Creative Color Knitting Journey
April 20-29, 2017
Host Artist: Brecia Kralovic-Logan
Artist and author of “The Spiral of Creativity,” Brecia is a passionate champion of creativity and knitter extraordinaire. After years of knitting in rows, she discovered the absolute joy of wildly playing off the knitting grid. Once she discovered how simple it was to indulge her free spirit and unquenchable appetite for color while creating uniquely fabulous knitwear, she has been sharing this love with knitters around the globe. Brecia will also share her skills as a creativity coach encouraging everyone to Play- Explore-Discover. As an award winning and nationally exhibited artist, her zeal for color, texture, and movement has driven her own life as an artist and taken her from New York, to London, to Kyoto exploring various facets of the art world.
Our Muse: Antigua Guatemala
Our journey begins in the enchanting Spanish Colonial City of Antigua. This fascinating city is a unique blend of old world flavor and cosmopolitan energy nestled among 3 dramatic volcanoes; Agua, Feugo & Acatenango. Cobblestone streets, delightfully colored homes, stunning colonial architecture, museums, galleries of art and warm and friendly people. Antigua is one of the most beautiful and well preserved cities of the entire Mayan region with colorful markets offering a variety of handmade products that honor the traditions of generations of artisans. From Antigua our journey takes us through the intoxicating beauty of the western highlands; this is the heartland of the Guatemalan Maya, a place of living traditions amid the most beautiful of landscapes. Our destination is Lago de Atitlan. Atitlan is 1,500 meters above sea-level and considered by many as one of the most beautiful and colorful lakes in the world. In Maya the word “atitlan” translates as “the place where the rainbow gets it colors” just might say it all! Surrounded by mountains and three towering volcanoes with a dozen or so villages dotting the shoreline, most of which are accessible only by footpath or boat. The ever-present Maya culture, costumes, religions and way of life will serve as our muse as we leisurely journey from village to village.
What to Expect
Play, Explore, Discover is Brecia’s creative mantra. Join us in the land of color for an amazing journey into color knitting with fiber artist and creative knitting guru, Brecia Kralovic-Logan. Take in the glorious spectrum of Mayan textiles and let sparks fly as you translate your inspirations into unique knits with a spirit all their own. Let your senses soak in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of this enchanting land as you explore the city of Antigua. Imagine yourself surrounded by a flurry of color at the downtown markets, or relaxing with your knitting as you gaze at an ancient volcano towering over the deep blue waters of Lake Atitlan. Enjoy the combination of wonderful workshops that will feed your creativity and travel experiences that feed your soul
Workshops will include:
Wild Color Creative Knitting: Discover how to create unique, signature knits using the colors that make your heart sing and a few basic knitting skills. Leave behind patterns, stitch gauge, and straight rows as you embrace organic shapes and caress the curves. Explore ways to create a variety of garments and accessories that express your individual spirit.
Creative “Fairy Aisle” Knitting: Believe! You can create your own amazing color patterns that resemble Fair Isle as you play with this simple 2 color technique. Cast on and cast the spell as you play with patterns that are simply magical.Imagine and invent a special accessory to accentuate your creative powers.
Natural Dyeing for Silk “Farn”: Create a spectacular rainbow of color on silk fabric using traditional natural dyes. We will dye yards of silk fabric to tear into knitting “Farn” ( Fabric Yarn) Learn about the natural dyeing process including the use of simple mordants. Discover how to create dyes from your vegetable garden. Glory in the sweet palette of nature’s color spectrum.
Knitting with silk Fabric: Using your personal color palette of naturally dyed silk fabric, learn Brecia’s signature techniques for creating light and airy knits combining silk and other yarns. Capture the spirit of the ancient Mayans as you create a wrap or poncho that will become your favorite shoulder sugar.
“Ikat” Knit Fabric: Inspired by Guatemalan woven patterns we will transform space dyed yarns into a knitted fabric resembling an Ikat textile. This simple technique allows us to manipulate the stitches to create a color effect similar to that found in textiles woven from resist dyed warps. Create the pattern as you go with this playful, fun and easy knitting method. And then let your imagination go wild as you come up with creative ways to use this gorgeous colorful fabric.
Today I will take one small step toward my goal and learn to celebrate my progress and trust in the timing”~Brecia Kralovic Logan..you lit my fire. Fire Lighter you are. It truly has been the most wonderful and fulfilling time of my life. Taking classes from you, and.. coming into my Creative female energy. Thank you for being you and being there for me. ~ K. Luckett In the Spiral of Creativity, Brecia, the masterful artist that she is, has designed a series of creative adventures for your spirit to spark your inner creative expression and expand you as a person. The book will stretch your mind, get you moving, and feed your muse. It is a treasure chest of activities written by a prolific and successful creative women. So clear off your workspace and let Brecia guide you deeper into your creative brilliance.” ~ Gail McMeekin, author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women
Group Size| 12 Participants
Experience| Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, it is always inspiring to have a mix of skills and people who are passionate about various mediums for creating along with those who want to try their hand at something new.
Includes| 6 Nights Deluxe Accommodations-Antigua; 3 Nights Deluxe Accommodations Lake Atitlan; Private Transfers; Welcome & Departure Dinner; Breakfast Daily;Complimentary Art Journal; Creative Sessions with Brecia Kralovic-Logan;Private Guided Excursions: Cooking Lessons, Weaving Cooperatives, Studio Visits
Travel Information| Arrival Airport: Guatemala City, (GUA) |Departure Airport: Guatemala City (GUA) | Travel Time Airport/Hotel: Round Trip Private Transfers Included | Travel Time: 45 minute **Please note we will notify you by email when it’s time to book your international flights.
Arriving Early or Departing Later| We would be happy to assist you with hotels and transfers
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Come explore the intuitive creative process and learn to nurture and support your inner spirit as you develop your passions to fuel your creative expression. Play, Explore and Discover on this inspiring journey through enchanting Guatemala!
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