NEW Registration Deadline: Sept 6, 2019

workshop discounts for mca, mcg and maine fiberarts members


Textile Arts:

Explore and Create Surface Design and Collage

Sept 21 - Sept 24, 2019

Catherine Worthington


Surface Design and Textile Painting is an art form wherein, using your creativity and explorative painting techniques, you can transform a plain piece of cloth into art.

Textile surface design encompasses a wide variety of techniques for altering the surface of fabric: painting and printing on fabric, using a resist to separate colors and to create a design, layering different types of fabrics as in a fabric collage and stitching, just to name a few.

This course will explore the art of transforming fabric through surface design. Participants will learn techniques such as gel printing, mono-printing and mark making, resists and textile painting - building layers of color and texture to create a unique palette of fabrics to use in their textile art.

Art cloths will also be transformed into textile collages which can be enhanced and embellished with stitching.


Demonstrations on techniques will be given throughout the workshop.

Participants will learn from scratch, expand their knowledge, or perfect their skills.

Participants will spend time creating at their own pace.

Open to all skill levels

Catherine Worthington is a textile artist living in Brunswick, Maine. She has a BFA in textile design from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Catherine is a full time studio artist after recently retiring from her artist mentor position of over twenty years at Spindleworks in Brunswick, an arts program for adults with disabilities. Catherine’s studio practice consists of painting cloth and composing art quilts as well as designing and creating original textiles.

“A lot of my textile art reflects the beauty of nature’s landscapes from gardens to the sea and the creatures that live there. Inspired by the natural world I am compelled to create and capture it’s color, texture and charm. Using textile paints on cloth I create colorful textured and patterned fabrics to use as my palette for composing my wall pieces. My process of cutting, piecing and stitching adds depth and dimension. As I explore the medium of textile painting I am often discovering the balance between abstraction and representation. My textile art quilts are interpretations of real places and I hope to capture the attention of the viewer by creating a feeling or familiar place to connect with.”

Catherine teaches surface design classes and workshops in Maine and beyond.  Catherine’s art quilts are part of many private collections and she has been exhibiting her work for eighteen years throughout Maine, New England and Florida. Her work has found permanent residence in three hospitals in Maine. She is a member of Designing Women, Harlow Gallery, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Crafts Guild and Maine Fiber Arts.

From Flat to Round:

Exploring the sculptural properties of paper and cardboard

Sept 24 - Sept 27, 2019

Anna Hepler

Undertow , 2016, cardboard, and staples, 12 x 27 x 36 feet  Allison Osberg, photographer

Undertow, 2016, cardboard, and staples, 12 x 27 x 36 feet

Allison Osberg, photographer

The Referee , 2017, plywood, paint, fasteners, 8 x 6 x 4 feet

The Referee, 2017, plywood, paint, fasteners, 8 x 6 x 4 feet

The Scholar , 2019, plywood, paint, fasteners, 8 x 5.5 x 2 feet

The Scholar, 2019, plywood, paint, fasteners, 8 x 5.5 x 2 feet

Anna Hepler

Anna Hepler

Paper can be scored and folded to produce complex origami animals or simple solids such as cubes, and dodecahedrons. Cardboard can be glued, stacked, and folded to produce objects of unexpected durability and size.

This workshop is a low-tech celebration of these materials purchased in sheets, but with the potential to become amazing forms, and sculptures in the round. We will build models using paper and cardboard and create sculptural or functional free-standing forms. Each material has unique qualities and limitations that we will explore during our time together.

• Open to all skill levels

Anna Hepler (b. 1969) divides her time between Eastport, Maine and Greenfield, MA. She earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former Henry Luce Foundation fellow in Seoul, South Korea, she has completed residencies at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, the Tamarind Institute, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2016 she was awarded a fellowship by United States Artists, and in 2018 received a grant from the Harpo Foundation. 

Hepler has exhibited widely, and her work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Modern in London, England, the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and the Colby College Museum of Art amongst others.