I can burn a morning daydreaming about workshops. It’s just not that hard to dive into a list of classes for some divine workshop and flat-out lose myself for a while. I have been known to cook up an entire curriculum for myself at some remote workshop an improbable distance away.
In particular, I attend Shakerag Workshops all the time, despite the fact that it actually happens for only two weeks each June.
Where does this magical land of peace, love, and losing touch with reality happen?
About ninety miles from Nashville, outside Sewanee, Tennessee, on the campus of St. Andrews Sewanee School.
The director of Shakerag, Claire Reishman, is known to climb onto a table during (organic) (always delicious) dinner.
By the end of a week-long workshop with somebody like Beatrice Coron, you’ll do anything, wear anything, love everybody, forget what day it is.
Having been lucky to attend twice, I pore through upcoming offerings, imagining myself doing all sorts of unlikely yet absorbing things. This year, I quote below from the email I just received about this June’s workshops. If you have any inclination to treat yourself to a week of quiet joy amid like-minded makers and artists, well, read on. Among the dozen or more workshops, the fiber workshops this year are particularly choice.
Outside, Inside: Creating a Painting Quilt
June 12-18, 2016
Using Pro Chem’s Textile Paints and canvas along with other fabric, each participant will paint, play, explore, and sew, creating two or more quilt tops by week’s end. There will be exercises employing line, shape, and color to lead you to create your personal work. The group will paint half the time and sew half the time, though we will all work at our own pace.
Sewing: The Art of Making
June 12-18, 2016
The focus of this class will be to guide you in the process of creating a basic pattern and making a garment to custom fit your body. You will learn the process of how to adapt a commercial pattern to fit your body as well as creating your own patterns. You will learn to take accurate body measurements and translate them onto your pattern. You will then make a garment from the commercial pattern of your choice or from the basic pattern you create. Once you have perfected the pattern to suit your body, you can begin to add details to your own design.
Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire, and Tie Dye with Indigo Dye
June 19-25, 2016
In this class, participants will learn the traditional Yoruba techniques of dyeing fabric: Batik, Adire Eleko, and Tie Dye. Batik is the process of creating designs using wax to resist dyes, while Adire Eleko creates designs using cassava paste. The traditional Yoruba Tie Dye method uses raffia to tie fabric before dying. The primary dye used in this workshop is indigo, and participants will practice all three dyeing techniques.
Monoprinting and Handstitching: Your Personal Expression
June 19-25, 2016
Participants in this class will experiment with monoprinting – creating a one-of-a-kind print with water- soluble textile pigments – in order to make a unique cloth for stitching and making collages. We will create a series of small studies investigating the potent interaction of the stitched mark and painted cloth.
To register for these and other Shakerag Workshops, here’s the place. But remember, you don’t have to actually attend Shakerag to enjoy Shakerag. Sometimes, an armchair workshop is pretty good stuff.
Do you have a workshop that you dream about?