Folk School instructor, Sandy Webster is featured in the article “Sense of Place
” by Melissa Smith in WNC Magazine this month.
Here is an excerpt:
A closet-size room attached to Sandy Webster’s spacious home studio holds a pantry of natural earth-tone pigments used to color her handmade journals, prints, paintings, drawings, and other works of art. Shades of brown, green, red, gray, and yellow—it’s surprising that dirt exists in such a variety of hues. Some of the dry powders were culled from soils in France, New Zealand, and Australia, while others came from right down the road on the banks of Lake Chatuge.
Sandy is teaching “Pigments From the Earth” on June 8-14. Learn how to make pigments from soils gathered at the Folk School and nearby. Student will utilize various methods of extracting the color, and then grind these elements into beautiful, water-soluble paints using an assortment of binders. After processing and naming the new colors, enjoy testing them in paintings and sketchbooks! No experience necessary, but expect some easy walking and a bit of digging.
About Cory Marie Podielski
Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com