Thursday, July 8, 2010
Recreating the Human Vessel - Handcrafts...and a Baby!
Jennifer had the great fortune of attending a handcrafts conference at Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA this past week called "Recreating the Human Vessel: Educating through Rhythm and Craft." The conference featured staff from Ruskin Mill Educational Trust in England (please take a moment to see what their amazing colleges offer). Woodworking, iron forging, soap making and felting all occured throughout the week, along with in-depth lectures by Dennis Klocek, William Bento and Aongus Gordon, and a vibrant Movement class!
The felting group started off the week by observing sheep on campus. We teased apart fresh (unclean!) wool and made felted balls.
A trek through Raphael Garden revealed lovely flowers for dyeing. Using weld, indigo, cochineal, chamomile from England and coreopsis, we dyed up a rainbow of colors with our wool.
The final plenum was filled with sharing projects and insight about reflection topics of the week: challenge, effort, rhythm, gift and gold nuggets...the words were profound and the projects absolutely beautiful!
Jennifer then found out that she truly had become "the human vessel" at the end of the week...pregnant with baby #4, due in March, 2011!