A couple of years ago I had the privilege of meeting the two gals who founded this event and they are so so cute. And passionate. And artsy. And dedicated to bringing those who attend their retreats an experience that will rock their world. Many artists will tell you how important it is to connect with like minded spirits and how many of us say "yes!- I'd love to, but I only know people like me online." How many of us would love to sit and create in an atmosphere created to stimulate our artistic personalities- even caters to them? Art is.. You is like that. It immerses you in a real world fantasy along with all sorts of others like yourselves. I'm frankly amazed at how quickly relationships can spring up in just one, two or three days. How easy it is to nurture your very soul through conversations with like minded people at these events. How the encouragement and experience you receive at an event like this can stay with you for a year or more. I would like to encourage all of you to attend an event like this. Find one near you, or come to this one. You'll be so glad you did!!!
Now... drum roll please.....my Workshops!!!!!On Friday Sept. 21st from 10:00 a.m. til 5 p.m. I'll be teaching a class titled Birds of a Feather you can find the class description here. Have to say I thought I was pretty clever when I came up with this class. Although technique heavy (cause I want you to get your money's worth) it has the cutest project. Seriously!!!! You will LOVE bringing this home. We'll get to go into the basics of stitched wire sculpture, including an intro to steel wire, how to bend the wire to create shapes, how to add fabrics, how to form wire words, how to create leaves and add dimension, and how to alter the wire with paint to create a distressed appearance. After this full day class you will be confident enough to take these techniques and create your own stitched wire sculptures. I can't wait!!!!
Then, later that same day from 7-10 pm I'll be teaching a 3 hour class called "I AM An Artist". This class is near and dear to my heart. It takes it's inspiration from a project in my book that I love. Originally I created the project after a conversation with a friend led me to think about what it is to be an artist. What I discovered after thinking about it a bit is that truly believe in my heart of hearts that the word "artist" describes a personality type, rather than a job description. We'll talk about what it is to be an artist, how to claim it and how to nurture our creative spirits. We'll also talk about how to cultivate the artistic spirit in our lives, and how to let it permeate our whole lives. As we talk we'll be creating the Artist badge, and the Artist cuff. Keep them both and wear them proudly, or give them away to an artistic friend to encourage them to say it with you- I AM an Artist!!!. To read more about what I believe it is to be an artist check out this post.
These are the two classes I'll be teaching but there are scads more amazing workshops that span several days. Fabulous instructors will be there teaching truly drool worthy workshops. There are also events both as part of the retreat and going on in the host town of Petaluma. I've heard great things about the Halloween and Vine show, the Art is...you trunk show and all the rest of the good times available. I honestly can't wait!!!!! AND I hope to see you there- we can hang out together. Yay!!!!!