About Lesley Riley
Lesley Riley is known for her outside the box creative thinking, taking risks and pushing materials (and students) past heretofore limitations. As a mother of six, Lesley has decades of experience providing supportive nurturing while teaching artists to fly on their own. A workshop instructor since 1996, Lesley has taught at events large and small, from her annual Maryland Red Thread Retreat, to across the US, and the pond to AU, NZ, Italy and the Netherlands. Her art has been published and exhibited internationally.
Lesley is a former editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, author of eight books and numerous articles, an art coach, product developer and a working mixed media artist with a textile background. Her current work pushes the boundaries of cyanotype printing into the digital age resulting in a body of work she calls Modern Botanicals.
Toward a Fuller Toolbox - a Curated Art Part Making Workshop
The core of our daily art practice is not towards a finished product. In between shows, commissions and presentations, when we are striving to create our “best” work, we revolve in a constant state of possibilities-practicing, probing, progressing and perfecting our vision. With this in mind, I invite you to join me in creating a fuller toolbox. Emphasis will be on creating surfaces and surface design unique to your personal style and vision.
Using a mix of media and tools both old and new, we will combine the known with experimental approaches to create collage papers (and a wee bit of fabric) with a focus on texture, color, line and feeling, resulting in art parts that make you go, “Ahhhhh.” Over time I have perfected the practice of perfectly imperfect planned serendipity. If you, like me, find beauty and magic in random, (mostly) uncontrollable, serendipitous results, then this is the workshop for you. As an anchor, foundation and jumping off point for our weeks work, we will create wet-cyanotype prints and employ a variety of standard, plus my own unique, pre and post-processing techniques.
Tools will include paint, inks, pencil, wire, rust, patina, gesso, and common household supplies. I’ll demonstrate my 10 S’s of surface design — sanding, stitching and staining to name a few. Feel free to bring lackluster eco or cyanotype prints, papers or fabrics that you wish to polish.
This workshop allows us the necessary time to let the work sit and simmer while both the art and artist develop, like a fine wine or hearty soup. Time and attention will be given to heading towards and honing in on the creation of art that makes your unique soul visible.
This class is for seasoned creative explorers and confident, fearless novices who wish to explore new mediums or ways of working. A cross-fertilization of our knowledge, practices and enthusiasm will result in an eruption of creativity that fills to overflowing both your spiritual and physical toolbox.
Here's What You'll Learn in this Workshop..
Using a mix of media and tools both old and new, we will combine the known with experimental approaches to create collage papers
Perfectly imperfect planned serendipity
Practicing, probing, progressing and perfecting our vision. With this in mind, I invite you to join me in creating a fuller toolbox.