In two days time, I head to New York for what would normally be a routine work trip. What makes it special this time around is that I’ll be joining Krafty Kath for our second Sweet Paul Makerie retreat in Brooklyn, New York. We both went last year when it was held at the URBN headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was an amazing experience learning from renowned artists, giving permission to creativity, and being inspired by the people, the craft, and the food. It was such an invigorating experience and I feel deeply grateful to be able to return.
This year I’ll be taking workshops on botanical arts, bookbinding, and floating ships. I don’t know quite what to expect other than I’ll have a great time, learn new techniques, and have conversations with interesting people.
Since I never got around to it last year, here is a quick recap of the workshops I took at the 2016 Sweet Paul Makerie. With a bit of luck and determination, I’ll share my 2017 recap in a more timely manner!
A Wooly Tattoo Woven Wall Hanging with Tif & Meg Fussell
For years I’ve envied woven wall hangings and weavings but never took the plunge. This class, with Tif Fussell (Dottie Angel, Instagram and blog) and Meg Fussell (Pride of Mice, Instagram and Tumblr) was a great way to get started. We learned basic weaving techniques as well as a few simple embroidery stitches. Despite warnings from the mother and daughter duo, I wove my wall hanging too tight and so it ended up with an awkward dip in the center. Nonetheless, just as I still have my first darkroom test strip from 1994, I will always hold on to my first weaving.
Intro to the Art of Paper Cutting with Elsa Mora
Just as with the weaving class, I had always been fond of paper cutting but never took the time to explore it. I’m glad I waited as Elsa Mora (All About Papercutting, website) was a kind and generous instructor who gave us a first project we could excel at while learning important foundational techniques.
Needle Felted Lamb with Jocelyn Krodman
Continuing with the theme of long-admired but never-ventured crafts, my last workshop was on needle felting where I made an adorable lamb with Jocelyn Krodman (Petit Felts, Instagram, Etsy, website). Mine is all set for a celebration with her festive pink party hat and while she’s nowhere near as refined as Jocelyn’s felt creatures, I’m proud to have her as my first felted project.