Nov
3
2:30 PM14:30

Intro to Wet Felting with Meghan Purcell

Intro to Wet Felting with Meghan Purcell
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Back by popular demand! Intro to Wet Felting with Meghan Purcell

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When:

Saturday, November 3rd, 2:30-5:30pm

Where:

The Wilder Textile Art Studio in the Emerson Suite 107a

About the Class:

This 2.5 hour session is designed around the creation of a small-scale felt work. After we briefly touch on the history of wet-felting and the wool’s source, you will be guided through the techniques to turn fiber into felt.

You will be provided with local and ethically sourced wool and will create your own felted piece to take home at the end. Finished pieces can be mounted as a wall piece or used as decorative art.

In the wet felting process, hot water is applied to layers of animal hairs, while repeated agitation and compression causes the fibers to hook together or weave together into a single piece of fabric.

About the Teacher:

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Through the ancient technique of wool felting, Meghan Purcell explores ideas of genuine connection, sustainability, and the integrity of the human hand in an industrialized society. From sourcing wool locally, to being a part of each sheep shearing and felting each piece entirely by hand, every step of the process is highly intentional. Through the use of raw and found materials native to her surroundings, her innovative and texturally-rich designs redefine Western Landscape Art and transform preconceived notions about this traditional medium.

Meghan studied fine art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Montana State University - Bozeman. She earned a BFA in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2011. Meghan’s work can be found in private collections and designer showrooms across the country, as well as in a myriad of group and solo exhibitions regionally. She lives and works in Livingston, Montana.

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Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Making a Wreath with Mariah Palmer

Making a Wreath with Mariah Palmer
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Create your own earthy, elegant holiday style using all natural materials.

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When:

Thursday, November 8th 6:30-8:00pm

Where:

The Wilder Textile Art Studio in the Emerson Suite 107a

About the Workshop:

In this workshop you will learn how to create a wreath using willow branches and dried plants and flowers. You will be guided through some basic floral arrangement techniques and will leave with your own unique creation to share with your friends and family. The holidays can be very chaotic and filled with excess, leaving us feeling empty and overwhelmed. Take this time to step back and reflect on what really matters, our connection to Earth and to each other. Mariah will share her love of decorating with natural, found materials and the joy that comes from simplifying your surroundings. Her love of decorating with nature comes from her childhood and making wreaths with her mother.

About the Teacher:

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Mariah Palmer is the owner of Wilder Goods and has a background in textile arts with a BA in Clothing, Textiles and Design from the University of Idaho. Over the years she has experimented with design in many mediums, including fiber dyeing and printing, metalsmithing, sewing, web and graphic design and more. Currently, she runs the Wilder shop and studio and makes her own line of fiber and clay jewelry.

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Nov
17
3:00 PM15:00

Bundle Dyeing with Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis

Natural Bundle Dyeing with Alayna Rasile
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Learn how to use flowers, kitchen waste, and plant materials to create color on fabric in a unique and sustainable way.

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When:

Saturday, November 17th, 3-5pm

Where:

The Wilder Textile Art Studio in the Emerson Suite 107a

About the Class:

This workshop goes over protein and cellulose fibers, dye plants, folding techniques and textile applications. You will learn how to use all natural plant and food materials to create a wild mix of color on fabric. A large silk square scarf and 2 cotton napkins are provided. Students are invited to bring other small pieces of fabric or clothing items to dye (white, natural fibers work best).

About the Teacher:

 

Alayna is a textile artist and designer who works with natural fibers and plant dyes in her art practice as well as her collection of one of a kind clothing. Trained through a residency at the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn, NY, Alayna has a breadth of knowledge in weaving, quilting, screenprinting, and dyeing. You can view samples of her work here. She is currently an MFA candidate at MSU.

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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Doll Making with Mariah Palmer

Doll Making with Mariah Palmer
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Doll making with Mariah Palmer

When:

Sunday, December 2nd, 2-5pm

Where:

The Wilder Textile Art Studio in the Emerson Suite 107a

About the Class:

In this 3 hour workshop, you will create your own doll character. We will explore mini style and create an imaginative look for your doll. You will start with a primitive cotton doll form and will add the face, hair, clothing and accessories. We will have a variety of the cutest little clothing patterns you have ever seen as well as fabric and scraps for you create your look. You will learn some basic sewing skills and will be able to sew two different outfits for your doll. This would make a great gift for the little one in your life, or for your own enjoyment.

