I'd love your input. I'm scheduling additional workshops for this summer and fall and I'm also considering the next online workshop and I'd love to hear from you. What textile or paper craft techniques are you currently loving that you might want me to teach? If you could virtually visit my studio through an online workshop where would you first like to look around? If you're visiting here as a new reader check out the links on the sidebar and see what interests you in my website portfolio, my slow fashion project, or Etsy shop and leave your thoughts in the comments.
I'm going to teach my first in-person natural dye workshop in August. I'm thrilled. It will be a basic introductory to working with kitchen scraps to make beautiful plant-based dyes. By and by the various parts of my online Slow Fashion Style class are becoming prominent elements of my workshop offerings and current writing. I was thrilled to publish the article on Mendfulness in the Mend issue of Taproot magazine and I'm currently working on another article about the healing power of natural dyes and urban foraging.
I hope that my writing and creative workshops will encourage other artists and hobbyists to expand their own work and venture to try new techniques. I think it's important that we stay open to learning new content in our creative work as artists and hobbyists so that the work might continue to grow. But, of course, the only way our work ever gets better is if we really push it to be our own. To look like ours. To have the residue of our one particular life. To grow as we do. So I'm considering this as I create new offerings online too. How best to share a technique in a way that allows the participant to insert her own aesthetic so the work really looks like hers?
I'd love to hear from you what you'd most like to learn from my workshops. If you could virtually enter my studio what would you like me to share? Mending? Dyeing? My favorite sustainable fashion artists and resources? How to create your own fast fashion fast? Or more generally, what paper or craft techniques are you currently loving?
Or maybe you have another idea about using upcycled paper or boxes like the content of my book, The Paper Playhouse? Projects for children and adults to share together? Leave a comment about what you'd like to learn and I'll pick one comment at random to receive a free copy of my book. Because I really want to hear from you. And because teaching is becoming a very important part of my studio work so I want to give it the time that it needs to develop and grow.
Thank you, friends.
PS--I'll select a winner from the comments section next Monday, June 15 so be sure to check back to see if you've won. The winning address must be in the continental US for shipping purposes but, of course, you can keep the giveaway copy for yourself or have me mail it to a friend. Good luck!