Jewelry & Wearable Art
Classes & Workshops

Wear your love of nature! Create beautiful wearable art inspired by the Arboretum, and using natural materials!

Japanese Weaving - SAORI

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Saturday, April 27
(125-04-27-19)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
OR
Saturday, July 20 (125-07-20-19-01)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving

Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience. SAORI weaving is a gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. This contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1968, literally means "weaving with individual dignity." It is a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. Weather permitting during the warm months, these classes may be held outdoors to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Arboretum's natural surroundings.

Optional supplies:
Bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks

Limit 10

This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a different session.
Saturday, April 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Snyder Building - Tea Room
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

Saturday, July 20 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Snyder Building - Tea Room
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

 

Felted Flowers for Spring

125-05-04-19
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Level
All levels
Supplies
All felting materials provided. Bring from home: 2-3 old hand towels, an old bath towel, apron (optional), plastic bag to carry home wet items, and a bag lunch

Discover the magic of several different styles of feltmaking! Create colorful felted flowers and leaves using soft wool fibers and a little soapy water. Add dyed silk for detail and a beautiful sheen. You can combine several blossoms on a spring wreath, make flowers with stems for a bouquet, pin your flowers to a hat or use them to adorn packages. If you would like your flowers to be attached to a wreath, please bring your own 14-inch or larger wreath.

Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Eco-Print Scarf - Wear the Arboretum

125-06-01-19-01
Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All materials are included to make and bring home a natural hand dyed silk scarf

Using a natural hand-dyed silk scarf provided by the instructor, learn how to impress foliage: leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the scarf. This process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. Explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. Begin the class with a search for your custom combination of leaves, or bring some of your own from home. Back in the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create your wearable masterpiece: The plants are bundled and steamed to extract pigment, then washed and ironed to produce your finished product. The magic happens when you unroll your piece to reveal a one-of-a kind gift from nature. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish.
Optional: Bring your own favorite leaves from home; see suggested list.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register
register



Sarah Bober 

Japanese Braiding Technique: Kumihimo Necklace

125-07-13-19
Saturday, July 13
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level
All levels
Supplies
All supplies included

Explore the ancient art of Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique. You will learn the traditional round braid using 8 cords. Once you learn the pattern you can add various colors, use cords made from satin or silk, or even add beads. Students will create a beautiful woven necklace using this incredibly versatile technique.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$29 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies



Sarah Bober

Make a Pure Silver Necklace Using a Real Arboretum Leaf

125-07-27-19
Saturday, July 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included ($40 value)

Use a real leaf from home or from the Arboretum to design a beautiful pendant accented with a sparkling gemstone. Each necklace will be unique and the perfect memento of your visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Pieces are made using Art Clay Silver which becomes pure silver once fired. Completed jewelry pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum in one week or can be shipped for a small additional fee.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 


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