Sunday, January 1, 2023

Here we are in 2023, IMAGINE!! And we will start the year with students in our classrooms at the Tett Centre and my favourite workshops coming throughout this all New Year!


 Here we are in 2023 - and the morning daylight has brought fairly clear skies, with the snow melting away - and yes, we slept the night away knowing that we can tuck 2022 away with the other years when things were tough for so many friends and family!

THE CLASSROOM NUMBERS have been met: SOLD OUT

TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning
January 21 and 22nd, Saturday and Sunday - 10 am to 5 pm

The COLOUR YOUR WORLD class that finds the students creating beautifully hand-dyed cloth that I am sharing with area friends at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning on JANUARY 21 and 22nd in the Rehearsal Hall of the Centre is full, and there will be another round of Indigo Dyeing and Fabric Painting in MARCH 2023!

In my COLOUR YOUR WORLD workshops, students will have two wonderful days of "flat Dyeing" using Procion MX Dyes on cotton, linen, ramie, silk, or any other cloth you prefer... my cloth is always used in art quilts and the joy of being able to create the gorgeous ombre effects by hand on the table is just so much fun! We will also be exploring the fun of painting with thickened dyes... new for some and a favourite of other artists!

The Indigo Workshop is also now "All Seats Filled", and I am thrilled and excited to be back in the dye pots again in March with a group of wonderful friends....a terrific start to the new year! FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE!!! Dates and details to follow!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

January 21/22nd, 2023 - Join Bethany for two great days of fun as we work together to enjoy two days of hand-dyeing cloth for your New Year Stash.

  


COLOUR YOUR WORLD

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning,

370 King Street West, Kingston, ON

Saturday and Sunday January 21 and 22, 2023 10 am to 5 pm each day

Bethany Garner, Instructor - 

Everyone is Welcome, Seats are limited!     

TICKETS on EVENTBRITE: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colour-your-world-tickets-492777168777


Tett Centre Resident Studio Artist, Bethany Garner, brings this TWO-DAY Workshop to students at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, ON, on January 21st and 22nd, 2023 in the Rehearsal Hall on the Second Level of this dynamic Arts Hub.

Fabric dyeing is a passion for many local artists, and we welcome newcomers to join us as the workshop days open opportunities for building a personal stash of beautiful, hand-designed OMBRE effects on cotton, linen, and silk cloth using the inspiration of samples shared by the Instructor. Students will also have the opportunity to use thickened dyes for painting on their cloth.

The skills acquired will start newcomers on a path to creativity and learning as they start a new adventure in the workshop classroom. Seasoned arts students and beginners are welcome.

Students will bring their own cloth, pre-washed and dried, ready to dye as well as a plastic table cover and old towels for the floor. Containers to take wet cloth home are needed. Beth will have ready-to-dye white cotton lawn cloth will be available for students at the workshop at $12.mtr. paid to the Instructor. (Or you can pre-order cloth two weeks before the workshop)

There are no workshop refunds, but if your plans change, you may offer your ticket to a friend or family.

While the Tett Centre does not have a mask mandate required, we welcome you to join us with masks on if you like, as there may be close contact during the workshop. We will set up tables for safe distancing in the classroom.

The classes run from Saturday, January 21 at 10 am through to January 22, 2023, Sunday at 5 pm

Hope to see you join in on the fun...the beautiful cloth and smiles are worth the investment and time!!

bethany

contact: www.bethanygarner.com






Saturday, December 17, 2022

JANUARY 2023 will be a lovely new start for my favourite classes that return to the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning beginning January 15/16th... FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE!!

 Here we are walking into 2023 in just a few weeks - please follow along as there is fun coming!!

My Indigo Workshop returns to the 
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 
370 King Street West, Kingston, ON
Sunday and Monday, January 15 and 16th, 2023 
The classes will be 10 am to 5 pm each day. 
TWO DAYS in the Activity Room - Level One 
We will be Dyeing all day on the First Day 
and using the beautiful cloth to start new artwork on Day Two ... .

The fee is $100 for the two days and I will be posting to Eventbrite and the Tett Centre EVENTS Pages during our Christmas break. 

Everyone is welcome and there will be cloth available to order for you at $12 per metre, and may be ordered up to two weeks before the classes start. (prepared for dyeing, 100% cotton lawn - such a joy to work with!)

Hoping you will join me as I share my love of vat dyeing and the follow-up - a day of sharing BORO techniques I use in my Indigo artwork!

