Rachel is AWESOME. One of the most authentic, down-to-Earth people I know. I met Rachel in February 2010 at Brave Girls camp and we have stayed in touch since. I have visited her in Omaha and she has been back to Idaho. She's just one of those people you want to know... especially with what I'm about to tell you...
Rachel has started an Art Retreat called "Handmade U," college themed "semesters" with intense art instruction. The classes are designed to start at beginner level instruction, but also include intermediate and advances techniques to reach all skill levels. The setting is intimate and comfortable at the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Omaha.
For the "Fourth Semester" April 4-6, 2013 I will be teaching along with Dawn Devries Sokol! I am so so excited, and honored to be invited to instruct. Dawn will be teaching a Doodlicious Tapebound Journaling Class on Friday (seriously, she creates the most amazing journals, I can't wait to learn from her!)
This is Dawn, and a couple of examples of her work:
I will be teaching a class I'm calling, "Introduction to Leather Whispering" We will go over all the basics of leather tooling, tips and techniques; and the class will include making a cuff, and a set of three tooled leather flowers. I'll provide step by step instructions, along with a written guide. (My instructions will be WAY easier to follow than an Ikea "some assembly required" guide.) But first... I gotta figure out what the cuffs going to look like.
I know you've prob seen enough of my stuff to last you... but here's a few more pictures of some of my favorites.
If you are attending Handmade U... Tell me what you want, and I'll work with popular demand. I am so excited! This is going to be a blast. Oh, by the way... coincidentally, Rachel coined the nickname "Leather Whisperer" for me.. and it stuck. :)
Handmade U is selling out fast.. I hope you make it!