Design Outside the Lines Retreat-                                           Taos, New Mexico

 • sept. 24-29, 2017 • =This retreat is full=

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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM 
Cost:  $2,195.  

Commuter rate: $1,725.

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. Next fall,  Diane Ericson will be joined by a guest instructor, Jody Alexander 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. 

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Guest Teacher: jody Alexander                          •••                                       

Jody Alexander, M.S. Library Science, B.A. Art History, is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.  She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in a number of historical and modern binding styles, and rescues discarded books and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces and sculptural objects. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations. 

"In the past 3 years or so Japanese Boro textiles have been a great inspiration to me. Boro is a word used to describe Japanese textiles that have been pieced, patched, repaired and passed down from generation to generation. Boro textiles are utilitarian objects that are rich and sumptuous and that, although old in age, possess a contemporary aesthetic, and are rooted in sustainability. Currently, I am working on a series that utilizes the cloth from covers of withdrawn library books, old linen and cotton fabric, and imagery from select withdrawn library books. These materials and imagery are combined in a way that is inspired by the pieced together Boro textiles. The richly colored bookcloth, and the book imagery, float through these stitched pieces like apparitions of the containers of stories, knowledge and information that they were once part of. This new series is called Bibliomuse and it is a subseries of my KEEP: Modern Library series. The pieces in this series, and subseries, take the shape of wall pieces, bound books, accordion books, scrolls, dresses and Japanese style bags. I love to use materials that speak to me, and play around with forms and structures that interest me".    Jody Alexander


"I'm always inspired with fresh vision on returning to New Mexico for yearly retreats. Color and form find their way into my imagery and textile work.....while the high desert air and views are a reminder to breath in, settle in and celebrate the magic and new work that takes form in the studio there". Diane

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Price includes: 5-day workshop, meals (breakfast & lunch [daily], dinner; first & last night), and lodging. Rooms are double occupancy. Two meals a day are included at Mabel’s, breakfast and lunch. Dinner is included on the first nite and our last evening together at Mabels. Downtown Taos is an easy 10-minute walk from Mabel's with many wonderful and diverse eating opportunities in route. Single rooms are available. Spouse/partners are welcome (queen size beds only). The single supplement is $565. and spouse/partner rates (which includes meals) is $600.   

The Commuter rate: includes workshop, studio time, breakfasts & lunches and dinner the first night.  

Payment options:


retreat payment policy-

Send your full amount or $500. 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. 

                                                             Diane's printed & collaged silk organza wall piece.

                                                                          Jody Alexander's stitched wallpiece-

"this is more than a sewing workshop, it is a life changing experience."  Workshop Participant 2015

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 & teaching notes 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 from Albuquerque. 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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