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Christie Karpiak
9:00 - 4:30
Fri March 21

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$ 185  

In this class you will make connections with the obvious and the unexpected. You will create a variety of pieces that will be sewn together to create a beautiful, organic wall hanging using fabric, fibres, paint, carved lino prints and natural elements. What kinds of connections can you make with your materials? How do they connect to your soul? To Mother Earth? What are the unexpected connections you’ve discovered in your journey through this project that may connect to your life’s journey? What are the metaphors that may arise as you create?

Through a series of open ended techniques, you will work at your own level to experiment and explore boundaries of your materials and how they can work and affect one another; you will create a variety of works that will be cut, torn, and stitched together as a unique wall collage.

You will be gently encouraged and guided to be curious and try new things as you assemble your elements to create a visually and kinesthetically stunning and soulful piece.


Materials Fee  paid at beginning of class includes:

$2 (for newsprint under paper)


Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

• cotton muslin approximately 24x24 inches
• fabrics you have in your stash for extra color or texture eg) denim
• a variety of fibres eg) wool, macramé cord, embroidery floss, hemp twine
• sewing needles with an eye large enough for the fibres to pass through
• scissors (large and small)
• 4x6 inch easy to cut lino
• lino carving tool with a variety of tool sizes
• brayer
• 2-4 mixed media papers approximately 9 x12 inches each
• acrylic paints in neutral colors eg) Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, White, Black, Quinachrodone Gold, Yellow Ochre, Paynes Gray
• 2-3 acrylic paints in color of your choice
• acrylic inks in neutral colors eg) Payne’s Gray, Indigo, Sepia, Black, Burnt Umber
• one or two acrylic inks in color of your choice eg) Olive green, Dark green, Indigo, Prussian Blue
• brushes (a variety for inks and paints)
• gel medium
• old brush to apply gel medium
• large catalyst tool for spreading paint (or something like a bowl scraper)
• ephemera of your choice eg) twigs, bark, stones, feathers, shells, beads, wire, metal, buttons
• a large branch or twig to attach your finished piece to
• heat tool
• glass to hold water for cleaning brushes
• paper towels
• apron

Optional items:

• heavy mat gel for adhering natural elements


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For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.

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