Friday, March 8, 2013

Workshops, workshops, workshops!

Workshops and short classes are always exciting, both to teach and to take.  Here's what's going on in my learning life right now:

I'm quite excited to have signed up for the three sessions with Mary Zicafoose to be held in April in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.  Her workshop is sponsored by Tapestry Weavers South.  I just posted more about it at my blog, Tapestry Share.

I'll also be a student again when I take a class with Steve Aimone in late March.  This will be the third class with Steve and I've found each of the other opportunities to be quite inspiring.

In early summer I'll be participating in another workshop, one sponsored by American Tapestry Alliance and being taught by Shelley Socolofsky.  It will be in Tacoma, Washington and I'm looking forward to traveling there--have never visited that state and have wanted to.  Of course, what I'll see of Washington will probably be from an airplane!  Workshop times are so intense, they might as well all be in the same place since I usually see very little of the environment when I'm at one.

And coming up almost immediately, I'll be teaching a class at the Florida Tropical Weavers conference at the Lake Yale Conference Center in Florida.  The class is titled, "Tapestry--Basics and Beyond," and will have 15 participants.  My preparations for the class have been ongoing for several days now; just dropped off my handout for printing at the university print shop this morning.  Later today I'll dig out the boxes and start counting looms and packing.  Long drive to Florida is looming, too!

This summer I'm thrilled to be back at Penland to teach a two and 1/2 week class in tapestry.  So far, there are a few people enrolled and I'm crossing my fingers that there will be full enrollment to make the class fly.  The last tapestry class I taught there three years ago was just wonderful... so many lively minds and fingers at work to explore the nature of tapestry making.  I'm hoping for some returning participants from among those who were with me then.

I hope the spring is leading you to learning experiences of many kinds!


  1. You are going to be a busy lady! I think I decided after last summers Convergence to retire from teaching. It's not that I don't enjoy it, but it takes so much of my creative time and energy, and right now I feel short of any extra of either of those things. It is the stage of life I'm at, I guess, with worries about parents, etc. Maybe someday in the future, I will want to teach again. In the meantime, I signed up for a life drawing/painting practice group at the local art center. I'll be among other artists, so am a bit concerned that I'll be out of my league, as this is a really new thing for me.

  2. I certainly understand your comment, Kathy! There was a time a few years back that I had to withdraw from workshop teaching and other things... my mother was still living then, and in poor health. My husband's mother also was declining during those years. Both, I'm sorry to say, have now passed on.

    About the life drawing/painting group--good for you! You have such an amazing eye. I know you won't at all be out of your league! I hope you'll write about the experiences with that at your blog.