Creating the Illusion of Depth on a Two-dimensional Plane

Taught by Deborah Fell

 Monday, October 8, 2018 - Friday, October 12, 2018

            This is a 5 day, 40 hours, intensive course

 9:00 am - 5:00 pm every day; including lunch



This technique workshop uses mixed media materials along with fabric to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional plane; in our case, a quilt.  Through use of these materials along with principles of design, students will create small studies using these techniques. Specifically, overlapping, placement, size, value, and focus, will be areas of concentration using the collage approach.  Students will walk away with a better sense of command over creating the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional plane.

Artist Biography Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the quilt medium.  She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Surface Design Association (SDA) and Art Quilt Network (AQN).  Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials. 
She has been a professional educator for over 30 years.  Besides teaching at-high-risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums such as QSDS, Quilting by the Lake, Front Range Contemporary Quilters, community college and continuing education.  Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University.
In 2010 Deborah was asked to assist the host of CBS’s television show, Extreme Home Makeover, in creating the art piece for the master bedroom project for the new house build in the east central Illinois area. The fall of 2011 Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California.  In 2012 Deborah started teaching art quilt related courses at the University of Illinois through OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio featured Deborah’s work on the front cover.  In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.  Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Nantucket School of Design and the Arts in the summer of 2016.  Deborah did an artist residency in Vermont in the fall of 2017 and was the featured artist for the January 2017 Patchwork Professional in Germany, which featured an architectural series focusing on German architectural elements.  Art exhibit openings, South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, both France and Cape Town in 2017, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level.

Student Supply List:    
  • Three colors transparent fluid acrylic paint
    • Small sizes—we don’t need much
      • Bring 3 or 4 related paint colors
    • If you buy paint, I recommend Golden Fluid Acrylics
  • One bottle Scribbles 3-D black paint (any craft store)
  • Paint brushes—bring what you have
  • Acrylic gel medium
    • Bring what you have
    • At least 8 oz.
  • Mixed media paper pad
    • Any other kind of paper you might have in your studio
      • Bristol
      • Watercolor paper
    • A large Ziploc bag/bin of misc. materials such as:
      • Fabric scraps—edges from squared up quilts, small pieces you might not be able to use for anything else
      • Lightweight tissue type papers (old wrapping stuff, old sewing patterns….)
      • Old newspapers, magazine images….
      • Found objects
      • If you can sew it down, it’s fair game!
    • Basic paint supplies such as containers, apron, texture tools, etc.
    • Small container for water at your table
    • A few rags or paper towels for clean up
    • Magic marker—medium black
    • Latex gloves—optional
    • Stencils/stamps if you have them
    • Painting tools—outside of the box stuff like toothpicks, old toothbrushes….anything you can create textures with—bring what you have
    • Paper & cloth scissors
    • Sewing machine/basic sewing tools/thread
    • 1 canvas pad of paper –available at Dick Blick
    • 2 yds. duck cloth canvas—natural color
    • 1 yd. black canvas duck cloth
    • 4 yds. Regular weight Wonder Under fusible webbing
    • 7—10 fat quarters of fabric that relate to one another
$525 per person OR $560 per person with lunch for all 5 days    
Cost with Lunch Options