From Tree to Textile: Block Printing from Nature's Motifs

[ A Memorial Weekend All-Inclusive Creative Retreat ]

May 24 - 27, 2019 || $699.00

Just opened up!! 2 budget spots, for those retreating with a smaller budget… and 3 day-student spots. Reserve your space via the linked button below!

Immerse yourself in botanicals, block printing and design in this 4-day slow creative retreat with textile designer Skye McNeill of OROZCO Studio. 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 night in our beautiful accommodations.

Join us! Slow down, disconnect, and reconnect with the creativity that resides within...

This retreat is appropriate for all levels and no prior experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, though you are welcome to bring additional fabric, clothing or other items to print onto. Students will have time in the morning and late afternoon to explore the island and surrounding area. Accommodation (based on double occupancy) and breakfasts and lunches are included!

*Space is limited to 8 participants, so claim your spot today!*

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights including a farm-style self-serve breakfast (in addition to the SAt- SUN lunches provided), and access to kitchen if you'd like to cook dinners on-site. 

  • MAIN PACKAGE: 3 spots in either our cabin, apartment or farmhouse // $699 (total package price including class) // queen size bed, private space

  • BUDGET PACKAGE: 2 spots in either our cabin or apartment, daybed sleeping space in the main living area // $599 (total package price including class) // twin size bed, common area shared with one other person

  • 3 DAY-SPOTS // $400 (class and lunch only)

To reserve your space, submit a deposit payment of $175 via the linked button below. Send a confirmation email to [email protected] - letting us know which space you are reserving (main package, budget package, or day-student). From there, you will receive a welcome email in return, with additional details! You will be invoiced for the remaining balance at a later date.

**Cancellation policy: you’re able to cancel completely within 30 days from the date we received your reservation. After that, space reservation is non-refundable unless your space can be filled.** 

Block printing nature's motifs with artist Skye McNeill.

Block printing nature's motifs with artist Skye McNeill.

Sunset at Plum Nelli farm, Marrowstone Island, WA

Sunset at Plum Nelli farm, Marrowstone Island, WA

Schedule of Events

FRDAY, MAY 24 / Intro to Printing & Artist Talk: 4 pm - 7 pm

Arrive at Plum Nelli, and we'll kick off the 4-day event with a welcome celebration! We'll discuss the lineage of block printing in both historical and contemporary contexts, and the evolution of its relationship with textiles. We'll look at sample prints and learn the basics of layout for both spot graphics and repeat patterns. We will also learn some of the challenges and restraints of the medium, and how those can be used to our advantage when planning our designs. Small-bites and libations will be provided.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 - SUNDAY, MAY 26 / 10 am - 4 pm

We will start the day with some time exploring the wild spaces of the farm's acreage and the surrounding island, gathering ideas for shapes, colors, and themes. We will then have a carving demo and time to practice techniques and the different carving tools. After a delicious lunch, students will work on sketching designs and begin carving their blocks. There will be ample time in the afternoon for exploring the island, going for beach or forrest walks, and popping into the Nordland General Store for some local quirk. 

On Sunday, we’ll finish up any carving, practice test printing, and begin planning our projects. We'll go over types of ink, application technique and different textiles. Each student will receive a yard of fabric to use as they wish, whether to play with different blocks, create a repeat yardage, or plan a sewn product.  

MONDAY, MAY 27 / 10 am - 2 pm

For students who wish to leave with a finished piece, sewing machines and some basic patterns and instruction will be available today. Or, students may choose to carve another design for use in future projects. We'll wrap up our projects and share our work with each other, capping off the event with a delicious and celebratory lunch!