Let's walk into January together... drop me a note here if you like if you have questions, want to order your fabric or to let me know your interest: bethanygarner.art[at]gmail.com


 THERE IS MORE!!!!

The following week, I am bringing my COLOUR YOUR WORLD,  two-day workshop on Saturday, January 21, and January 22nd (Sunday) to the Rehearsal Hall at the TETT Centre, 10 am to 5 pm both days. Our focus is DYEING CLOTH using Procion MX dyes for your 2023 cloth art projects and MINE!!!

Come join in the fun, and all of the dyes are supplied and ready for you on arrival - 16 gallons in beautiful, mix-ready. Questions or details - contact me at bethanygarner.art[at]gmail.com or stop by the TETT (with email notice of the time of your arrival for a visit). 

The Tett Centre is located at 370 King Street West, just east of the Penitentiary and Sir John A Boulevard. Details and directions will be posted on the Tett Centre Events Pages in the next week... and the course is also $100 for the two days.

Happy Holidays everyone...

bethany

I will be sharing some of the BORO work I have been doing between now and the workshop - 


Inspiration photos: 












Wednesday, August 3, 2022

A Totally wonderful week of FIBRE FOCUSED ART CAMP with about 26 friends over 7 days...

 FIBRE FOCUSED ARTS CAMP/RETREAT

Bethany Garner, Instructor and Resident Artist 

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Studio 214D, Creativity Studios, Level 2

Here sharing the fun I had with amazing friends old and new...a week of 7 terrific days together

For the love of art.... we gathered at the Tett Centre in Kingston where I have my Resident Artist Studio and began the adventure of working with 6 different techniques over the days we had together.

Artists came from all across Ontario and we shared the fun-filled days of working on new projects - Flat Dyeing with 16 gallons of Procion MX Dyes, Mark Making, Gelli Printing, Eco-Printing, Wet Felted Art, and Indigo dyeing... all full days and full of excitement and joyful banter as the artists worked.

After introductions, the students were anxious to grab a favourite table space and get started. Their carts and bags were unloaded, and the morning "class-like" project start sharing from me, and with just a bit of demonstration, I spent the rest of each day doing individual chats, technique support, finding the right tools for the 'newbies' and providing individual table assistance as the artists began their adventures... all great fun for me!

I look forward to bringing another round of this great workshop week to more students as the months fly by - imagine the surprise as the students got home and rinsed out all of their fabrics - did the minor clean-up of all they went home with for transient dyes and bits of fibres that might just work in new projects... we had so much fun!!

Just a few photos - more to come when I get a minute to post!! THANK YOU to all of the students who made this move from Pandemic Lockdown days a treat for ME!!

         

                                           Carole Jane Treggett art cloth - hand dyed

Eco-Printing - Shirley MacGregor

My "drop sheets" from the students Indigo play that I will use in MY artwork (great idea)


Wet Felted art in the start mode - this turned out to be a beautiful colour block when finished



Friday, June 17, 2022

Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Bethany Garner, July 30 and 31st, 2022 at the TETT Centre in Kingston, ON

 


INDIGO DYEING and ARTWORK CREATIVITY

Together Again... "FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE"

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King St. West, Kingston, ON

JULY 30 and 31st, 9:30 am to 5 pm 

( Saturday and Sunday, two full play days)

Our beautiful Arts Hub welcomes you to enjoy time in our Activity Room/Half Gallery

with rooms on Level One, ground level near the Juniper Cafe (for your lunches if you like)

Registration link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigo-for-the-love-of-blue-a-retreat-weekend-tickets-368659168497

I am busy these summer days preparing to share my two-day Indigo Dye Play Retreat Workshop at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Our Centre is steps away from the Lake Ontario Waterfront shoreline and is certainly an inspiration for students coming to enjoy learning and creating with our Resident Artists and instructors.

I have planned a fun-filled opportunity for you to come and enjoy an opportunity to learn about working with friends in our Community of Fibre Artists and those who are learning the art of creating with Natural Dyes (we will be using Jacquard Natural Indigo in this workshop weekend).

Mark your calendars and visit the Eventbrite link above to join me for these two days as our students will dye their pre-scoured cloth (2 metres of the beautiful white cotton lawn I use in all of my dyeing work will be provided to each student) or yarns of their choice with INDIGO dye the first day. 

