The Magic of Mandalas Workshops and On-Going Classes
Unleash your inner creative powers through the magic of Mandalas. The word Mandala means circle, the universal symbol of the cycles of life, of our connectedness to nature, to each other and to the divine – of the unity of body, mind and spirit – wholeness, continuity, infinity and transformation. In these workshops and classes we create mandalas
- To organize, unify, or provide closure to our personal experiences, feelings, beliefs, and understandings
- To help us focus or center our thoughts
- For personal and spiritual growth
- As a kind of meditation or prayer practice
- Most of all, because it’s fun!
Introduction to Mandalas
View a beautiful and informative visual presentation on the world of circles, explore some significant circles in your own life and create mandala images based on those discoveries. Mixed-Media*
Mandalas: Circles of Life™
Create a unique, very personal, and meaningful wall hanging, pages for a book, or focal piece for another project in a circular arrangement. Represent your family circle, your circle of friends, a memorial or tribute to a loved one, or a statement of your personal beliefs, dreams and visions.
Your unique creation may be realistic, symbolic, abstract, or a combination using your favorite fabrics and ornamentation or art materials. Fabric * or Mixed-Media*
Mandalas: Expressions of Transition and Transformation™
Create a Mandala as a symbol of one of the many physical, emotional and spiritual transitions you have made throughout your life. Represent an experience that resulted in a major change in your thinking, working, or way of seeing yourself (i.e. marriage, childbirth, moving, divorce, a new job, the death of a loved one, retirement.)
The result may be realistic (using photos or drawings); symbolic (i.e. butterflies, mermaids, water, fire, changing seasons, etc.); abstract; or a combination. Representational or fanciful, your unique creation may take the form of wall hangings, pages for a book, or focal pieces for larger projects. Fabric* or Mixed-Media*
Advanced Mandalas: Exploring Symbolic Meanings in Your Mandalas
Discover the Healing Power of Mandalas. In this ongoing class, we will be making mandalas, writing, singing, even dancing and referencing the works of Dr. Carl G. Jung, Joan Kellogg, Susanne Fincher and others.
By becoming aware of the implications of the colors, numbers, images, designs we use in our art work, great insight can be gained and personal growth can occur.Mixed Media*
Elements and Principles of Design Workshops and Classes
Everyone benefits from the knowledge of good design principles, and these enlightening concepts are integrated into the following workshops and on-going classes. A solid understanding of the elements (space, line, shape, texture, and color) and principles (emphasis, rhythm, variety, balance and unity) of good design becomes the subconscious basis from which we see the world around us. Let the fabric art processes in these innovative workshops enhance your creativity and expand your vision.
An Introduction to the Visual Arts
A "face" might be the starting point for learning the innovative process explored in this workshop, but you can choose anything you like...a flower…a tree...a bird...a building…a doodle.
Play with design elements and principles using a variety of media to discover a practical, step-by-step approach that you can use again and again to develop your own original art, or simply to expand your vision and see your world with a new awareness.
Follow Your Vision: Fabric Collage™
Select a theme or inspiration from fabrics that speak to your heart. Learn to see the many possibilities within the designs of those much loved fabrics and fussy cut those elements that support your vision from as many different fabrics as you like.
Sketch the idea for your design or intuitively allow the elements you have found to dictate their placement on your background. Then assemble them into a fabric collage using fusible web, like pieces of a puzzle, into an entirely new creation of your own design.
Inspired by Nature, Created by Design: Fabric Art Book™
Experience lines, shapes, textures and colors in a new and exciting way. Create pages for your own unique art book that demonstrates each of the art elements.
Design the pages around a meaningful theme, incorporating your individual personality, preferences and style. Or, if books aren't your thing, arrange your pages into an imaginative wall hanging. Fabric* or Mixed-Media*
Jingle, Jangle Journal™
Combine your most loved jingles, poems and sayings, with sketches, images and photos, your own or your favorite authors and artists, and add a little glitz to create a unique journal to preserve your treasures. Mixed-Media*
Abandon restraint: Try the ridiculous … the improbable … the impossible. Combine free-form and/or geometric shapes, words and images that you cut, tear, burn or otherwise remove from all kinds of old fabrics, magazines, photos, etc. Then add embellishments from all the yarns, beads, trims, and exotic do-das and found objects you've salvaged. Transpose the old, the used, the dull, the dirty into the new, the fresh, the bright, the beautiful, symbolizing the hope implicit in the act of recycling. Join in the fun and give your junk a rebirth. Or trade and use someone else's trash to create an abstract or representational work of art. Remember: One person's trash is another's treasure. Mixed-Media*
Hawaiian Throw Pillow Covers
Using the fusible applique technique to apply your favorite images that you fussy-cut from exquisite Hawaiian fabrics to a pre-sewn pillow covers of your choice. No sewing required. The kit includes a pillow case, focus fabric and fusible web. Fabric*
Variations On A Theme™
Is there an idea rolling around your head that just won’t let go until you do something with it? Develop a plan and begin work on a distinctive series of original wall hangings or one involving several panels around that persistent theme or focus.
Choose a single motif that you repeat in each work in your series OR while maintaining your theme, use similar, yet different motifs in each new work.
Create your focal point(s) by painting, printing, collaging, etc., or find your focus in a commercial, upholstery or glitzy fabric, from disassembled clothing, etc. Then go to town on the innovative variations on your theme. Fabric* or Mixed-Media*
*The mixed-media art workshops and classes use all kinds of art materials – pencils, pens, crayons, markers, magazine images and words, watercolor paints, fabric, trims, glue, glitter, found objects and anything else we can think of – to express an idea, a feeling, a mood, to create an abstract, realistic or symbolic image on paper or posterboard.
*In the fabric art workshops and classes, pieces of different fabrics and embellishments are taken out of context and changed, adapted, and/or arranged around a new theme or abstract design. Most often, fusible appliqué is used to assemble the projects. The new products and techniques involved in fusing make the world of fabric art and the traditional Hawaiian designs available to everyone, not just those comfortable with sewing and quilting. You will spend most of the time PLAYING with fabrics, designing, cutting, fusing and embellishing. No sewing is necessary, although welcomed, if you wish.