Block printing workshop during Alberta Culture Days

Working on some potato block printing at Alberta Culture Days

Working on some potato block printing at Alberta Culture Days

In an earlier post I mentioned taking a silk screening workshop at the Natalie Gerber Studio for Alberta Culture Days.

Along with that workshop, I also took a block printing class with textile designer Charis Birchall. I wasn’t sure what kind of medium we’d be working with when I signed up for the class… but when I got there it became clear – there was a bag of potatoes on the table! Continue reading

Silk screen workshop at the Natalie Gerber Studio

Preparing the screens for silk screening.

Preparing the screens for silk screening.

Alberta Culture Days is an annual event celebrating arts and culture throughout Alberta over three days at the end of September. If you’ve been following me on either Instagram or Facebook, you may have already seen some of these photos, from a silk screen workshop I took at the Natalie Gerber Studio at the King Edward cSpace as part of Alberta Culture Days.

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Grand TUA 2018

Participants in the Renaissance Handstitching class at Grand TUA 2018

Participants in the Renaissance Hand stitching class at Grand TUA 2018

On April 7, 2018 I attended Grand TUA – The University of Avacal. This is an annual event consisting mostly of classes, though some social aspects, SCA court, and martial activities are also included. This year for the first time the Kingdom A&S (Arts & Sciences) Championship was also included. Continue reading

Bead hangers

Finished bead hanger in the style of a 9th century Finnish Viking / Iron Age artefact

Finished bead hanger

One of the artisans in my SCA Barony offered to teach a bronze casting class in early November. His offer was to cast either an early or later-period sword pommel, but then also offered that students could cast another reasonably flat object if they wouldn’t use a pommel.

One student asked about a penannular brooch, but I had something different in mind – bead hangers in the style of a 9th century Finnish find.

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