Studio Classes

March 17, 2010

I have it good. I have a loving family who is supportive and patient and I get to work time with some of the most wonderful people in the world. I have a passion for creating artwork and a place in which to pursue that passion. 

The family – never complains about take-out dinners and is used to a pretty messy house. We’re slowly working on getting the kids to pick up their own stuff. I have an id that particular quest will not end until their stuff moves out along with them. And I just won’t talk about complaints about dinners I actually cook.

Those people I get to work with? Students! And the ideal students at that. They are there because they really want to be there. They are inquisitive, talented, and open to what they are taught.  Even if they don’t admit to being any of those three things – they are. I always learn so much from them as well.
The space I have to create art in is a blessing. I’m next to the main living area so that I can hear and see what is going on with the kids. I can look out the window and see them when they are playing outside. The space perfect for me to freely create whatever my brain can put together.
In a few weeks I get to combine the last two – students – studio! (The family will be gently kept elsewhere.) Students will have the opportunity to come to my home and my studio  in Cary, North Carolina, and lean, play, and create for two days. 
Thursday April 8th: Surface Design Sampler Platter
It’s truly a little taste of everything and one of the funnest classes I teach. We dip into techniques such as printing, stamp carving, stenciling, photo transfer, thermofax screen printing, and foiling! Oops! I almost forgot beadwork. Elizabeth and Ellen both took this class at the Virginia Quilt Celebration in 2008 – the fabric says it all!
Friday April 9th: The Forgotten Fabrics and Screen Printing
There are some wonderfully fun things you can do with synthetic fabrics (gasp!) Disperse dyes are completely different than Procion dyes, and totally fun to work with.
The screen printing we’ll do this day is very free, fast, and fun. We’ll use regular full sized screens in some very interesting and  improvisational ways.

There are still a few spots available. If you are interested in joining us please contact me at Lyric (at)

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    March 19, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I love NC, my inlaws used to live in Brevard – heavenly. I wish I could hop on my magic carpet, swing by and pick up Melly and zoom in for your class. I did get your DVD in the mail yesterday and WOW! It is a fantastic DVD – thanks for the inspiration. Your family is beautiful and I am in lust for the studio! Have a great weekend and thanks again.

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    March 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks Jane – none of the ribbons are newer than 2005 – I've got to get working.

    and…. the studio only really looks like that for photo shoots. ;-0

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    Jane LaFazio
    March 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    loved seeing your family portrait!! thanks for sharing that. and your studio is wonderful (can't help but notice the 9,000 or so award ribbons! wow). Sounds like a glorious workshop….

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    March 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    LuLu – 2.5 hours. We're right next to Raleigh! Come on down!!!

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    Carol C
    March 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I'm with Melly on wishing I lived close to you. This looks like the best time ever!

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    Melly Testa
    March 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I wish I lived close to you! This looks like great fun! Fabulous family photo.

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    March 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Howdy Lyric,
    Your studio looks so neat and clutter free.Your work is an inspiration!

    Wish I could take your April class. Do you have the class dates for next April so I can plan for 2011? How far are you form Mt. Airy, NC?


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    Linda Robertus
    March 17, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Ooh, I wish I could be there!
    What a lovely picture of your family.

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    March 17, 2010 at 5:09 am

    How fun!

    Cute pictures of the family and your students.

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    March 17, 2010 at 4:12 am

    It all looks like such fun!!

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