Early Bird Registration Wine, Dine & Design Retreat


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November 8-11, 2018
Sonoita, Arizona

Peek behind the curtains and step into my world. Wine, Dine & Design is your opportunity to unplug from your daily life, relax in the beautiful rolling wine country of Southern Arizona, and master techniques that will make your jewelry designs shine. Expertly design your own kumihimo patterns and confidently select colors that you KNOW will look great together. Stop guessing what beads go where and put an end to ripping out braids that don’t turn out as expected.

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.

Accelerate you kumihimo designs with the techniques that take a design from good to great!

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.

What’s included?

  • 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)