On Day Two, students will enjoy time and space for creating new artwork at their own tables and with their cloth or yarns that were created on day one. A supplies list for what you need to bring for the workshop weekend will be supplied with confirmed registration. Sewing machines and related accessories including rotary cutting tools, scissors, and threads are needed. (or stitch by hand - your choice)

Hope you will join me as we share two great creative days together... dye play is exciting and learning the many various techniques for folding, clamping, tying, and stitching designs for your samples. The fun of dipping your cloth into the dye vats is a valuable skill. 

On Day Two, we will find students creating a new piece of their own original artwork... or perhaps a small garment or other items like Jornal covers, home decor items of your choice.

Seats are LIMITED to 10 participants and so, please don't wait! Do contact me with questions and I look forward to seeing YOU soon.

Bethany

Contact link for questions : www.bethanygarner.com





Sunday, June 5, 2022

 NOTE: A Special thank you to everyone who registered - Our Fibre Arts Summer Retreat is FULL... I am so excited to see our students!

Please do enjoy a two day with me focusing on INDIGO DYEING July 30 and 31st if you can! See my post from June 16th for details.

(Note the beautiful Inspiration in the red FINE ART quilt by SAQA Artist Heather Pregger above)

Hi everyone…

 INSPIRATION happens when everyone in a classroom is up for just some design play that has no rules and offers them the chance to create as they go... sharing, caring, and trying new things, open to improvisation and either the hand or by machine... what could be better!.  

The plans are underway for our Tett Centre  7-day FIBRE ARTS CAMP Retreat in late July, and it is to be the celebrated "return to almost normal" workshop series to be launched in late July!

INSPIRATION: A FIBRE ARTS RETREAT... 

Scheduled at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning the week of July 25-31st and the EVENTBRITE post for registration will be found this week on the TETT Events pages and on Eventbrite: (Check your calendar as only 12 seats are available)

Plans include my Hosting/Instruction over five days of sharing five days of different technique classes and a SPECIAL two-day INDIGO Dyeing Party the last two days... and these FIVE DAYS are open to everyone who loves experimental art classes, sharing what we all love the most about fibre art with friends and focused play with various play time cloth activities ... no pre-requisites. 


We will start with a full day of  FLAT DYEING (Monday), followed by Mark Making/Print work (Tuesday), Natural Dyes, Rust and Eco-printing (on Wednesday), Wet/Embellisher felting/ demos, and Hand Stitching (Thursday), and we will create an Improvisational, Original Art Quilt (Friday). 

I will start each day with the demo of the slated techniques during the week, with the goal to get you excited about using all new and some of our fibre art friends' favourite techniques ... including overlays of dyed cheesecloth, embellishing machine accents (I would love you to bring your embellishing machine - time to get them going again!), exploration of yarn inserts, and yes, all the thread and needle play I can convince you to bring together with your imagination...

On the 30th and 31st of July, we will have a separate event: INDIGO DYE WORK

A separate Registration will be on EVENTBRITE for the weekend event… or add it into your plans for all 7 days!

SUMMER CAMP Rocks!!!

TWO Indigo Dye Days - one day for the dye play and the second for creating your own artwork with samples of the cloth you dye...

Everyone, regardless of experience, is welcome at my 2022 Fibre Arts Camp... and you have every chance to take new steps toward art play or just time to be with friends and learn from each other!

Lots of room in the classrooms will include our use of the Activity Room and 1/2 of the TETT Art Gallery space on the ground level... and parking is available nearby...

Distance participants could stay with friends or drive back and forth if close by or living in the County... but there are many Hotels (and I suggest the "summer accommodations"  at the very close by Queen's University  Dorms...).

https://eventservices.queensu.ca/accommodations/

 So if summer days allow, consider a drive to Lake Ontario's Beautiful TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning and join me for 7 wonderful days if possible, or at least 5!

Cheers,

Bethany

 Contact: bethanygarner.art[at]gmail.com   or 613-893-0529 for mobile calls/messages/texts

( I have a pdf that I can send you with more information about each day's project work if you email me, and the Course Student Supplies lists will be provided to registrants after I have received news from Eventbrite.)









Thursday, February 24, 2022

 



KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS

 Please join the artists from the Kingston area 
for their ART THREADS Exhibition and Sale of artwork
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
Level One Gallery
April 2 - 30, 2022
Opening Day and Meet the Artists is April 2nd 10-5 pm
Demonstrations by several artists April 27-29th in the Activity Room next to the Gallery.
Everyone welcome...


