UPDATE August 30, 2021: This workshop is now FREE OF CHARGE!
Get a taste of what it is like to digitally design and print your own fabric with Spoonflower. This session focuses on abstract designs, so you don’t need to feel limited by your drawing skills. We’ll start with simple hands-on art, transform it into pixels, and create two seamlessly repeating geometric patterns all in one session. No special software or computer skills are required; you can create amazing patterns using just your web browser and some simple design tools. For the virtual version of this class, because it’s not practical to watch a Zoom session and follow along with the online part of projects in real-time, this session will be presented as an interactive demo with hands-on components, handouts and links to refer to later, plus lots of opportunities to ask questions.
No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste. You do not need Photoshop or any special software or equipment.
Supply list: We will do a couple of small hands-on activities in this class. Please have a small handful of colored papers, a pair of scissors, and a gluestick or double sided tape. You can use ANY kind of paper in any colors. Recycled is the best: magazine pages, wrapping paper, birthday card envelopes, junk mail, scrapbooking paper, construction paper, paint chips, handpainted. It can have patterns, textures or words on it.
This is an online workshop the afternoon of September 11, 2021.
Becka Rahn is a full-time teaching artist and fabric designer who works in a micro-studio in Minneapolis. Becka works primarily in fabric and paper, specializing in textured designs from cut paper illustrations using recycled papers. She creates surface designs for fabric that she uses to make art pieces for gallery exhibitions, functional items to sell in her Etsy shops, and fabrics that you can buy to make your own projects. She is the co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, a guide to designing your own fabrics. She has received awards for her work from Jerome and McKnight Foundations, MN State Arts Board, and Fiber Art Now magazine. She is an active teaching artist in her community and online. She is passionate about helping artists conquer technology barriers to make their work more accessible. You can see more of her work at www.beckarahn.com