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Print Making on Fabric at slowfiber

September 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Print Making on Fabric: Family & Historic Stitches as a Printing Plate with Evelyn Klein Using Handmade Items to Print as part of The Stitch as Self Portrait Series


This course is open to all levels-you must be at least 16 years old to participate

Most of us have textile memoirs. Heritage treasures stored away, which we are not ready to let go of and would love to incorporate in our current and personal work but don’t know how, will be used. Join us in this small group experience, repurposing your found memorabilia of hand made doilies, lace, crochet, embroidered handkerchiefs, tablecloths, quilt squares, pajama pockets- what-ever, into a print surface.

In this self-portrait/ contemplative and intuitive approach to needle and thread, we will bring back our familial memories of an almost lost art (which is making a comeback)

Reinventing and bringing back to life your grandmother’s/ aunt’s/ mother’s stunning work, we are gathered together stitching and sharing family stories, we give birth to a new process fusing the old with the new. You will use inks, to turn your memorabilia to a printing surface so be sure you are ready to change these once useful items into something else. You will be addressing imagery as well: how to access your archetypal imagery, which resides in every one of us, but is hidden. We will use visual tools to silence the brain while trying to tap into our subconscious and intuitive nature.

The end result is a series of hand-printed fabrics where color and texture is specific to only your “family” items-made-print-plate. The special memories you hold for your loved ones are immortalized in the cloth you print. They then can be used in any way you chose to stitch, collage or simply cherish. You explore color, texture line and space obviously but also the element of family and self in this extraordinary textile printing opportunity.

The Stitch as Self Portrait Series


Always meeting in person in the slowfiber classroom (outside if necessary) on the first Friday of the month, beginning in the morning before the weekend’s round of obligations begin. 9-12 formally, then you might take a lunch break at one of the many awesome eateries in downtown Monterey then return to use the slowfiber classroom to work in an informal way, for the rest of the day if you please.


Community stitching is as old as time whether to conserve candle light or stave off loneliness and the shared time at the needle heals us. Fine artists are tuned to see nuance and to look inward. Combined, these two elements can be an alchemical masterpiece of experience. This is not a literal interpretation of the act of making a Self Portrait but an opportunity to explore the self ( hence the title ) through stitching and cloth with others. A safe place for guided self examination- and a check- in to who we are at this place and time. We will recover from Covid’s constraints as a community eventually but for now we dig in deeper, changed as a result of our collective experience. Needle, thread and heart are the focus in this series. A time for you (and maybe a friend) to work quietly and contemplatively with a practicing artist, about you.

What will we be doing?:

This hand work (no machines) is not an outcome based opportunity but a mindful, slowing of expectations combined with digging deeper inwardly to locate the hidden gems which make each of us special and creatively unique. Needle, thread cloth and heart are the focus. A time for you (and hopefully friends) to work quietly and contemplatively with artist who’s lens is honed to seek greater meaning in the work.

You provide:

Participants will bring their ancestry found objects to create the self-portrait “plate”, which will be inked by rolling ink with a soft speedball brayer and water washable etching ink, onto the plate.  Choose items with a firm and raised textured surface, they work best!

·      Fabrics

·      Lace

·      Found objects (family treasures – crochet doilies, lace, etc.) just one or two

Supplies included

·      9×9” hard surface (plate) to work on

·      9×9” fabric to print on

·      Speedball soft brayers

·      Cranfield etching inks (water washable cleanup)

·      Baren, wooden spoon, and other tools for burnishing image to fabric

·      Wax paper

·      Wipes

·      Carbon paper

·      Tracing paper

·      Scissors

·      Fusing material (mistyfuse)

·      Iron

·      Hair dryer

·      Acrylic mat medium

·      Foam brushes


Evelyn Klein

Born in Chile, Evelyn moved to Montreal in 1970, where she received her BFA in art education at Concordia University. She worked with leading collective printmaking studios and master printers producing exclusive limited editions. During that time she showed her work nationally and internationally. Her work can be seen in many public and private collections.

After 27 years Evelyn moved to California where she established Equinox Press, the first printmaking studio in Carmel, California, where she offers workshops, experimental work and creative exchanges in a non-toxic environment. She also teaches printmaking at Monterey Peninsula College for the last 17 years, and gives workshops at various art centers as well.

Research and experimentation have been her passion. With the latest technologies, she is busy working with new products and processes to help break boundaries and advance artistic explorations.

She started teaching online at the College and her studio since Covid19.

You will be asked to mask and vaccinated with booster to participate (until further notice). We max out at 8

people per session.

If you need to cancel we understand-72 hours notice is required. NO-SHOWS and cancellations inside of 72 hours are charged 100%. Please be sure of your purchase. You agree to this policy with your payment.


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Monterey, CA 93940-2829
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