This workshop explores mark making on cloth and paper. We offer textile artists a chance to experiment as follows:

Direct application of indigo in fresh leaf form by pounding, rubbing through stencils or on top of high relief surfaces or over a quick Elmer’s glue paste resist.

Other surface techniques explore pigments and lakes with binders of soy, egg yoke or gum Arabic.

Commercial vegetal inks from Swiss historic recipes are available for experimenting with alternative or traditional brushes and pens on paper.

Supplies provided: Nebraska grown Japanese indigo, fresh leaf; variety of stencils, rubbing plates, pens and brushes; half yard soy sized printers cotton for use with fresh leaf or pigment/lake experiments; swatches of various silks and papers; pigments sourced from multiple suppliers, lakes of weld and madder grown in Nebraska, vegetal inks from Switzerland, walnut inks from Nebraska

Student provided: scissors and other general textile tools you like to use (ruler, marker or tags) notebook for recording experiments

Student optional: swatches of your favorite silks or papers; favorite stencils, stamps or relief surfaces

Feb. 27, 2016 | Art Seminar

Pine Needle Basket Coiling
Saturday, October 27, 2018 12pm – 4pm
Taught by Joan Getzfrid

In this class students will learn how to begin, stitch and complete a 3-4 inch pine needle basket that is coiled around a center piece. Students will be provided all supplies, including hand-dyed pine needles that have been treated with glycerin. Students will receive info on how to treat and dye pine needles, further reading resources and where to order supplies. If you wish to pursue pine needle basket coiling on your own, you will have excellent resources. You are asked to bring a pair of scissors and small gardening clippers. (If you don’t already own them, don’t buy new. Others will be available in class to share.)

Indigo Sampling Workshop with Jay Rich | Expressions in Fiber Art V

Indigo and natural dye experimenter

Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 11 am - 3 pm |

Jay will be teaching about the 4 processes of extracting the indigo dye. The materials will be provided for participants. The workshop is for all levels.

  • ​$65 Fee 
  • Bring your fiber kit, needles, thread, scissors, markers and whatever tools you would use.
  • Bring your own lunch or snack to eat on site.

Sign up at or contact Connect Gallery at 402-991-8234.

Mark Making: fresh leaf indigo, pigments, lakes and inks

By Jay Rich 

October 13th, 2018, Saturday 12 noon-4PM

2018 Workshops and Classes

October 13th - Indigo Leaf Dyeing 

    - Jay Rich

    -Noon -4PM

    -$75 includes supplies

October 27th - Pine Needle Basket Coiling

    -Joan Getzfrid

    -Noon - 4PM 

Past Workshop    |      Stuart Bay  - Paper Image Collage

Wed., April 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  |  Jenni Schlossman, Ph.D. |  Hudson River School of American Landscape Painting

April 22, 2015    |    Noon to 2    |     Recognizing Earth Day   |    Draw Together & Bicycle Workshop

Past Workshop - Design Class Using Fiber as a Medium -

...allowing mistakes to happen.

Open Collaborative Painting

1st Sat| Dec 7 | 2~4p| Live Art.

Direction from

JK Thorsen &

Evy Render Katz

Past Workshop    |      JK Thorsen | Evelyn Render Katz       |     "...Getting Together to Make Art"

Stuart  Bay: Workshop in Paper Image Collage

Jan. 18, 25 & Feb. 1, 8 2014 | 9am - Noon
$120. - 15 participant limit
Class supply list available upon request.

Gluing and cutting are the only skills required

Bay assists students in creating collage images that resemble the remains of an archaeological process of relational renaissance.

Images are given new life as portions are erased or become transparent revealing explicit and undecided moments.

As students progress, what happens between two or more images becomes more important than the content of a single image. Fluid yet ordered atmosphere of pictorial realities ask students and viewers to invest in their own discoveries, to create their own narratives.

*Stuart Bay's commercial and artistic career include still and digital photography, assemblage, collage, graphics, film, multimedia and video. Numerous photography awards are highlighted by an Academy Award Nomination for his educational film, "T is for Teacher".

Bay's commercial clients have included Eastman Kodak, 3M, Honeywell, Jostens, AMP, Britannica and many others. With degrees from Schaeffer School of Design, Montana State University and Indiana University, his career has also included teaching at the University of Minnesota, College of St. Thomas, Minneapolis College of Art & Design - and locally - Iowa Western & Metropolitan Community Colleges.

Past Workshops

Earth Day Noon-Time

Draw Together


Bicycle Maintenance & Safety Workshop


Sponsored by:

Olympia Cycle

Connect Gallery

JK Thorsens

Evelyn Render-Katz


Wed., April 22, Noon - 2
No Charge with Adv. Registration 



Fiber design workshop with Jean Mills

4 classes + 4 Skype classes

For more information -

*Jean Mills is a former resident of Omaha and founding member of the “Contemporary Fiber Arts Collective” in Nebraska.She has taught art workshops for 12 years in Omaha and Seattle. Jean is the co-author of “Design for Every Quilter” with Lorraine Torrence. Now residing in Anchorage, Alaska, Jean continues to provide education at Omaha's Connect Gallery.

October 2014 - expression through fiber art