EncaustiCastle: Textile Immersion with Elizabeth Bunsen and Roxanne Lasky
June 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - July 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm$400 - $600.
Workshops at the EncaustiCastle are unique.
Workshops here are of the all-inclusive nature. This 138 year old three story Victorian ‘castle’ as its dubbed in the neighborhood is a wonderful retreat from the every day. For workshops the five rooms, 3 baths are shared among attendees who choose the onsite accommodations (10 total, 2/room) option. I encourage you mightily to be brave and jump in; whether you choose to share with a friend also attending, or let things fall into place and look forward to meeting a new roomie, you will be well cared for, indulged, and fully immersed in creative inspiration for the entirety of your stay; it is my goal and obligation to make it so. Delicious locally-sourced and onsite-prepared by me breakfast and lunch are provided each day of your stay. My goal is for you to feel cared for, indulged, inspired and creatively energized like never before~
The guest instructor retreats are formatted as they are-back to back, 3.5 days each to total one full week-to give you the greatest advantage. Whether you can only manage one 3.5 day retreat, or are able to partake in the full 7 day indulgence, the back-to-back design is such so as to compel you to be able to get all you can from these like material-ed, moded, or methodology-ed artists. I hope it speaks to you, and you jump in whole-heartedly~
Pink Subversion: a workshop with Elizabeth Bunsen
Pink Subversion explores and celebrates the multi-sensory possibilities of being in the pink…observing and savoring life with rose colored glasses.
Working with the alchemy of natural dyeing techniques we will create rich and earthy canyon colors: creams, tea stained tans, warm eucalyptus salmons, baby cheek peaches, cochineal berry hues, passion tea purples, high noon sky-blues and indigo midnight.Our resulting sunset palette of paper and fabric will be stitched, bound, built and collaged.We will give voice to our sweet songs of soul, community and place…And yes – the promise of a rose garden.
I live in a northern paradise with short sultry summers and achingly bitter and beautiful winters, spring we call “mud season” and fall is a glorious crimson and golden falling into winter. This seasonal cycle functions as my muse and guides my work…
In the winter I simmer tea and eucalyptus, spring blooms in my rust garden where I slosh tea and make marks with my ever growing collection of rusties, summer brings warm days and cool indigo blues and in the gold of autumn there is much gathering – calling out the curves of oak, the caramel scent of maple, the saffron arch of ginkgo, as the leaves sing their last songs. Wherever I am, I am in a continuous dialogue with my environment; I wander, gather, arrange and collaborate with natural processes. I explore and experiment as a “domestic scientist”. Meditative play is how I attempt to stay grounded and balanced. This is how I live my art. http://www.elizabethbunsen.typepad.com/
Threads of Meaning: a workshop with Roxanne Lasky
Before you can begin to recognize the clues your stitching is giving you, you must practice the art of naming.
In Threads of Meaning Workshop we will use readings and exercises to tap into the ideas you have not yet discovered. You will answer questions, create lists and draw diagrams. You may read a poem, over and over, observe objects of inspiration more closely and take notice of emotional connections to your subject. You will describe, analyze and make discoveries as your intuition awakens. Sitting quietly, focusing on a simple repetitive movement, opens the mind’s eye with new clarity. The wandering mind discovers more. We can say it is the play of the mind that gives us ideas, but it grows from the work of the hands. What emerges are stories, memories, solutions. They are not about the stitching, but find their way into it as the work speaks in conversation with the maker. What comes next? Which direction should the needle take?
Later on, ideas will flow from the work. But you are encouraged to stay a bit off balance, not becoming too comfortable with the familiar. I will suggest, sometimes, stopping in the middle of a project (I hear the groans already) and pushing yourself to begin another. I will suggest revisiting previous themes in your work to help you explore them more deeply. I will notice things about your work as you go, and give you individual projects to push your work further.
Nurture the seed of creativity Hone your skills of observation Recognize your creative patterns Discover your authentic style Develop truly original work Tell your story with intention Tell your story to heal.
Roxanne Lasky is an artist who works with paint, metal, photographs, cloth and words. Her watercolors, oil paintings and quilting have won numerous awards and are exhibited in the US and Europe. Her work has been published widely and resides in public and private collections. She owned a fabric and quilting shop for nine years and has written a sewing primer called “Design and Stitch: the art of everyday patchwork.”
She holds a Master of Teaching and received the Manhattanville College Award of Excellence for her thesis project, Quilting: Model and Metaphor. Her current work focuses on themes of mapping place, cycles and transformation and her passion is teaching art methods with an emphasis on understanding one’s process and developing creativity. Visit her website for information on upcoming workshops. www.roxannelasky.com
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