Studio Workshops

I am happy to offer several surface design workshops to small groups of students in my own studio, located in Victoria, BC. There are a variety of topics and techniques that we will explore together and I would be happy to tailor a workshop to meet your needs. Workshop size is limited so you can be assured of comprehensive and dedicated instructional time! Most equipment and supplies are included, but you’ll have a supply list emailed to you upon registration.

Registration for Winter 2017 workshops begins November 12, 2016!

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Studio Workshops Open House

January 6th, 2017


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Special Guest Artist – Caroline Gaudet – Jewelry Designer


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All Workshops Run 9:30am-12 noon

New 2017 January 17, 24 & 31 Dyeing to Pattern
  January 19 Colour Blocking
  January 26, Feb 2, 9 Mark Making
New 2017 February 7, 14 & 21 Mixed Media Medley
New 2017 Feb 16, 23, Mar 9 Marking with Stitch
  March 7 Fabric Journals
  March 14 Monoprinting with a Gelatin Plate

Dyeing to Pattern ghost-layers

January 17, 24 & 31

Learn to build intentionality into your dyeing plan when you can create a wide variety of patterns on your fabrics. Far more than “tie-dye”, we will be planning colour sequences with our patterns, learning specific folding techniques and how to achieve gradations as well as colour placements within the patterns. Students will come away with several yards of luscious hand dyes ready for their special creations!
















Colour Blockingprinting with two colors

January 19th,  9:30-12 noon

Try screen printing with thickened dyes to create “colour blocking”! By using an open screen, with no images masked on the screen, students can achieve large areas of one or several colors that can mix and combine on the fabric. These fabrics are perfect to use in piecing, as backgrounds for appliqué or embellishments and clothing, Learn to use value in an important way by changing the dye pastes to suit your needs! Fee includes all dyes and chemicals. Your supply list will be sent when registration is complete.



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January 26th, February 2nd & 9th  9:30 – 12 noon

In this workshop we will use a variety of methods to create marks on both paper and fabric. Using unusual tools, inks and paints we explore line, pattern and composition that we can use as personal symbols and our own unique language. We can combine this work with other fabrics and papers for presentation as books, work for further exploration or as finished pieces. This workshop is suitable for all levels and paper and fabric artists. Fee includes all paints and some tools, your supply list will be sent when registration is complete.


layering-colourMixed Media Medley

February 7th, 14th & 21st

Confused and bewildered by “surface design”? Would you like to try some great techniques but you aren’t sure how to start? Then this is the workshop for you… students explore several ideas such as stamping, Thermofax printing, using stencils and Paintsticks to get imagery on to fabrics.

We collage them together to create a background for a fabric overlay and add stitch & embellishment for further interest. Along the way Susan will teach you about pattern, positive and negative design, and options for further exploration.



Marking With Stitch

February 16th, 23rd, March 9th

Mark making as a process can take many forms and use a variety of media. In this workshop we will explore stitch as a way to lay down lines and pattern onto both fabric and paper. Thick or thin, smooth or shiny, threads can denote emotions, words, convey meaning or simply work into pattern. Students will make many samples that can be used as reference or be made into a journal or book.




Fabric Journalsindigo

March 7th, 9:30 – 12:00 noon

You’ve been so creative, making the most amazing art…maybe you have some beautiful pieces of fabric or bits that you’ve been saving for something special! Well, this is IT! Learn to make three different fabric books from super simple to the more creative endeavor! You will learn different binding techniques, several ways to prepare the paper for the book and some cutting and stitch effects to make the journals uniquely your own. Perfect for gift giving…or keep them for yourself.





Mono Printing with a Gelatin PlatePrint It, Print It

March 14th, 9:30 – 12:00 noon 

Create amazing prints on fabric without a press by using a simple gelatin-like plate. Use stamps, art tools, bubble wrap, stencils and more for exciting mark-making effects on your “Gelli” plate. Printed fabric is perfect for small art, collage, cards and home decor. Discover the excitement! Fee includes a 6″ x 6″ Gelli Plate to take home, plus all paints and mark-making tools, your supply list will be sent when registration is complete.


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