Works on Canvas

by - Friday, May 29, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium

Instructor Natalie Grambow

Canvas is for artists, and an unstretched canvas is an open invitation for the surface designer to begin exploration. Using combinations of mixed-media, fabric paints, and succulent colour palettes, students will engage the canvas surface through altered art techniques, image transfer, collage, and deconstruction.

In this highly creative workshop, suitable for both the novice and experienced artist, participants will be guided through the steps of making an art cloth. The workshop will explore a number of pattern-making techniques, including block-printing, mono-printing, hand-painting, stencilling, screen-printing, and scratching. In addition, collage and piecing with image transfers, over-“inking,” antiquing, washes, and finishing will be covered. Students will complete several inspiring projects, including a finished art cloth.

The finished works can be used as floor coverings (floorcloth), wall mounted in traditional frames, used as table runners, hung as posters, or combined into other projects.


Natalie Grambow has an extensive background in design, teaching, and textile arts. An accredited Interior Designer, she spent many years in Ottawa working within the architectural design field and teaching Design Theory. Natalie’s first deep exploration of textiles began during her Visual Arts/Photography studies at the University of Ottawa when she experimented with non-silver techniques of transferring photographic imagery onto cloth. She subsequently studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan weavers in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the Textile Arts program at Capilano College in 2001, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence. Natalie has developed a line of naturally dyed and printed fabrics and has been commissioned by such clients as the city of North Vancouver (to present an artist’s vision of North Vancouver on fabric).

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