art workshops and retreats


 
 
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Make space: in the darkness

Dec 21, 2019 @ Sacred Groves
Bainbridge Island, WA
10AM - 6PM

Make Space is a reoccurring creative practice retreat. We work to cultivate a safe, intentional, sacred container in which folx are able to tend to their creative selves. Come work on a project you're in the middle of, start something new, brainstorm, or reflect and get new inspiration. Art, music, writing, performance, research, ritual…whatever you've been wanting to do but haven't had the space for.

This edition of Make Space will be held on the winter solstice, when the day is shortest and night is longest for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Traditionally, this was the last feast day for many cultures, as well as a time to celebrate the slow return of the light. We invite participants to reflect on what being in the darkness means to them. This offering begins at 10AM and will stretch into the evening. You are welcome to come and go as you please. Food and drink will be provided, and we will share a potluck meal afterwards. We’ll have a fire going and there will be ample artmaking supplies/nooks to make work in.

This is a collaborative project between myself and other people on this land. We create celebrations, rituals, retreats, and other community offerings at Sacred Groves as a collective called The Mycelial Network.

Make Space is a barter-only community event, which means we accept any form of trade in exchange for attending. Barter offerings can be anything - a loaf of banana bread, a haircut, a poem, some soup, a feather, a spell.

Botanical block printing

Jan 11, 2020 @ Sacred Groves
Bainbridge Island, WA
11AM - 3PM

This is an introduction to block printing workshop. In this class, we use various block printing methods to create botanical prints. Basic carving techniques, inking up, and printing are discussed, with ample time for participants to create their own prints. This class is structured in a way that maximizes open studio time - we walk through the process and its history for a short amount of time, and then folx are free to work in an open-ended way. Block printing is one of the simplest printmaking techniques out there, and my focus here is on the most accessible methods in the category.

Details and registration information coming soon.

Cycles and systems: Visual art practices for healing our relationship with the natural world

Feb 1-2, 2020 @ Sacred Groves
Bainbridge Island, WA

With the awareness that our own individual spiritual health is deeply and intrinsically linked with the health of the Earth and the health of our communities, in this workshop we will explore:

  • Our own relationships with Gaia and the more-than-human community at large.

  • Methods of inquiry for and community building with the natural world; how to be in right relationship with plants and place.

  • The intersection of artmaking practice and engagement with land.

  • Via these artmaking practices, listening to ways we can learn from land relationship, as a tool for personal healing as well as a tool for collective liberation.

We will move through these topics via various simple artmaking techniques that employ (sun)light and time, open-ended creating time, writing, and grounding ourselves to the land. We will interact with materials in our immediate environment and in doing so, will cultivate a relationship with place.

This experience is intended to provide space to explore grief related to environmental degradation and human isolation. Through artmaking and land engagement, we will explore that grief and talk about what it means to be in relationship with land. I feel that ecologically-informed artmaking brings us back to the land, and our bodies, that this is an act that dismantles systems of oppression.

This is a weekend-long retreat. Lodging is included in this offering. Scholarships available for BIPOC and GNC folx. Details and registration information coming soon.

Artifacts from Living Things ,  collage with gel medium transfer, 2017

Artifacts from Living Things,
collage with gel medium transfer, 2017

Cyanotype print from  Transitional Spaces,  2010. More images from this series can be viewed  here .

Cyanotype print from Transitional Spaces, 2010. More images from this series can be viewed here.

Cyanotype on Textiles students at BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network), July 2019

Cyanotype on Textiles students at BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network), July 2019

The transferred image

Feb 16, 2020 @ Port Townsend School of the Arts
10AM - 4PM, Port Townsend, WA

A workshop focused on various transfer techniques Students learn how to make gel medium transfers, xerox transfers, tape transfers, transparency transfers, and more. We explore how this medium can be used in conjunction with other media, as well as the ways it is able to break away from the 2D nature of print work. These image making methods are fun and simple to learn and really lend themselves to experimentation. If you have a printmaking, collage, or mixed media artmaking practice, this class is a great way to add more tools to your toolbox.

Register here.

Seeing blue: cyanotype printing for beginners

April 12, 2020 @ Port Townsend School of the Arts
10AM - 4PM, Port Townsend, WA

April @ Arcangelo Studio
Portland, OR
Confirmed date and sign up link coming soon

This workshop is an introduction to the cyanotype printing process, a non-silver alternative photography/printing technique originally developed to create blueprints. Cyanotype printing is a simple but relatively obscure process that allows for lots of experimentation, and can be layered with other types of printmaking and photography processes to create intricate, dynamic images. This workshop provides a history of the process, from its origins as a way to print technical material, to its use to document the natural world, and its transition into an art technique. We work with different substrates that can be printed on, and create prints. In this class students learn about the different ways to make images with negatives, as well as contact printing with objects.

Details and registration information coming soon.

Cyanotype on textiles

2020 Dates TBA @ Port Townsend School of the Arts
Dates and sign up link coming soon

In this class, we use the power of the sun to infuse color into textiles. Students explore the cyanotype printing process through a fiber arts lens, creating contact prints on fabric with found objects. Cyanotype is often used as a photography process, but in this class is focused on the ways objects can be used to create pattern rather than negatives being used to create images. This process yields incredible, rich blues similar in tone to indigo. We play with the ways cyanotype can be used in conjunction with other dyeing methods, especially eco dyeing techniques.

Details and registration information coming soon.