Hello World! I’m back from a week long art retreat in Portland, Oregon called Art and Soul Retreat. SO.VERY.ENGERGIZING.AND.INSPIRING. If you find yourself near any of their upcoming locations I encourage you to check it out: authentic artists, inspiring teachers, sharing participants. I could go on and on…and I shall… 🙂
Art and Soul Retreat-ing
Pics to follow and teacher info below for “enquiring minds” like myself who like to read ahead. They were all AH-MAY-ZING teachers who shared a plethora of information and technique (and supplies!) and I highly recommend checking them out (in person if you are nearby – they’re from all over).
I took 6 day-long classes learning the following:
- Wet (Nuno) Felting – made a scarf!
(LeBrie Rich – Pen Felt)
- Doll making with cloth and paper clay – WIP! 🙂 Paper clay is fun!
(Lulu Moonwood Murakami – lulumoonarts)
- Needle felting with a sewing machine – made 3 bases I’m in love with! (broke some needles – I’m not proud – “it’s part of the process” – more on that later)
(Rebeckah Meier Designs)
- Gold leaf and copper strung African beads on a half ostrich egg bowl – featured below!
(Debbie Rijns, who specializes in Precious Metal Clay work in South Africa – I couldn’t find just one link that summarizes her artistic work – best to internet-search her)
- Hand stitching and embellishing the Alabama Chanin Way – after all these years of hand-sewing I learned a new way to thread, knot and sew. Amazing. (WIP! I bought a shirt pattern…there’s A LOT OF HAND stitching to do…hopefully I can finish it while I’m still this size. 🙂
(Natalie Chanin designed the pattern and technique – Patti Calande taught the class)
- Basket weaving with sea grass – another WIP (boy did I dig this one! Weaving is so meditative for me.)
(Donna Sakamoto Crispin – the amazing artist/teacher blend we’re all looking for! Donna was great!)
A Finished Product: “Home Base”
I enjoyed figuring out this artistic vision as I went. Layer work is still a challenge for me, though I learned so much about the value of strategic layering throughout the week.
This one is named “Home Base” because it incorporates elements of all my home bases (virtual, physical and metaphysical).
These photos are staged on the lobby floor of the hotel in a brief moment of Oregon sun (yes, I was laying on the ground taking pictures when my significant other arrived…he wasn’t surprised and offered to help…bless our lovies!)
It was good layer work for me – I started with the green wash paint inside and dots in the middle, and they ended up guiding the bead design.
I really enjoyed this class, learning about gold leaf and incorporating South African Sand People images into my work (there’s also: giraffe and the “thread of knowing,” which represents our collective conscious dreams).
Get out there and try something new!