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Fox 6's REAL Milwaukee
In this TV spot, I demonstrate 4 ways to creatively decorate Easter eggs!

Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst's blog about exploring historic sites & stories.
Check out her blog post about Wycinanki (Polish paper-cutting), including my family.

Read Daniel's review of the current Articulate: TIME exhibition at the Intercontinental Hotel. Proud to have my fiber work featured in the article.


Power of Creativity

Creating Art, Relationships & Shoes

Grantosa students with their "Express" Banner
This is the second school year that I've had the privilege to teach in Danceworks' superb IMAP. Sounds great, but what the heck is it, right? IMAP = Intergenerational Multi-Arts Program. In this program, I partnered with a fabulous dance instructor and we made weekly visits to a 5th grade class at Grantosa School and a group of adults at Luther Manor Adult Day Center.  Every other week, the students visited the adults at Luther Manor and they collaborated on dance and art activities.

Adults and kids prepare to show off their moves at the Final Performance
The best part of teaching in this program is watching the relationships between the young people and older adults blossom. They expanded their creativity, learned about themselves and each other.

Half-way through the 5-month program, they visited the Milwaukee Art Museum together for a morning of guided tours and movement activities.  At the end of the program, they gathered for a Final Performance with other IMAP sites.  

Students and adults collaged shoes and boxes
The theme of this year's IMAP was "Dancing in Someone Else's Shoes". I will treasure the memories of working with these individuals and will carry their creative energy (and their shoes) in my heart.


It's a two-workshop weekend in Bay View...

... in 2 non-traditional class venues

Happy New Year!  Kicking off 2014 with some fun workshops in some rockin' spaces:
SATURDAY Jan. 18, 2014 / 4:00 - 6:00 pm
at Saffron Yoga Center: 435 E. Lincoln Ave. (above Cafe Centraal)
Cost: Pay-what-you-can from $10-$25 at the door

Learn the traditional Polish art form of Wycinanki (paper-cutting) and create colorful works of art using cutting and layering techniques. We will begin by using a traditional star pattern, and then continue on to making our own designs. Engage your creative energy and learn a new skill and a bit about Polish culture. 
Class for adults.  No prior art experience necessary.

And just around the corner ~

SUNDAY Jan. 19, 2014 / 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Craftea:: Learn Basket Twining!
at Stone Creek Coffee Shop: 2266 S. KK Ave.
Cost: $10 at the door, or pre-register for $9!

Basket twining is one of the traditional forms of basketry.  Come join a friendly group of folks, enjoy a tasty beverage or snack, and use your hands to make something useful (or artful)!  You can choose to make a basket from either colored chenille pipecleaners or basket reed; additional supply kits are available for purchase for just $3 as well.  All ages & abilities welcome.  No prior art experience necessary.

 Hope to see you this weekend! ~K