Michelle Dobrin – Quilt University 2019 Teacher
By Raylene Kruger
Michelle Dobrin is an international speaker, instructor and a self-taught, mixed-media fiber artist who learned how to quilt over 20 years ago. She resides in Canada. Her artwork comprises a variety of types and styles of fiber and mixed-media art.
Her two-day class taught on July 27 and July 28 titled “Stitched Photo Landscapes” will teach attendees how to transform photos into textured, quilted 8 x 10 fiber art. Students will layer fibers, bits of fabrics and recycled paper scraps and sew them together with free-motion sewing. Prior to the workshop students email a digitally landscaped photo to Michelle and she will enhance and print three photos onto fabric. With Michele’s design guidance, students work with their digital fabric photo adding fabric to shape and color the background. Machine sewing tiny stitches adds texture. The finished piece is wrapped around canvas stretcher bars ready to hang on the wall.
Michelle’s one-day class titled “Fiber Gems Stitched Pendants” on July 26 will teach students how to create fiber gems by stitching tiny quilts and setting them into metal pendants.
Michelle begins her classes with a PowerPoint presentation that will show images and examples of each step. She will show the whole presentation as a quick run-through of the technique, and then back up to the beginning and advance the slides as the students go through each step. Michelle will bring lots of samples of finished pieces and works in progress showing each stage of the creative process.
What she likes most about the art of quilting is the visual texture that layers of fabric and stitching create. Her love of nature inspires her to create artwork that is impressionistic and abstract. Her early art quilts all featured appliquéd images of insects (made while pursuing a degree in biology), but her range of subjects has broadened since. Michelle’s blend of interests in nature and traditional quilt-making, combined with her innate sense and love of color and texture have led her to add layers of nontraditional fibers to her quilts
Join us at Quilt University July 26 through July 28 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. An all-star lineup of professional quilters will be teaching classes that are fun, fascinating and inspiring. Registration is now open for both members and non-members
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