Join Katama and Nathaniel for a nature walk and hapazome plant pounding!
Instructors: Katama Murray and Nathaniel Sharp
Registration is required and limited to 10 participants (minimum of 4 participants). Workshop fee is $12 per person.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Experience Needed: None!
Materials to Bring: Art materials will be provided. Bring what you need to be comfortable during the nature walk.
Description: This collaborative workshop for all ages will focus on connecting to our natural surroundings through outdoor observation and mindful art making. Participants will be led on a nature walk with Nathaniel Sharp to appreciate the seasonal happenings and document biodiversity for community science at Cool Spring Preserve, followed by a hands-on workshop with Katama Murray to create Hapazome plant pounding prints on silk fabric. Hidden color exists all around us, and can be mindfully foraged to transform everyday objects into opportunities for further exploration and connection to local flora. Hapazome plant pounding or ‘hammer printing’ is the process of directly transferring pigments from plants and food waste onto prepared surfaces, including fabric and paper. Hapazome offers unique variations and a world of possibilities that allow for full exploration. Create beautiful, one of a kind pieces that can be admired forever, while taking time to slow down and appreciate the richness and diversity of color dwelling alongside us. All of the colors, shapes, and textures transferred come from the natural pigments dwelling within organic materials. Join us to enjoy the autumn season and learn new, creative techniques that can be experimented with all year long!
Nathaniel and Katama are both naturalist educators who enjoy sharing their passion for connecting to the natural world throughout New England and beyond, and are visiting the region for a week-long artist and natural residency in collaboration with Young Harvests Farm, Rainbow Montessori School, and PVAS. Nathaniel is a wildlife biologist who works with different species to conduct research and educate others on the importance of respecting the land and all who inhabit it. Katama is an art educator and small business owner of Teach Peace Prints, whose work utilizes natural materials to create seasonally inspired, mixed media art.