Friday, 10 March 2017

feast & forage: diy block printing!

03 / 09 / 17

I had so much anticipation leading up to the Feast & Forage: DIY Block Printing workshop. The goal for this evening was to help our guests to feel confident and inspired to learn a new art form and to create a space where people could relax and find connection with themselves and each other. 

Feast & Forage turned out to be exactly that: such a lovely night with a beautiful group of women who wanted to channel their artistic side and who sat side-by-side learning and laughing together. I loved that even though a number of people came on their own, the group felt warm and glowing, as though we were an old group of friends. We drank Veuve Clicquot champagne, ate the most delicious treats, and created completely gorgeous wilderness-inspired block prints. Here are a few photos taken by Fiddle + Drum Photography, if you would like to see...

An aspect of Feast & Forage that I love is drawing on the environment around us for inspiration. We decorated with evergreen branches, mixed Cranberry Shrub with Douglas Fir with Perrier water as an alternative drink to the Veuve Clicquot, and used foraged plant clippings for our block print designs. Nature is always such a source of renewal for me and I find that even a little greenery makes a big impact on how I think and feel, so for an evening out it was a natural decision to surround ourselves with floral and fauna. 

Another thing I love about these workshops is that we get to meet the most interesting people. The women who attend range from being new mums to recently retired, empty-nesters. Each person is learning to navigate their own chapter of life, but they are all drawn to the chance to connect with others and invest in their passions, which I really admire. 

The food we treated ourselves to was SO GOOD! We ate chocolate raspberry cupcakes with cardamom cream cheese frosting, white chocolate covered strawberries, and so much cheese! I even picked up some of my favourite frosting covered sugar cookies, because I think they are too much of a good thing to have regularly, but this was a special night!

Each guest to the workshop was so thoughtful in designing their block print. It's my favourite thing to see people get "in the zone" of creating. There is a flow that goes alongside an art piece being made. One of the guests, an art therapist, touched on how creating art allows a people to learn about themselves through the process. As a mother I so appreciate how Feast & Forage nourishes myself as a 'whole person' and I cannot wait for the next one.

Thank-you so much Shelby for capturing our evening!

A beautiful print created, and photographed, by one of our Feast & Foragers.
If you want to give block printing a try at home I recommend Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit. It has all the supplies you will need to create something stunning, but for less cost than buying the tools individually. And if you are inspired to join us for a future workshop, we'll be holding another DIY Block Printing Workshop in the summer! I hope you'll join us!

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