Grand Canyon continues to attract artists from near and far. In a landscape so vast and varied, it is no surprise that creative individuals have used any number of media—from paint to poetry—in attempts to convey their impression of place.
Participants in this workshop will be given time to form their own personal connection with the canyon while learning a method of fabric-making called felting. Felt, the oldest cloth known to humankind, is made using water, soap, wool fibers, and friction to create a durable, water-resistant, non-woven material. Participants will create two felted vessels during this weekend workshop and also have the opportunity to dye protein fibers for use in their project on Day 2.
Welcome and introductions at the Community Building followed by an overview of the Felting Process: Announcements, slideshow, and demonstrations.
Work on Project 1 (small felted vessel/bowl or luminaria).
Option to dye wool in preparation for Project 2.
Sunrise talk on the rim of Grand Canyon followed by a continued overview of Felting Process: Announcements and demonstrations.
Work on Project 2 (large felted vessel/bowl or luminaria).
If time permits, you may wish to experiment with needle-felting, nuno-felting, or creating embellishments for your work.
Recap, show-and-tell, and closing discussion. Clean-up time and class group photo.
Kim Buchheit is a fiber artist with over 25 years of experience in the design field. Her design business, Buchheit Creative Services, focuses on developing creative solutions for her clients including exhibit and surface design. As a former fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts and juror for regional and local arts organizations, she has a longstanding commitment to the arts in Arizona. As a working fiber artist, Kim teaches workshops for the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute, Flag Wool and Fiber festival, and Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat, and is represented by West of the Moon gallery in Flagstaff, AZ. She is also a certified instructor in graphic design and has taught courses at the college level.
Price for the class includes:
You are responsible for:
Includes necessary supplies and materials. While basic instruction will be taught, all skill levels are welcome.
Our family’s experience was nothing short of amazing! "Slim" provided a perspective we would have never been able to get on our own and we learned so much. Her passion for the Canyon and what she does came through too, which made our time something we’ll never forget!”
The guides were awesome – so educational and patient!!! Encouraging & helpful in every way. Such an amazing first visit to the canyon – Life changing to have experienced the GC up close & personal… Thank you so much!”
I've brought many School groups to the Field Institute and the quality of instruction provides them with an understanding of American Indian cultures, diverse ecology, and geologic history. Students leave with a stronger sense of self confidence, an intimate connection to nature, and memories that will last a lifetime.”
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