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    • Retreat Cost:  $1,895.  
    • Deposit:  $500. due upon registration
    • Includes 5-day workshop (sun -thurs),
    • tea & coffee in the studio 
    • Our workshop venue will be in the Crystal Room in the historic Ashland Springs Hotel. See link below for on-site rooming options.

  Guest teacher, Merill Comeau will join us for this Design Outside the Lines Retreat in Ashland, OR., Merill is an award-wining installation & textile artist.

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             The Textile as Narrative                  Guest Teacher: Merill Comeau-

Family of Origin-recycled family clothing by Merill Comeau

"I work slowly and focus on process.  I tell tales of common human challenges:  individual and communal.  I puzzle through and arrange hundreds of snippets.  Each is important to the whole like the sum of the many small moments that make up a lifetime. Our mutual narratives take shape in installations, murals, garments, and paintings". 

Bessies Bodice Ripper- recycled clothing by Merill Comeau

"I am drawn to the discarded: clothes from friends and relatives, paper ephemera, and vintage linens.  These disparate materials were all once utile; they show the wear and tear of well-loved objects and scars and stains of lives lived.  I alter my materials through deconstruction, rending, rusting, and composting.  I embellish my materials with block printing, thermo-fax, embroidery, and paint.  I employ traditional methods of sewing construction in a contemporary way probing the tension between old and new and art and craft". Merill Comeau

Fragments of Eden- mixed media by Merill Comeau

Merill as a teacher....

‘Thank you so much for a stimulating and helpful workshop in multimedia. There are times in your life when you find the right thing and for me, and my quest to get out of my art rut, your class was “it”.  Your generosity as a teacher was one of the attributes that astounded me the most. Not only supplying us with a plethora of materials, techniques, and personal tips, you were tireless in your ability to provide personal, spot-on and thorough feedback. I marveled at your ability to do this with all of us, even as we were all working in different styles and with a variety of materials and background experience. You have a wealth of information about artists and techniques that are always interesting. I think this is enriched, not only by your curiosity and pursuit to keep current with art shows, residencies and contacts, but also by your varied educational back ground including fine arts, architecture and design'. Mary M.

...As you can imagine, I am excited to welcome Merill into our Design Outside the Lines studio this Summer. See more about Merill on her website

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"Deepening my love of Re-Make combined with details, trims and notions will jumpstart my studio time in Aug. I am always opening my making to new and unexpected materials. Combined with re-newing my love of all things old, this week in the studio with Merill will be an exciting one" Diane

Sweet Details- stitched linen by Diane

STENCILING LOVE - sheers & linens by Diane


Sharing our design skills, we will guide you in growing your process. We are looking forward to sharing with each participant. This workshop is an opportunity to explore your roots & create a new way to express your story through your  passion for textiles. 


    Payment Options-

    A  $500.  deposit will hold your space, with the balance due 60 days out from the event. Below are links to make payments, or checks can be mailed to:

       Diane Ericson- 954 Golden Aspen Pl • Ashland, OREGON • 97520

     Cancellation policy:  Your deposit  is non-refundable.  You may transfer your reservation to another person or to another retreat within a year if unable to attend.     

    LODGING- Lodging is not included.  A special rooming rate is being offered to retreat participants at the Ashland Springs Hotel, until 60 days out for the event. Contact the hotel or go online to make reservations:

    For Online Reservations:

    Located  in Southern Oregons beautiful Rogue Valley, this Design Outside the Lines  Retreat might just be the perfect inspiration for spring design work!  


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