Driving along highway 83 as it winds its way up through the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains, I can feel time slow down a little. The vast golden hillsides roll across the horizon to meet the endless clear blue sky. Turnoffs are infrequent and unpaved.
Perched alone on top of a hill just past the crossroads of Sonoita, is the After Midnight Art Ranch. The private home and studio of Linda & Tom Hanson, they open it up to guests a few times each year for special art retreats. What I love most about After Midnight is the contrast of the expansive vistas outside and the cozy warmth and hospitality inside.
It’s only an hour from the Tucson airport, but feels like a world away from everything!
That’s why I’m pleased to announce that the After Midnight Art Ranch is once again the location for my winter kumihimo retreat: Wine, Dine & Design!
We’ll gather Thursday afternoon at After Midnight for happy hour to get to know each other and for some kumihimo show & tell. Be sure to bring your favorite necklaces!
The party continues as we gather around the dining table for a home-cooked meal. Save room for desert! After you unpack your fun surprises in your retreat tote bag, you’ll head back to your room and have sweet dreams of kumihimo.
Friday morning you’ll study the math of pattern, proportion, and design in Kumihimo. After a delicious home-cooked lunch we’ll continue the workshop. Our evenings are reserved for relaxing and merry making! Enjoy dinner with your new friends and maybe unwind with a glass of wine on the patio. Enjoy the quiet scenery and be inspired to fill your notebook with new kumihimo designs.
Saturday we shift our focus to the art and science of color selection. You’ve been experimenting with different design concepts and your plan is starting to take shape! Everything is coming together now… balance, symmetry, pattern, rhythm, math and color theory.
You’ve spent three days improving your skills as a kumihimo designer. Sunday morning we’ll explore ways to tap into your inner spring of creativity and keep the ideas flowing all year long. Then we say our goodbyes and close our retreat session before lunch, but I hope you’ll take the time to soak up the mountain views one more time before you go.
Take a break from your everyday life to join me in Sonoita at the relaxing After Midnight Art Ranch. Each day you’ll be working hands-on writing your own kumihimo designs, critiquing your work, prototyping, and braiding. This is an amazing experience that will change your approach to design no matter what level you’re starting at!
January 10-13, 2019
How much is it?
- $1599 per person when you register by October 31st
- Three-nights’ accommodation at the After Midnight Art Ranch or Xanadu Ranch. All private bedrooms, some shared baths.
- All meals & beverages. That’s dinner Thursday; breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Friday & Saturday; breakfast & lunch on Sunday. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available are available throughout the day. Wine is served with/after dinner.
- Kumihimo Design: Mastering Composition & Color, a master class with Rebecca Ann Combs.
- Bead kit for the master class ($120+ value)
Frequently Asked Questions
Will we be working on the disk or the marudai.
The focus of the workshop is the design process. We’ll do some quick sampler projects on the disk, but the majority of the hands-on time will be spent designing and charting your bead patterns.
The skills you learn can be applied to braids on either the disk or marudai, whichever you prefer to work with at home, but for your convenience on this retreat you’ll only need a disk.
What are we going to make?
You’re going to write your own kumihimo pattern focusing on ombrés, color blocking, pattern blocking, and fades. Unlike most classes this isn’t about us all making a specific, predetermined design chosen by the teacher. You’re here to unlock your design talents and to learn HOW to come up with your own designs.
With that in mind, think of the kit as tools you will work with to hone your design skills. You’ll be writing your patterns based on the beads in your kit. Want to see you color choices?
Are there any prerequisites?
You should be comfortable with beaded kumihimo (beaded kongoh gumi) on either the disk or the marudai.
What if something comes up and I can’t attend?
Because so many moving parts have to work in harmony for an event like this to be a success, once you register we are counting on your attendance. We reserve lodging, catering, and other professional services on your behalf.
Fifty percent of your registration fee will be refunded for cancellations at least 60 days prior to the start of the retreat.
There will be no refunds, store credits, or transfers to other events for cancellations less than 60 days prior to the retreat.
We know that life can be unpredictable and that is why we highly recommend that you purchase cancellation and travel insurance just as you would for any other vacation package.
What if I have special dietary needs?
Let us when you register. The After Midnight Art Ranch will be catering our meals and will work with us to accommodate your needs the best they are able.
Can I bring my spouse or other non-student guest?
Sorry, but this is a very intimate venue and we are only able to accommodate our retreat students.
Can I bring my pet(s)?
Sorry, but no.
What time should I arrive on Thursday?
Please try to arrive between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Thursday. Bring some kumihimo to work on while everyone is gathering and settling it. We’ll have happy hour at 5:00 PM and dinner starts at 6:00 PM.
If you are flying into Tucson International Airport, please book your flight to arrive at the airport no later than 2:30 PM on Thursday so that you have plenty of time to make your way to Sonoita. There are two ways to get from the airport to Sonoita and back: rent a car and drive yourself or pre-book a private shuttle. Uber does not service the Sonoita area. It’s about a one hour drive from the airport to After Midnight Ranch. I haven’t tried them myself, but the Xanadu Guest Ranch recommended Arizona Sunshine Tours (arizonasunshinetours.com) for airport transportation.
What time will we be finished on Sunday?
On the last day of the retreat we’ll finish our last workshop session at 11:00 AM and then we’ll share lunch together. We’ll be finished with lunch around 12:00 PM. I’m going to open up Design & Adorn on Sunday afternoon from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM for retreat guests for a private shopping session. The airport is about a 25 minute drive from the store.
Aim for your return flight to be after 2:30 or 3:00 PM on Sunday, if you plan on going straight to the airport from Sonoita. If you’re interesting in coming to Tucson to see the world’s largest collection of kumihimo supplies, book your return flight for after 5:00 PM on Sunday.