Eco-printing for Self-Reflection
In the Beautiful Wasteland Studio, we see the eco-printing process as a wise and gentle companion in our pursuit of meaningful living. We eagerly attend to what we may come to know about the “bundles” of our own lives as we collaborate with the leaves and paper before us. We have come to see the stories of our mind intellect as one kind of knowing, but not a comprehensive one. We equally value processes that engage our other intellects to support us in generating new perspectives, making sense of our experiencing and moving into our preferred ways of being.
As we forage, gather, arrange, bundle, wait and unwrap we are immersing ourselves in a rich multi-sensory eco-system. Using art therapy tools to slow down to a pace of being that invites an attending to the smaller details of our experiencing sheds light on intricate exchanges filled with wonderful information about our ways of being. In our workshops we pay particular attention to the sensory experiences gifted in these exchanges and in doing so we begin to glimpse ourselves as collaborators in the complex tapestry of life, both our own and others.
Crafting Cards of our Knowings
One Day workshop – our last one day workshop for 2017
Saturday 9th September, 2017 ~ book now
In the one-day workshop we attend to the creative processes of eco-printing, exploring what is present for us, articulate inner knowings and tune into our embodied sensing as we craft Cards of Knowings on cotton rag paper. These cards can function as anchors of our personal knowings and curiosities which are sometimes forgotten in the busyness of living.
We will eco-print onto multiple strips of paper, experimenting with leaves, metal, heat and various dye pots. Along the way we will spend some time in small groups, condensing our questions, curiosities and personal and collective knowings onto cards to take home.
These workshops can be attended as one day experiences or attended as a series of four to develop a record of the richness of a year’s reflection and inquiry. The series offers the opportunity for an immersion into the unfolding of themes, curiosities and wisdom that are present in our lives. This is a beautiful way to enact a self-care practice and develop a useful body of reflective art.
One day workshop cost:
$120 each for you and a friend
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“Just wanting to extend my thanks to your for the wonderful workshop you ran! I have not been able to be too far from my beautiful wisdom cards, that are still progressing, sitting with me now at my desk. I think you have introduced me to my new love: watercolour paper eco printing!… the textures of the ripped edged cards are sublime – all I want to do is experiment with textures, leaves, ink and paint… thankyou, thankyou xx”
Books To hold Our Intricacies
2 Day workshop – the last two day workshop for 2017
The opportunity to more deeply explore our inner terrain, using the lens of eco-printing.
Saturday (evening, 4-8pm) 16th to Sunday 17th September (10am-3pm), 2017 ~ book now
Significant themes in our lives often present themselves as an intricate web of multiple voices, perspectives, emotions, needs and values. We may experience contrasts between what we say, feel, value, need and act. These are the many perspectives or spokes in the web that make our experiencing so rich, and yet sometimes weaving clarity and identifying our preferences in this web can feel daunting, and so we default to habitual ways of being rather than moving into our preferred ways of being.
‘Books to Hold Our Intricacies’ offers you an opportunity to gently explore such a theme in your life. Using arts-based tools for inquiry and eco-printing, you will have the chance to tend to the intricacies of your experiencing and hold these multiple knowings in a collection of eco-printed books that you will hand craft.
In the evening we will eco-print onto multiple strips of paper and silk, experimenting with leaves, metal, heat and various dye pots. These will form the basis of our books. On the following day, we will work individually and in small groups with arts-based processes to articulate our knowings and craft our books to hold knowings that emerge.
In this workshop you will:
- Learn how to eco-print on paper and silk
- Utilise arts based tools for personal inquiry
- Engage in group work in support of your inquiry
- Learn how to hand craft books
- Develop tools for ongoing self-reflection
$270 all materials included or
$240 for you and a friend.
Customised Event: tailored to your needs
Perhaps you want to make a special time or transition.
A birth, a death. A birthday or other celebration, marriage, christening, motherhood, menopause, menarche, moving house, ending a relationship, letting go in whatever form… Marking these times with ritual and beauty adds meaning and honour to our lives. Eco-printing is a magical art form to undertake with friends and family, requiring no skill or artistic expertise! Accessible for both adults and children.
Email us to create your customised event.