Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Batik Workshop

Last week I had a long time dream fulfilled when I travelled up to the Sunshine Coast of BC and took a batik workshop with Els Van Baarle. See Els website at http://www.elsvanbaarle.com/ Els has been on my list of teachers that I really wanted to study and learn from, I've admired her work for many years and it really was a treat. I'll be posting pictures from the workshop over the next few days so you can see how much fun it was.

The workshop was held at the Fibreworks Gallery www.gunboatbaylodge.com/fibreworks.html and we studied in one of the yurts on the property. That was fun as I'd never even been in a yurt before and was surprised by the light and airy-ness of it. The owner of the Gallery has five yurts, one for the Gallery, one for the workshops and another for her studio. The other two are washrooms and office space.

The weather was against us as it rained most of the two days we were in class which meant we couldn't dry the fabric outside. But I have been working since I got home and have completed a couple of pieces that I'll be thrilled to show.
I stayed with my friend Gloria in a lovely cabin, called the Prawn Palace, a few miles away, we were perched right above the water with a fabulous view and woke each morning to watch the birds looking for their breakfast near the docks.

1 comment:

bronwen said...

Too bad you didn't get to stay in a yurt! My fave Design Inc episode of the one they decorate a yurt was on last week too!