FRIDAY OCTOBER 2 at 1:30-3:30 PM and 7 – 9:00 PM                                                 


FAA STUDIO at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

If you have ever thought about learning the fiber art form of “Soy Wax Resist” on cloth, the Fairfield Art Association has just the workshop for you. Two experienced textile artists, Wendy Read from Fairfield and Jane Knapp from Cedar Rapids, will be instructing this class.  These are each two hour long sessions.

A fee of $30 per session will cover all the materials.


EMAIL TO RESERVE A SPOT AS ONLY 6 can attend each session.

In describing the workshop, Jane Knapp says “ We will be using soy wax resist and tools for stamping, drawing, and brushing the hot wax onto two pieces of high thread-count bleached muslin. Fabric paint with Versatex “No Heat” Fixative will be used to paint the fabric not covered with wax.  All materials (wax, tools, fabric, and paint) will be provided.  Bring a full apron to protect your clothing.”

Both Read and Knapp have participated in the FAA’s “Iowa Art Quilter’s Exhibit” in the Main Gallery at the FACC, and also the “Northside Strippers Quilt Show”. These events will be in the Expo Hall the same weekend of October 2 – 3.  With the facility filled to the brim with beautiful quilts and all kinds of fiber art, this seemed a great opportunity for the FAA to offer these inspiring classes.

Jane Worley Knapp grew up in the Fairfield community and has made traditional quilts since 2002.  Within the last five years she started making small art quilts. Pebeo Setacolor fabric paint, Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks, and the Gelli Arts printing plate have been favorites to use.  Jane has learned a variety of techniques as a member of the Iowa Art Quilters. Although Jane made batik projects with traditional beeswax and paraffin in the 1980s, the use of soy wax resist is a more recent interest along with fabric dyeing.

Wendy Read grew up in Louisiana and first explored the artistic potential of fiber arts over 30 years ago. She has incorporated exotic and interesting fibers and materials, paints and dyes to her sewing skills that become her paint and canvas. These creative uses of textiles have given her a sense of freedom to break the “traditional rules”. Read has exhibited in numerous juried textile shows, gathering awards along the way.  She is a member of state and national fiber art guilds/organizations and has taught various related workshops.

The “Iowa Art Quilters” exhibit opens for the October Art Walk with a reception for the artists, members and the public, and continues on display for two months.

WendyReadphoto      Award winning fiber art by Wendy Read

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