Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden (with Karen Searle) was offered as an “urban summer vacation” for artists, crafters, gardeners, and advocates for a healthy environment. Taught in my home studio—in the garden and back yard, garage, and

Art in the Garden

around the island in the kitchen on really hot days—the series of workshops focused on eco-friendly dyeing and print making techniques. Workshops included (1) eco-dyeing on silk and paper; (2) indigo vat dyeing and shibori patterning; (3) rust printing and photograms; (4) monoprinting and image transfer; and (5) natural dyeing and making botanical paper. Each class filled except #2 and eco-dyeing was presented twice.

Designing and presenting the series was challenging, but the enthusiasm of the participants made all the effort worthwhile. At the same time, I learned so much. Since I can’t teach something without experimenting to make sure everything is working just right, I found I kept pushing the boundaries. Rusting was especially exciting. Did you know that one can screenprinted with rust? Love, love, love the results. (More about that process in a later blog!)

The classes were small—limited to four. Some participants attended multiple workshops together. Relationships were built, and all the participants (except one with a conflict) had lunch together in December to share what they’ve been working on. They’re planning on meeting again in February. A supportive community? It’s a possibility!

What is your “supportive community?” How did it form? How does it operate? What does it mean to you? Share your story!

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