it was brought to my attention that I had neglected to write a blog post about my trip to Whitinsville, MA to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Thanks Dale for the reminder! I hope you've got some time to read and look because there is a LOT to tell!
Whitinsville, MA is about 50 miles south-west of Boston. It is the home of the founders of Zentangle®, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. What is Zentangle?
Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.
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I discovered Zentangle after seeing an article about it in Cloth Paper Scissors in 2009. I was immediately intrigued. I love pattern and I love colour, and Sandy Bartholemew's article really jumped out at me. So when I went to New York in December 2009, I sought out a CZT (the delightful Robyn Kraut) and took my first class. I was hooked.
When I get into something, I really get into something. I started tangling a lot, and when my life hit a major hurdle in 2010, it was Zentangle that I absorbed myself in, allowing myself to think, meditate, relax and eventually come through the other side. Not only was I emotionally stronger, I had created a lot of really great artwork. When the October 2010 CZT training came up, my delightful husband told me to spend the money to travel to Massachussetts and do it. I didn't need my arm twisted!
This is the fall in Whitinsville that greeted me. Tough huh? We had a very large class, around 68 tanglers I think, including two other Aussies, Jane Monk from Tasmania and Andree Morgan in Melbourne (Andree came to New York with me for a few days - she's great!). We had a group of women and men who are both super talented and super enthusiastic about Zentangle, which meant the standard was high.
I was first treated (and I mean TREATED) to a personal visit with Rick and Maria in their home - the advantage of coming from so far. Apart from being every bit as amazing as I'd expected, I got to see their beautiful home. I could seriously have spent an entire day just looking at the amazing artwork and antiques in their home. I took many photos but wont show them (it IS their home after all) but I think it is safe to show this one:
The old stove which they still use.....it's amazing! My Mum nearly squealed when she saw this! It reminded me of the Anne house in PEI. How awesome is this.
OK slight digression....forgive me.
So the course was amazing. I met so many fabulous people and especially enjoyed sitting next to Penny and Carole to my right and Nancy on my left. We had lots of laughs.
We were given fieldbooks and, since then, I've been working in my fieldbook to ensure I am comfortable with all 106 official tangles and then all the unofficial ones....
^my fieldbook, the calligraphy by Maria Thomas
^Keeko and Stripling
^Zander and Frondous
^ Squid .... kinda on the juice but I kinda got into it....
^ Triangle version of Rick's Paradox
^ Vertigogh - a bit of a favourite.
So that's a hint of what I've learned and what YOU can learn too....
Interested in taking a class? Shoot me an email using the link in the header....I'd love to hear from you! I can travel Australia too - interstate classes require 10 confirmations - so get your group together and let me know - I can use my resources too, to boost numbers.