Classes, studio help and sneak peeks…read on!
Like most people, I am always searching for ways to stretch myself personally and professionally. Sometimes that means perusing the museums/galleries/internet for artists who catch my eye or artwork that intrigues me and that I want to try to incorporate into my own work. Sometimes it means having exciting adventures like going to see wolves in Yellowstone. Next month this search is leading me to take two workshops, one close to home and the other in North Carolina. Three weeks of learning, developing and growing…what a treat!
The first workshop is taking place just up the road in Westminster, MD at the annual Common Ground on the Hill. This is a wonderful gathering of artist, craft people and musicians who get together and teach, learn and perform for two weeks. There are also seminars and guest speakers on social and environmental topics. I will be taking a class on Natural Dyeing with Pat Brodowski where, according to the catalog, I will explore “ancient traditions of foraging for color from natural materials and…techniques to manipulate their application to surfaces using printing, clamping, and resists, for use in making authentic colors for historic clothing, fiber arts, and basketry, and for creating drawing and printing inks.”
Recently I have wanted more control over the colors in the fibers that I use to weave my vessels and I think that I can learn some amazing things in this workshop!
The second workshop that I will be taking is at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. The school is located in the Appalachian Mountains and is one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
This two week class is taught by an amazing weaver/sculptor named Nathalie Miebach. It is super difficult to describe what she does, I am showing a picture but I advise you to check out her web-site.
She was also featured on the cover of the Dec/Jan 2014 issue of American Craft Magazine. You can probably guess why I am excited to be taking this particular class. The focus is on learning techniques of basket weaving (which I am actually in need of) and playing, tinkering and generally having fun weaving a sculpture. I would be very surprised if I don’t come away with total brain overload of ideas and new directions for my work!
June’s sneek peak:
And finally, I wanted to remind you that my piece, “Contained” is at the Rouse Gallery in Columbia Maryland. The artist’s reception is Tuesday the 24th of June from 5:30 to 7:30. For more information about “Things That Scare You” and The Columbia Festival of the Arts, click HERE.
Keep a lookout for the July newsletter where I will show off all the things I learned…it may be a little late in coming because I won’t be back until the middle of the month but be patient, I promise a fun-filled newsletter! Don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page to get more recent updates and sneak peeks of my work!!!