Art Cloths: Works on Canvas

June 23, 2018 - June 24
Natalie Grambow


Art Cloths: Works on Canvas

There is something both traditional and enchanting about painting on canvas to create items that are utilitarian as well as artistic.  In this workshop students will explore the many processes around making art cloths, traditionally called floor cloths, and be guided through their artistic journey painting and applying different colours and textures on cloth and through learning different mark-making techniques such as block printing, screen printing, mono-printing, texturing and stenciling.  Through creative design studies, students will follow design principles and colour theory to choose their colour palettes, decorative elements, original patterning, drawing and marking effects.  Image transfer and collage will also be covered during this 2-day workshop and will serve as inspiration for several art cloth projects.

Ragging, sponging, painting, spraying, sanding, scratching, marking, stamping, printing, stenciling, faux finishing, writing, screening, transferring, masking, ageing, collaging, splattering, deconstructing, stitching, fraying, gluing, colouring, varnishing…   there are limitless variations and possibilities to the layers that can be added to a blank canvas or cloth. Creating complexity, depth, layers, will serve as the exploration for each student’s process, making imprints of their personal experiences and engagement within their artistic journeys.

Students are encouraged to bring imagery, art journals and other creative material that will inspire their work.

Course cost: $285  Supply fee: $55     Student Supply List

Tuition includes lunch and daily snacks and is inclusive of all applicable taxes.


NATALIE GRAMBOW has an extensive background in design, photography, textile arts and as an art educator.  An accredited interior designer, she spent many years working within the architectural design field.  Her first deep exploration of textile art began during her Visual Arts studies at Ottawa University, when she experimented with non-silver printing techniques such as cyanotypes, transferring her photographs in large format unto cloth.. She completed the Textile Arts program at Capilano University in 2001, and was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence.

Natalie has exhibited her textile art installations in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.  She has also developed a line of naturally dyed fabrics, under her brand La Cochenille© , and has created a series of textile design and creativity workshops being offered at several art and textile schools.

Natalie is currently living in Roberts Creek, B.C. where she owns a studio and continues her art practice and studies.


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