A combination that has given us a gift that I had opportunity to experience this past week. Meet Danish-born Jens Jensen…. a Chicago landscape architect whose personal quest for an environment that would encourage contemplation and a “clearing” of the mind from the “dailies” we all are bombarded with, that began with the purchase of a summer home on the outskirts of Ellison Bay, Door County, WI, and grew to become what it known today as “The Clearing Folk School” With class offerings that pique the interests of most in a setting that is mostly familiar in a Kincaid painting but is a reality to all who exit life’s busy highway for some moments of inspiration.
So grab a cuppa and come along on a joyous, albeit brief, pictorial tour of my experience last Thursday and Friday.
The class was an “Intro to Primitive Rug Hooking”, taught by my friend Kathy Morton. The attraction for me…..Spend some time with my friend in a setting (Door County) that I’ve visited before but was a new one for her and an opportunity to (begin to) learn a new art form. Our home away from home for those brief days………. a cozy, quilt covered(!) garret overlooking a very small portion of the breathtaking 141 acres…….some exterior views……….. ours was the upper right balcony/room. Because this was only a 2-day workshop, class was held in this building which, also, houses the gift shop and offices.
Known as “The Jens Jensen Visitor Center”, it provided more than ample workshop space for Kathy and her 2 students. Yes, I said 2 …… this particular time is especially busy in Door County and the overnight lodging availability was a challenge! Looking down on our space……say hello to Kathy and Tammy (one of the sweet staff who was always on the move, providing all that was needed to make our stay wonderful!). This “protected time” allowed us to totally focus on the learning set before us……… Lunch was brought in from a nearby Gills Rock restaurant…….. and the evening meals were on our own (Kathy and I sought out “Al Johnsons” in nearby Sister Bay for one of our evenings). Kathy brought many of her rugs for inspiration…….. But, before I go any further, let me introduce my class……….. from left to right…..Beth, Kathy and myself…….. with Kathy holding her finished version of what Beth and I proceeded to work our way along! My project status, as of this morning……… At this point I am able to safely state….ummmmmm…….I am ‘hooked’ on the process!!!!!! It provides the perfect contrast for me. Handwork, involving fine thread w/ needle, is not something that I desire after spending my day at the machine, quilting, but……working with 1/4” strips of wool on linen is perfect.
To be continued tomorrow with more photos of “The Clearing” grounds/facilities.
Off to Spring Grove quilt guild………….
Note:each photo may be enlarged by “clicking” on it!