Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sheer Imagination: A 2-day lamination workshop

Jamie Fingal and I will be teaching a 2-day workshop in Costa Mesa at CREATE! retreat.  Our workshop is featured in the daily Cloth Paper Scissors email blast:

Sheer Imagination

Spacer 10x10 pixelsSheer Imagination: A Paper/Cloth Lamination Adventure
Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jenison
In this 2-day workshop, you will learn to create unique laminated cloth using their own
color copies of any subject you choose (travel, art, cooking, funky imagery, sewing, family,
and text if desired).
We encourage you to create an artwork using a theme and to create your own
mixed media apron.
 Jamie and Leslie will provide a vast variety of tools and materials for you to
experiment with and add unique layers of imagery to your laminated cloth.
Color, design, and free motio machine quilting will be discussed
as everyone will be fusing their laminated images and sewing them down.

This is our interview for CPS CREATE!:

Meet CREATE Instructors Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jenison
Fingal and Jenison
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1. When did you start creating art individually?
Leslie:  I've been interested in art my entire life. I fell in love with quilt making in 
the late 70s. When my family moved to San Antonio in 1997, I became interested
 in surface design and mixed media, and combining these passions has consumed 
me ever since.
Jamie: I've been making art as long as I can remember, first as a graphic 
artist, then decoupage boxes and suitcase with fabric and paint.
 I made my first quilt in the early 80's, onto art quilting in 2001, and wrote 
a book in 2007.
Now we are team teaching and we bring a variety of strengths to the working 
relationship that compliment one another quite well. We are both passionate 
about what we do and bring fun and laughter to the classroom.

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2. What can students can expect out of your workshop Sheer Imagination 
at CREATE Costa Mesa?
Separately from each other we have been experimenting with laminating paper 
and cloth together. This is a very interesting way to create a unique material 
which can be used for a wide variety of textile, quilt, and mixed media 
work. It is a technique that is not taught very often, because of the many 
supplies that are needed. Since one of us lives locally, we knew it could be done, 
and we are thrilled to offer this 2-day workshop!
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3. Where did you find your inspiration for this workshop?
We felt that we wanted to look beyond the art quilt and create an art apron that 
expresses any theme the student desires. The aprons are totally wearable 
and will be one of a kind works of art that are sewn. 
Jamie has made 3 unique mixed media aprons. I love the symbology 
of the apron as a means of expressing an idea. We have both created 
a number of mixed media pieces using the lamination technique and are 
very excited to share this with our students.
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4. What other hobbies to do enjoy besides making art?
Leslie:  I am an avid photographer, reader, cook, blogger, and gardener. 
I am also a private pilot. 
Jamie: I also enjoy gardening, reading, writing, photography, 
have a few blogs and love to cook.
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5. What are you most excited for at CREATE Costa Mesa?
We love the whole atmosphere of this retreat! The students are really 
enthusiastic and focused, yet we have a blast with them, and we love
 seeing the other instructors, many of whom have become close friends, and 
meeting the new instructors and getting to know them. 
Costa Mesa has a lot to offer CREATE attendees because of the close
 proximity to a wide range of shopping, restaurants, the beach, etc. It is going to be
 a great place for this retreat!! 
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6. What is your favorite memory of CREATE 2010?
That is a tough one to answer because there were so many great memories!
One that stands out for us is that the students and instructors were so inspiring.
One of the best moments for us was seeing the
Student Showcase at the end of the week and looking at the amazing
 things everyone had "CREATE"ed
during the retreat. Truly, it was astonishing.


  1. It sounds fabulous! Have fun, Leslie!

  2. Leslie - I hope to see you at Create! I wanted to know which magazine you posted a sample of the coaster you made in the same fashion as the apron you will be making at Create. I'm going crazy trying to find it! Would love to hear from you.

  3. I don't think I posted a coaster in a magazine, Alina. Hmmm. I will post some additional images of the laminated apron, including detail shots, very soon. Hopefully that will give you more visual insight into what we are planning to do in the workshop. I can't wait to see you in LA!!


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