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My class with Jane DunnewoldMy class with Jane Dunnewold

Last week I was fortunate enough to be able to take a class with Jane Dunnewold at Pro Chemical &Dye in Fall River MA. I’ve been following and admiring Jane’s work for a lot of years now and so when I saw that she was going to be in my area (well a little over an hour away) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a class with her.   Turns out that was a very smart decision because I can honestly say that it was one of the best learning experiences that I’ve ever had.   I had planned to take lots of pictures throughout the class so I would have lots to show you but I was just so focused on doing the work that I never considered stopping to take photos!  I did manage to get in a shot of the class room though:

The classroom at ProChem is unbelievably well stocked and set up.   The room is really big,clean and well lit with huge windows.  The padded work tables are not only nice and wide but they’re deep too so you have plenty of room to spread out even with two people at a table.   The walls on the left are pin-able so you can pin up your work if you want to step back and look at it from a distance.  Of course the dye and painting supplies are more than plentiful and with 3 sinks there’s never any waiting to rinse out brushes or equipment.  There’s even a washer/dryer for washing out dyed yardage and pieces and a stove if you need to heat or melt something!  Through the double doors that I was standing in when I took this photo of the room you find a areas to hang your work to dry.

I don’t have photos of every piece I worked on throughout the week but I did manage to take photo’s of a few this morning…

cotton,18"x24"flour paste resist,painted,dyed,overdyed,foiled - unfinished

okay so what did I do all week?  Well I dyed fabric,over dyed it,and then dyed it again.  I explored flour paste resists (my new favorite technique),screen printing techniques,stenciling and carving stamps.  I painted fabric,foiled it and then painted it some more.

cotton,18"x24"flour paste resist,painted,overdyed,screen printed,stamped - unfinished

It was 5 days jam packed with surface design techniques and I loved every second of it.  I thought I knew a lot about dyeing but  I know now that I’ve only scratched at the surface.

silk - flour paste resist,painted,dyed,overdyed,stamped,stenciled,screenprinted,foiled - each piece 13"x22"

And I can’t say enough about Jane as a teacher.  She is an incredible wealth of knowledge!  Her easygoing approachable style makes for a very comfortable and engaging learning environment.  Feedback is always delivered in a constructive non judgmental way so that you can learn from it without feeling overwhelmed by it which in my opinion is a hallmark of a highly skilled teacher.   You’ll not only learn to see the potential in the cloth or the technique that you’re working with but the potential in yourself as well.   I highly recommend checking Jane’s teaching schedule and getting into one of her classes if you can.   And be sure to check out her newest book  “Art Cloth:A Guide to Surface Design for Fabric” which is now available for purchase out on Amazon.

12 comments to My class with Jane Dunnewold

  • sue,
    thank you so much for sharing. your “unfinished”pieces look fantastic. i just got jane’s new book and am looking forward to taking a class with her this september. she will be teaching in italy –yeah!! so cool (i live in the italian part of switzerland) 🙂

  • Linda

    Sue,what great pieces you’ve done,I love the green one. Good photos and descriptions,and I’m totally envious. I have Jane’s first book,and toying with getting this one too. I haven’t tried paste resists,but after seeing your results,I think I should have a play. Thanks again for ‘reporting’and sharing.

  • It will be a treat to watch what you create with your new methods. Looking forward to seeing it all 🙂

  • Iris

    How many shades of green am I?????

  • I think classes and learning from others is the best money spent on enjoying our creative ventures. It just feels so good to learn new things. Your fabrics are fabulous! Happy creating…

  • What a fantastic and productive time you had. Great fabrics you have created. I cant wait for Jane’s new book to be available in the UK,we have to wait a bit longer for it.

  • Your pieces are beautiful Sue! Sounds like you had a grand time!

  • A whole week! It sounds life changing! Another book I need! 8^)

  • This post is bringing back memories of my classes with Jane –love being in the same room with her!!

  • Sandy Jandik

    You must have had a delightful and exciting week-worth the long drive.

  • Oh,Sue,every word makes my heart sing,what a fantastic week that sounds like!

    If you’re anything like me,you’ll be reevaluating your flat surface space to find more room for flour paste resists. When I did my first piece,I hated it sitting there on my table and was just sure it wouldn’t work. But when I did the final wash on it and hung it on the line,I wanted to cray for how pretty it was. I was instantly hooked. I’m so pleased that you’ve caught the bug,too,I’d hate to be floating out here all by myself LOL.

    Your description of ProChem is exciting,thanks for the photo! And my book is on its way to me,anxiously awaiting it!

    THANKS for the great description of your week and for the delish eye candy photos (can I just say how much I love that you under each one,you added technique after technique and then noted,“unfinished”?? Priceless,you’re a true surface design convert!)

    My choices for next year just got a lot harder to make LOL

  • love your pieces,the colors and textures are awesome!