Patricia Gould's Class 2013


Sulmona,  ITALY   

Landscapes in Fabric, 

Thread and Paint (Photos, Too)

With Patricia Gould

4th Sept to 10th Sept 2013


 Patricia Gould


Patricia grew up in a small village on Eastern Long Island and never wanted to be anything other than an artist. Although there were no quilters in Patricia's family, her mother and grandmother both taught her hand and machine sewing at the age of 8. She was already designing her own outfits by high school since she wanted to wear “art” and something unique. Patricia earned a BA in Art History and Fine Art; she took classes that ranged from welding steel sculpture to photography and ceramics.

Travel was a very important part of Patricia's upbringing and her family visited almost all the National Parks in the U.S. and Canada before she was out of school, giving her a deep appreciation for our precious Mother Earth and her creatures. Since 1993, Patricia has been making mixed media landscape fiber art, drawing inspiration from trips to China, East Africa, Russia, Antarctica, and extensive travel throughout North America and Europe.

Patricia's art quilts and wearable art creations have won both national and international awards and are in private collections worldwide. In addition to winning a NICHE Award in 2008 and  being chosen "Artist of the Month" in March 2003 by The Artist's Magazine, Patricia is most proud of being chosen as an Artist-in-Residence for a month in Hungary in 2005. Her quilt "Christo's Umbrellas, October 1991" was installed in the US Embassy in Estonia from 2002 – 2004. In the past few years, the State of New Mexico has purchased eight of her landscapes and installed them in public buildings through the Art in Public Places program. For several years, Patricia has presented lectures about her inspiration and development of techniques to quilt guilds and gallery audiences in addition to teaching workshops on creating landscapes in fiber.

“A true fabric addict, many different types of fabrics find their way into my artwork and I never met a color I didn’t like. I’m drawn to a few subjects in nature that I find perpetually intriguing and my voice is whispering a tribute to the incredible beauty in both the subtle and violent forces of nature, only touched by the hand of humans on rare occasions. I’m obsessively drawn to trees, rocks, all forms of water, and animals; I portray these subjects as if they were asking to me to reveal their messages to the world. My fiber pieces are dramatic portraits of Earth and I hope to draw the viewers into these scenes to share the exhilaration I feel and to cherish the wonders of the place we call home.”

Book your place in Patricia's class today and save 30% 

 Landscapes in Fabric, 

Thread and Paint (Photos, Too)

With Patricia Gould

Arrive 4th Sept 2013 

Depart 10th Sept 2013

Deadline for registration is: 26th June 2013


Class Description

 In this five day workshop, I will guide you on a journey which starts with a photograph(s) or sketch(es) that will lead to you exploring different approaches and techniques to create one medium sized art quilt or a few smaller ones. 

My teaching method involves individually working with each student to help them realize their own unique artwork. 

I will bring some supplies such as paints and inks to demonstrate and teach techniques I use to create realistic interpretations of the landscapes I photograph. My own work is mostly spontaneously created, but I will also help you to complete pattern pieces when the need arises. 

By looking at the world through the eye of a photographer, you will learn some basics of composition and chiaroscuro (light and dark). In addition, I will show you how to create the illusion of depth and three-dimensionality using paints and inks.

Day 1

Morning: Introductions and discussions of various approaches to creating a fiber landscape; painting, fusing/collage, thread-painting etc. looking at actual works and projected images of my work.

Afternoon: Instruction on composition and artist “tricks” to create illusion. Demos/playing with some techniques and materials.

Day 2

Morning: Excursion to photograph the countryside and architecture in town. Focusing on interesting design possibilities.

Afternoon: Assess the photos taken and begin designing one medium quilt or several small studies. Begin to paint foundation fabric and cut/apply landscape elements.

Days 3, 4, and 5:

Continue to work on either a medium sized quilt top or several smaller works. Some students may get to the point of doing some thread painting/quilting and I will work with them on that and offer free-motion stitching instruction for any students who wish to learn or improve their skills. We continue to work on quilt tops or baste and begin quilting so that students can complete their art quilts at home.

During the entire five day session, I will work closely with each student to teach them the techniques and basics of composition that will help them in their creative journey. Critiques of works in progress will be either in private or part of the class discussion if students so desire.

Supplies students need to bring

1. Fabrics: as many different landscape type fabrics (textures, batiks, naturalistic colors) in a range of values that you can bring. We can use inks and paints to darken fabrics for shadow effects so medium and lighter are more important. Fat Quarters are fine.  Bring different fabrics such as silks, rayon, linen, hand-made paper, or maybe organza for special effects. I will have some bits of exotic fabrics and roving for students to use.

2. Threads: different colors that both match and complement your fabrics in cotton, polyester, and rayon. Variegated threads are really fun in landscapes. With cotton or silk threads, you can change the color with ink pens after you have stitched. I like cotton or polyester for the bobbin thread, similar weight as the top thread to avoid tension problems.

3. Batting: one piece, about 36” x 45” (Craft Size in a bag). Can be all cotton (Warm & Natural or Warm & White is good) or Bamboo blend (50% bamboo/50% cotton) which is very soft and lovely to quilt. Batting should be able to be quilted at 8” or more apart.

4. Backing fabric: 1 yard (36” x 44”) of good quality, tightly woven cotton/batik, not loosely woven like muslin.

5. Straight pins, hand sewing needles, and small sharp scissors for fine cutting fabric pieces.

6. Digital camera, sketchbook, pencils, and erasers if you plan on sketching your designs or drawing pattern pieces. Materials Kit fee: $15/student, includes 1 yard PFD cotton sateen, ½ yard Spunfab (extra wide, acid-free fusible), glue sticks, use of acrylic paints, inks, Shiva Oilsticks, texture stamps, brushes, and other materials as needed.

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Patricia Gould

Here are some examples of Patricia's beautiful art work 

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