"HOT" An Exploration in Contemporary Fiber Arts with Susan Lenz

"HOT" An Exploration in Contemporary Fiber Arts with Susan Lenz

from 120.00

Dec 3-5, 2018

This workshop by Susan Lenz is an introduction to heat-activated processes for contemporary embroidery.  The sessions will include experimentation with painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, hand stitching and free motion machine embroidery, and a variety of novelty fibers.  Each student will create a unique, professionally matted finished project.  


1) an introduction to heat-activated processes using painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, and experimentation with various fibers

2) an introduction to hand stitching and/or free motion machine embroidery as a contemporary design tool

3) mounting a finished fiber creation and other information about professionally presenting framed fiber arts 4) stimulating creative responses for fiber arts explorations

Finished Product: At least one completed project, mounted into a provided 8” x 10” professionally cut mat

Provided Materials: basic ground fabric, threads, chiffon overlay, metallic foil, heat-transfer adhesive tissue, needles, polyester velvet, “scraps/fragments/fibers”, mat, foam-centered board, plastic “stick-on” hanger, pins, felt backing, thread and yarns

Provided Class Supplies (as needed): scissors, staple gun and staples, use of a sewing machine, stretcher bars, tacks/staples and staple gun, 2-way tape, resource books, irons (6), ironing boards (6), release paper, heat guns, soldering irons, heavy-duty extension cords, power strips, iron cleaner, bibliography in handout form, previously cut 8” x 10” mats with 4” x 6” openings etc. PLEASE NOTE! There is a $20 per person supply fee to be paid to Susan during the workshop. Participants are only asked to provide their own scissors if they don’t want to use the ones provided … which aren’t particularly sharp! Participants do not need to provide any materials, tools, or equipment beyond their own scissors and the $20 supply fee. Susan provides EVERYTHING!

Class Fee: $520.00

You may secure your reservation in this class with a $120 Deposit and the Balance ($400) due 45 days prior to class ( mid Oct 2018)

Limit: 12 Students


Using needle and thread for self-expression and heat-activated processes, Susan works reflects her passion for historic buildings, especially stained glass windows and the colors and eco-friendly ideals of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a 20th c. Austrian artist and architect. Susan’s work is regularly accepted into national and international juried exhibitions including the 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s South Carolina Biennial, Quilt National 2013, and the American Craft Council’s flagship show in Baltimore, 2014 through 2016. She is a professional level member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and has taught at the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, PA; the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO; the Studios of Key West and Focus on Fibers retreat at the Atlantic Center for the Arts both in Florida; Lander University’s MAT program; and elsewhere. Her work has been presented in solo shows across the country. Susan is represented by the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC; Iago Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC; Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Earthwood Collections in Estes Park, CO; and the American Visionary Art Museum’s gift shop in Baltimore, MD.

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