nature/nurture

April 12, 2018

Last night, I organized another a creative workshop, this time at the studio of textile artist, Tania Love. I’d been racing around all day, so her studio –– white, bright and loved –– was a delightful place to be. Tania works with botanical dyes and inks, made from leaves, berries and barks that she’s foraged in and around the city. Her work is inspired by nature, and her style is simple and sensitive. It’s tricky to socialize and host –– there was plenty of Prosecco and Tania prepared a lovely spread of food, including chocolate made-from-scratch –– and follow instructions at the same time. So, by the time it came to painting our scarves, I drew a blank. Literally. At the end of the evening, I tried winging it, with haphazard painterly lines, but the result was more mess than Motherwell. I binned my scarf when I got home. But I loved the experience of spending the evening with wonderful women, and I appreciate the reminder to slow and down and focus more. I woke up this morning, with a dozen ideas and an urge to go back to Tania’s studio for a one-on-one workshop.

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