I have been teaching all levels of contemporary basketry including mixed media assemblage as well as the exploration of using encaustic as an element for 30 years. I like to teach in intimate venues close to nature that allows inspiration and provides options for students to collect objects and material for embellishment. I find teaching and working this way myself, creates a strong dialogue with the work and process. My goal with Students is to build on existing skills or give a strong foundation for those with beginning skills. My feelings are to really understand a material one must learn it’s language, push the limits, break rules, smell the flowers and have a snack.
Sculptural Boat Forms with Wax Elements
Come explore the ever expanding vocabulary of the mixed media woven vessel while combining sculptural concepts of layering, with encaustic medium applied to fiber. This highly focused, process driven workshop will begin with weaving a simple boat form, layering with paper or fabric, then infusing those fibers with coats of encaustic medium. This gives a warm luminance effect to your vessel and allows marking, exploring oil stick inlay, and embedding surface materials such as found objects, beads, and items collected in nature.
July 20-22, 2018
Bellissima Art Escapes, Gig Harbor, WA
This is a process driven experience were students will engage in constructing different small scale mixed media objects or vessels using repetitive layering techniques. These processes will include stitching, cold connections, and limited wax options along with various forms of basketry skills. Students will be using unusual tactile materials such as Pacific Kelp, metal tape, bike tire tubing, paper, wire, rusty tidbits, and other found objects and miscellaneous goodies. This class allows students to engage in creative play, gain off-beat skills in seeing “all materials as an option”, and it creates dialog for future innovation in one’s personal designs.
February 10-11, 2018 (full)
Southwest School of Art
Kathy Furakawa Legacy Fund
August 9-12 2018
Pacific Northwest Art School
Whidbey Island, WA
Ever want to swim with the fish? Well you can get pretty close! Bull Kelp is the fastest growing seaweed in the world. Starting from a tiny spore and growing up to 200 feet long in summer, it provides the ultimate under water playground for many species of aquatic life. I hand harvest this kelp along the Pacific Coastline of Oregon for nine months out of the year and will bring it to you so you can learn basic to advanced techniques of splitting, stitching, layering and weaving it while combining various coastal roots, grasses and other organics to weave free standing vessel forms and stitched pouches. Bull kelp is worked wet and shares the characteristics of fine grade leather in that condition. When finished and dried it becomes hard and has textural qualities of tree bark. Here is a unique opportunity to explore this fascinating material.
March 15-17 2018
March 25-26 2018
April 21-23 2018
Washington State (full)
Whether you’re an artist, writer, gardener, naturalist, skinny dipper, or day tripper, our relationships with nature are vital to the understanding of our world and ourselves. It is the connection of place that can drive and influence creativity of all kinds. For 2 days we will engage nature by listening, watching, and gathering items of the land which will then be bound, stitched, woven, assembled, painted and transformed into vessels, talismans, or journals. While all materials will be provided, students are highly encouraged to bring their own collections of nature, paper, threads or artworks that can be taken apart, added to, reassembled, transformed or used for embellishment. Students should also be prepared for all kinds of Oregon weather and bring a lunch. While there will be a dry space provided to work, the focus of the workshop is to in fact engage our surroundings in the open air.
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