Recently I had the pleasure of getting to ask Rosalie Dace; a wonderful and creative art quilt instructor, questions about her work and why she keeps coming back to little Ol’ Sisters Oregon.
What is it about Sisters that attracts you to come back year after year?
Rosalie: The surrounding atmosphere and creative feeling you can find at the store draws me in. Its an original store and presents a non-threatening feeling for all levels of quilters, all while being a very creative and inspiring store. The landscape draws me as well.
You use a lot of different fibers in your pieces and classes. Why is that?
Rosalie: I'm from South Africa, and there is so much influence there. But around the world there are many diverse cultures and textures. We are products of out history and environments so we use what looks best to ourselves. The contrast of mat vs. shine, or rough and smooth and many many more in all types of fabrics and fibers.
Q: Your current class (Branch Out) is using trees as the subject, why trees if I may ask?
Rosalie: Trees can be interpreted in so many different ways. So a tree is a good subject to get their ideas flowing. People experiment in varying ways that are new to them, if its in color, texture, line composition, or anything else. Its a big test to see how far and how comfortable you are to step out and try new techniques. Everyone had the same steps, but each have different directions to make them they're own way. Each tree in here is different than the last. All they needed to start was some fabric and thread.
When you put it that way it sounds easy.
Rosalie: It seems easy, because anyone can do it. I will give one on one interaction with all of my students, whether there are 9 or 20 people in the class. They also learn from each other. I am here to guide them along their own artistic path, not give step by step pieces of information.
You will be joining us next year as well, are you excited?
Rosalie: Yes I can't get enough of the creative atmosphere here, I like it. I want to bring my husband next time so see for him-self what this place (oregon) is truly like.
What do you want your students to take away from this?
Rosalie: Their own ideas. Your not walking out making a Rosalie quilt, your inspired with me to make your very own quilt.
In 2015 Rosalie Dace will be joining us again for a couple of retreats and workshops, so if you would like to learn form this amazing woman, call us at 541-549-6061 or sign up on-line at www.stitchinpost.com .