Design Outside the Lines Retreat-                                           Taos, New Mexico

                                                  • June 25-30, 2017 •  

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

Commuter rate: $1,795.

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 that looks out across Taos pueblo property with a view of the sacred Taos mountain. Next summer,  Diane Ericson will be joined by a guest instructor, Valerie Goodwin, for inspiring 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! It's a chance to deepen the experience and explore 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 and afternoons sitting with handwork in the stone courtyards. 

                                        To visit the Mabel Dodge Luhan House online:  

Guest Teacher: Valerie Goodwin                        •••               

Valerie is an Architect and college Professor educated at Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis.  She became very interested in designing and making quilts in 1998 as an outgrowth of her architectural background. It began as part of an investigation in the design classes that she teaches at Florida A & M University’s School of Architecture.  Students were asked to investigate parallels between architecture and quilting. To her surprise, she found the design and making of quilts as engaging as the design and study of architecture. 

"African burial ground" by V. Goodwin

"lay of the land" by V. Goodwin

"Students in my classes were asked to investigate parallels between architecture and quilting. They studied issues related to composition, ordering systems, color and pattern. As a result, I felt compelled to gain actual experience with this medium.  To my surprise, I found the design and making of quilts as engaging as the design and study of architecture!   
My work as an artist uses architectural elements such as built form, city grid, mapping and composition as a source of inspiration. These pieces are part of my continuing investigation of ideas that focus on geometrical relationships, patterns and ordering principles found in architecture. My work conveys these ideas abstractly, through the use of collage, layering, transparency, density and improvisation".  Valerie

An award winning, published artist-for more information about Valerie, her awards, book and work, see her website.  


A Theme I am exploring for this retreat: Map Imagery as Design Play- 

"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. Map Imagery has held my curiosity for a while and is influencing my surface design work now. I can see Valerie's strong Design Eye will be an exciting addition to our Taos Retreat. Talking with her and enjoying her online work has me excited to explore more dimensional shaping in my garment construction. This is an opportunity to building your surface design skills as you create fabric for a wall piece or a new favorite garment. I'm looking forward to our studio playtime together!" 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.

"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 Julie 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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