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Intentional Craft Teaching & Learning

A Craft & Practice Series Workshop

by Lise Silva Gomes, Featuring guest:

Kenya Miles of Blue Light Junction

THURSDAY  OCT 6  @ 5:30pm PST  

( 8:30pm EST )




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Note: Recordings are not available to those that didn't sign up before enrollment closed

Workshop Description

Who is this class for? 

  • Creative people who teach or learn craft and art techniques

  • Teachers who want support in sharing their techniques, understanding boundaries, and enriching relationships with students and the communities behind the techniques they are sharing

  • Crafters, makers, and artists who want to re-center and ground with their creative intentions

  • Those looking to build or expand their community-grounded creative practice

What is this workshop about? 

This 1.5- 2 hour Zoom workshop is about grounding your art practice in intention and community, there is valuable information for all makers but specifically geared to teaching and learning aspects of the art/craft community experience. Through lecture, exercises, and conversation we will unfold how to expand your creative vision, build a community grounded creative practice centered on an intentional approach. We will discuss how to let go of harmful, critical self-talk, sink into the process, facilitate a fruitful teacher/student relationship, respect community, navigate boundaries and understand cultural appropriation. You will gain pdf handouts to work on after class for further study and have time to ask questions in the last half of the class.


Who is your host?  My name is Lise (A Portuguese nickname, pronounced just like "Lizzie") have experience as a maker in handmade production, working in direct-to-consumer online retail, freelance, confronting design theft, hiring assistants, wholesale, consignment, custom commissions, craft fairs, working under contract, and publishing a craft book in 2020. I pass on the wisdom I have learned from study and experience for over 10 years as an independent freelance artist, small business owner, artist, and author. 


After a 45 minute lecture, we will have a group discussion with our special guest, artist, farmer, natural dyer, and teacher Kenya Miles of Blue Light Junction, a natural dye studio, dye garden & educational facility in central Baltimore. Kenya is focused on growing, processing, and preserving the history of natural dyes and their artistic, practical, and commercial applications. She has over a decade of experience being mentored in traditional crafts from around the world by master craftspeople and teaching students in the art of natural dying as part of her own practice. Kenya centers community in her practice and brings fresh insight and wisdom to both her personal creativity and her role as an educator. 

The workshop, including an open Q & A. will last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. 

(You can see the other classes in the Workshop Series on the series page HERE -- Classes are discounted when enrolling in the Lecture & Library package HERE

Class Goals:


  • Discuss pathways for building a community-centered and socially aligned art practice

  • Gain insight into how to better navigate roles as a teacher and student of craft

  • Share experiences and perspectives through a Q&A conversation with our guest

Logistical Notes:

  1. You will be sent the Zoom Link and any other necessary class details via email a few days before class begins

  2. Recordings of the class are sent within 48 hours after the live class and only made available for 30 days after the live class.

  3. There are no class refunds unless the class is cancelled due to unforeseen events, please familiarize with Zoom prior to the class because refunds are not given if you have technical difficulties. It is recommended to use Zoom on your laptop not a mobile device because the mobile app does not give you full capabilities to view/participate. 

  4. Although classes are structured interactively, you do not have to have your camera on during class. You can choose to interact or just observe. 

These super affordable workshops for artists can only continue with support!

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Who is the guest speaker? 

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