Makers Gathering - A Paper Odyssey

Makers Gathering - A Paper Odyssey

Who: Leslie Marsh & Bee Shay
Guest Instructor: Fritzi Huber
What: Thirty hours of instruction over five days, inspired entirely by nature and imagination exploring some of the many rabbit holes in the world of paper arts
Where: Topsail Island, North Carolina
When: Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22, 2021. 
Welcome and Orientation Sunday, October 17, 5 - 6 pm

Bordering on fantasy and tipping into realism, we have created a project-based workshop designed to give you techniques and skill sets to add to your creative "tool box." In addition, we have invited local artist -- Fritzi Huber -- to share with us her amazing paper-cast shell techniques.

All of this will express itself in the form of leaves, acorns, mushrooms, shells, coral and insects.

This all-inclusive workshop includes catered lunches and afternoon snacks. With just eight seats for this intimate experience, it makes the student/instructor ratio 4/1 at all times, so there will be ample opportunity for one-to-one guidance, brainstorming and assistance.

We will be working in the lovely, spacious home studio of Leslie Marsh on Topsail Island in North Carolina -- a beautiful beach community with diverse beach-combing opportunities before and after the workshop, so come a day or two early or stay after to enjoy the beach and its offerings.

Topsail is just an hour from the Wilmington airport (ILM) and an easy drive. The island is small and simple to navigate, with naturally beautiful beaches and is very inviting in March. AirBnb and rentals are affordable and plentiful this time of year. There are limited hotels on the island. There are just a few on-island restaurants open that time of year, but a short drive over the bridge to the mainland opens up your options for evening dining. The studio is located on the south end of the island in Topsail Beach (to aid you in determining where you might like to stay while here).

What will we be doing?
Makers all . . . making is a part of who we are, how we feed ourselves and how we function in this precious life of ours; so prepare to spend five full-to-the-brim days of working with your hands, heart and head.

In a nutshell . . . 

Pulp Fungi
Consider the fungi family . . . such a diverse branch of the botany tree of life. Fantastic or realistic . . .  (and sometimes the real mushrooms are more amazing than anything our imaginations could conjure) your choice in creating a framed 5" by 7" or 6" by 6" Fungi still life with paper and fiber . . . and perhaps a touch of paint here or there. All you need to grow these specimens is a little imagination.

From Tiny Acorns
Throughout the ages, Oaks have been used as a symbol of strength and steadfastness. These pieces are no exception  . . . although appearing to be clinging to their branches in the final days of their short lives, these leaves and acorns will most likely outlive their makers. Your choice of a framed 5" by 7" or 6" by 6" still life presentation.

Paper Casting Shells
Fritzi will show us her magical ways with making simple pulled sheets of paper into shells that appear to have been long ago washed ashore and residing above the high tide line bleached white by the sun.

We all long for growing living green in our lives . . . this cased book project is a handmade book with mica window full of your personal monprinted garden and snugged into its own greenhouse for safe keeping.

Cicadas and butteries are the subject matter at hand. You can do your research and study your subject to create realistic specimens or step off the edge and add your imagination. Your choice of a framed 5" by 7" or 6" by 6" presentation.

Adorn Me
Construction of a simple textile jewelry piece(s) to pick up and put down when you have downtime during classes.

We will take beach finds, make molds, cast and sculpt pieces together to make book covers resembling a wrack line. Water color pages with monoprinted signature wrappers will then be bound together to create a small place to keep big thoughts, quotes or journal entries..

What do you need to bring?
We ask only that you bring your imagination and an open mind and heart.
But, feel free to bring any personal tools, beads or threads you might want to work with.
All materials and tools will be provided for your use at the workshop.

Bottom line
This week-long workshop is $1,200.
Accommodations and travel are not included. 
Several payment plans are available.
Non-refundable payment must be made in full by September 1, 2021, to secure your seat.

Cancellation policy
You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel before September 1, 2021. No refunds after September 1, 2021; however, you can transfer your seat if you can find a qualified participant. If we have to cancel the workshop for any reason, all payments will be refunded.

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