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This a unique online experience for all levels of artists looking to break free from uninspired,
everyday practices and step into a new identity of authenticity and originality.

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What Is Creating With Courage?

Filmed on location in Washington State, USA  Creating with Courage is an online course based on creativity and exploration. Centered around transforming recycled textiles through many techniques including eco and rust dyeing you’ll create fabric forms that are pieced together to make your own fibre art sculptures.

Whether they be abstract, organic or representational, the choice is yours and the variety of fibre artwork that will emerge as a result of this online experience will be extraordinary!

Delving deep into Clarissa’s philosophies around creativity, which have sustained her professional creative practice for over 30 years, it will feel like Clarissa is right there with you supporting you as a creative coach.

Many students have found their creative spark as they find freedom in letting go of the rules and recipes that often hold us back.

All course materials, including self-paced beautifully filmed videos and comprehensive resource guides, are within an easy to use member portal and yours to revisit anytime.

Creating with Courage – Adventures in Fibre Art is an extensive resource to support your creativity for life. It’s a worldwide community for enrolled students to connect in a private online forum and share your textile adventures directly with Clarissa, ask questions, bounce ideas, and gain the skills and confidence needed to create your own authentic fibre sculptures.

Enrolments are limited.

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The Secret To Feeling Alive With Your Work Happens By Knowing How To Uncover Your Authenticity. 


It happens by stepping outside the lines and allowing yourself to be different.

It happens by making mistakes, taking risks, and re-writing the narrative. 

And in a world of fast fashion and perfectly polished influencers…

A world where 92 million tonnes of textile waste overflows landfills each and every year…

Your authenticity is needed more than ever.


Let’s MEET

Hi – I’m Clarissa – a creative coach, traveller, rust lover, and true believer that you can make something out of anything if you’re honest with yourself and willing to experiment. 

And that’s why authenticity permeates throughout everything I do and teach – honouring the integrity of the environment, preserving materials, and honing in on your YOUness to create a better world.

Because the truth is – in an age where so many people are focused on things like mass production, throwing items out instead of repairing or reusing, and dishing out quick judgments to what’s “pretty” or “worthy”. 

It’s clear that our world is craving more uniqueness. 

And that’s why I’m so excited to partner with Fibre Arts Take Two on such a life-changing project.


A project that pushes the creative envelope, and embraces unique recycling methods. 

Because when you can change the way you look at art – it changes the way you look at yourself as an artist. 

And that’s about as life-changing as you can get.

Here’s how your 4-Cornerstone Adventure
unfolds inside Creating with Courage:

1: The Challenge

 Welcome to your safe space to challenge the “norm.” To challenge your boundaries, and to challenge your internal creativity. Your adventure begins by(throwing out the rules) learning the rules, and then quickly and respectfully leaving them behind. Because here, it’s time to play courageously. It’s time to make mistakes in the name of learning. It’s time to stretch yourself far outside the confinement of “fitting” into a box. It’s time to see things differently.

You’ll do so by joining me on a walk through the forest, inside textile stores, alongside railroad tracks, and around my studio. The places we go and the things you see will enhance your learnings, and you’ll take these deep-seated realizations with you on your own personal walk the next time you step outside. 

As for your tangible challenge – upon your new re-frame of how you view the value of an object, you’ll find items that were once told they were worthless or “junk,” and you’ll learn to bring personal and known worth to it. You’ll remove all preconditions, and you’ll engage in a uniquely creative process of hunting and gathering your materials. What will you challenge yourself to find?


A snapshot of the deep dive techniques covered in this phase:

  • Bringing Value to “Ugly” Things
  • The Skill of Seeing
  • Prospecting
  • The Hunting and Gathering of Creativity
  • How to Release Judgement
  • Finding Inspiration
  • How to Approach Your Creativity
  • Introduction of Setting up Your Workspace
  • Reflections Your Way

I have learned to transform recycled materials and assemble them into a wild and wonderful sculpture. This course has given me the courage and inspiration to explore new ways of being creative, using materials that have been in storage for 30 years.

- Penny Brown


2: The Techniques

Next stop on your adventure is learning new, unique, and challenging techniques that fill your SOUL. Like every thoughtful touchpoint of this course, you’ll enter the “technique” phase by softly removing rules and expectations to create more room for adventure and play.

