With a 1200 sq ft studio, 2 looms, 2 knitting machines, Challenge Gordon Letterpress, printing table, drafting table, light table, clay table, kiln, dozens of silkscreens, huge garden, and way too much optimism it seemed natural to launch WildCraft Studio School!
From mid-June until early-September, my personal studio will be transformed into a classroom, while the garden becomes a teaching lab, and the surrounding mountains, hills, plants and flowers the source of endless inspiration.
WildCraft classes focus on integrated curriculum, finding ways to connect creative activities like screenprinting, drawing and textile design, to the natural world. Another big goal of this project is to offer specialized classes that teach textile skills like weaving, dying, yardage printing and textile design. These classes are often difficult to find, and expensive.
This summer we will be offering the following workshops:
Through this Kickstarter, I hope to spread the word about WildCraft, and have the support to adapt the studio to accomodate the range of classes we are offering. With your help we can offer all of the classes listed above, host dinners, lectures and artist workshops. This support will cover marketing costs, purchasing the materials, and help us plant our medicinal and dye garden.
Thank you to everyone who made this kickstarter happen! And thank you for supporting a vision of creative learning in wide-open spaces.
Risks and challenges
I've been teaching at the college level for 4 years, while running my own textile design business, which has fueled an addiction to taking on big projects. The biggest challenge will be gathering enough students to run each of the proposed classes. We've already received for much interest and attention, that I am confident we are prepared for this project.
We already have a website up, our first few posters printed and a thorough marketing plan in place. This project will be supported with the help of 3 interns, and other volunteers.
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