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09 September 2019
Barn Quilts for Beginners
with Jill Dalbacka
Friday, September 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Materials Fee: $30
Barn quilts have a relatively recent history in American agricultural communities. A nod to the contributions of women in agriculture, they are also a way to give what is traditionally an "inside" folk art (traditional quilting) a more permanent and public display for people to enjoy.
This class will cover the history of barn quilts and all techniques needed to paint your own barn quilt. In class you will be designing a quilt, graphing it out on a 24" x 24" "quilt square", and then painting it. You will leave class with a quilt square that will be ready to hang. After the initial introduction to barn quilts, students will work on their projects with lots of individual attention and support from Jill.
About the Instructor: Jill Dalbacka recently retired from a career teaching elementary school and adult education with a prior career as an occupational therapist. In retirement she is pursuing her passions, which includes spending time with grandchildren, working on social justice and racial equality issues, and creating and sharing her craft with others. She has been interested in barn quilts for several years but only recently started to create her own on her farm where she and her family are the third generation. They are in the process of renovating their barn (also built in 1921) to become a community event space. Jill’s dream is to work with her local communities to create a barn quilt trail along the local highway that will be able to support an annual barn quilt event.
Capturing Fall Colors
with Ken Hupila
Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!
Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the weather.
About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.
Make a Wallet from Fish Leather
with Joe Manthei
Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $25
Learn to make a small minimalist wallet out of fish leather. The wallet can be used for credit cards, cash, or business cards. Students will use a pattern to cut out the fish leather pieces and hand-stitch them into a functional, durable minimalist wallet using Tiger thread from Germany. The wallet measures 3" x 4" and contains two card slots.
No experience necessary. Class instruction will include different hand-stitching techniques and how to choose which method will work the best. Students will practice hand-stitching techniques before working on their wallet. Joe will also present a brief history and status of fish skin tanning in the world.
About the instructor: Joe Manthei started working with fish leather during a life-changing vacation to Iceland and turned it into a business, Fiskur Leather. Starting with bookmarks, he moved on to creating quilt-block artwork, cell phone cases, wallets, tote bags, laptop bags, briefcases, toiletry kits, and more.
Joe’s career path started as a chiropractor, specializing in clinical nutrition, in which he offered post-graduate seminars. He later earned an RN degree, and built medical software and trained personnel to use it. He has taught students of all ages from elementary students to adults. Joe and his wife, Pam, live in Mora Minnesota. Although retired from nursing in 2015, he currently works in the Mora school district as a substitute teacher/substitute school nurse when not creating with fish leather.
Rosemaling in the Telemark Style
with Kim Garrett
Two Day Class: PLEASE NOTE the different times for each day.
Friday, September 13, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 14, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $110 Materials: $35
Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian, a folk art that began around 1750.
This class will focus on the Telemark style, known for its graceful scrolls and fantasy flowers. You will start by learning the basic strokes of rosemaling, progress through color mixing and working with oil paints, then painting your own design to bring home or give as a gift.
About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied extensively with master rosemalers in Norway and the United States. She has also studied Dalmaining, a folkart painting style, in Sweden. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling, received the Best in Show twice, and get rave reviews from Ely Folk School students.