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Golden Archetype on a Stick part 1  
  10-12:30  Saturday,June  4,2016 at ArtHouse in Sacramento
 415.868.2409 shasha@shashahigby.com
Using slides, Sha Sha will first introduce you to her approach to movement and theater as it originally came to her through sculpture, mask, and costume. She will have pictures of her early work and the steps and choices she made to come to what the work is today.  She will also bring actual samples of her work for people to closely examine.  We will stretch with movement  and music and paper and color,wire,and elastic  enjoying the fun Sha Sha  has while she works and gets inspiration for her costume sculptures.Participants will be invited to ask questions.
Sha Sha Higby approaches dance through the medium of sculpture, Using the painterly manipulation of materials such as wood,silk,paper,lacquer,ceramics,and gold leaf,Higby creates ephemeral body sculptures. These painstakingly constructed "costumes," interwoven with delicate props,are the foundation for haunting performances,inspired by Indonesian,Japanese,Indian ,and Western dance traditions. Higby's trance-like movement reveal a theater of slow passion,potent with hypnotic intensity. Sha Sha Higby studied for one year in Japan. and for 5 years in Indonesia,under a Fulbright scholarship. She is a recipient of both Fulbright and Indo-American Fellowships to study in India.
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$60 (includes materials) parent with child ,($100) 415-868-2409  You could also go Payable through Paypal at shasha at shashahigby.com
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Golden Archetype on a Stick part 2    2-5:30
Saturday,June  4,2016 at ArtHouse in Sacramento
415.868.2409 shasha@shashahigby.com
Masks give you an endless source of pleasure in their creation, theatrical imagery, and even as doll -like images to display. Learn to cast and mold, and recast multiple versions,and pose a theatrical image. 
Bring your imagination and imagine a face you would like like to mold .Cast from a mold  of Sha Sha's Higby's masks, customize and sculpt. Mount  your  cast mask onto a stick,add wires to  make structural form,sculpt,add texture,ornamental extensions or make your own spiritual catcher .
Sha Sha will guide you through a myriad of techniques of embellishing that she uses in her costumes.   At the end you can give an impromptu movement vignette with the piece you have made so farwhich will inspire its further growth of design.
Bring  a bag of colorful memorabilia, natural stick,and a bell or shaker, scissors, needle nose pliers,loose clothing
For Part 2 you take Part 1 together and pay a total of $105(or parent  and child $160) (includes $10 materials) for both workshops. You must take part 1 to qualify for part 2 unless special arrangements are made. 415-868-2409
 REGISTER HERE
 shasha@shashahigby.com Payable through Paypal 

Lecture & Movement:The Artists Work  Time two  hours 
Using slides, Sha Sha will first introduce you to her approach to movement and theater as it originally came to her through sculpture, mask, and costume. She will have pictures of her early work and the steps and choices she made to come to what the work is today.  She will also bring actual samples of her work for people to closely examine.  We will do some movement related to the sculptures.Participants will be invited to ask questions.
Sha Sha Higby approaches dance through the medium of sculpture, Using the painterly manipulation of materials such as wood,silk,paper,lacquer,ceramics,and gold leaf,Higby creates ephemeral body sculptures. These painstakingly constructed "costumes," interwoven with delicate props,are the foundation for haunting performances,inspired by Indonesian,Japanese,Indian ,and Western dance traditions. Higby's trance-like movement reveal a theater of slow passion,potent with hypnotic intensity. Sha Sha Higby studied for one year in Japan. and for 5 years in Indonesia,under a Fulbright scholarship. She is a recipient of both Fulbright and Indo-American Fellowships to study in India.

Itajime Japanese Clamped Resist Dying & 
Painted Roving
SHA SHA HIGBY 
Using your intuition, movement, poetry, and the natural environment you will be led through a myriad of techniques for the construction of painting roving and clamp resist. We will spend the evening dying animal fibers of wool and silk using “Itajime clamped resist”  on silk and also hand  painting  onto wool roving. Go home with a finished scarf or new materials to add to you quilts and artwork. This is a process to share together. This workshop promises many surprises – poignant, powerful, humorous, and flamboyant. Let this creative opportunity inspire other realms of your life. The beginner is welcome, as well as the seasoned artist.  For the workshop wear loose and dark clothing bring your older silks or get some from Sha Sha. Otherwise all basic materials provided for $12.
Price: $50.00
Members, please enter coupon code MEMBER upon checkout to receive your membership discount. Drop-ins & beginners welcome.

