While I've always viewed my work as an living, evolving process, I'd never figured my workshops would also grow and change in that same manner. Typically, for me at least, a workshop is developed from a particular project when other artists express an interest in the techniques that develope from the creation of that piece.
In 2011 I completed "When Apart, Always Together," and after submitting it to their gallery section, Art Jewelry Magazine ask me to contribute an article on how the threading was made. After it was published I began to receive correspondances by artists who wanted to see how the entire piece was made, so I created my Threaded Keepsake Vessel class.
During the first time teaching this course I began to see the inherent issues with creating a workshop with such strict construction constraints. The demands of the techniques strangled out the organic and creative, and I realized this made the workshop one dimensional.
|Vessel by Tina Cloud|
I learned this from watching one of my students, Tina Cloud, take the project in her own direction, and saw the proverbial light! It was time to rework the process, instead using the threading in the same way you'd use a component and encourage participants to go completely out of the box (or vessel!)
It's been incredible to see all the vessel variation created by the artists in this workshop, and I look forward to seeing what will come into being next. It's inspired me to work outside of my comfort zone too, and allow the piece to design itself from one step to the next. It can be a little nerve wracking, working with only a vague idea of what you'll end up with, but like so many things, the fun is often in the discovery and the mystery.
|One of my class demo pieces created during this workshop|
Now I've added a must stronger emphasis on creating your own templates, shapes, and custom textures, and hopefully finding new ways to think creatively on the spot. I only have one booking of the class left this year, this time at Greater Chicago Center for Artisans (Art Clay World) in Chicago. If you're interested in the course you can register by calling 800-857-8800
There are also still a few spots open for my Silhouette workshops at Metal Clay Mojo retreat in September (www.metalclaymojo.com) and in Pennsylvania in November contact Holly Gage at email@example.com For more on my class schedule visit my new website address www.artbywanaree.com !Thanks for reading, hope to see you down the road!