Date and Time
Sat, March 23, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM EST
25 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012
Weaving Intentions Workshop and Lunch
Local artists, Bree Stallings and Elizabeth Palmisano, invite you join them in learning to create Intentional Weavings on handmade branch looms.
To begin the workshop, Bree will guide us through an embodied meditation, one where we activate both sides of our brains through rhythmic drawing and intuitive mark-making. The intention behind the design of the mediation is to allow ourselves access to the freedom of messiness and to the fluidity of our own consciousness.
Following meditation, Elizabeth will share her process of creating organic weavings woven onto handmade branch looms. In this small group workshop, we will cover how to use organic, free flow weaving as a tool to set and amplify your intentions. You will leave with a completed, organic weaving ready to hang in your home or work space as a symbol of your intentions for your space and your life.
Elizabeth begins the process with choosing an already fallen branch and selecting yarn and fibers that she feels drawn to. She explains,
“As, I weave, I do it with intention–thinking of what I am trying to reason out. Each weaving has a story to tell or a job to do. Just as a dreamcatcher is intended to catch bad dreams, my weavings have a purpose as well. It may be to convey a story or idea, but often it is to protect my thoughts from self doubt, or if intended as a gift for a friend, it may be created as a good luck charm of sorts. Similar to a prayer shawl, the weaving is meant to bring peace to the home it hangs in.”
Elizabeth and Bree are happy to provide the materials needed for this class including a handmade branch loom. However, you are most welcome to bring yarn or beads of your own to add to your weaving.
Workshop to include a catered lunch from the Cherub Cafe.
Who Should Take This Class?
This class is a great option for everyone! No experience required. The only requirement is an interest in using weaving as a tool to amplify your intentions.
Class size is limited.
About The Artists
Bree Stallings is North Carolina-native multi-media artist, illustrator, writer and activist. She resides near uptown Charlotte where she works as a painter, illustrator and muralist. Currently, she teaches adults and children intermediate and advanced drawing and painting techniques at her studio called the Learning Lab. Using art as her vehicle, she raises awareness for many causes that affect her life and those closest to her such as economic mobility, sexual health advocacy, displacement and homelessness and environmental consciousness.
Bree also serves as the 2017-2020 Artist-in-Residence for the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Her personal work revolves around the mythology and oral-story traditions of families and communities as they explore themes around truth, secrets, and our linked identities.
Her work is currently on display at Bliss Gallery for the Sacred Spaces exhibition the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Her second solo show, “Where I’m From”, will debut on April 5th, 2019 at Gallery C3.
Elizabeth Palmisano is an award winning, mixed media installation and fiber artist. Her work is in private and public collections and has been exhibited at galleries such as The McColl Center for Art & Innovation, Gallery C3, and Bliss Gallery.
An activist for social justice, Elizabeth uses art to draw attention to the lived experience of the working poor and spark meaningful dialogue regarding childhood poverty in the USA.
Elizabeth is a professional teaching artist and facilitates workshops at substance use treatment facilities and community centers. Additionally, she teaches workshops accredited with the Center for Child Care Career Development and has been a guest presenter at York Technical College and at various state conventions for educators in both Carolinas.
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