Last week, both classes brought the outdoors in by using some of nature’s gifts including birch bark, leaves of all kinds, roots, and willow in many sizes and lengths.
Karen Tembreull’s Eco-Printing on Birch Bark class started with printing a journal cover using leaves, imprinting the design onto sheets of birch bark using a steaming process.
This was one of those classes where you want to be there to watch each and every step from start to finish.
Assembling the pages and binding the books, then embellishing and embroidering the covers, resulted in some very special pieces, marrying nature and art.
What a joy to hold these woodland treasures in hand!
We welcomed a new Bent Willow Chair class instructor this year, John Rezachek, who brought gathered willow suitable for making a classic, rustic and sturdy chair.
The frames were put together by the students on the first afternoon and by Saturday evening, the willow bending for the arms and backs was finished.
All the work is done and the students and chairs are ready for relaxation!
We’re always happy to bring some of our own Washington Island outdoors to you, too!