December 20, 2017
On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Helen Hiebert Studio is the sponsor today, and I’d like to talk about the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat.
My family relocated to the Vail Valley in 2012, and I was fortunate to find a unique studio space in the old school house in Red Cliff, an old mining town with a population of 265 at 9,000 feet above sea level (I live in Edwards, population 10,000, elevation 7221 ft., and I have a lovely commute to and from the studio).
I had a hunch that I might be able to gather a group in this somewhat remote location and the saying held true – If you build it, they will come. The retreat has taken place for four years now, the weekend after Labor Day. Participants have come from all over the United States, Panama and the UK. In 2017, I expanded the 3-day event and offered two 3-day retreats, with a break day in between. Several participants attended both sessions.
The theme this year Illuminated Paper, and we’ll be gathering September 7-9 and/or September 11-13, 2018. You can read all about it here, and registration is now open!
Every year we develop a special camaraderie as we work with paper in a variety of ways, exploring both wet and dry techniques. This is one of the few times I open my studio, and I invite you to join us!
About the 25 Days of Paper 2017: I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar or the online class, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season!
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