Jewelry & Wearable Art
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SAORI

Japanese Weaving: SAORI Outdoors
Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-07-22-17)
OR
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-26-17)

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.

Level: All levels
SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913. It is considered a meditative art form where the weaver is completely present with and focused on the weaving in front of them. With no set-up required, and unconstrained by patterns, the SAORI process uniquely allows weavers to immediately begin a one-of-a-kind project in a gentle, mindful manner. Master instructor Chiaki will help facilitate an in-class community of weavers and encourage simultaneous collective and individual embrace of the natural setting. Weather permitting, participants will weave outdoors amid the Arboretum's splendid beauty! The end result will be a unique handmade textile inspired by nature.
NOTE: No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Optional: if you have any materials or personal items you would like to weave into the work, such as yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks, please feel free to bring them along.
Limit 9, Snyder Building Tea Room Terrace

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for the August 26 session, below
Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-07-22-17) 
$99 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece
 
register Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-26-17)
$99 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece
 

ecoprint scarf

Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum 
Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-24-17)
OR
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-09-30-17)

Jean Manrique, natural dye/eco print fiber artist and instructor whose work can be found throughout Twin Cities galleries and gift shops including the Arboretum, MIA and the Guthrie.

Level: All levels
Using a natural hand dyed scarf, learn how to impress foliage: leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the scarf. This process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use. Begin the class with a search for your custom combination of leaves, or bring some of your own from home. Back in the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create your wearable masterpiece: The plants are bundled and steamed to extract pigment, then washed and ironed to produce your finished product. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your unique project. All materials are included in the fee. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun! 
Limit 12, Learning Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register
Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$89 member/$99 non-member
,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including a natural hand-dyed silk scarf.

register 5 spots left
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
$89 member/$99 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including a natural hand-dyed silk scarf.

felted bag
Leslie Granbeck 

Felted Tote Bag featuring High-Quality Corriedale Wool (125-10-21-17)
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Explore the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Create a one-of-a-kind, no-knit durable tote bag using wool fibers and traditional felting techniques using Corriedale wool. Corriedale wool is from New Zealand and is a strong, durable, high-quality product where the sheep are humanely raised, pasture-fed and are hand-sheared. You'll want to use this sturdy bag every day for anything from art supplies to books, to your laptop! You can even make it reversible. Your creativity will soar as you learn, make new friends and complete a unique bag that reflects your own personal style. Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. A variety of handle options are available for an additional fee, or you can provide your own handles. There will be a break time to go up to the Cafe for lunch or simply bring a bag lunch and enjoy the Arboretum grounds at this spectacular time of year. 
SUPPLY LIST: Bring sharp scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1-2 old bath towels, a plastic bag to carry home wet items, and handles of your choice (optional).
Limit 10, Learning Center

REGISTER $89 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all high-quality wool and supplies for the bag (value $50), handles not included.
 

 felted mittens
Leslie Granbeck 

Felted Mittens (125-11-8-17)
Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Make a pair of warm woolly mittens for the cold days ahead. We use merino wool for next-to-the-skin softness. Students can choose from several styles: mittens with a cuff, fingerless mittens for texting, thick mittens for shoveling, or thin mittens for the not-so-cold days. Mittens can be made reversible, too!
No knitting, no sewing...wool fibers and warm soapy water are the only simple ingredients used. These beautiful creations will make you smile all through our Minnesota winter. Learn several surface embellishing techniques to create your own one-of-a-kind pair. All supplies are included . Why not bring a friend and make it an outing! Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. There will be a lunch break to give you time to go up to the Arboretum cafe or feel free to bring a bag lunch. SUPPLY LIST: Bring 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, sharp scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items. 
Limit 12, Learning Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all natural wool and supplies (value $30).
 


snowflake

 
Sarah Bober

Silver Snowflakes: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-12-09-17-02)
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level: Beginner
A great holiday gift or to make for yourself...create a stunning pure silver snowflake that will outlast the cold! In this class you will design snowflake-inspired jewelry in metal clay. Students will learn how to set gemstones to add a little extra sparkle and shine to their pieces. Enough clay will be provided to create a pendant and earrings set or several pendants. Although it looks like clay, students will be working with pure silver--Art Clay Silver is an amazingly flexible medium that can be used like clay, but once fired becomes 99.9% pure silver--it is an eco-friendly product made entirely from reclaimed silver from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies! Small class size ensures plenty of fun and one-on-one instructor attention. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be included.
Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $89 member/$111 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials including 14 grams of silver clay, gemstones, firing of finished pieces, and shared use of Art Clay Syringe.
NOTE: Finished pieces will be available for pick up at the Arboretum on Dec. 16. If they choose, students can have their pieces shipped to their home for a nominal fee.  

silver

Sarah Bober

Silver Necklace with Glass Cabochon: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-12-09-17-03)
Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level: Beginner
Learn how to incorporate dichroic glass into metal clay designs! Dichroic glass reflects multiple colors when viewed for a magnificently vibrant effect. Enough clay will be provided to create a pendant and earrings set or several pendants. Students will use stamps and various textures to create a base design to embellish with their choice of dichroic cabochon. Although it looks like clay, students will be working with pure silver--Art Clay Silver is an amazingly flexible medium that can be used like clay, but once fired becomes 99.9% pure silver--it is an eco-friendly product made entirely from reclaimed silver from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies! At the end of class you will have created some beautiful pieces of jewelry to keep or give as gifts. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be included.
Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $89 member/$111 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials, including including 14g silver clay, dichroic glass cabochons, firing of finished pieces, and shared use of Art Clay Syringe.
NOTE: Finished pieces will be available for pick up at the Arboretum on Dec. 16. Otherwise for a nominal shipping fee, pieces will be mailed to your home.

 


Photo Nina Wiskus
Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Floral Crown Workshop(200-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Enjoy some pre-Valentine's Day fun with a friend or two by learning the on-trend art of flower crowns. These deceptively simple arrangements are not just for little girls, but are a valuable skill to have for parties, gifts, or a fun way to celebrate the floral bounty of the garden later in the year. Begin with a quick introduction to some local wines, and sip and snack as Nina and Channing talk about the process and demonstrate the methods. Then gather flowers such as jasmine, waxflower and ranunculus to begin creating your own crown, with hands-on assistance from the instructors. You'll leave with a beautiful crown to wear or display at home, plus the skills needed to make more in the future. SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center
$65 members/$75 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies



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