Aimee Littlewood Allen

Noble Sheets: Blue Typographies in Surface Design

June 15th – 19th, 2020
Workshop Description

Mark Twain described Lake Tahoe as a, “noble sheet of blue water” – a fitting point of departure for this fiber arts intensive, welcoming all skill levels. This workshop will explore three distinct surface design traditions resulting in hand-dyed samplers. Studio foundations in Western European cyanotype processes, Japanese shibori dye techniques, and painting with earth pigments, including organic indigo, will be covered. Explore color theory and alternative processes in photography through daily aesthetic meditations and shared time in the Sierra landscape.



Aimée Littlewood Allen is an educator-artist with thirteen years experience teaching interdisciplinary foundations in visual culture. She received her Master of Art & Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Crafts (Textiles), from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her last four original curricula produced in collaboration with statewide organizations including Nevada Museum of Art, Desert Research Institute, and The Smith Center, have taught dimensional image construction and visual literacy through Montessori-inspired manipulatives, specifically for art and science educators. Her own studio art practice explores the integrated historical traditions of narrative art (picture making) with optics (imaging, and the study of light).

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Aimée served as the founding volunteer Chair of the Nevada STEAM Education Sub-committee of the Governor’s Office of Science Technology and Innovation (2016-2019). She is co-author of several published papers on art and visual literacy. Her most recent publication on the polymath quilter, Chawne Kimber, appeared in Modern Monthly, the online publication of The Modern Quilt Guild. Her interdisciplinary master’s research on The Hockney-Falco Thesis was recognized as Thesis of the Year, by the American Educational Research Association, for art-based research. Prior to her graduate studies, Aimee also served briefly as Curator of Education of the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, and Coordinator of Public Programs and Special Events for Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee.