Monday, August 6, 2012

Nancy Crow workshop at Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art is hosting an exciting fiber art exhibit called Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber. The exhibit is organized by Geary Jones and the museum. In conjunction with the show that will be at the museum December 13, 2010- March 17, 2013 before traveling extensively around the country, the museum is hosting three fabulous fiber workshops in December - one of which is a Nancy Crow workshop.


Details for each one are listed below. Don't hesitate to register now if you are interested. To register, call 231-720-2571.



Innovators and Legends Workshops

Lines, Curves, Circles and Figure/Ground: Part I machine-piecing workshop
Instructor: Nancy Crow
5 days, December 10-14, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: Intermediate (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $600
Location: Hilt Building Classroom (downtown Muskegon)
Extensive supply list sent upon registration.

Many small sewn-together compositions will be created.  All work will be done in direct machine piecing.  All fabric cutting will be done without rulers. Fabrics of choice will be a broad palette of hand-dyed or commercial solids and values.  Emphasis will be on geometric shapes and lines.
Students will be given timed exercises that explore classical design concerns such as color, value, proportion, shape, curves, circles, and line relationships.  Lots of seed ideas will be generated.
By mid-week, students will work in their sketchbooks, analyze their small studies, choose their best ones, and with further exercise, build on these ideas to generate new larger compositions.


Drawing with Yarn: Tapestry Made Easy

Instructors: David Johnson (former head of fibers at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts ), and Geary Jones ( a Pollock/Krasner International, and NEA award winning tapestry artist, and sculptor ).
5 days; December 10-14, 2012
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $350
Location: Muskegon Museum of Art Classroom

This is a tapestry, and rug-making class designed for beginners to advanced level weavers. We will explore a variety of weaving techniques (from slit-tapestry, eccentric weave, and a number of knotting, and interlocking techniques). Pattern, and color techniques, as well as blocking, and cleaning will also be addressed. This is both a fun, and relaxing class for just about anyone...
Each participant will be provided with a 3ft x 4 ft frame loop for use during the workshop for a $10 fee.


Contemporary Cedar Bark Basketry

Instructor: Dawn Nichols Walden
3 days; December 12-14, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 1:30-5:00 pm
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $400
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Classroom (downtown Muskegon)

This workshop is designed for large contemporary pieces, mold making techniques and construction methods.  Ideas for expanding with different materials as in plastics or recyclable material.


  1. Thanks-looks like a great opportunity for us.

  2. Good details and contrast between dark shadows and white areas. You may know the work of the Greek-Italian surrealist artist Giorgio de Chirico, much of whose work you can browse at This one,, has the same feel as your drawings.