three-day studio retreat

In a last-minute change of plans, Edelweiss kitty and I are not going away for the weekend. I am having a three-day studio retreat instead. This retreat may not be as self-contained as most, as I have not prepared any food, gathered any supplies, or set my intentions in advance. Usually I have some idea of what is going to happen before I begin. This will be refreshing and different. I’ve even arranged to spend some social time with two other fiberistas. Retreats do not have to be solitary events, and taking small amounts of time to discuss and share can enhance the experience.

I am still going to write up my intentions in a retreat plan, otherwise the weekend may disintegrate into mundane tasks. I am keeping with the theme of awakening, which resounds with me in both creative and spiritual ways.

Suddenly Awake

a three-day studio retreat

Intention

I have been given the gift of three days, and my studio is filled with works-in-progress and some new opportunities. In this retreat, I will leap, unprepared, into new techniques, and use them to complement my works-in-progress. I am suddenly awake to all the possibilities and eager to explore new things. I see my works-in-progress as living, changing projects and give myself permission to bring my new experiences to them.

Day 1-Indigo

  • Opening meditation
  • Explore an indigo vat–mix an indigo dye vat, and while the chemical reduction is taking place, collect yarn, fiber and fabric to be dyed. Try plant and animal fibers, and use wooden templates and rubber bands to make simple shibori patterns on fabric.
  • Weaving–continue to weave Dreaming Myself Awake and incorporate any Saori technique that reflects what is on my mind today.
  • Journaling
  • Evening meditation

Day 2-Spinning

  • Morning meditation
  • Spin samples of the fiber that was dyed on Day 1
  • Spin samples of fibers that used to be difficult to spin. How do they spin now?
  • Explore a new art yarn technique
  • Weaving–continue to weave Dreaming Myself Awake and incorporate any Saori technique that reflects what is on my mind today.
  • Journaling
  • Knitting and dinner with Stephanie at 6:30
  • Evening meditation

Day 3-Indigo

  • Morning meditation
  • Explore the possibilities of over-dying colored fabric, yarn and fiber.
  • Weaving–continue to weave Dreaming Myself Awake and incorporate any Saori technique that reflects what is on my mind today.
  • Fiber swap and (TBD) with Jo
  • Journaling
  • Closing meditation

See you in a few days–I’m on retreat!

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