Judith Dios Workshop

Salt Spring Island, BC March 19-21, 2016

Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno

Immerse yourself in 3 days of play with fibre and colour! Design a stunning hand-painted nuno felted wearable work of art of your own, such as a scarf, wrap, vest, or chemise. Or, make a unique journal or several pieces of fibre art jewelry. You chose the project. If time allows, you may be able to complete several projects.

Using lustrous fibres, fabrics and hand spun silk, you will create 3-D rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, “corkscrew” fringe and rivers of silken shimmer, resulting in dramatic texture in your one-of-a-kind felted piece. Capture glass, gemstone or pearl beads for added sparkle. Instruction in the use of resists and the much-loved “No Roll” method will be included.

You will also hand-paint colour, using fabric dye, directly onto your felted piece. As the dye flows and combines to create new colours and subtle transitions, it enhances the inherent beauty of nuno with a spectacular watercolour effect!

Particular attention will be paid to the factors which result in a successful project. Take home a finished piece, or two!

Instructional handouts will be provided.

Beginner - advanced levels are welcome.

Project complexity will be commensurate with experience level.

Workshop to be held at Judith's studio on Salt Spring Island, in British Columbia, Canada

Saturday, March 19th, 9:30am to Monday, March 21st, 11:30am

165 Ontario Place


Google Maps show the incorrect location of the studio. Turn right onto Ontario Place and the studio is at the very end of the street.

Registration Information

Workshop Fees: $375 CDN, plus GST and material costs

Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily

Materials & Supplies: A chart showing possible projects, and the materials needed, will be provided in advance. Material cost range from several dollars for jewelry to $50 for a garment. All materials and supplies will be available for purchase at the workshop. Students are also welcome to bring their own materials.

What to Bring: If you have a plastic apron to protect your clothes while wet-felting, please bring it. (The studio has several aprons and smocks which may be borrowed/shared.) Also, see "Materials" section above and "Food" below.

What to Wear: Old clothing and shoes. You may get a little wet. Sometimes the runoff water has a very slight amount of dye in it. This is dye is supposed to wash out of clothing made from plant fibres and adhere to silk, wool and nylon only, but there is no guarantee it won't stain your favourite jeans or sweater!

You will be standing on a hard floor so wear comfortable shoes with plenty of cushioning or bring an anti-fatigue mat.

Food: Light refreshments are provided, as well as water, coffee and tea. Youshould bring a lunch. A refrigerator, Vitamix blender and microwave are available for your use.

General Satisfaction and Organizer's Liability: If you have any questions about the class, in terms of your expected learning outcome, physical ability or interest level, please contact Judith before registering so we can ensure, as best as possible, that you are registering for a class that you will enjoy and be capable of completing. After registering, the organizers accept no liability in assuring that the class meets your expectations. In some cases, you may be required to sign a waiver of liability for insurance purposes for the facility where the workshop is held.

Getting There: BC Ferries offer routes from Tsawwassen on the mainland (south of Vancouver, BC) to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island, or to Fulford Harbour from Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island. There are also ferries from Washington to Vancouver Island. The Island is also accessible by float plane from downtown Vancouver and the YVR airport. If you need assistance, contact Judith for advice on the best way to to get to SSI.

Where to Stay: There are many great places to stay on Salt Spring. I have either viewed the following accommodations myself or others have recommended them to me.

The Harbour House Hotel, Restaurant & Organic Farm: Enjoy harbour views and great fresh organic food grown on the 2.5 acre farm. Within walking distance to Ganges Village, local attractions, market and activities. Only a 5 minute drive to my studio, or I would be happy to pick you up and drop you off.

Ocean Spray B&B by the Sea: Owned by my dear friend, Ilse Leader. Breathtaking view and lovely private suite on Ilse's beautiful forested and secluded retreat. Approximately a 25-30 minute drive to my studio. A car will be necessary.

Honeysuckle Cottage: Owned by my friend, Terri Bibbi, of Saori Salt Spring. Lovely cottage on a secluded and tranquil property. Combine one of Judith's workshops with a saori weaving session in Terri's peaceful studio in the forest for the ultimate fbre and textile vacation! Approximately a 25 minute drive to my studio. A car will be necessary.

Monivea Boutique Inn & B&B: Several of my students have stayed here and gave a positive review. Within walking distance to Ganges. Only a 10 minute drive to my studio, or I would be happy to pick you up and drop you off.

About Judith

Judith uses luxurious silks and the finest of soft wools and hand-paints each of her pieces, striving to wrap the wearer in sensuality, beauty and lightness. Captivated by nuno feltmaking since 2007, her passion for innovation and experimentation has led her to create intriguing texture with fabric and fibre. As much as she loves felting, she loves even more, the people it brings into her life.

Judith works from her studio on the idyllic island of Salt Spring, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband, Michael, and their little Havanese dog, Oreo, who is a "heartbeat" always at her feet!

Judith travels and teaches in the US and Canada and her work is available for purchase in galleries and boutiques within Canada, internationally and, during the summer, at the Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island.