Flowering Lotus- Blessings
Online Class. Limit: 15 students.
Saturday, August 1st, 10:00-11:30AM MST
Instructor: Mia Semingson
Please Note: Register by Saturday, July 25th, to receive your class kit via USPS Priority Mail in time for the class. If you are a Boulder local, please choose "curbside pick-up" if you are registering after the guaranteed ship date and you may pickup your kit at our Pearl Street store location.
We find it hard to believe that this exquisite Lotus flower is made by repeating one simple folding pattern on multiple pieces of paper. The secret is in the clever assembly, augmented by some gentle coaxing of the leaves and petals while unfolding them. In contrast to the lotus in nature, these paper variations fashioned by Mia Semingson, co-owner of Two Hands Paperie, are a riot of color and pattern. We love the visual excitement created by combining different papers! We also love that the lotus can be used as a special blessing by writing on each piece of paper before folding – perhaps to celebrate a wedding or a new baby, or as encouragement for a dear friend. Somehow having the words partially hidden makes the blessing more meaningful. In addition, the smaller version of the lotus makes a special ornament or decoration for a package. Once you’ve learned the steps for the fold and have assembled your flower it’s quick and easy to make more. There’s time in class for you to make one, but you will receive a class kit that will allow you to make 3 lotus blossoms. Even though these paper lotuses are quite different from the ones in nature, we think they still retain that aura of purity, beauty, and spiritual awakening associated with the real flower.
This class is appropriate for ages 10 and up.
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED - a kit will be mailed via USPS to your shipping address (shipping is included when you register for the class) or the kit may be picked up directly at the shop. Your lotus kit includes the following:
- Enough paper to make 3 lotus blossoms approximately 4" diameter x 2" tall. Three different patterns of paper cut to size- mix and match. Purchase additional kits to make more. We are using handmade Indian Cotton Paper made from recycled T-shirt scraps. Click HERE to learn more about this wonderful paper.
- Wire & string for assembly
- 4 Italian paper clips
- Mini lotus zine booklet to inspire and provide more info about the project.
- Upon class completion- a video tutorial to refer back to for folding and assembly steps
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the class will be refunded (THP retains a $10 processing fee + $12 fee if class kit has been shipped). After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 4 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be contacted and refunded the FULL class fee.
Mia Semingson received her MFA in photography and electronic media from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and France as well as nationally. Mia taught photography, book arts, and video production at the University of Colorado at Boulder for eleven years. She and her husband Gerald Trainor have owned Two Hands Paperie since January 2010, where their goal is to foster a community of creative people and support local artists and small cooperatives. Mia loves teaching and, in addition to her workshops at the store, has taught at The Makerie and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado.