we all know that education is key to growing and learning our craft…there are many ways to increase knowledge–tutorials, books, magazines…the web is alive with possibilities. but nothing beats a workshop– hands down the best way to learn new things, and the most fun!
i recently took a felting workshop at the newark museum ( yes newark nj, and it’s an awesome museum- you should visit!) the class was led by the fantastic felter, cassie lewis.i was one of 5 students and the only newbie–i was blown away by the amazing creations of my fellow students–a hat, a bag, and gorgeous scarves! things were popping in that room, the energy was enormous. and so was the stamina–felting is arduous and these ladies felted me under the table—-i was exhausted- and still feel the strain in my arms and legs.
and that is what i love about workshops–the fellowship and camaraderie. you feel support and get immediate feedback and encouragement. working as a artist and maker can be a very solitary endeavor. as a nascent felter, this feeling of not going it alone was key to my education and enjoyment of the art and the class. i actually made one fabulous scarf and one ” work in progress in the all day class, and i can’t wait to try it at home. and to take another workshop, of course 😉
please visit my site at http://www.dbkdesignarts.com and on facebook at dbk design arts- i would love to hear from you-