Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Elizabeth Bunsen: Interior Geography and Story Cloth

Instructor: Elizabeth Bunsen
Dates: Fri, April 28 – Sun, April 30, 2023
Time: 9:30-4:30 each day
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
Cost: $500 (includes instructor supplies)
Maximum: 16 students

Is there an inner landscape of longing, 


a place of nurturance that orients you to that place? 

In what landscape do you feel most grounded?

As artists, interior geography is a rich source of inspiration, and in this workshop, our interior geography will be our guide and map to creating beautiful and engaging story cloth while diving into various processes that allow us to collaborate with serendipity, memory, story, eco-dying, cyanotype, stitching and more.

Growing up in Nebraska, I was surrounded by spaciousness, open fields, silos on the distant horizon and a flat river ever flowing. In my 20’s, for 4 years I lived in Ivory Coast where the red soil of the savannah gave everything a pink glow and the spaciousness there was punctuated with round hills and flaming flamboyant trees. In my 30’s I moved to my current home in Vermont where lakes and mountains abound – my beloved spaciousness now found as I gaze out at Lake Champlain. My visiting Nebraskan farmer Grandfather once declared that here in Vermont, there were too many trees. These landscapes – now my interior geography – inspire and guide my work – be it collage, story cloth or whatever – perhaps not always overtly but there, subtle, suggestive in line, color and shape. Our external environment has a profound influence on how we function and perceive ourselves, how we make decisions and move through life. I believe that our landscapes become internalized and thus becomes a kind of interior geography. I look forward to the adventure of sharing and traveling new paths and roads with each of you while we are collectively enriched by our explorations.  -Elizabeth

Students will bring: 

  • a variety of small fabric scraps
  • needles of various sizes
  • thread variety
  • small flat rusty items
  • perhaps a few small buttons
  • 4 extra large binder clips
  • sturdy large rubber bands
  • lined rubber gloves (Mr Clean)
  • notebook and a favorite pen for notes
  • apron
  • curiosity

Elizabeth will bring:

  • silk and wool fabric
  • dye stuffs
  • paper
  • flat rusty items
  • miscellaneous elements

Lunch: 12:30-1:30
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance or bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available.

Notice:  Janus, the studio cat, frequents Studio Joy and while she will not be joining our workshop, please bring any allergy medication if you may need it.

About Elizabeth:
IG: @elizabethbunsen
FB: Elizabeth Bunsen

Elizabeth Bunsen grew up in Nebraska, earned a Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, spent four years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps, received a scholarship to Ohio University where she completed her Masters in Fine Art with a focus on art history, studio art – painting, MA in African Studies. Elizabeth taught at Castleton State College, VT, created and taught Women Artists in Art History at the University of Vermont, Burlington College, created Alley Cat Arts Studio Gallery, received the Barbara Smail Award from Burlington City Arts 2018 with exhibit. She currently works from her home studio on the shores of Lake Champlain and has taught with Squam, Lakehouse Alchemy, Fibre Arts Australia, Ghost Ranch, EncaustiCastle, Way Art Yonder, and Creative Nest Studio.

Studio Joy Policies:

Studio Joy strives to be accessible and accommodate the needs of its students. The old building does not allow for ability to accommodate all physical needs YET, but accommodations can be made for table height, type of seating, and most sensory issues. Please communicate your requested accommodations when you register. Studio Joy is a fragrance free zone.

**All students open to book travel for this workshop** Do not book travel until confirmation is received that the workshop has reached its minimum required enrollment. All who register will be notified by Amanda when the minimum is met. Due to COVID, travel insurance is suggested for a worst case scenario cancellation.
Amanda will also share a list of suggested accommodations upon request. A large Airbnb is 2 blocks from the studio if a group is interested.

Refund Requests:
Students will receive a full refund of tuition less related transaction fees if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. At 15 days prior to the workshop, 50% tuition less related transaction fees, and printing costs incurred by the instructor, will be refunded. Request to withdraw from a course less than 15 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.

Students will receive a full refund of tuition if at 30 days prior to the workshop if the minimum required enrollment is not met.