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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico

Dates: June 23-28, 2019

Cost:  $2,425.  

Commuter rate: $1,950.

Experience the magic of Northern New Mexico! Situated at the end of a quiet road not far from the center of town, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a historic adobe that looks out across Taos pueblo property with a view of the sacred Taos mountain. We will welcome Bettina Matzkuhn to share our summer studio in Taos. An avid hiker and bicyclist, her treks in nature inspire her life and are central to her creativity. She will share her passion for the embroidered stitch and how she folds it into storytelling her experiences.

 This 5-Day retreats include lectures, hands-one demonstrations and one-on-one instruction in our adobe conference center studio.  It's a time to deepen your creative experience and explore working in new ways. We'll be on 'Taos time'  as they say, with plenty of opportunity for small, informal groups in the log cabin and afternoons sitting with handwork in the stone courtyards.      Diane

Guest Teacher: BETTINA MATZKUHN-  


“Fibre interests me as a language of visual narrative. Textiles have a long history of inscribing social and personal stories. My work is a part of this continuum.  The assorted threads and specific qualities of the textiles that I use in my work form a vocabulary, one used in the service of an idea, a story, or a theme. It is a language I have used since childhood for its versatility & opulence. I grew up around sailboats on British Columbia coast, and hike in many corners of Canada, hence my love of charts, maps, symbols and viewpoints”.

“Embroidery is a very slow process, so I tend to think about a theme for a long time before beginning and during the making itself. Research is an integral part of my process. This can involve reading and studying related imagery but also learning from people outside of my discipline, a professional sailmaker or meteorologist, for example.

My sketchbooks are crammed with drawings, notes from books I find important, cuttings from newspapers, photocopies of diagrams.. The challenge, for me, is to synthesize a lot of ideas and information into work that is engaging and aesthetic. I try to combine seemingly disparate things to present historical, contemporary or personal events in a compelling and  accessible manner:  sails patched with old embroidered tablecloths, butterfly forms embroidered with weather maps, laundry painted with landscapes as a travel journal.

Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints” is the adage for going into the backcountry. While I draw and take photos in these settings to use as references for embroidered images, over the past summer of hiking I unfurled my spool of embroidered footprints in many places to photograph them. They skirt patches of flowers, jump over creeks, and wade into lakes. Then, I roll them back up and take them home. With these footprints, I want to open conversations around traveling on the land”.

"I feel I am constantly learning as I work, so one might say I am inspired by my own ignorance.  While I use a sewing machine, it is hand embroidery that lends itself to extreme detail. I think that details allow me an intimacy with the subject.  All my geographies are made of thread and metaphor”               Bettina Matzkuhn 


Printed Collage Linen with inset pocket by Diane

     "I'm always inspired with fresh vision on returning to New Mexico. I know sharing the studio with Bettina will inspire new direction and play in my work. Every participant works on the project of their choice. The focus is to grow your whether you want to make a garment or a sculpture....exploring new directions and materials can be an exciting way to broaden your experience. New Mexico color and form always find their way into my textile work in new ways.... I love creating garments that reflect how I feel being there! 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 our studio there".                                                                            Diane

Price includes: 5-day workshop, lodging and meals. Rooms are double occupancy (add on a single supplement* for a private room). 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 10-minute walk from Mabel's with many wonderful and diverse eating opportunities in route. Spouse/partners are welcome (queen size beds only). The *single supplement is $595. and spouse/partner rates (which includes meals) is $650.  *Please Note: Mabels considers you a 'single' if you not rooming with a retreat participant. 

The Commuter rate: includes workshop, studio time, breakfasts & lunches and dinner the first and last nights.  


Send your full amount or $500. deposit to hold your place. Full payment is due 60 days prior to your retreat. 

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

"This is more than a sewing workshop, it is a life changing experience."                                        Workshop Participant 2016



Bring comfortable expressive clothes you feel good in, and feel free to dress up or things you love and maybe don't always give yourself permission to wear. Include layers. In a community of fellow fiber artists, you can express yourself in many fun ways. You might want to include casual clothes for morning walks and an apron or t-shirt for surface design. " 

Materials list, arrival information & teaching notes will be e-mailed 2 months out from the retreat.  


There may or may not be rooms available before and after the retreat. If you want to come early or stay after the retreat, please contact Julie or Vanessa at Mabel Dodge Luhan directly, 800-846-2235. 

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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