SAQA Seminar - Surface Design

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This year's theme is all about SURFACE DESIGN and covers four topics: Print, Paint, Dye and Other Techniques. It includes articles, tutorials, video conversations, and resource links.

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Unit 1: Dye
Whether you use natural dyes such as indigo or a full rainbow of synthetic dyes, there are just so many different ways to add color and design to fabric. 

Unit 2: Paint
Paint is such a versatile way to add additional dimension and design to fabrics. There are many wonderful possibilities for creating with paint including different textures, colors, opacity and application methods. It’s great for beginners and maybe a bit less intimidating than dye. 

Unit 3: Print
It’s time to print! This may be the most diverse of the SAQA Seminar units. Print techniques include basic mark-making, stamping, using stencils, thermofax, monoprints, rubbing, gel printing even goyutaku — printing with fish.

Unit 4: Other Techniques
The theme for this unit is Other Techniques. The possibilities are endless for adding pattern and design to the surface of fabrics, including the use of digital imagery.

Featured Content
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Dinah Sargeant discusses her use of hand-painted fabrics and raw edge applique to create her award-winning artworks.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Susan Shie walks us through the process of creating her newest art quilt from sketch to air brush to air pen to stitching.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Sue Reno joins us for Unit 4: Other Techniques to discuss the use of cyanotypes in her artwork. Learn more how she masterfully includes natural imagery in her creative process.
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Artist Carol Soderlund often uses imagery from her travels to create her own personalized printing tools. Find out more about her process and the beautiful results!
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

Hollis Chatelain joins us for Unit 1: Dye and explains her process of creating beautiful dye-painted artworks. See more of her work at hollisart.com.

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Carol Anne Grotrian explains her unique process of creating whole cloth pictorial quilts using shibori, indigo and dye. Also included below is a great list of books and other resources.

SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

Camille Hawbaker joins us for Unit 3: Print and explains her process of creating unique etchings on silk.  

SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Karen Goetzinger joins us to discuss her use of thread and fabric collage on stretched and painted canvases.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Artist Jill Kerttula describes how she combines digital photography into her exquisite stitched pieces. The results are simply beautiful!
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Have a beautiful piece of surface design fabric? Artist Pat Pauly offers some great advice about using your one-of-kind fabrics.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Jette Clover joins us for Unit 3: Print to discuss how she incorporates printing techniques into her mixed-media collage constructions.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Explore the wonderful world of dyeing. Whether you use natural dyes such as indigo or a full rainbow of synthetic dyes, there are just so many different ways to add color and design to fabric.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
The theme for this unit of SAQA Seminar: Surface Design is Other Techniques. The possibilities are endless for adding pattern and design to the surface of fabrics, including the use of digital imagery.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Paint is such a versatile way to add additional dimension and design to fabrics. There are many wonderful possibilities for creating with paint including different textures, colors, opacity and application methods. It’s great for beginners and maybe a bit less intimidating than dye.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Print may be the most diverse of the SAQA Seminar units. Print techniques include basic mark-making, stamping, using stencils, thermofax, monoprints, rubbing, gel printing even goyutaku — printing with fish.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
In this exclusive article just for SAQA Seminar, Melanie Testa explains her process of selecting colors when creating her custom printed fabrics.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Artist Peggy Brown has compiled her tips and techniques for using watercolor paints on fabric. This type of process provides both subtle and ethereal effects.
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Want to learn more about rust and eco-dyeing? Then check out this article by artist Maggie Vanderweit. She provides great information and tips about these fun dyeing techniques.

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