On the Blog: Sarah Nishiura Workshop Registration (NOW FULL)

March 1, 2016

Registration is now closed – we’re full!

If you would like your name added to our waitlist, please email chicagomodernqg@gmail.com with the subject line “Workshop Waitlist” and your contact information. Thanks!

****Please read the directions closely on the form. Registrants have the option to pay electronically via PayPal/Credit Card OR by check or cash.

****Payment (electronic or otherwise) and registration information for the workshop MUST be received by March meeting in order to secure your registration or spot in the lottery procedure if there are more registrants than spots.

Sarah Nishiura Workshop “Reconsider the Grid” Details and Sign-Ups
image courtesy of sarahnishiura.com

Workshop Information:
We are so excited to have the wonderful Sarah Nishiura teaching us a full-day workshop based on exploring the many and varied possibilities of exploiting a grid to design your own works on Saturday, April 16th from 10am-5pm. More information on Sarah can be found in this previous post.

Fees and Eligibility:
The fee per person will be $40 and will include lunch. Only members of our guild will be eligible to sign up between now and our March 20thguild meeting. At the beginning of that meeting we will make a final call for sign-ups and payments. If more than 20 people have signed up, we will do a lottery as noted on our special events page (just like we do at retreats).
Click (here) to be redirected to the Special Events, Retreats and Workshops page to read more about our lottery procedure.

image courtesy of sarahnishiura.com

It will be in a great big space in downtown Chicago at the offices of Vibes Media at 300 W Adams, and parking will NOT be provided. There are many garages and lots nearby, and sometimes parking apps or websites like spothero.com sometimes list pay in advance parking that is cheaper than the posted prices. We do suggest car pooling or being dropped off (there are some street closures near the office currently), and make sure you have time to park and get to the office and get up to the space.
(The workshop is now full). If a lottery is necessary and you are not selected, all fees will be refunded.
Paper pieced community quilt designed by Sarah Nishiura, sewn by Hyde Park Art Center community members, 2010

Workshop Description:
“Reconsider the Grid”

From the use of one point perspective as a compositional tool in Renaissance Italy, to the fantastic OpArt creations of Brigit Riley in the 1960s, artists have been finding ways to manipulate the standard square based grid for centuries as a means of introducing space and movement into two dimensional design. This workshop will introduce students to some simple ways to enrich designs by stretching, warping, and re-imagining the grid. Workshop  will include discussion of the use of the grid in art history and quilt history, exercises on paper which will demonstrate simple ways to manipulate the grid, and open work time during which students can try out some basic templates provided by the teacher, or work on creating their own.
View of an Ideal City, Piero della Francesca, ca. 1480.

Materials Needed:
  • Approximately 1 yard white or other very light colored fabric and 1 yard darker fabric (Prints or solids are fine. We will just be making samples, so no need to bring anything too precious or expensive. We are just looking for strong contrast to best illustrate the graphic elements of these exercises).
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors or blade to cut paper.
  • Graph paper and something to draw with.
  • The usual basics: ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking pens or pencils, pins, etc.
  • Your sewing machine 
Movement in Squares, Bridget Riley, 1961


Email the guild at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com. 

– written by Heather Kinion
– edited/formatted/registration form/posted by Erin Davis

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna