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    • 21 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    Springtime is the perfect time to make simple, colorful benches with stuff you can find at the hardware store! Students will learn basic techniques for transforming framing lumber (like 2x4s, etc) into simple, strong constructions with clean lines. Then, we'll show you how to weave a seat onto your construction!

    We've designed this class so that the only tools you absolutely need are a drill (with drill bits) and a handsaw. No major tool investment needed. That said, if you have access to a chop saw, palm sander, and a variety of clamps, the job will go even more quickly.

    Instructors Christina Boy and Sarah Marriage team up to teach this fun, fast-paced workshop. 

    All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying folks over the age of 18.


    Originally from Germany where she managed an office and commercial design showroom, Christina Boy attended the Craft and Material Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a focus on furniture design. After completing her BFA she headed off to Western North Carolina where she was a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts. There she took classes with many amazing instructors to continue her education working in wood and was also exposed to new media like steel fabrication. Upon returning to Virginia, Christina built a studio with the help of her father in law and husband, and is a full time studio artist with her shop located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Madison, Virginia. Although she works with all kinds of locally sourced lumber she particularly enjoys working with salvaged articles. She likes to combine her love of the classic modern with her rural, rustic environment - making pieces that have simple and clean lines yet have an added playfulness be it color, texture, or pattern. Christina has taught a variety of workshops throughout the east coast, such as at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Chestnut Creek School of Arts, and has also recently returned to the Penland School of Crafts as an instructor. When she isn’t busy in her studio, Christina can be found out and about on their little homestead, pulling weeds in the garden, or in the kitchen processing and preserving the ample produce they grow every year.

    You can see more images of her work at her website www.christinaboydesign.com or on instagram @christinaboydesign

    Sarah Marriage, WOO's founder, is a maker of fine furniture and other wooden objects. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and fine woodworking at The College of the Redwoods (now The Krenov School). She has taught at The Krenov School, Penland School of Craft, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Sarah's work has shown at galleries and trade shows across the US, including Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, ICFF in New York, and Pritam & Eames Gallery in East Hampton, NY.

    You can see more images of her work at her website sarahmarriage.com or on instagram @sarah_marriage

    • 29 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own
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    Learn the craft of making Taiwanese pith flowers with materials made from the plant Tetrapanax papyrifer ( tōngcǎo 蓪草) .

    In this class we will learn how to make realistic and colorful Morning Glories. We will study the anatomy of the flower and recreate them using pith paper. A brief history about the importance of pith flowers in Chinese and Taiwanese history will be covered at the beginning of class.

    The nearly 2000-year-old craft of making artificial pith flowers plays an important role in the cultural history of Taiwan and is vulnerable to being lost. Currently, there is only one practicing pith “paper” craftsperson in Taiwan and only a few pith flower making experts left. Right now, a revival is being championed by the Taiwan Tong Cao Association, an organization dedicated to researching tōngcǎo and all uses related to the plant (which is not limited to just traditional flower making). Irene assists this effort by sharing the art of making flowers with others in America as well as documenting the work of people who are essential to the survival of the plant and craft in Taiwan. She works regularly with Taiwanese craftspeople, artists, wood scientists, conservationists, herbalists and art historians who all volunteer their spare time to this revival.

    All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying people over the age of 18.

    If you’d like to work along with us at home you can buy a kit for this class, by picking either a member or non-member registration titled CLASS WITH KIT MATERIALS.

    **KITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE UNTIL WEDNESDAY APRIL 14TH AND THEY WILL BE SENT OUT 14 DAYS BEFORE CLASS.  PLEASE ALLOW 1-2 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. And just because the postal system is a little wacky right now, we cannot guarantee that kits will arrive before class (but fingers crossed.)**

    Materials included in the KIT:

    • Two sheets of pink, purple, or blue pith paper
    • Two sheets of white pith paper
    • One 1”x2” sheet of green pith paper
    • Two sheets of green kozo paper
    • Paper template with spiky line drawing
    • Container of ground pith pollen
    • Glue bottle
    • Mini spray bottle (fill it with water)
    • Neoprene foam (for leaf molding)
    • Styrofoam (for holding your flower wires)
    • Floss pick (in case you have something stuck in your teeth. Just kidding. Leaf molding tool)
    • Green flower tape
    • Green wire
    • Rock candy stick (flower molding tool)
    • Business card

    No prerequisites, all skills level welcome.  All you need to follow along at home is a KIT, the additional materials above, a computer, and a good internet connection!

    Irene Wei is a pith flower maker and furniture designer whose work is deeply rooted in community and culture.
    Irene received her BFA in Furniture Design and a Concentration in Nature Culture Sustainability Studies from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has previously worked as a woodworking instructor at a maker space where she also made furniture on commission. In 2019, she was an Emerging Artist winner at the Philadelphia Furniture Show.
    Outside of Irene’s furniture practice she runs Pith Flower Shop– a passion project meant to educate people about the importance plant Tetrapanax papyrifer ( tōngcǎo 蓪草) for its uses in Taiwanese traditional flower making. All flowers sold through the site go directly toward funding her research on this subject which has been supported by the RISD Maharam STEAM Fellowship and the Fulbright Research Fellowship.

    See more images of her furniture and design work on her instagram @irene.lin.wei and website irenewei.com And find more images of Pith Flowers on instagram @pith.flower.shop and the website pithflowershop.com

Open Shop Hours: Suspended Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Tuesdays 2-8pm
Sundays 12-6pm


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