Gifts from the Garden:
A Day of Make-and-take Seasonal Gifts
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Level: all levels, no experience required!
Grab a friend and spend a day at the Arboretum-- a unique opportunity to learn new skills as you explore a multitude of artistic endeavors. Come away with 3 completed projects made by you, conveniently useful for seasonal gifting.
How it works
Each project is limited to 20 people at a time. You can customize your own schedule by choosing projects that are available during each time slot. You will complete 3 out of the 4 possible projects by the end of the day.
Limit 80, Marion Andrus Learning Center
$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Choice of Sessions
Choose 3 out of 4 projects
See chart for session times/options/locations.
Bengala Dyed Scarf
Chiaki O'Brien, awarded the Jerome fiber artist grant in 2013 to study the Bengala process in Japan. She is the only person in Minnesota teaching this technique.
Natural Japanese dye, Bengala dyes are made from soil, ‘environmentally safe' and fun to use. Learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form, then begin with a process of pre-fixing the material by kneading the material. You can play with the scarf's patterns by knotting, folding, tie-dyeing...be creative! It feels like you are opening an unexpected present when you finish dyeing and see the finished work! The instructor will bring all materials, a dozen of dye colors as well as tools to play with. NOTE: this dye has natural rubber latex in it, so this is not a good class for people who have latex allergy.
Fanciful Flower Wall Hangings with Wet Felting
Jean Manrique, experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing
Add a splash of color to any area of your home with unique wet felted floral wall hangings. Wet felting is the process of combining layers of wool roving and working then into one flat piece of felt fabric --the first fabric known to exist. The process is magical as you combine loose, combed wool fibers in a myriad of colors to create one-of-a-kind blooms, using the wool as your paint. The instructor will provide floral templates to use or you can come up with your own spontaneous design.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg (aka The Ice Wrangler), Local Ice Luminary expert and author of Ice "Luminary Magic!"
Discover the process for making and displaying Ice Suncatchers! These beautiful discs of ice are filled with bits of greens, fruit slices and berries from the garden and then suspended in your bushes or trees. They will glow by the light of the sun during the day or with little lights at night. The birds can sup on the fruit and berries, etc. as well. This winter craft project is fun, beautiful and perfect for livening up your environment for the season. NOTE: You will not leave with a finished ice piece but will receive all the instruction, tin, hole creator, as well as a few embellishments from the Arb's gardens so that you can make suncatchers to your heart's content at home.
Mosaic Necklace + Earrings
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor
Create a garden-inspired mosaic necklace + earrings set using seed beads and crystal clay. Crystal Clay is a versatile medium with many jewelry applications. The professional jewelry designer and instructor will guide you through the process from design to completion. Learn techniques for using this two-part molding compound including how to properly mix the clay, set beads, and create a custom design. Class materials include: crystal clay, seed beads, crystals, 3 bezels, ear wire, jump rings, necklace cord.
served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage
Sandwich Options (select your preference at registration):
- Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH)
- Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH)
- Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)
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