Today I went to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park again as Guest Artist to do my Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshop at the Artist’s Cabin located near the Park entrance.
the gazebo beside the Artist's Cabin where we held today's workshop
One of the first things Geoff asked me when I arrived was whether I brought the cat (Stanza). I told him she stayed home since I had to go straight back to work after the workshop. This is how Stanza probably spent her day (as she does most days). Curled up in “her” recliner!
Stanza in her current favourite snoozing spot - the recliner
Geoff Phillips helped me get set up before the 11 am start time. There were spaces for 12 people to dye scarves at one time. I wondered if they would all be used. Since the workshop was advertised from 11am – 1 pm, I expected to have people coming and going at various times.
tables under outside gazebo set up for workshop
another view of outdoor workshop set up
To my surprise, we had all 12 places filled by/at 11 and we started a “waiting list” for the next group that would start when the first ones were finished. Some of those waiting hung around to watch the first group. Today’s participants told me they were from Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina and a number of other locations when asked.
participants busily dyeing their scarves
I made a list at the studio to make sure I remembered everything but didn’t think to put my plastic “sundae” dishes on it. those allow participants to mix their own colours from the pre-mixed ones I have on hand. they are definitely going on the list for NEXT time!
more participants in the 1st group creating their scarves
One of the fun things about conducting workshops is to watch what people’s colour choices are and how they combine colours. In every workshop I gain new ideas for future versions of the workshop. Sometimes this might be a new way of scrunching or folding the scarves, sometimes a new set of colour combinations.
a variation of dyeing the scarves
This time the variation was a form of colour blocking the scarf. where the colour blocks overlap, another colour is created. I will definitely be trying this myself. Thanks Kristina! Kristina and her daughter were at Cypress Hills Park with their family for the Summer Star Party. She told me she was glad there was a “girly” activity option to choose from.
We did have a couple of male participants as well. Geoff Phillips, Artist-in-Residence at the Park, participated as well as helping me set up and clean up.
Geoff Phillips showing his scarf
There was also a young boy about 7 or 8 who came with his mom and 2 sisters. He made his own colour choices and created a lovely scarf that I would love to wear for fall!
the young boy's scarf being created
His youngest sister was also our youngest participant today – she was 4 yrs old – here is her scarf in process
our youngest participant's scarf in process of being dyed
her older sister's very colourful scarf
I usually suggest to participants that they pick 2 colours that can combine to make a 3rd colour. To help them out – we use the colour wheel to pick colours and show which ones they might NOT want to choose with this process where the colours can combine while being dyed. Of course the colour wheel wasn’t on the list I made so I didn’t bring it. I will definitely be making master list for workshop supplies to take when I’m out of the studio!!
We ended up having about 23-25 participants in the workshop today in 2 sittings. I had a last minute person come and want to participate, but I had sold all but a few of my scarf blanks. She didn’t want to make a scarf with the blanks I had left. Some participants made more than one scarf during their session.
Kristina and her daughter's scarves - I just had to photograph them on the bushes
I want to thank Geoff Phillips and Connie Gibbens, Melody Hergyl, and Friends of Cypress Hills Park for inviting me to participate as a Guest Artist with my Fusible Fibre Art and Silk Scarf Dyeing workshops. It was an interesting and fun experience for me and it seemed like the participants had fun as well. Creating art should be enjoyable. Getting to do it outdoors just adds another dimension to the process!