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.

Holiday Wreaths with Fortunate Orchard & Field Trip Society

Last Sunday I attended this wreath making class with Field Trip Society and Fortunate Orchard. It was a perfect opportunity to start off the holiday season, as well as catch up with some friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. Field Trip Society offers awesome classes, and this one was as great as the ones I’ve taken in the past. A few of the folks in the class have taken this one before and it’s become a holiday tradition for them. I think I agree with this sentiment, and will probably do it again next year!

 

THE LOCATION

The class was held at the Seward Park Audubon Center. It was a drizzly and cold day in Seattle, but this location was so awesome. We warmed up by the fire with cookies and hot cider.

 

THE MATERIALS

So many gorgeous swags of greenery and additions like branches, pine cones and dried berries.

 

THE PROCESS

The instructions weren’t complicated, but it just took some good old elbow grease (and some gardening gloves) to tie all the boughs onto the grapevine wreath.

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Here is my first ever created wreath! It’s not super clean, but I kind of like it’s natural look. :)

 

Concrete planter

Concrete casting class | Makerhaus

concrete planter

Recently I took a concrete casting class from Makerhaus in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Makerhaus is this great studio of “maker” equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers and a complete wood shop. They offer monthly memberships as well as classes. I decided that I wanted to try a class, so I signed up for Concrete Casting!

First you create your mold. Then you mix and pour the cement. Fast forward to a week later and the removal of the mold. I went for a more basic piece, however some of the people in the class got much more creative with their materials.

Here is a few photos of my experience.

Concrete planter

I enjoy my planter so much, I may bring it to work to sit on my desk. But for now they found a nice little home in my family room. :)

Concrete planter

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