Lecture fees are $400. Presented in a Power Point format, a screen and microphone are requested. See Laura’s Contract for more information.
A trunk show of hand-dyed fabrics and threads and small art quilts is included with each lecture.
Join Laura in celebrating the life of a quilt artist. Listen to her adventures in quilt making and hear traditional art quilt folk songs like “Everybody Gets Rejected Sometime” and the “Minnesota Quilter’s Polka”. It’s a quirky documentary featuring a display of her small art quilts and many other songs from the “Chicago School of Fusing Bond Fire Songbook”.
A colorful and humorous history of the artist’s life presented with slides of her narrative quilts like “Gus Cleans His Room” and “Nude Blue Chair Reclining”. The biographical section of the slide show is followed by information about the design process and techniques used in creating her quilts. A selection of tunes from the Chicago School of Fusing Bond Fire Songbook will be sung throughout the lecture by the intrepid lecturer. Along with the lecture, is a display of small art quilts and a trunk show of hand dyed fabric and threads from the Artfabrik dyers.
Take a campus tour of the famous Chicago School of Fusing. This mythological university is devoted to the promotion of the fine art of fusing, a non-traditional method of assembling quilts with fusible web. Laura Wasilowski, Dean of Corrections at the School, guides you around the campus buildings, introduces you to the fascinating fusing curriculum, and shows you the exciting campus life of the student fuser. Included in the presentation is a review of the fusing processes, a display of actual fused art quilts, and Laura’s own rendition of the Chicago School of Fusing fight song. Press on! (A trunk show of hand dyed fabrics and threads from the Artfabrik dyers is included.)
Delight in the stitch! From the hand-dyeing of her pearl cotton threads to the final stitch, Laura tells all about her colorful hand-embroidered fused art quilts. Learn how she makes the quilts, dyes the thread, and selects the stitches to use on the quilt tops. Placement of stitches and other helpful tips will inspire you to add hand embroidery to your own work. The program includes a set of catchy tunes sung about the art of embroidery like “Glory to the Stitcher.” You’ll see an exhibit of her small stitched art quilts and an array of hand-dyed threads and fabrics in a trunk show from the Artfabrik dyers.
Explore the artist’s quirky mind with this lecture about quilt making in a series. Enjoy the revelation that one chicken quilt will surely lead to a second, third, or fortieth. Discover what drives a person to create multiple quilts about a blue chair, garden implements, or unsung kitchen appliances. All is revealed in this exposé, the Confessions of a Serial Quilter. After the lecture, which includes dramatic renditions from Songs of the Fuser, Laura will display her small art quilts, answer questions, and offer a trunk show of hand-dyed fabric and threads from the Artfabrik dye shop.
The Not So Very Accurate History of Fusing
Learn about the founding of the Chicago School of Fusing by our fore-mother, Eve. Using the gifts of the Garden of Eden, you’ll discover how Eve took a bite of the apple and influenced the fine art of fusing forever. You’ll be surprised by Eve’s inventive nature and how, from fig leaf patchwork through the Iron Age, she has inspired us all. Pick up tips on how to create a fused art quilt and hand stitchery along the way. And enjoy traditional fusing tunes and a display of fused art quilts too. A trunk show of hand-dyed fabrics and threads using Eve’s age old formulas will also be on hand.