Guest Instructor: Susan Stover
Date: May 5-7, 2017
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Studio Joy!, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City
Cost: $525 (includes $30 instructor supply fee)

This workshop involves an in depth exploration of block printing on paper and fabric. Drawing inspiration from ethnic textiles and contemporary art, we will look at different sources and examples of how block printing can be used in artwork and  other creative pursuits. Motifs, designs and pattern repeats will be emphasized as well as the way pattern, repetition and rhythm can be used in compositions.  Students will carve rubber blocks with their own unique images and will be encouraged to develop their own personal vocabulary. Instruction will be given on different types of repeats, such as: mirror repeats, quarter turn repeats, and seamless repeats. Designs can be used for home or clothing textiles, decorative papers, in handmade books or journals, or as limited edition prints.


Supply List:

  • Graph paper
  • Variety of papers and fabrics (can be patterned, solid colors or white)
  • Plain copy paper or drawing pad
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Linoleum cutting tools
  • Moo Carve rubber block – 6″ x 12″ x 1/2″
  • 2 or more colors of ink pads
  • Colored pencils
  • Rubber brayer
  • Old toothbrush
  • Ball point pen

: 12:30-1:30
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance, or a short drive. Details provided upon registration.


About Susan:

Susan Stover, Artist

Artist Statement:

The connection of art and spirit fascinates me. My interest lies in the mystery, the quest for balance and the desire for connectedness with the sacred, however it may be defined.

I am inspired by ethnic textiles, tribal objects and the way other cultures integrate their beliefs into the items created and the rituals performed. By employing the same traditional techniques as part of my process, I connect with others distanced by culture and time. My intention is to create surfaces reflective of urban decay combined with patterns and elements related to time honored methods of textile production. Cloth, wax, dye, metal, hair, tar and fiber are components that combine to recall something familiar and yet still somehow unknown. My goal is to suggest an imagined history reflecting evidence of past human interaction, to imbue the work with a vulnerability and vitality that calls forth the presence of the maker and to evoke a sense of transcendent mystery and purpose.


Student Cancellation Policy:

Students will receive a refund of tuition less 5% if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the workshop. Request to withdraw from a course less than 14 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.