturday, 6 hours each Sunday and Monday) Pants are the most challenging garment when it comes to perfecting fit.  A perfect fit starts with accurate measurements.  Kathryn will guide ...
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December 10, 2016 Pot Luck, Elections and Stash Exchange

IT’S COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK!  December 10 is our Holiday Potluck and Stash Extravaganza.  Not only can you increase your stash at absolute bargain prices, but you might also pick up some outfits.  Remember, this is the meeting where we elect officers for 2017.  It’s also the only meeting where there is lots of time for Show & Tell and socializing along with a fabulous potluck! Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door 10:00 to 2:00 PM ...

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