Magic on the Mesa

Natalie SoComment

A few weeks ago, we hosted the last of our FIELD to BODY workshops in the backyard of ceramicist Geoff Evans. His backyard, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, was the perfect setting for a day of art, making, and learning. 

The sunny Saturday morning began with a natural dye-printing workshop with Kenya Miles of Traveling Miles Studio. Kenya showed us how to use cochineal, one of the oldest known dyes, to transform plain fabric into vibrant pinks, oranges, and violets. Participants dipped, dyed, and stamped their own cotton tea towels with geometric and abstract designs.

After a communal lunch shared on Geoff's handcrafted 32-foot long table (made from wood he found washed up ashore), Travis Meinolf shared his weaving secrets. Participants set up their weaving stations around a tree, tying their yarn to the branches and using the tree as a central axis. From above, the strands of yarn resembled the spokes of a wheel. 

In the end, participants left the workshops with their own handmade creations and a new set of skills to share with others. Here are some photos from the weekend:

Photos courtesy of Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss