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…
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.
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.
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.