Last month I had the chance to take a workshop taught by Hilde Morin. The setting for the class was such a treat. It was held at the Sitka, Center for Art and Ecology located on the Oregon Coast. They have a wonderful venue of classes and workshops on a wide selection of topics and mediums.
The class that I signed up for was "Art Bowl / Quilt in a Bowl". We learned how to create a three dimensional art piece in the shape of a bowl.
I have admired the Art Bowls that Hilde has created over the years and really wanted to take this class. Though she has taught this class several times in the past, this was the first opportunity that I had to sign up for the workshop. Check out her gallery, I think you will agree that her art bowls are pure eye candy and are gorgeous works of art!
Hilde is one of my favorite people to take a class from. She is so generous with all the information that she shares about technique, tips, artistic inspiration etc. She guides her students every step of the way with clear instructions including great examples to show and demonstrate the task at hand.
Her classes are always such a treat as they are fun, filled with laughter, and always lively! We had so much fun creating our pieces in this idyllic location. If you ever have a chance to take one of her classes, you will not be disappointed and as a bonus will come away with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration!
The bowl that I created in class was an experiment on many levels. I learned lots of new things regarding construction from beginning to end. I had the chance to experiment with a variety of fabrics, application, stitching, forming curved or irregular bowl edges, as well as finishing details. Here is my first Art Bowl:
This fall has been a season of travel for Peter and me. Needles to say, my studio time has been limited. Last week when we got home I was chomping at the bit to create another bowl. Call it creative distraction as I need to get back to working on my Crush series. The distraction however won and I created bowl #2. This time I had a specific image in mind to render: A Sunflower. I took some artistic liberties with my Sunflower as you can see. The bowl is almost what I would call a plate as it is much shallower in depth. This is how it turned out:
The colors are soft with a punch of saturation on the first or outer layer of the petals. I tried out some new things with this creation and once again learned new things. Both bowls are about 16" in diameter.
I have to tell you that creating these lovlies is a little bit addicting. Once a bowl is finished I want to create another one. No doubt, there will be many a bowl to follow in the future. For now though I hope to return to "Crush" and finish a piece that I have in progress. Stay tuned..... more to follow.
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