You could argue that everything we do in the workshop could be considered Art and you would be correct to assume that we think it is important to consider the aesthetic, the beauty, the balance, the colour etc. However we have a number of specific workshops in mind that you might be interested in.
Lino Printing Prayer Flags
Create a print by cutting a pattern or design into lino, inking in a variety of colours and using it to make a framed print, greeting cards, gift tags, Prayer flags etc.
Traditionally prayer fags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to the gods, rather the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread goodwill and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.
Let your imagination connect to what matters to you most, positive wishes and blessings for yourself, family and friends, community or the world, concepts of peace, equality and understanding. We will do this with simple pictures, by writing and by symbols relevant to your wishes and you will produce (at least !) five flags by printing with lino-cuts on coloured cotton cloth – blue (for sky), white (for air/clouds/space), red (for fire), green (for water), and yellow (for earth).
They will fade and tatter after a year of
being exposed to the wind and the rain,
but, just as life moves on and is
replaced by new life, Tibetans renew
their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life's changes and an acknowledgement that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.
Fabric inks can be used to print on T shirts, table cloths, cushons, and curtains etc. Once the lino block has been tried and tested on paper it can then be used to print on fabrics
Painting on Glass
Using glass paints and etching and matting techniques you can produce a hanging panel, decorate glass plates, glasses and mirrors.
You will be shown how to apply Tesserae and the techniques of using tile nippers, adhesives and grouts. Initial small mosaic panels can lead to decorating coffee table tops, coasters or wall decorations
Using air drying clay (until we can find a suitable Kiln to be donated) you will be able to make small sculptures, pots, clay animals, plaques etc which can then be painted and varnished to give them a finish.
This is only a small selection of the workshop ideas that we have but other workshops we are planning include:
Stained Glass, Enameling, Embroidery,Hand and Machine Stitching, Basket work, Willow Work, Candle Making, Weaving, Needle Felting, Patchwork Quilts, Batik, Woven Braids.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any of the above mentioned workshops or indeed if there is something you are interested in and we have not yet thought of it.