Want to follow a road less traveled? That first sentence definitely was written by someone who knows how to grab my attention. As Randi Harper, owner of The Ranch Arts & Crafts Center in Snohomish County, WA, shared the description for Adventures of the Woven Vessel, a three day workshop with the colorful Shannon Weber, a mixed media fiber artist from Cottage Grove, Oregon. Turns out, Shannon knows my friend, Judy Wise from their days of showing at the Bellevue Arts Fair.
Shannon’s work crosses the lines between ancient weaving and contemporary forms with a mixture of a variety of materials from nature and domestic castoffs. She incorporates organic materials including kelp, bark, pods, and anything that appeals to her as she combs through the woods, beaches and streets she travels. My kind of woman! You can follow Shannon on her Facebook page and see more of her work on her website.
It seems I am attracted to using encaustic wax, but also embedding things into it as I am equally pulled toward assemblages. In this class I was able to further explore these techniques and to learn from some of the very experienced artists and weavers that joined me for three days. You can see some of their work on my facebook page.
Here is the gang of artists.
You can find out more about the Ranch Arts & Crafts Center on facebook.