Friday, February 19, 2010

Another Workshop

Tomorrow I am off to conduct a half-day workshop in Masterton. For 27 years I taught regular workshops around my local area, and also in just about every where in New Zealand. I felt very privileged to be able to do this, and thoroughly enjoyed the exchange of ideas and meeting such lovely people.

About five years ago I decided to devote more time to my own art work which, as you can imagine had become very truncated with teaching and other involvements. I decided to make a clean break and politely declined all requests for teaching.

However, having now lived several decades, life has taught me that things are not as black and white as we thought or think they should be. Last year I agreed to take a workshop with local senior school students while my solo exhibition was on in Upper Hutt. This went well and it was great to be involved with a younger generation and their fresh ideas. What did surprise me however was how much preparation it took for this short workshop! In the past when preparation was on-going this time seemed to get absorbed into the overall scheme of things.

I am repeating this workshop tomorrow and once again I feel I have been organising and gathering together stuff all week! I am of course looking forward to tomorrow and sharing my skills with an enthusiastic bunch.

Think I have everything sorted here, but there is also a list of last minute things....

Dye painted on to a silk screen which at this stage looks a bit fuzzy. I will demonstrate screening this on to a soda ash soaked fabric tomorrow. Will show the result next blog.


  1. I like it already Diana! Hope this goes well for you....and I'm sure it will!


  2. You are so timely with this blog, as I want to make a whole cloth piece and was trying to work out how to do it. I had myself making all these stencils and what not and duh! I can just paint it on the screen! Brilliant! Thank-you!

  3. I thought that was interesting that you stopped your teaching and now started again with some young people, and it takes lots of work to gather everything together. I think preparation work is work too! I have never do this silk screening, but it looks like fun, but I'd have to have a teacher because I wouldn't attempt that on my own. I think your work is great, and very interesting! You are needed! :)