About the Teacher:

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Mariah is the owner of Wilder Goods and has a background in textile arts with a BA in Clothing, Textiles and Design from the University of Idaho. Over the years she has experimented with design in many mediums, including fiber dyeing and printing, metalsmithing, sewing, web and graphic design and more. Currently, she runs the Wilder shop and studio and makes her own line of fiber and clay jewelry.

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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Sun Printing with Zach Hoffman

In this workshop we will be using the historical photographic process called cyanotype to create unique cloth prints ready to hang on your wall.

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When:

Sunday, October 7th 2-4pm

Where:

The Wilder Textile Art Studio in the Emerson Suite 107a

About the Class:

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print through the use of two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. Once combined these chemicals become sensitive to UV light or sunlight. Once exposed, the process only requires water to develop and finish the print.

The process was developed in 1842 by the English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel as a means of reproducing notes and diagrams. In more recent times engineers used the process as a cost-effective way to produce copies of drawings, known as blueprints. Today cyanotype artists blend old and new using digital cameras and inkjet printers instead of film and negatives to create an image.

About the Teacher:

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Owner and manager of Image Lab Photography in Bozeman, Zach graduated from MSU with a bachelor of arts in film and photography. Zach went on to achieve his masters of fine arts at Lesley University in Boston. His passion for photography, education, and exploration led him to start his work on what has now become the Image Lab.

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Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry with Ben Leubner

Poetry with Assistant Teaching Professor Ben Leubner

No experience necessary, just bring your curiosity! 

Workshop Description:

In this 3 part workshop we'll be looking at some of the more technical components of poetry, which often get overlooked these days in favor of more free expression. What we'll discover, however, is that careful attention to form and technique, far from limiting freedom, actually enable it. The old saying applies here: the better you know the rules, the more effectively you can break them. Among other things, we'll cover the basics of meter, expand our conception of rhyme, discuss lineation and enjambment, and marvel over how paying attention to these characteristics of poetry allows us to suddenly say things we wouldn't have known how to say had we simply been writing "freely."

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About the teacher:

Ben Leubner received his Ph.D. in Literature from Northeastern University in 2009, where he focused primarily on poetry written in English. He has written on several poets, including Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jorie Graham, Derek Walcott, and Frank Bidart.  He now teaches at MSU, where he has offered several creative writing workshops on poetic meter and form and literature courses dedicated exclusively to the study of poetry.

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Jul
21
3:30 PM15:30

Wildflower Essences with Rachel Burgos

Historically the desert has been a place for people to find spiritual clarity. Its geography is vast and expansive leaving us much room for opening and focus. Many believe the desert is a barren place where nothing can survive. Those who have spent time in a desert in spring know it is a diverse landscape peppered with beautiful biodiversity and wildflowers.

Clinical herbalist, Rachel Burgos, joins us from Los Angeles, CA. She has recently moved to LA from Joshua Tree where she spent the last 4 years. In this class we will connect with the spiritual energy of the desert through desert wildflower essences. We will learn the properties of a few desert essences, meditate, and craft our own custom flower essence blends to our needs.

The desert is a powerful place of potent medicine. The plants that thrive in the desert show us the path of resilience. Come learn how to integrate these energies into your life as allies.

Supplies needed: notebook, pen, something comfortable to meditate in.

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About the Teacher:

Rachel Burgos is an herbalist who has just moved to LA from Joshua Tree, California! She dedicates her clinical work to provide preventative health care and education using plant, stone, animal & earth medicines in a holistic way. This involves focusing on the patterns of imbalance we create through various traumas, ancestral patterning for both chronic and acute, emotional, physical or spiritual imbalances. Her work is centered in social justice, activism, and healing for not only humans but the greater ecology.

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

WOVEN

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Wilder Goods celebrates the opening of its Textile Art Studio by sharing a movement installation composed of dance, poetry, and weaving. 

With creative direction by Dana Albertson, Melissa Dawn, Mariah Palmer, Alayna Rasile-Digrindakisand local dancers. 

This a durational performance lasting from 5-8pm. Feel free to come and go as you please. 

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