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Communication Lab at INDIO • Letter Writing Night
Thursday, May 10 • 7-8:30pm • Free 

Let’s create a practice together. We’ll hold a quiet space, so you can come and put pen to paper and let's see what happens. This "time" and "space" is free. Kate Kyle will be in the shop with paper and writing utensils , and stamps. This will be a regular addition to the Indio schedule, plan on joining us the 2nd Thursday of each month for some writing time. If you think you will be attending please sign up thru Eventbrite so we can plan for how many people are coming and if you give us your email we will be able to write you and tell you more about what to expect. Signing up isn't required, we hope to see in the shop either way. 


Macrame Plant Holder with Diana Cathcart
Sunday, May 20 • 2-4pm • $35 per person 

Join Textile artist, Diana Cathcart, for a modern macrame workshop where you’ll create a beautiful wall hanging planter. Learn basic macrame skills including foundational knotting techniques, setting cords, and finishing your work. You’ll leave with a completed project (including holder, vessel and plant) and inspiration for future exploration! 
 

Sashiko Hand-Stitching with Diana Cathcart - only 1 space left! 
Sunday, June 10 • 2-4pm • $30 per person

In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn the basics of sashiko hand-stitching, a Japanese style of craft rooted in the necessity of surviving cold, harsh winters. Popularized in the Aomori Prefecture, sashiko was the form of stitching used in boro style mending, a technique that literally utilized every shred of fabric for those living in frigid northern Japan throughout the Edo Period. As trade improved, sashiko stitching became a widely used art form that has found its place in various manifestations around the world. Diana will explain the technique and tools, and she will show students how to create a basic sashiko pattern. Students will create beautiful stitch samplers to take home and enjoy. 
 

Communication Lab at INDIO • Letter Writing Night
Thursday, June 14 • 7-8:30pm • Free 

Let’s create a practice together. We’ll hold a quiet space, so you can come and put pen to paper and let's see what happens. This "time" and "space" is free. Kate Kyle will be in the shop with paper and writing utensils , and stamps. This will be a regular addition to the Indio schedule, plan on joining us the 2nd Thursday of each month for some writing time. If you think you will be attending please sign up thru Eventbrite so we can plan for how many people are coming and if you give us your email we will be able to write you and tell you more about what to expect. Signing up isn't required, we hope to see in the shop either way. 


Maker’s Workshop: Starting an Etsy Shop with Diana Cathcart
Thursday, June 21 • 6-8pm • $30 per person

Textile artist and Etsy seller, Diana Cathcart, will guide students through how to set up an Etsy shop. This will be a “working” session, and students should bring their laptops and any questions they have about establishing an Etsy shop. The topics to be covered include: opening a shop, creating a shop banner, creating a listing, and pricing products.  If there is remaining time, the floor will be opened for as many questions as time allows. 

 

Communication Lab at INDIO • Letter Writing Night
Thursday, July 12 • 7-8:30pm • Free 

Let’s create a practice together. We’ll hold a quiet space, so you can come and put pen to paper and let's see what happens. This "time" and "space" is free. Kate Kyle will be in the shop with paper and writing utensils , and stamps. This will be a regular addition to the Indio schedule, plan on joining us the 2nd Thursday of each month for some writing time. If you think you will be attending please sign up thru Eventbrite so we can plan for how many people are coming and if you give us your email we will be able to write you and tell you more about what to expect. Signing up isn't required, we hope to see in the shop either way. 

 

OUR FABULOUS TEACHERS


Gina Wisotzky is a tarot reader and natural perfumer based in Durham, North Carolina. She has been reading tarot for fifteen years and loves sharing its inspiration and guidance with others. She offers warm and insightful readings in-person and online through her business, Incandescent Tarot that focuses on tarot as a tool for self-discovery and empowerment.

