Being (t)here

Exploring the “Poetics of Place” with India Flint

Norway September 23-29, 2018

Our Muse:

India will be traveling to Norway from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive botanical-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth.

She completed her MA in 2001, researching eucalyptus dyes for textiles, with 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science and fashion. Eco Colour, Second Skin, the Bundle Book, Stuff Steep + Store and On Wandering Wind are a few of her beautiful works of print. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.

The Workshop:

” ‘being (t)here’ is an intensive site-specific masterclass that looks at the poetics of place through immersion in the local landscape. Each class is tailored to exploring its particular locality, but also covers the fundamentals of bundle dyeing on both textiles and paper. Though, as travellers, we work small, the techniques learned may be applied to larger projects when participants return to their own studios. On sunny days we spend time outside making experiential wanderings. If the weather dictates, some work will take place indoors. 

Using cloth, stitch, paper and locally gathered plant dyes (from weeds and windfalls) along with drawing, writing, mark-making and paper-folding techniques (developed especially for the class) we build a series of small and intricate workbooks mapping the journey of our time together.  We record our experiences through dyeing, drawing and painting as well as through poetry and story, developing a vocabulary of marks from the landscape and gathering a rich resource of words and images to take forward into other work.  

We will also work on a journey cloth that doubles as a shawl, hand stitch a tsunubukuro bag and hand twine some cord from dyed cloth remnants.

Walking is an essential component of our work. There may be music as well as rich silences. Times of deep listening, experiential drawing and the gathering of “gorgeous nothings”…spontaneous poetry noted while wandering, as well as gentle group performances of aleatory poetry created by reading aloud together.

Through engaging deeply with place, we find a way home into ourselves.” – India

The Destination:  

Ålesund: Arrival City

Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It’s home to more natural wonders than we can count; dramatic fjords, majestic mountains, stunning cities, fascinating history and really happy people. The coastal city of Ålesund situated amid beautiful fjords surrounded by the snow-covered Sunnmore Alps is one of  Norway’s largest working harbors. The harbor shares a special charm with its winding streets filled with colorful buildings topped by turrets, spires, gables, dragon heads, and curlicues, making it one of the  few art-nouveau cities in the world.  If you have a few days to spare, we highly suggest you arrive a few days earlier and linger longer in Ålesund.

Juvet Landscape Hotel:

With our deep love of Norway and its amazing natural treasures, we think we’ve discovered another perfect setting for our Being (t)here workshop with India. The Landscape Hotel Juvet..located in a small village called Valldall located north of Norddalsfjorden (a spectacular Fjord) in the northwest coast of Norway… ahhh just pure magic!

We’ll immerse ourselves in the spectacular environment created by Juvet, the first landscape hotel in Europe. Situated in the farmstead of Brutigard farm on a steep, natural levee amongst birch, aspen and pines. The architects Jensen + Skodvin envisioned a landscape hotel that would blend in with the natural environment.  The result is 9 small “cubes” sitting on stilts with glass walls opening up to striking views of the valley, river, courtyard or the dramatic gorge below. In addition, there are restored outbuildings on the farm – the mill house, the barn and the authentically restored farmhouse – where we’ll share meals, laughter and good conversation.


Group Size| 1012 Participants

Experience| This workshop is open to all levels of experience, from the absolute beginner through the more experienced artist looking to enhance their skills in a fun, relaxed environment.  

Includes| 1 Night Accommodation in Ålesund; 5 Nights Accommodation Juvet Landscape Hotel; Private Round Trip Transfers Ålesund- Juvet  ; Meals as outlined; Boat Tour Geiranger Fjord; Complimentary Moleskin Japanese Journal; being (t)here masterclass with India Flint

Travel Information| Arrival & Departure Airport:Ålesund Airport, Vigra (AES)| Airport Taxi Services Available | Travel Time: Airport to Hotel Brosudet, 15 minutes **Please note we will notify you by email when it’s time to book your international flights.   

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**The above tour details are an example of what to expect; the specifics may change slightly to allow for better scheduling, the inclusion of special events or life’s unknowns.  

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