Eastport Arts Center invites artists to indulge in color and pattern in a two-session weekend workshop with fabric artist Susan Lehnen on February 3 and 4. “Itajime As An Imaginative Space” will take methods from traditional Japanese itajime fabric dyeing and printing as a structural springboard for artistic exploration. By folding and selectively applying dye to fabric, participants will create soft-edged grounds that can be developed further with brush-applied lines and shapes. Students will gain experience and confidence making small experimental pieces while completing larger works in stages over the two sessions. 

The intermediate-level class, for ages 16 and up, will be held from 4-7 pm, Friday, February 3, and from 1-4 pm, Saturday, February 4. Space is limited. A $60 fee covers all materials, and also light refreshments. A sliding fee scale (pay what you can) is available by request. Students are asked to bring a bag supper for Friday evening’s session. To sign up, or with any questions about the workshop, please email alison@eastportartscenter.org.

Lehnen is an artist and teacher. She has three grown children and lives off the grid in the Perry woods with her husband Bill and their dog and two cats. She holds a BFA from Michigan State and an MS in Synaesthetic Education from Syracuse University.

Support for this workshop has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. More information about the educational offerings of Eastport Arts Center, where creativity and community meet, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/education.