My Passion Fulfilled – Guest Blogger: Barb Fox
“And so you say your bead book is finished…” Yes, indeed, my bead book is finished. It is the culmination of two years of work and study encompassed in the Level 2 Design and Experimental Stitch course here at the Gail Harker Center for the Creative Arts.
The bead book itself is comprised of pages of beading techniques we learned as a part of the studies included in this Level 2 course. We used our own hand-dyed fabrics to stitch the bead samples on. We then proceeded with beading the edges of the pages and designing a front cover to complete the assignment. Holding this book now is a wonderfully tactile experience. And along with that comes the realization of a course of study that is changing my life.
The Level 2 Design and Experimental Stitch course has helped me realize my ability and potential as an artist. Gail’s unique talents and unwavering patience augment her ability to systematically teach using her extensive knowledge and background. The course sessions included design and color, paint, print and dye, portfolio of stitched samples, integration of design and embroidery, historical research and study, techniques and special effects in fabric manipulation, fabric book binding, sketchbook work and documentation, and the list goes on. It has been two, very enjoyable years of studying deeply, working with other like-minded students and realizing my passion is being fulfilled. I just returned from my next course of study which is the Level 3 Art and Design and look forward to each session with great anticipation.