The natural world is one of the most popular, and seemingly never-ending, sources of inspiration for textile designers. Pattern designer Skye McNeill will share examples of historical and contemporary nature motifs, discussing form, style and methods for translating drawings into printable motifs. Skye will guide the group through techniques for carving rubber blocks, motif layout and print process.
Immerse yourself in botanicals, block printing and design in this 4-day slow creative retreat with textile designer Skye McNeill. Block printing is one of the oldest and most accessible forms of print making. It is also one of the slowest, allowing artists time and space to connect with their work.
Using the beautiful grounds of Plum Nelli as our inspiration source, we will observe, sketch and photograph plants, animals and the landscape as it inspires us. We will then transform these motifs into carved rubber blocks and print them onto textile yardage. We'll enjoy a beautiful farm-to-fork meal together each day, and with ample free time after art-making for exploring the hidden gem Marrowstone Island. Paddle-board or kayak in Mystery Bay, go for a sunset walk on the beach, indulge in delicious local cuisine, build new friendships. All while resting each in night in our beautiful accommodations.