Come to beautiful Lake Logan to refresh your creative soul in a whole-artist retreat. Be in a nurturing environment - one where no expectations are placed upon you and you have unfettered time to create. Artists have studio space in a light filled building surrounded by nature. Included are morning mindfulness sessions, nature walks, yoga sessions, massage by appointment, a nighttime fire circle, and personal space for reflection and communing with nature.
Join Leisa Rich for "Organic and Inorganic: Nature Explorations With Textiles" Skill level: All levels from crafter to professional, painter to sculptor, wearable artist to theatrical set designer. This is a great opportunity to learn several 2-D and 3-D processes and apply them to a variety of interesting materials. Transform fabric in a myriad of ways through solar dyeing, nature explorations, outdoor photography, color applications, heat, and stitch.
The week kicks off with solar resist dye processes on cotton and silk. inspired by nature walks. We’ll also draw on transparencies and use them as the base for designs that will translate to the surface using the sun. In collaboration with painting instructor Pamela Caughey’s class we will make sun prints on paper and apply the cold wax process to further enhance them.
Further embellishments using paintable dyes, and mono-printing, will build up an intriguing, richly colored and patterned surface, for continuing explorations. There will be an introduction to Fosshape, an amazing and versatile low-melt polyester material that can transform from soft to hard or from two dimensional to three dimensional forms. We will hand paint it with dyes, layer it in collage applications, heat press it and add it to our earlier explorations. You will also have the option to learn basic free motion machine embroidery using two on-site sewing-machines provided by the instructor. Simple stitch can embellish your works with thread lines and emphasize areas of the cloth explorations. Those interested will gather outside on a beautiful day and hand embroider.
Intensive interaction with Leisa means that your own personal creative style will be encouraged, and she will assist you in tailoring the techniques learned to your artistic vision. Projects and ideas to take home can include representational – collage landscape compositions, people, or wearables, as well as conceptual – sculptural vessels, abstract sculptures or on-site installations.
Leisa Rich is an experimental artist working in 2D, sculptural, installation and viewer interactive format. Rich holds Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Education in Art degrees and teaches in universities and arts centers around the world, and her studio at The Goat Farm, in Atlanta. She is in many books, most recently The Art of Nature, Textile Art Around the World, Mastering the Art of Embroidery, The Best of American Sculpture, and Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, and featured in numerous magazines, on-line, and in televised interviews that include PBS. She has pieces in the permanent collections of Delta Airlines, IncEmory Healthcare, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Kamm Foundation, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas- Pan American and in private collections. She recently published her first children's book, Animal Alphabet Traveling Twisters.