 

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Hi everyone... hope you will make time to stop by my Facebook Page for some updates as spring moves closer here in Kingston...

Classes will resume at the Tett Centre and beyond soon. https://www.facebook.com/garnerbethany/

Here is a little post to let you know what I am up to in my Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning Studio 214D art creation space these days!

Blue, and green and gold in woven wool cloth yardage for new garments - off the loom at home, created for jackets down the line, with silk painted by hand once again... and here I am at home today, hand stitching on wool going round and round in circles.

The winter days are still cold and wet some days, but today the SUNSHINE is reigning winner - blue skies are getting me excited to get some Indigo pots going.
I mixed two gallons of different Procion MX dyes and added in another half-gallon of chartreuse dye that is ready to go onto silk noil fabric. Finished stitching a piece of indigo printed fabric on the Janome 6100 (never fails) with bits of "LIGHT" streaming through to go into a new art quilt plan... and just making some steps toward finish lines.
The Kingston Fibre Artists Show is coming along soon...
“Art Threads 2022"
The Kingston Fibre Artists are so pleased to announce that we will hold our SPRING SHOW in the Gallery, Level One, The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, Ontario from April 2 to April 29, 2022.
Until then you can check out the images from our October 2021 show in the Gallery on our website!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021



We welcome all of our friends and neighbors, from our Community and visitors across southern Ontario to join us at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning for our Resident Artists Exhibition in the Gallery, Lower Level from December 9 thru December 20th.

Come see what we have been up to this past year! Nine Tett Artists will be participating, including two new resident artists.
Mark your calendars for a unique holiday shopping experience.
Thank you to the Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning for donating the Gallery space.
Date: December 9-20, 2021
Mon. to Thurs. 11am - 5pm
Fri. & Sat. 12pm - 7pm
Sun. 11am - 5pm
Meet the Artists Friday, December 10th, 7-9pm
TETT Resident Artists:
Sasha French
Michelle Reid Art
Adele Webster Art
Natalie Bohnen-Twiddy
Bethany Lise Garner
Floriana Ehninger-Cuervo
Pengyuan Wang
Alice Melo Fine Art
Rhonda Evans
Location: Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King St. W.




Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The ponds are refreshed with the rain waters that arrived in force last week. Traveling birds, fowl celebrate and lands are happily coming to life once again

So here we are in November and the days are getting shorter, the time clocks have changed to the FALL BACK range and we in Eastern Standard Time are struggling to try to remember that! The leaves are down and the trees are starkly grey and lonesome looking... with many gatherings of the birds and squirrels and small animals seeking shelter as the days are cooling.

Along the Catarquit Trail, Perth Road Village link, Ontario

The Kingston Fibre Artists Show at the TETT was a huge success with many of our art pieces finding new homes, and I have a wonderful new piece from Janet Elliott hanging in my home...

Her's is a story of angst and fires raging through Western Canada, but a reminder that we are not immune to tragedy and are the keepers of the land. This artwork will be passed along to my son and his son and hopefully, the message will travel forward - the EARTH is our responsibility! The trees, the fields, the birds, and the small and large animals.. all on our collective responsibility list! (Janet's piece is on the left in this show photo below).

Other works on this wall of beautiful art were created by Robin Law's Field, Seymone Armstrong Lori Everett and Wilma Kenny. Well done ladies - so beautiful.


The Kingston Weavers and Spinners had a wonderfully attended show from Thursday Nov. 4th through Sunday the 7th and we extend so many thanks to all of the many visitors - some who had never been inside the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning and happened by, as well as the devoted fans that can't wait to shop the KHWS Sale each fall. Congratulations ladies.


Laurentian Lake #8, Joan Reive, Belleville, ON 2021

I had the pleasure of visiting with friends in the Quinte Fibre Artists group a week or so ago, and while on my way to Belleville, stopped to pick up my treasured artwork painted by pal, JOAN REIVE, and bring it home to add to my collection. This work is a treasure as Joan is a renowned Ontario and Canadian Artist - I am blessed.

Me - well I have been housebound due to a back injury for almost a week now, but mending nicely. 

Hoping to have some additional walking photos to share soon... see below... Cataraqui Trail. Until then... lots of HGTV, some reading including some new planning for weaving when I can get back to my looms. Looking forward to the last of fall days watching the weather change and my Lake Ontario view outside my Studio window tell her story!

Bethany