Two with Jennifer Ewing
September 17, 2011, Saturday 12:30pm – 4pm
$75/$65 per adult (non-member/member)
September 18, 2011, Sunday 12:30pm – 4pm
The Sunday Spirit Boat workshop is for families and the fee structure is:
$85 /$75 for one adult and one child age 6 years and older (non-member/member)
$25 /$20 for each additional child
$45 / $35 children ages 10 – 18 and unaccompanied by adults
All materials will be provided.
Spirit Boats are made as totems for good luck, to give tribute to someone, or to empower the maker. The intention is to work with the boat as an archetype, a vessel that represents passage and transformation. The project is open ended and has many different approaches that offer exploration.
The spirit boat is created from the heart. It is intended to be self-propelled and is designed to, for an individual making it, a unique and highly personal experience.
Plastic water or juice bottles are cut apart and reconnected to form a shell. The shell is then covered with tracing paper stained with coffee or tea that is glued down to form a skin. This process relates to the Iniut culture that uses animal skins to cover their shells. The paper looks and feels like real animal gut and connects the spirit boat to an ancient way of boat making. The glue used is a gel medium that can also serve as a varnish.
This simple process can be enhanced by piercing or cutting into the boat. One can punch holes along the edges so materials can be woven into the work, or accent pieces can be stapled, glued or taped down. The outside and inside can hold many layers of paper, paint, collage, twine, feathers, twigs, wire and more.
Materials provided include plastic, tracing paper, various papers, gel medium for glue, brushes, wire, twine, raffia, yarn, string, cording, wire, feathers, twigs, cardboard.
Jennifer Ewing is a San Francisco artist, teacher and muralist. She was a 2011 artist in residence at the deYoung Museum and is a staff artist at the Fine Arts Museum and Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. She is also a partner and business owner of Ewing and Germano Murals and Fine Art Painting.