Recent Workshops, 2010
IMAGINAL CARDS, November
I introduced The Cards one November evening at a class in the Integrated Design Program at Parsons School of Design in New York. We talked about Design as "conscious Patterning of Material." It can happen in urban landscapes, living spaces, in fashion.... and on a very small intimate scale. It's all a way of refining our capacity to see and speak about human nature in nature.So, we practiced, for 20 minutes, with making statements on The Cards:
Working Rustic July 5-9
The Omega Institute Rhinebeck, NY
Daniel Mack has been working with sticks, saplings, logs, bark and driftwood for 25 years to make furniture, architectural work, garden structures and small, simple objects. He has written five books on the techniques and attitudes of working rustic. He has learned about the 'language' of natural materials which he shares in this workshop, "Rustic is really a way of saying something about beauty, nature, longing and your place in the world. It's much more than just furniture".
Dan introduces the basic construction techniques and tools of rustic work as you work on your own projects. This workshop is excellent for people who have never used a drill or a hammer. But experienced builders and craftspeople will be surprised and challenged by the subtleties of the rustic ways of making things. You can expect to make two or three things during the course.
from the sublime
to the ridiculous
June 20-24, Sewanee School, Sewanee, TN
April 16-18 at Dan's shop in Warwick, NY · $125/day· limit 7 people·
November, 2009- April, 2010
November 21, 2009 Imaginal Artifacts Workshop:
Dan's Studio, Warwick On November 21 seven people met for several hours to explore the languages of making things...some cards, some tools and other imaginal techlnologies. Let the Right Brain lead!
October 3, 2009 Making Things in the Woods Dan worked, er, played with a bunch of people in the Woods for an afternoon of making lightly-scaled Land Art: things that hang, re-arranged fallen wood, colored chalks in unexpected areas of a piece of property belonging to The Orange County Land Trust. They are interested in introducing more people to the many different properties they own. Go the the OCLT preserve near Rt 416/207 and see for yourself! Earlier in the year, Dan's artist friend Robbie Haleane did a Stone Wall building Workshop at another site. The point: Get artists working/playing on the Land! Thanks to land artists Carolyn, Caroline, Leslie, Avri, April, Anna, Tim, Bonnie and Mary.
- Dan lead a group of local history buffs toseveral Lenape Indian and unusual stone sites in the Warwick area. Other similar events are planned. Again, contact with the Land and visiting sites where people have been for thousands of years has a magical effect.