I taught 2 workshops at Maiwa on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC in September.
To say it was a zen-like experience all around sounds cliche, but it was for me. Meaning that we had a sense of being in flow and having a sense of oneness among one another. The staff and all the participants are/were life-affirming. Smiles all around and many hugs.
Owner, Charllotte Kwon, her husband Tim, and the entire staff together are a dream-team of like-minded people. I've never seen or experienced this kind of love and generosity among people who work together. The couple who billeted me could not have been better. Bonnie Adie and her husband worked together to welcome me into their home and provide everything I needed including delivering me to the the workshop each day. Bonne was also my expert studio assistant.
Workshop one was a 3-day class entitled, The Intuitive Stitch and then I taught a 2-day session called Spontaneous Hand Stitching.
Without telling you my exact methods and what and why these stitches were made by the class participants I'm sharing a few images with you. Enjoy! I hope you get to visit Maiwa one day. It's a real treat.
I had the honor to deliver a lecture to a sold-out crowd of 140 people before I had to pack my bags to return to Cleveland.
Here's a link to the blog post Maiwa wrote about that evening and a brilliantly written and heart-felt introduction by the soulful Shiela Wex.
Next, I taught 2 eco print for scarves classes. Both were one-day sessions at The Holden Arboretum in Kirkland, Ohio.
We collected leaves from the ground within the 3600 acre park. The Holden Arboretum is an outdoor living museum on 3,600 acres that promotes the beauty and importance of trees and other woody plants. The grounds feature over 20 miles of trails that lead you through cultivated gardens and native forests.
Here are a few images from the October 1, 2016 workshop:
And a few from October 22, 2016 workshop.