Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Small Stitched Landscape"
June 18, 2021
 

Create a simple landscape using recycled fabrics sourced from designers’ showrooms. We will be helping the environment by keeping great fabrics out of our landfills while creating unique decor and gifts. Hand stitching grasses, trees, and flowers will personalize our creations. Materials fee includes threads, heavy fusible, edge sealant, and fabulous fabrics.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Creating Art Cloth With Resists"
June 19-20, 2021
 

Design and create the perfect fabric for your quilt project, home decor, or clothing. We will use several products to create marks that will resist dyes or paints. Techniques will include stencils, stamps, and free-hand drawing or brushing. No fabric-dyeing experience is required. Materials fee includes 2 yards fabric, all dyes, paints, and chemicals, use of instructor's stencils and stamps.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"SAORI Weaving — Discover Yourself!"
June 26, 2021
 

Be ready to feel like you are 5 years old again! SAORI is a weaving style with no rules and restrictions. There are no samples to follow and there are no mistakes. Just weave what you want to with complete freedom and creativity. Every cloth woven by people with different personalities is lovely in a unique way. The irregular edges and accidental skips of thread add un-programmed beauty to each weaving. In SAORI, we do not weave only a cloth. We weave our true selves. The warp is already set up for you to start weaving right away! Your finished product will make a lively wall hanging, throw, or pillow cover.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $140.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Kaleidoscope Design Furoshiki (Wrapping Cloth) With Bengala Mud Dye"
June 27, 2021
 

Bengala dyes are made from soil and are “environmentally safe” and fun to use. You will love the subtle nature of the colors. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. We begin with a process of pre-fixing a yard square cloth. Then we fold the material in certain ways. Design with it however you like by knotting, twisting, clamping … and dye with as many mud dye colors as you like. There will be 14 colors to choose from. You will have a big circle design just like a kaleidoscope! Sorry, this is not a good class for people who have a latex allergy as dyes contain latex rubber.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $80.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
July 21-25, 2021
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"A Study in the Big Stitch"
August 1, 2021
 

We will use improvisation to create a panel using raw applique with assorted fabrics. With an emphasis on Japanese Boro aesthetics, we pay homage to the use, reuse, and upcycle culture best explained by the term mottainai. Once the panel is created, it will be adorned with the rich textures of Sashiko and Kantha hand-stitching, using colorful threads to provide dimension and elegance. These techniques can be a wonderful addition to your current sewing projects. But more importantly, they add a sense of meditation and intention to your current work practice. Supplies provided: needles, thread, denim scraps, and a piece of batting size 18” x 24”.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $125.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Introduction to Indigo Dyeing and Locally Foraged Color"
August 13-15, 2021
 

Join us as we explore the art of growing, harvesting, and dyeing with plants grown in the Great Lakes Region as well as the ancient practice of creating and dyeing with an organic Indigo dye vat, using both the fructose and iron vat methods which are compostable and organic. You will learn the basics of creating, maintaining, and dyeing with an organic indigo vat using the 1-2-3 indigo vat method. You’ll also learn how to process plants/flowers from the forest and your own gardens to create beautiful hues. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Libby London
Cost: From $659
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
August 21-26, 2021
 

Develop experimental approaches to the layering of visual color and texture on cloth. This retreat is suitable for advanced-beginner to advanced level fiber artists. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Shibori & Indigo Dyeing on Cotton & Silk Fabric"
September 16-21, 2021
 

Immerse yourself and fully engage in the multifaceted art form that is ‘shibori’. Learn how to plan for and create resist dyed patterns and designs using itajime, cylinder wrapping, bound and stitch resists. Different types and strengths of vat ensure you will have an authentic indigo dyeing experience. You will be working samples on silk and cotton fabrics of a size that can be used later for personal craft projects. A few natural dyes will add additional colour to the range. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Callender
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,195
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Boundweave: Weaving a Flower Garden"
September 18-19, 2021
 

Weave floral images in Boundweave, using beautiful colored wool on a cotton warp. Learn about the history of this fascinating weft-faced weave, how the structure of the warp is organized to allow the creation of pattern, and how to draw your own designs. Boundweave motifs are traditionally used to make striking wall hangings and rugs. Since the looms will be already warped, you’ll be ready to weave right away when you arrive. In the two-day workshop you will complete a small project that includes several woven flowers! This workshop is perfect for beginners and still exciting for more advanced weavers wanting to learn a new technique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennie Hawkey
Cost: $220.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Weaving a Walk in the Woods"
September 19-23, 2021
 

During this Autumn Equinox, we will weave a tapestry in response to walking in the woods that surround Wild Rice Retreat. We will explore techniques that lend themselves to describing trees and forest, sunlight on leaves, water droplets on ferns, texture of bark. The response in tapestry can be representational, abstract or somewhere in between. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the wood and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,105
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Cochineal Dyeing & Zapotec Weaving"
October 3-8, 2021
 

During this unique 5 day experience, delve into the fascinating techniques of traditional Zapotec weaving practices, along with an introduction to the art of natural dyeing with cochineal – one of the oldest pigments used in Mexico. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Porfirio Gutierrez
Cost: From $1,149
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Wet Felted Vessels"
November 13, 2021
 

Create a beautiful wool and silk felt vessel for yourself or someone on your gift-giving list! In this workshop you will learn the magical process of wet felting. Using only soapy water and your hands, in a few hours you will transform a handful of loose wool fibers into a solid and seamless three-dimensional felt object. You will take home a gorgeous felt vessel of your own design, along with the knowledge needed to create more on your own. No previous experience needed. We recommend you wear clothes that can get wet.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janis Merkle
Cost: $35 class fee + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


 

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