"Bringing Art to the People and People to the Arts"

Afternoon with An Artist

Our “Afternoon with an Artist” events bring artists and community members to BRAC for a casual luncheon and artist demonstration. Local artists are invited to showcase their talent in a small group setting. In addition to lunch and a demonstration, guests are able to view, discuss and purchase work directly from the artist.

Fabulous Fiber Trio

Fiber artists Penny Little, Laurie Crino and Bonnie Ouellette opened our eyes to a world of art that many of us have never seen – let alone tried. This was a three-in-one demonstration luncheon where we discovered the magic of fabric paper, the fun of gelli plate printing and the unique process of deconstructed silk screening.

FABRIC PAPER by Laurie Crino
What is fabric paper? Fabric paper is a versatile, durable material resulting from the fusion of papers and muslin or another base fabric. Fabric paper is created by layering fabric, PVA, art tissue and found, vintage or purchased papers along with fluid acrylic paints. The resulting unusual, one-of-a-kind end product can be used in art quilts, bookbinding, jewelry making, collage and other applications. Inspired by Beryl Taylor.

A gelli plate can used for monoprinting on fabric or paper. The plate may be purchased or made at home using Knox gelatin and glycerin. It’s durable, long-lasting, and easy to store and always ready for printing. Use acrylic paint, a brayer, stencils, stamps, and found objects to create immediate and fun paper or fabric mono prints. The prints can then used to make purses, bags or journal covers, and can also be used to embellish quilts or artwork.

Derived from traditional silk screening, the beauty of Deconstructed Silk Screening is that you can get as many as three prints while regular silk screening provides only one. The difference in the process is that dye is thickened, applied to the screen and allowed to dry. Once dry, the dye thickener is used to spread the dye on textile, paper or canvas. After the printing is complete, the individual pieces must be rolled and steamed to set the dye.