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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.

Student explorations with rust and eco dyeing

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Find Your Creative Courage

It’s really common to look at your own work and hate it, you may even be feeling stuck, stale and tired as an artist or simply afraid to make a mistake. Clarissa comes at creativity from all different angles helping you to find the courage to take some risks by trying new things. You’ll learn to see without judgement, allowing you to appreciate your work in new ways, opening up new doors to authentic expression.

Transform Textiles

With Clarissa’s no rules or recipes approach, see past what you define as ugly as you forage for found objects and recycled textiles, experimenting with rust and eco-dyeing with plants and other household products. You’ll step out of your comfort zone by stitching with wire and even doing some burning as Clarissa steps you through some amazing ways to embroider, embellish, and sculpt with fabric.

Create Authentically

Clarissa is passionate about sharing different mediums and simple creative tools to help you build a practice of creativity and find your unique voice as an artist. You’ll come out of this experience having created truly authentic fibre art sculptures, but it’s the gift of changing your attitude about creativity that is the foundation of it all, bringing techniques and authenticity together, that will support you forever.

Clarissa Callesen

What's Included?

Over 10 modules with 7 hours of footage and 8 weeks of ongoing guidance and comprehensive downloadable resources guides, Clarissa has created an in-depth experience that covers the techniques and philosophies she has developed over her lifetime as a professional artist.

It begins with an urban prospecting adventure where you’ll learn to see beyond what most others can. A master of transformation Clarissa shares practical ways to modify different materials with rust, eco-dyes, paints, stitches and further methods to distress your finds before translating your inspiration and ideas into 3D fibre forms. You’ll look at composition in a refreshing way, investigate armatures and how to successfully incorporate found objects into your artwork.

Your confidence will grow as you embellish your textiles from traditional embroidery to contemporary mark-making, burning and melting. You’ll be amazed at the creative freedom that is unleashed as you let go of the rules and recipes that often hold us back as creatives.

Most importantly you’re going to conquer the hard part of finishing a piece both in it’s physical and emotional ways, coming to a place of completion feeling satisfied with your creation.

Keep scrolling for a detailed description of each module and enjoy the video below.

About This Course

Empowering

“Doing an online course with Clarissa has been one of the best things I’ve done for my artwork.

She is fun, personable, easy to follow, and super encouraging.

Best of all her processes are very freeing and empowering – you don’t need to go out and buy special materials or tools, you don’t need lots of practice to master a technique, you just go for it!

I loved it and can’t wait for this new workshop to begin.”

Deirdre Bruen

You're Not Alone

There’s nothing worse than purchasing an online course only to be left in the dark.

That’s why we have created a worldwide community to further support your learning where you’ll be able to ask questions, get feedback and connect not only with Clarissa but a close-knit network of fellow Creating with Courage students in a members-only online Facebook group.

Here you’ll receive invaluable support, engage with live Q&A sessions with Clarissa and it is also yours to access for life.

You are further supported by the team at Fibre Arts Take Two with the personal and attentive customer service that we have

Clarissa Callesen

Meet Your Tutor

More About 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.”

Fibre Sculpture Course with Clarissa Callesen

View Past Students Work Here

Click the image below to flip through an online exhibition by Transformation: Creating with Courage 2021 Alumni.

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