This course is for people who want to move forward with a creative practice that ties all their ideas and inspiration together without judgement of themselves and others by working through a series of processes and techniques to see the beauty of the often overlooked decay of life.

Filmed on location in Washington State, USA Clarissa will take you on an urban prospecting adventure searching for recycled textiles, found objects and debris. You’ll learn how to embrace the grunge by taking what is discarded from life and making it beautiful.

A master of transformation Clarissa will show you ways to modify your materials with rust, dyes, paints, stitches and further methods to distress your finds before slowly piecing them back together like a meditative puzzle.

You’ll be left not only with an arsenal of techniques, but with the creative freedom to make with confidence and courage.

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Meet Clarissa

Clarissa Callesen is a sculptor and installation artist based in the USA, working primarily with found objects and recycled textiles. Clarissa uses her unique style to tell stories about the joy and devastation that is the human experience.

Her work is inspired and informed by her untraditional choice of materials: found objects, recycled textiles, and cultural detritus. In using these materials, it is her objective to search the margins and to find beauty and value in that which our society has deemed worthless.

She has supported herself as a working artist for 25 years in many different mediums. Through those experiences Clarissa has acquired a diverse artistic palette of techniques and perspective that she brings to her art and teaching.

“I love the evidence of time on a worn object or tattered cloth. The small details that speak to years of being touched and used by hands unknown to me.”

“I am passionate about creativity being accessible to everyone. It is not about fancy materials and complicated techniques. It is about showing up and being willing to explore and experiment.

My approach to teaching is down to earth and even a bit goofy. Embracing spontaneity, cherishing the mistakes, and not knowing what you're doing is where true authentic creativity and originality come from.”
Clarissa standing with her textile art sculptures