November 8-11, 2018
Join me for a four-day/three-night design experience that will open up a whole new world of creative opportunities! Give yourself permission to escape your everyday life and take the time to hone your skills as a designer. This intimate gathering allows tons of one-on-one time with me as I distill my years of experience into accessible information you can use now.
In the first session, The Toolbox, you’ll refine your understanding of traditional design concepts such as rhythm, symmetry, balance, and proportion, but this goes far beyond an art appreciation 101… You’ll master the how and the why. You’ll be able to make design decisions with intention so that your elements work they way you want them to.
In the second session, The Power Tools, you’ll learn how to artfully edit your work before you even pick up a bead! Imagine the time and frustration you’ll save when you can judge your designs on paper and know they’re good before you begin braiding!
In the third session, The Prism, you’ll master color selection by examining the effect of different bead finishes on color perception. The secret to pleasing palettes is balance and you’ll apply your knowledge of proportion to create color combinations that sing and mix beads as though they were paint.
All three days you’ll be working hands-on writing your own jewelry 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!
Imagine Your Kumihimo Retreat
Our meals and workshops will take place at the lovely After Midnight Art Ranch in Sonoita, Arizona. Only a 45 minute drive from the Tucson International Airport, but far away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life.
You’ll arrive Thursday evening and get settled into your room at either After Midnight Ranch or the neighboring Xanadu Ranch or Stage Stop Inn. Then relax and mingle in the dining room or out on one of the lovely balconies or patios. Perhaps enjoy a drink before dinner. Margaritas, anyone?
We’ll start the party with our Welcome Fiesta! Bring some kumihimo necklaces for a show & tell. After the party winds down, you’ll retreat to your private bedroom and have sweet dreams of kumihimo.
Friday morning we’ll start the first workshop session after breakfast. You’ll explore the math of pattern, proportion, and design in Kumihimo. After our fabulous lunch we’ll continue the workshop. Our evenings are reserved for dining and merry making! You might braid after dinner or maybe you’ll unwind with a glass of wine? Enjoy the time with your new friends and soak in the gorgeous views of the Santa Rita mountains.
Saturday follows the same format as Friday with our workshop focus shifting to the art and science of color theory. You’ve been experimenting with different design concepts and now your plan is starting to take shape! Once again you enjoy a gourmet dinner and an evening reveling in camaraderie and artistic inspiration. Your mind is really spinning now with all sorts of braiding possibilities.
Sunday morning after breakfast we have our last workshop session. You may be putting the finishing touches on your master piece or it may still be in progress, but either way you leave bursting with fresh ideas and the confidence to create your own designs. After our last lunch together we say our goodbyes and return home.
How much is it?
- $1299 per person when you register by June 30th
- July 1st the price goes up to $1499 per person. SAVE $200 by registering now!
- When you pay-in-full by June 30th you also get a fabulous bonus… An 8×8 memory book with all of the best pictures from the retreat. Photo books will be ready approximately 12-14 weeks after the retreat.
- 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.
That sounds great!
How do I sign up
If you’re going with the one-payment option you can register online or call us at 520-209-1900.
If you’d like the payment plan, please call us at 520-209-1900 to register.