catching up

The last few weeks have been very busy and productive!  I have had 3 wonderful opportunities to teach:

1) during Monday night open studios, 4 women from the local area came to visit me and learn all about the enticing world of wax



2) a group of 9 people from Seattle came for a 2 hour introductory to encaustics workshop



3) and facilitated a few presentations and workshops during the Guild's first ever encaustic retreat!  






Wax & Wane: An Encaustic Conference from Grunewald Guild on Vimeo.





I was also lucky enough to steal some quality time with one of my besties, Kathryn Dart, a fellow encaustic artist - who was in town from Indianapolis!  




She did a residency here at the Guild for 2 weeks and worked on this gorgeous (and interactive) installation involving 540 paper circles, thread and wax.  You've gotta check out the video of it here.  




Kathryn and I were so inspired to see what everyone else was creating, 








that we worked for long hours in the studio making artwork of our own.  Besides Kathryn's fantasical paper tapestry, she also created some stellar paper houses:



and I set off to work on some pieces that were long-overdue.  Ever since I began working on these last year (I call them my "creature prototypes"), I have been itching to get back into the studio to work on a bunch of them.  Particularly, I was interested to see if I could incorporate wax-dipped book pages, wire, cloth, sheep casings and branches.  I pulled out a book on coral reefs and sea anemones and spent 4 solid days creating these:









I have many more in this series I'd like to make.  And I'm currently brainstorming what to name them.  Something scienc-y sounding for sure.  In the meantime, I'm collecting jars, going through my stash of dried plant matter, and making these:


In short, although it's been a crazy few weeks, I think I was made to make art and to facilitate retreats and opportunities for others to make art.  Thanks to everyone who came out to the Guild and shared in all the fun!  :)