Workshop series – Seeds and the Hidden Life of Plants

The seed is a tiny yet powerful symbol of the life force, our own creativity and the power of small

 

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“Seeds and the Hidden Life of Plants” is a project which includes a series of workshops in my studio beginning on October 21st, 2016 to explore ideas around seed diversity and the hidden potential of living things through drawing, geometry, printmaking and textile/fiber arts.

There is a growing awareness globally and locally about the importance of preserving seed diversity and I have noticed several artists around the world engaging in a dialogue about seeds.  Artists like Sophie Munns have been a huge source of inspiration to me. As well as an artist I am a gardener and a beekeeper – I have also collected seeds and seedpods for years and they have often featured in my art. I am so excited to be able to invite members of my community into my studio to participate in a cross pollination of ideas and inspirations through a variety of art materials and techniques.

Through a series of four workshops I would like to expand on these ideas with artists of all ages and experience through observation, drawing, printmaking and the possibility for natural dyed cloth and bound seed shibori. Over several months I will be working on my own response to this dialogue through drawing and mark making on cloth using natural dye, stitch drawing and printmaking. Participants in these workshops will be able to follow and observe my process as an artists engaging with the same subject matter.

I am grateful to the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and Columbia Basin Trust for the funding assistance for this project.

 

5 thoughts on “Workshop series – Seeds and the Hidden Life of Plants

  1. rayela

    How exciting, Morgen! I’ve seen cards made out of handmade paper that you can plant once read. Maybe you can incorporate seeds into your products somehow… The necklaces would be cool as pouches…

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  2. Jackie Mulhall

    I don’t live anywhere near you (Yellow Springs, Ohio) but am so delighted to see what you’re doing! I agree with you Sophie Munn’s seed work is really inspiring! Thanks for telling us about it. I have been thinking about similar things. How powerful a seed is. All that life potential in such a small package. I have done some seed art work with children for a while through the parable of the Mustard seed. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.”

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