I'm thrilled to announce that I will be teaching at the London International Quilt Festival in London, Ontario, Canada next spring! LIQF is an annual weeklong event which is featuring the quilts and quilters of Africa in next year's edition "Out of Africa" 2013. As Garnet Smalley, the head of LIQF, wrote me, "we started this exhibit to bring together quilters to learn about different cultures through the wonderful works of art the quilters make." Next year's festival runs from June 12 to 15, and promises to be a colorful and exciting safari! Besides the classes, there will be an exhibition featuring African quilts, a selection of vendors to satisfy our shopping instincts, and a Gala Evening on Saturday, June 15th, with cocktails, dinner and live entertainment. I'm packing my bags now! :)
I'll be teaching two sessions of my favorite 2-day fabric stamping workshop. In this class, I teach printing with the wonderful hand-carved wooden blocks from Oshiwa Designs in Namibia, one of my former homes in Africa, covering everything from choosing fabric paint, tackling different surface design techniques for preparing backgrounds, embossing velvet, and foiling with the blocks.
Information on these workshops and the other fabulous classes which will be offered at LIQF will soon be listed at www.londoninternationalquiltfestival.com.
Info on the Oshiwa blocks used in the workshop and the artisans who carve them can be found at www.promoteafrica.org
I hope to see you in London in 2013!