I had been following the extremely talented Pia Best-Reininghaus for awhile and was blown away by her indigo dyed and eco printed garments which are so unique, textured and rich. So as soon as I saw Tash Wesp's Facebook post last year announcing that she was planning to host Pia for a five day workshop on the Oregon coast, I jumped on it and immediately enrolled.
For months I looked forward to the workshop which turned out to exceed my expectations. For six nights, I shared a suite at a newly remodeled Inn at Nye Beach with my buddy Helen, a student of mine that became a dear friend. For five days, I intensely immersed myself in the learning process with a great group of like minded women, several of whom I had met before at previous workshops.
This was Pia's first time teaching in the USA and she had the assistance of her talented and darling daughter Marie, who also acted an interpreter for her mom. Pia and Marie were excellent teachers willingly imparting their extensive knowledge and help each step of the way. I indigo dyed and eco printed samples from various fabrics including a few white nuno felted pieces that I had previously created at home. In addition, each student created an indigo dyed/eco printed garment, using one of Pia's patterns, from a beautiful viscose/spandex fabric with gorgeous drape.
|Beth and Pia|
CLICK HERE to see these felted garments before they were dyed and printed.