Making a living as a professional artist can be tricky with the cost of art school on the rise and lucrative art jobs hard to find. Despite this challenging backdrop, Dayna Walton, a 21-year-old Grand Rapids artist has set herself up well to hit the ground running after she graduates from Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art & Design this spring.
Crafting sanity is a way of life for me. Weaving, embroidery and printmaking are my go-to activites in good times and bad, and I welcome opportunities to teach art and craft workshops for small groups of all ages. Get in touch if you’d like me to teach your small group and we can plan a workshop tailored to your interests.
In the meantime, here’s a list of my upcoming workshops:
CraftSanity Small Loom Sampler Workshop
Date: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019
Location: Lions and Rabbits, 1254 Plainfield Ave. NE, in Grand Rapids, MI
Class fee: $50 (including small round and rectangular CraftSanity weaving looms, yarn and other supplies)
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to dive into the fiber arts, this is your chance to learn to weave on small looms you get to take home with you.
In this class, students will learn circular and tapestry weaving techniques on small round and rectangular CraftSanity Looms. All supplies will be provided and students will go home with a handprinted, CraftSanity drawstring bag to hold their new portable CraftSanity looms, yarn and other weaving supplies.
This introductory class is open to weavers of all skill levels. No previous weaving experience necessary.
CraftSanity Episode 221: A studio visit and conversation with 3-D knit programmer and escape-proof baby swaddle designer, Liz Hilton
Inside a bright West Michigan studio with an impressive yarn wall and an even more impressive collection of production knitting machines, designer Liz Hilton creates 3D knit products for clients and invents more machine knitted products of her own.
Welcome to KNITit, the studio Hilton founded in 2015 on South Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet a need for customized 3D knit innovation without the production commitment.
CraftSanity Podcast Episode 220: A conversation with Beryl Bartkus, founder of Ability Weavers, a Michigan weaving studio created to employ people with developmental disabilities
As the mother of an adult child with autism, Beryl Bartkus wanted to create meaningful work for her daughter, Erin, and others with developmental disabilities.
Fast forward a little more than two years and Beryl is leading an established team of about a dozen working artists at Ability Weavers, the weaving studio and shop she and her husband, Eric, started in downtown Lowell, Michigan.
CraftSanity Podcast Episode 219: A letterpress conversation with Amos Kennedy from Kennedy Prints in Detroit
CraftSanity Episode 218: A conversation about slow fashion and the beginning stages of developing a fiber shed with farmer, shepherdess, and natural dyer, Lori Evesque
At Natural Cycles Farm in southern Allegan County, Lori Evesque is raising fresh food, fiber and plants to sell at local farmers markets and share with students in her yarn dyeing workshops. With a background in chemistry and an interest in growing plants to use in natural dyeing experiments, her natural dyeing projects grew more intense when she started demonstrating these techniques at Viking re-enactment events.