Stay Wild, Indigo Child
Mixed Media Magic and Movement for the Apocalypse
A plant-dye + ceramic + knot spell workshop with somatic support
It is human to be magic.
The endlessly hungry engine of extractive capitalism would like you to think art making is frivolous except when it can be profitable. The demons of the apocalypse say only the specialized few should try to make anything of meaning from clay or pigment or sticks and glue.
Those same hungry demons will use slithering tongues to whisper magic is foolish and only for fools, while simultaneously selling commercialized witch kits and making cartoon characters of The People who still know how to listen to the stars.
If the world is burning – and it is – then it would make sense to conclude that any effort to make magic or beauty is a waste of time.
But when we return to magic and to art made with what is at hand, we return to our own humanity.
And perhaps the world doesn’t need any more social justice warriors. Perhaps the world needs more people coming together in our own human-ness, to be messy together, to make messes together, to make beauty from the mess and let tears fall, together.
We think so.
On August 24th, Rachael Erickson Rice and Abigail Rose Clarke are going to make art together as a way of weaving spells for the return of our own messy human-ness.
What to Expect:
We’ll meet Saturday August 24, from 1-5pm on the un-ceded lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Chinook, Molalla, Tualatin Kalapuya and other indigenous peoples in the Hollywood district in NE Portland, Oregon (location info sent with registration).
We’ll practice Somatic Awareness (the relationships present within your own body). We’ll deepen relationship between body and earth, accepting support and our own responsibility.
Using ancient plant dye + folding/clamping practices we will create traditional outdoor indigo dye baths to explore all the ways we might have “the blues” and how we might bind them to a deeper, abiding joy.
We’ll tie our prayers into knots. We’ll print clay with the plants who survive at the road’s edge. We will put the craft in witchcraft. We’ll let our bodies release into the weight of gravity, that first relationship. And you’re invited.
We will use earth-based elements, mineral paints, foraged flora, intuitive macrame, knotwork and intentions to craft a mixed media art spell: weaving our magic into our art, weaving magic with our art. Magic is, after all, nothing but the entanglement of meaning and matter.
Feel free to bring any natural fiber (cotton, wool, silk, flax, no synthetics!) clothing items such as tees, pillow cases, napkins, etc. Two 24”x24” white cotton tea towels will be provided. Please wear clothes and shoes that can be stained.
Who this is for:
Anyone who aches for the world and wishes to use that ache for the work. Anyone who believes in the power of beauty when it is unleashed from the confines of those who wish to keep our power from us. Skilled artists and total beginners will be equally equipped for this workshop.
Cat on premises
Who we are:
Rachael Rice is an artist, writer, and death doula with a background in public education and community arts advocacy. She makes magical, radical art for living and dying on a ravaged planet and specializes in the composting of that which must pass away for the new world to be born.
Abigail Rose Clarke is a somatic educator focusing on strategic, tangible, embodied methods to create lasting change in our personal and communal lives, rippling out from individual to systemic change. By helping people truly inhabit their own skin and blood and guts and bones she offers a way to re-enter into true relationship with the world.
There isn’t a single binary in your body. Nature knows no hierarchy. When we remember that we have more in common with the stones and trees and mossy woods than we do with steel buildings and supremacies of any kind, we live into the future.
This is Magic and Art for the Apocalypse.
This is the Art of Collapse.
Saturday, August 24th, 1-5pm in Portland, OR address shared when you register.
All supplies included.
$100 / Scholarships are available for peoples whose marginalized identities preclude participation, please email [email protected]
No refunds. Purchases can be transferred or used towards future workshops.
Space is limited. We hope you’ll join us.