Screen Printing Workshop with Lotta

It took me awhile to get this post up. I had grand plans to create some gifts from the items I made during this workshop, but I never got around to it. Then COVID-19 hit and I’m just trying to adjust. Looking over these photos makes me so thankful for the opportunity to travel, meet new people, try and try new things. Being at home for almost two months, I really do miss them. Hopefully we will get back to normal soon. :)

Last Fall I was on the east coast on a work trip and Lotta happened to have a screen printing workshop in Brooklyn the weekend after my trip. I took advantage of my location and took a quick trip to participate in this awesome workshop.

My mindset going into this workshop was one of more LEARNING and PRACTICING. Trying not to think too much and get in my head. Creating in that space was much more freeing and allowed me to be more creative. Not only was the workshop awesome, I was able to reconnect with a friend from the Aland Retreat earlier this year.

We were able to take materials home with us, including the screen and squeegee. I have gathered up some other supplies to make my own tabletop press (like the one we used in the workshop) so I can keep practicing!

Stay tuned for seeing what I do with the prints from this workshop! But in the meantime, check out more of her workshops on Instagram via #lottasworkshops.

Lotta’s Creative Workshop & Nature Retreat 2019

This summer I had the chance to go to Lotta Jansdotter‘s creative workshop in the Åland Islands in Scandinavia. Last summer my friend went on the retreat, and had nothing but amazing things to say about it…so this year I signed up. And boy she was right…it was amazing! A once in a lifetime opportunity. Here is a little glimpse into my trip. :)

 

THE ISLAND

The workshop was located on the private island of Silverskär, and it is one of over 6,000 islands that make up the Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland. The island was absolutely beautiful, and the hosts of the resort were absolutely lovely. We stayed in the cabins on the island, gathered in the large barn for the workshop, and ate each day at the dining hall. We had some downtime to explore the island, relax in the sauna and hot tub, as well as get an actual Swedish massage!

 

THE WORKSHOP

I was in my happy place…making things and being creative ALL DAY LONG. It was amazing. :) We spent our mornings and afternoons in the barn learning and practicing printing methods. We started out with potato prints (flashback to elementary school), then to lino block printing, and then finally stenciling.

The amount of creativity that was in one room was astounding. I was so impressed and blown away by everyone’s unique designs. I was in awe of the different styles and patterns they created, and learned that I need to stretch myself to get out of my comfort zone.

 

FOOD & FIKA

First off the food on the island was AMAZING. Here is a glimpse of a few of the dishes we had, as well as my introduction to Fika. What is Fika you ask? It’s a Swedish custom to break from your daily activity to drink coffee, eat cakes or other light snacks, and relax with others.

 

 

THE FRIENDS

Most importantly, I met some beautiful and talented women that I hope to keep in touch with for the long haul. Their creativity inspired me and I hope that we can meet up again in the future. Skål!

 

New York Pillows

My place is starting to look like a pillow shop. I need to start coming up with a rotation situation, or my couch is going to be covered in throw pillows I won’t be able to sit on it! I think I might have a problem.

Check out the details of my latest pillows below. Don’t they look great together? Such a cute little threesome. ;)

 

Manhattan Neighbors Embossed Pillow

This pillow by Hudson and Kings is a gem. I picked it up at STORY in Chelsea. What is Story? They describe themselves as  “a retail concept that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store.” I fell in love with this place immediately. When I stopped in, they we celebrating their anniversary, which was featuring some of their most favorite “stories” from the past 5 years they have been in operation. It looks as though things might be changing for Story…I hope they remain in business in some form or another!

Mod Botanical Throw Pillow

I was able to visit Lotta Jansdotter’s studio a few weeks ago, when she hosted a cocktail hour for the Sweet Paul Makerie Retreat. She had a bunch of her products on discounted sale, and so I picked this Land of Nod pillow sham because I felt it would go great with my decor. And it does doesn’t it?

Gold Geometric Tree

This one was created by moi! :) Another product from the Sweet Paul Makerie Retreat, but this one required a little more work than just pulling out my wallet. I printed this geometric tree design at at the screen printing workshop, and walked out with the makings of a great little pillow. It took me awhile to finish sewing it at home, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

I’m gonna enjoy my plethora of pillows…curl up with them, read a book with them, or just plain let them look pretty. :)