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Why WildCraft? 

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! 

One of our screenprints from our "Summer Classes" series
One of our screenprints from our "Summer Classes" series

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. 

Wild space of the Columbia River Gorge, our backyard....
Wild space of the Columbia River Gorge, our backyard....
Inspiration: drawing from nature
Inspiration: drawing from nature

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. 

Experiments in weaving...
Experiments in weaving...
Screenprinted poster from our "Summer Classes" series
Screenprinted poster from our "Summer Classes" series
Dye test using locally found plants and wool fiber
Dye test using locally found plants and wool fiber

This summer we will be offering the following workshops: 

Folk Herbs: Medicinal Herbs for Beginners

The Color of Place: Weeds and Wilds from the Columbia Gorge

Color from your Garden: Cultivating Dye Plants at Home

Painting and Drawing for Textile Design

Printing and Painting on Fabric

Weaving in the Wild

Seasonal Medicine with Portland Apothecary

Observational Drawing Intensive

Screenprinting 101

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.  

Late evening view of our garden
Late evening view of our garden

Thank you to everyone who made this kickstarter happen! And thank you for supporting a vision of creative learning in wide-open spaces.  

www.wildcraftstudioschool.com

Printing our 2013 Season Poster
Printing our 2013 Season Poster

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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    A limited edition WildCraft screenprint, signed and dated.
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    A limited edition WildCraft screenprint, signed and dated and 1 other limited edition poster from our "Summer Classes" series.

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    A seat at WildSupper, a dinnerparty celebrating the launch of classes. Vegetables from the garden, and pizza from our woodfired earth-oven will be served!

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    Participate in a 1-Day Intensive course over your choice, and receive a limited edition WildCraft screenprint.

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    Receive 6 hours of one-on-one art instruction in the material and media of your choice. Screenprinting, drawing, watercolor, textile design.

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    Throw a party in the WildCraft Studio! Bring your friends (up to 5) and enjoy a day of art-making, gardening and cooking with the earth-oven!

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    Give 1 of our Countermarche floor looms a special name! Whatever special name you choose will be proudly displayed on the face of the loom.

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    With a pledge of $1000 you get to choose a name for our newly donated Challenge Gordon Letterpress built in 1910. Whatever you choose to name this beautiful press will be proudly displayed.

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