The stops on your journey here will take you in and out of your studio, with a goal to expand your creative horizons and try new approaches to creating art. With every technique grounded in accessibility (like backyard findings and common household materials), you and I will dive into deepening your understanding of different fabric forms and watch your new authentic expression emerge.

And regardless if you’ve heard or tried any of these techniques before – we promise you’ll embark on an adventure unlike you’ve ever experienced. And keeping the theme of our “no rules” demeanour, you’ll be invited and encouraged to try each technique, but never instructed or told to.


A snapshot of the deep dive techniques covered in this phase:

  • Altering and Alchemy
  • Composition
  • Equipment and Processes
  • Mordants
  • Eco Dying
  • Rust Dying
  • Overdying
  • Texture with Household Products
  • Building Your Palette
  • Shapes, Sculpting, Stitching
  • Embellishment
  • Couching Techniques
  • Stitching With Wire
  • Burning and Melting
  • Binding Wrapping
  • Distressing, Fabric Paints and Pens

This course has taught me to be a textile ‘alchemist,’ transforming the surface of textiles with multiple techniques, inventing forms, layering them, and incorporating found objects. I have transformed from being cautiously curious to giving anything a go! The textile pieces I created combine new techniques with a dash of my own sense of humour.

Deirdre Bruen 


3: The Growth

This is where your shift happens. The new techniques you’re adding to your talents will guide your progress into a new phase of exploration. It will allow you to think bigger about what’s possible, in your quest to find your voice, originality, and joy.

You’ll dig into new processes to put your techniques into action, and new experiments along the way. The processes learned here – the seeing, the doing, the experimenting – become part of a bigger conversation that you’ll take with you in other areas of life. Because what happens in this phase is not just about what you’re making, but about who you’re becoming.

Lean into your truly authentic mixed media creations, and together we’ll work through any resistance, blocks, and uncertainty… because when you look at everything through a lens of curiosity, it sparks a different story of what’s possible.


Lessons and topics covered in this phase:

  • Applying Your Techniques
  • Releasing Comparisons 
  • Putting Your Creations in Place
  • How To Move Forward When You’re Not Thrilled With Your Work
  • Finding Something New In Every Technique
  • An Invitation to Explore
  • Bringing Your Work to Life

This experience has opened so many “what ifs” for me. I feel that my work has so much more depth and complexity. The manipulation of fabric to transform it through eco and rust dye has enabled me to create a colour palette that I have always admired. I’ve always worked intuitively, but Clarissa’s greatest lesson to me is the go-for-it attitude and that there are no rules. It was a life-changing course.

Ann Vollum


4: The Transformation

Your final transformation happens in both the physical completion of assembling your small and larger artwork, AND in the mindset transformation of stepping into a new artistic identity. You’ll round out this course by having an entirely up-levelled skillset as an artist, a new direction on how to carry your creativity, and a clean slate allowing yourself to be you.

The completion of your journey here marks where your new courage begins. You’ll gather what you need to proudly finish your project – bringing together every piece you love and, most importantly, every beautiful flaw. Because the bottom line here is that creativity is LIBERATING, and you’ll have freed yourself from the fear, insecurity, and shame that undermines so many creatives.

As you step into a new confidence simply by doing, you’ll see that this creativity was always inside you, and just needed the right catalyst to come alive. You’ll enjoy every feeling that comes alongside the completion of a project, with the added satisfaction of doing it your way, and in your voice.


Lessons and topics covered in this phase:

  • Assemblage
  • Composition
  • Substrates
  • Covering
  • Perfectionism
  • Substrates
  • Additional Pieces
  • Connecting
  • The Last Mile
  • Your Final Project Your Way
  • Bases and Backgrounds
  • Hanging Options
  • Final Touches
  • Creative Coaching

This changed my life and provided a medium I’ve never worked with, but one that embodies everything I love. Especially after the era of the lockdown, this class opened so many doors for exploration, seeing, and endless creativity. When I saw Clarissa talk about this class, it sparked me to want to try something else, rather than always thinking I needed to *only* be a painter. I feel like I’ve been reborn and given a new adventure to explore.

- Eunice Rieken


View Past Students Work Here

Click the image below to flip through an online exhibition by Transformation: Creating with Courage Alumni.

Register now to be notified when this course becomes available.

By submitting your email address and registering your interest, you agree to receive information about this course, one monthly eNewsletter and weekly Friday Feature Artist interview updates via email, in accordance with our Privacy Policy. We will never share or sell your personal information.