Finding Your Whole

P1030737Last December, I held a mandala-only workshop for the first time. These are the circular “gwiazdy” (star) style wycinanki, but I called it “mandala” because it seems to be a more familiar term. I learned that we needed about an hour more than I scheduled. I also learned that it is better to pick out your color combinations first to save time later. When I work on these myself, I rarely do it one sitting so this was a good learning experience for me.

Everyone worked on their background shapes and designs before cutting began, then I shared my technique for cutting, folding and working in layers. It just takes patience and practice. Then I shared my technique for adding colorful layered shapes in the right sizes.

The wonderful thing about this technique is no matter what your skill level, the final product always looks whole and complete and is a true reflection of the maker. Here are a few of the pieces completed in class. I look forward to doing this workshop again!

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Finished work!

Finished work!

Detail view. Even our "flaws" make our work complete and interesting. These are stories of our lives at that point in time.

Detail view. Even our “flaws” make our work complete and interesting. These are stories of our lives at that point in time.

Pisanki Workshops 2015!

Made by workshop participants.

Made by workshop participants.

Hot wax, candles, raw eggs… That’s right, it’s time for pisanki workshops! “Pisanki” uses a very old decorating method where hot wax is drawn on an egg to create intricate patterns that is then dyed wonderfully vibrant colors. This technique is used in Poland and is most famous with eggs and designs from Ukraine. I am offering three two Saturday workshops this year at my studio in West Seattle. Each session is limited to 6 participants. If there is enough interest, I will add another session.

Source: Ukranian Gift ShopWhen:

  • Saturday, March 7  – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 21 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm FULL! Waitlist only!
  • Sunday, March 22 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

  • 4316 Othello St, Seattle, WA 98136.

All materials will be provided… Eggs, wax, candles, tools, dyes, etc. Depending on how many layers you decide to create, you can expect to finish 2-4 eggs.  Note: Because hot wax and open candle flames are used, this workshop is not suitable for young children. Older children who work well on their own are very welcome.

Fee: $30 per person, payable via PayPal (I will send an invoice). To reserve a spot, please email me at alisalahti@live.com.

*Cancellation policy: Full refunds provided if 1 week’s notice or greater from class start date provided.  50% refund for less than 1 week’s notice from class start date. If class is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.

Waxing and Whining

House

Summer did not happen the way I had hoped. While the weather here in Seattle was beautiful, I had to put vacation and visits and studio time on hold in order to make sure this year’s Polish Festival Seattle was a success and work on a contract that required more online time than I expected. Both turned out very well, but frankly, left me out of balance.

Before things got to be too much, I was able to get away to the studio of Larry Calkins on Tiger Mountain where I was introduced to encaustic painting with a stylus. Painting with wax is quite fun, with the hot wax and torch firing, but I’ve always put it on the back burner because I didn’t want to invest in all of the tools needed. But working with a stylus is an easy investment and a great way to work on small projects. So this summer, I bought myself a stylus and a few wax sticks and took short breaks in the studio to work on small painting projects. Really small. I also found a worn out puzzle to paint that I’ve had sitting in a corner. As always, paper-cutting finds its way into the work, I can’t help it. I’m looking forward to more of this and to working through all of the ideas in my head I’ve been collecting over the summer. Workshops will be scheduled soon too. Stay tuned!

House inside outside

Encaustic Tools

 

Wycinanki Workshops December 2012!

Come experience the old rural tradition of Polish paper cutting! Learn a little about the history of this beautiful art form along with tips and techniques to complete your own projects. Classes are held at the Polish Cultural Center on Capitol Hill, with one Saturday session at my studio in West Seattle.

  • Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home, 1714 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at my studio in West Seattle, 4316 Othello St, Seattle, WA 98136
  • Wednesday, December 19, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Polish Cultural Center

$20 per session. All patterns and materials are included and tools are available to use during class.

Space is limited so contact me at alisalahti@q.com to reserve your spot today!