Diana Cathcart  is the owner of The Textile Creative, LLC. She is a Durham-based textile artist who focuses on natural fiber products for people and the homes they love. She is particularly passionate about sourcing her fibers and dyes as regionally as possible and believes that a traceable supply chain is as important for textiles as it is for our food. She is an avid re-maker, re-user, and up-cycler, with the goal of breathing new life into things forgotten. When she’s not teaching, you can find her at a number of local farmer’s markets, pouring candles for her other small business, or up to her elbows in natural indigo dye. Diana lives in South Durham with her husband, two sweet boys, and an ever-expanding brood of furry friends.  

Nathan Somers is an elementary school teacher and has been working with natural fibers and dyes for the past 8 years. His inspiration comes from antique Japanese indigo dyed fabrics and their extensive use of unusual fibers such as, wisteria, kudzu, ramie, nettle, and upland cotton. Nathan grows and forages many of these fibers and uses them to spin and weave.

Lizzie Chadbourne says her passion for natural beauty grew out of an interest in crafting, an enthusiasm about herbalism, and a recognition that everyone could treat their body better. After years of education, experimenting, and research - and with an improving complexion - she started Lo & Behold because she knew she had something special. Her mission is for Lo & Behold to maintain an uncommon air of fun while exceeding the highest standards of the natural care industry.

Gillian Rose Galdy is a Durham native and floral designer. Gillian started growing flowers from seed to bloom on Sol Patch Farm, which led to her dedication to sourcing local and ethically grown blooms from the Piedmont area. With a background in fine art, she brings a trained eye and artists' creative passion to her floral design. As a printmaker, attention to meticulous detail, color and composition became habit; Gillian's training and practice crossed over to her love of arranging flowers. Gillian looks to each arrangement, bouquet and crown as their own work of art deserving of their own attention to detail and care. Gillian was trained in floral design by Stephanie Garrett, AIFD, NCCPF, CFD from 2013 to 2014. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Guilford College in 2010.

Lindsay Perry crafts the healing potions of Full Flower Herbs from her home in Durham. Lindsay wildcrafts with a bias for abundant, weedy plants, and reverence for plant communities. She also sources herbs from her garden and local sustainable farmers, to create truly sustainable, high quality herbal medicine. She learned to make and use plant medicine through study with local and regional teachers, including Kim Calhoun and the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Lindsay is happiest tending her herb garden or filling a basket with wild medicinal flowers. Helping others find plant allies and deepen their connection to nature and Mama Earth are pretty wonderful too.

 

SOME PAST CLASSES

Intro to Loom Weaving
Ever wonder how tapestries are made? This class will take a peak into the magic world of weaving. In this intro to hand weaving class, students will use frame looms to create one of a kind tapestries. Students will learn how to wind their looms along with basic weaving stitches including plain weave and tapestry weave. We will explore how to create shapes within our weavings and how to use color to create dynamic effects. Students will learn how to take their weavings off the loom and hang them from wooden dowels. Beware, this ancient art is totally addicting! You will be able to take your loom so you can make weavings to your heart's content.
 

Modern Calligraphy 101
Join the handwriting craze by learning the basics of modern calligraphy. Radhika McDiarmid of Durham Made will introduce students to the tools necessary to start this addictive new activity. In the class you will get a feel for letter forms and learn some of the different strokes used in dip pen calligraphy. Bring your favorite quote in and at the end of class you can leave with it beautifully written on archival card stock.

 

Herbalism 101: Versatile Medicinal Herbs, Teas, and Tinctures
Join Lindsay of Full Flower Herbs to meet a few trusted and versatile herbal allies, including plants that offer support for stress and anxiety, allergies, inflammation, colds and other infections, digestive upset, and more. This class is designed to set you up with a basic foundation of knowledge about herbalism, a small working materia medica—basically your herbal repertoire—and the skills and resources to make your own teas and tinctures. Lindsay will demonstrate making a tea to enjoy during class, and we will craft a tincture using fresh medicinal herbs for each person to take home.

 

Classes are held at Indio at Brightleaf Square.
No experience needed and all materials included.

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