Design Outside the Lines Retreat-                                           Taos, New Mexico

                                   • september 27- october 2, 2015 •

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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM 
Cost:  $1,985.  

Commuter rate: $1,250.

Experience the magic of Northern New Mexico! Situated at the end of a quiet road not far from the center of town, The Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a historic adobe looks out across Taos pueblo property with a view of the sacred Taos mountain. This fall,  Diane Ericson will be joined by a guest instructor, Holly Badgley for dynamic teaching sessions and one-on-one instruction in our adobe conference center studio. By popular request- We have  added an extra day in the studio to the Taos Retreat! A chance to deepen the experience, and focus on aspects of your work in new ways. We'll be on  'Taos time'  as they say, with plenty of opportunity for small, informal groups in the log cabin room and afternoons sitting with handwork in the stone courtyards. Two meals a day are included at Mabel’s, breakfast and lunch. Dinner is on your own, with downtown Taos is an easy 10-minute walk from Mabel's with many wonderful and diverse eating opportunities in route.  Historic single rooms available also. Spouse/partners are welcome (queen size beds only). The single supplement is $485. and spouse/partner rates $600.

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Price includes: 5-day workshop, meals (breakfast & lunch [daily], dinner; first night only), and lodging. Rooms are double occupancy. The single supplement is $485.  Commuter rate: includes workshop, studio time, breakfasts & lunches and dinner the first night.  

                             2015 Guest Instructor:  holly badgley

I am looking forward to working with Holly this fall and sharing her incredible design background and hands-on textile techniques with you. visit holly's website for more about her and her beautiful worK.    

about Holly..................

Whether I am working on clothing or fiber pieces to be displayed on the wall, I incorporate the same elements: color, composition, and creative re-use of materials -- all dominant themes in my current work.
Color has always been an intuitive language for me. I use it to excite or to quiet the imagination, depending on the intensity of color or the intentional lack of it.
 I have hoarded fabric cuttings from my many years of making garments. These scraps have become an exciting part of what I use to create my work.  Scraps that contain lighter areas can make a dark background glow. Or pieces that contain rough edging with dye that has bled can lend a tattered quality to a design.


 I am looking forward to sharing my current technique, called Dervish,with you in Taos. This technique involves painting an assortment of fabric pieces and then cutting them up and collaging them together. This creates a spontaneous surface, richly textured and layered, filled with raw edges and much free-style stitching.
 Being able to apply my stitched thread line onto the last layer of a work adds textural richness that I have been unconsciously searching for. I can create intimate vignettes on the top layer of a piece to add a final dimension that transforms the piece. The fact that I can’t quite control what happens when I use this tool keeps the process ultimately mysterious and deeply satisfying.
After years of doing production I now let a sense of freedom guide my actions. I strive to maintain a playful approach while I work, like solving a puzzle.      Holly Badgley

payment options:


retreat payment policy-

Send your full amount or $300 deposit to hold your place. Full payment is due 60 days prior to your retreat. 
Cancellation policy: Now to 30 days prior to the retreat, $200. is non-refundable. Less than 30 days prior to the retreat, no refund. You may transfer your reservation to another person or to another retreat within the same year if unable to attend. 

"this is more than a sewing workshop, it is a life changing experience."  Workshop Participant 2014

wondering what to wear?

Bring comfortable expressive clothes you feel good in, and feel free to dress up or things you love and maybe don't always give yourself permission to wear. Include layers. In a community of fellow fiber artists, you can express yourself in many fun ways. You might want to include casual clothes for morning walks and an apron or t-shirt for surface design. " 

Materials list, arrival information, maps etc. will be e-mailed 6 weeks out from the retreat.  

Inspiring Lodging: Morning in the Solarium .


There may or may not be rooms available before and after the retreat. If you want to come early or stay after the retreat, please contact Bonnie McMar at Mabel Dodge Luhan directly, 800-846-2235. 
GETTING TO TAOS: Fly into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, then rent a car and drive to Taos or take a shuttle. The drive takes you past/through Santa Fe, then north, and is a magnificent BIG view ride. Allow 3 hours driving time. If you possibly can, allow more time for stops and vistas. Shuttle services to contact are: Mountain View Shuttle or Taos Ski Valley Shuttle Call ahead to reserve and check times and verify the price before making plane reservations.   

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