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Design Outside the Lines - Taos, NM September 17-22, 2023




                                              UNTITLED, by Susan Dillon

Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico 

Dates: Sept. 17-22, 2023 (sun -fri)
Cost:  $3,550.  (includes lodging/meals)  •   Commuter rate: $2,250.

 Experience the magic of Northern New Mexico in the fall! Situated at the end of a quiet road not far from the center of town, The Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a historic adobe with sweeping views out across Taos pueblo property and up the sacred Taos mountain. Time here is always a gift of renewal for the soul.

           Guest Teacher: Susan Dillon

I began working with fiber in 1999 (although I have identified as a "maker" all of my life), having discovered the world of art quilting due to a rained out hiking trip & my mother's search for a restroom... it's a long story. I have since been explored quilting and fiber arts in two and three dimensions, with art dolls and sculptural assemblages (with a few years dedicated to millinery which, in its essence, is sculptural fiber art).  I typically combine fabric, fibers, stitch and found objects into 2d & 3d pieces, as well as wearable art and even street art, examining the connection and interaction between emotion and the physical world. Much of my work includes elements of "feminine' iconography; dresses, houses, nests & birds are all prominent in many of my pieces and series.  

Lately, I have been very interested in the concept of colonization and encrustation; exploring the life cycle of memories and how it populates mind using hand embroidery along with natural & man made found object to create assemblages.  I’m looking forward to working with you in our Taos studio can’t wait to see where this concept takes me!”

Susan Dillon



                    CLOUD SEEDING, by Susan Dillon


       Come spend the week exploring what inspires you!

 "I'm always inspired with fresh vision on returning to New Mexico for yearly retreats. Color and form find their way into my printed imagery and textile work.....while the high desert air and views are a reminder to breath in, settle in and celebrate the magic and new work that takes form in the studio there. It's the perfect place to play with surface design, mixed media, stitching, and how it crossing into the work you want to create".  We set up a working studio, including surface design area with textile paints, dye na flow, stencils, stamps and other tools for your use". Come explore your creativity: make a collage or make a what is new for you! Diane

    PUEBLO DREAMS by Diane Ericson


Retreat Price includes: 5-day workshop, lodging and most meals. Rooms are single occupancy with private bath). Two meals a day are included at Mabel’s: breakfast and lunch. *Dinner is included on the first nite and our last evening together at Mabels. Downtown Taos is an easy 15-minute walk from Mabel's with many wonderful and diverse eating opportunities in route. 

The Commuter rate: includes workshop, studio time, daily breakfasts & lunches and first and last night group dinners. 


Send your full amount or $600. deposit to hold your place. Full payment is due 45 days prior to your retreat. 

Cancellation policy: Your deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the retreat, your payments (less deposit) are refundable. For cancellations within 15 days of the retreat, there is no refund.

"This retreat jump-started my creativity! This workshop was truely a life changing experience."                            Workshop Participant 2021

A Materials List, arrival information & teaching notes will be e-mailed 8 weeks out from the retreat.  


 If you would like to come early or stay after the retreat week, please contact Julie or Vanessa at Mabel Dodge Luhan directly, 800-846-2235, for availability

GETTING TO TAOS: Fly into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, then rent a car and drive to Taos or take a shuttle. The drive takes you past/through Santa Fe, then north, and is a magnificent BIG view ride. Allow 3 hours driving time from Albuquerque. If you possibly can, allow more time for stops and vistas. Shuttle services to contact are: Mountain View Shuttle or Taos Ski Valley Shuttle Call ahead to reserve and check times and verify the price before making plane reservations.   

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