Personal Archetypes as Artistic Inspiration
Understanding the symbolic nature of archetypes, and working with them as inspiration for art work, is at the heart of this workshop. Many theorists have written about the role archetypes play in our understanding of human experience, and have suggested that we all have archetypal patterns that we recognize easily in each other! Archetypes are a sort of shorthand for the many recognizable qualities human beings share.
The fun begins when we, as artists, study our personal archetypes, intending to use them as inspiration for making art.
Anyone who has perfected a few skill sets in any medium, but is interested in mining for meaning, will benefit from this workshop – both beginners and those with more experience. Your collection of personally selected archetypes is a resource for contemplation and reflection, and a path to creating work that is distinctively your own. Everyone can study archetypes, but each artist’s work is always unique – reflecting myriad life experiences and archetypal influences.
Participants will receive reading assignments and suggestions about how to prepare prior to the workshop’s start. Our five days will be spent balancing directed conversation and contemplation, with active development of an archetypal visual language, and lots of hands-on play. This is a joyful process, so come prepared to think deep and play hard!
Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous one-person exhibitions, including Inspired by the Masters (Visions Quilt Museum 2016). Her work won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations (Tubac Art Center/2013). She is a recipient of the Quilt Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegue (Korea) International Textile Exhibition.
Dunnewold has authored numerous books, including the classic, Complex Cloth (1996). Interweave Press published Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric, in 2010. In 2016 North Light Books published Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Stories to inspire Artistic Genius. Dunnewold is the former President of the Surface Design Association.
Everything I teach and do is impacted by a deep connection to the energetic, spiritual aspects of human experience. I believe each of us has an inner Creative. I'm especially interested in "writing and making" as integral partners of creative endeavor. Through years of teaching, in tandem with my own studio practice, I’ve found that creative acts link us to every generation of makers who preceded us, while simultaneously allowing us to stretch toward the Divine. It's a gift and pleasure everyone should experience. And can.
Website: Jane Dunnewold
- pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers - an assortment of mark making tools
- large pad of drawing and/or watercolor paper (at least 18” x 24”)
- glue stick
- Exacto knife and cutting mat
- old washcloth
- laptop computer (this is optional but if you enjoy designing on the computer or would like some experience doing so, this could be an important addition to your toolbox)
- You may use an IPAD instead but you need to know how to use it to access apps, create images and then download or transfer to a printer, which we will provide.
- digital camera or phone
- cords, adaptors and other paraphernalia related to computer and camera/phone
- Ephemera Box: Begin to acquire bits and pieces of things that interest you now. This is probably something you already do! In any case, establish a box where stones, feathers, papers, and other various odds and ends that appeal to you can be stored. Plan to bring it along.
In May, I will be in touch with you regarding pre-workshop reading assignments. These will not be lengthy or difficult but will lay the groundwork for the work we do together!