Yellow Springs artists host straw bale and earthen plaster workshop
- Published: September 3, 2013
On Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, September 8, Beth Holyoke and Käthi Seidl will host a hands-on straw bale and earthen plaster workshop at the Antioch Farm. The event, which will result in a semi-permanent bench for the property, gives participants an opportunity to learn more about the structural and artistic aspects of working with straw bale and plaster.
“The whole point is to show people how the process works as art and function,” says Seidl of the workshop. “It will be a small group so everyone gets one on one attention and a chance to make design choices.”
Both Holyoke and Seidl have been working with straw bale and earthen plaster since 2004, when they collaborated on a straw bale house for Seidl and her family. Since then, the duo have worked together on a variety of houses and earthen plaster sculptures and they see this workshop — the first they’ve offered in Yellow Springs — as an opportunity to introduce people to the medium.
“We want it to be accessible to people without experience,” says Holyoke. “It’s an art project for people who want to have fun and learn a new way of getting dirty creatively” but one that also gives people an opportunity to understand how straw bale structures are made.
“We want to show the hands on process of building something with straw bale,” says Seidl. “From shaping the bales, to filling in the gaps to mixing the mud.”
The workshop meets from noon–4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1–4 p.m. on Sunday. The event begins in the Glen building auditorium with a slideshow of previous projects that will demonstrate the various stages of straw bale work. From there, participants will head to the Antioch farm to begin the two day bench workshop. For more information, and to register, call 769-1902, extension 103.