Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Inspired By Nature Retreat
Last weekend I attended a wonderful retreat hosted by Heather Powers based on her new book, Jewelry Designs from Nature. Each day was devoted to one of the themes of her book, sea, gardens, and woodlands, as seen in my photos. The sea was actually Lake Michigan from the shores of South Haven, MI, where the retreat was held. Our project for seas was to make a mold from which to make resin beads.
Our final day was exploring woodlands, with a hike on the Kal-Haven Trail. From there we made what I thought was the most interesting art, jewelry made with special meaning. We were randomly given a poem, which we discussed with the other participants who received that poem. We then had a kit of beads to use to create a necklace. We learned how to make bird's nests and incorporate them into our necklace.
I only finished the bracelet during the retreat, and will take a photo and post soon (I hope). If you are a friend of mine on Facebook you should be able to see lots of pictures that people took of the weekend.
The retreat was very special to me because I was reunited with old friends from past bead cruises. We were able to catch up with each other and see where life had taken us over the last few years. Plus I met many wonderful women who were excited to be participating in such a fun and stimulating weekend.