Author: Keather Gougler
During the first few weeks of January (1/9-1/28), students and instructors came from as close as Brasstown, and as far away as Canada to take or teach intermediate and advanced classes in art & craft, music, and writing. The master instructors traveled here to spend time with us, teaching and enjoying their time spent at the Folk School. While many focused on improving their skills, there were a lot of new techniques being explored, like 3-D Kaleidoscope making, dyeing on wool using resist techniques and clamps, and making colorful, textured and crimped cloth in the Weaving Studio. There was experimentation with technology, such as using Photoshop to assist in the design process for tapestry, as well as printing photographs on silk fabric. (Can you tell which of the photos below is a piece of silk fabric with digital imagery?) The woodturners continued to awe us as they turned out vessels made from both native and exotic wood, and created boxes with lids, and vessels with feet. The potters threw some impressively large forms, and sculpted beautiful busts and figures. The blacksmiths forged glistening knives out of steel, made medieval padlocks, and hammered and welded a sculptural fish, a T-Rex dinosaur, and a larger-than-life rabbit. The Cooking Studio supplied the rest of the campus with the aroma of fresh-baked bread, as well as delicious samples, and the new outdoor oven was fired-up for the first time for a class! Here’s a sampling of photos from these last few weeks.
This month, while you’re waiting in the checkout line at your grocery store, flipping through magazines, you just might come across the Folk School. The October issue of Whole Living, in the “Smart Travel: Teaching Trips” article on page 24, recommends the Folk School as a destination to “channel your inner blacksmith, woodcarver, or weaver” and has included a photo of a Folk School blacksmithing student at the anvil.
Fall Festival: October 5 & 6
Share in a celebration of timeless Appalachian culture at our 45th annual Fall Festival. Strolling through our wooded campus, you’ll meet over 250 fine craft vendors offering their work for sale. Enjoy the Quilt Show, and watch over 30 talented artisans demonstrate their craft. Catch the excitement as you view musicians and dancers on two stages throughout the weekend. Bring the youngsters for lively kids’ activities, and choose from a nice selection of tasty Festival food. Daily admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12. Visit our Fall Festival Page for more information.
Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our 2019-2020 Folk School Catalog is now available, and all classes are open for registration. Choose a class and come join us in Brasstown this year.
The Folk School Cookbook
We are so excited about The Folk School Cookbook. Nanette Davidson, cookbook author, meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!