6 to 9 p.m.
$50, $40 OHCA members, $12 materials fee.



Wire forms in Light :
One of the techniques Sha Sha uses in her costumes is manipulating three dimensional forms.Make drawings from movement inspired by Sha Sha,Sculpt your own sculpture out of wire.  Paste your drawings and poems onto the structure with different colored papers and tint  with dyes. put a light or candle to light it and dance!
Create a short performance vignette .These are some of the creative techniques Sha Sha uses for formulating her costumes. To get started, movement imagery will inspire drawings fantastic structures.
 Bring your own needle nose pliers or wire cutter medium size and some scrap newspaper,some varieties of rice paper. For the workshop, wear loose and dark clothing and bring a flash light, journal or large paper, pastels,pencils,crayons pliers, scissors, cardboard, masking tape, and any ornamental, trims, beads, fabric scraps, sticks, or other bits of interesting stuff you find . Sha Sha will supply wire,and all the odd bits,but bring your pliers. 
BOMAKI-POLE WRAPPING ON SILK- 
This class will cover the Japanese silk dying technique of "Arashi-Shibori" or "Bomaki", translated as "Polewrapping". The silk is wound around a cylindar,wrapped, and twisted into pleats,and then dip dyed and painted with dyes. The pleated results are reminiscent of natural textures,such as tree bark and snake skin, and are sculpturally gratifying. The cloth produced can be made into scarves, artwork,or anything you imagine. During this intensive workshop, the infinite color and design possibilities of dyeing and discharging with acid dyes on silk will be explored. Contemporary interpretations on the ancient techniques of Arashi Shibori (pole wrap) and Itagimi (clamp resist) will be demonstrated. We will experiment with acid dyes and discharge on a variety of silk weaves, black as well as white and the use of found objects as mechanical resists. Beginning as well as experienced dyers welcome.
   
1 yard lengths of 4" ABS pipe from the hardware store recommended. $45. $10-15 payable to instructor includes materials.


Other workshops:
Moving Archetypal Image 
Create and become your own temple headdress... an iconic image that comes alive as an archetypal moving image. Experience endless pleasure in casting and remolding masks, ornamenting them with metallic leaves and patinas, rice paper, fibers, adding wires and extensions inspired by natural beauty of the area. Throughout the workshop, through theatrical and poetic imagery in movement spontaneously your headdress will unfold  and come alive,and through techniques Sha Sha share  s that she uses in her own work.Bring your own  ornamental memorabilia. 
See a tutorial online on sewing and dying of costumes
CLICK TO SEE VIDEO OF THE WORKSHOP 
For 4 days Sha Sha Higby taught participants different techniques of casting, wire structure, millinery, dying, collaging, and the use of many different kinds of adhesives. Everyone was very talented. At the end we gave an informal performance and Sha Sha Higby (in costume) summoned each one to come up into the light. Later, the next day, they tried them individually over the ocean at Esalen, Big Sur, California. The participants were fantastic, some were professional performers, some had never performed, and some were preparing a work for Burning Man.


Golden Masks on a Stick
SHA SHA HIGBY
Caste from a mold from Sha Sha Higby's masks, mount it onto a stick, add wires to create a structural form, and embellish with ornamental projections. Sha Sha will guide you through a myriad of techniques that she uses in her costumes like collage and adornment. During breaks, stretch with movement and music as Sha Sha works. We will add bells, rattles and then bring the pieces for singing in the night, shaking  the golden and sparkling images Bring memorabilia, natural sticks, a bell or shaker, scissors, pliers, and wear loose clothing.  RSVP by December 6.

Sample Workshops:
These are some of the workshops ShaSha has taught  and various ways it has been written up.
The Moving Archetypal Image-long version
Create  and become your own moving temple ... an icon that comes alive as an archetypal image  that you will manipulate yourself and move within. Participants will  learn a myriad of “hands on” techniques that 
 Sha Sha uses for the construction of her sculptural costumes. Learn to cast  masks from molds, add  wire extensions, metallic leaf, rice paper, fibers  inspired by the natural environment. At the end, you will explore the mysteries of creativity  through movement visualizations using intuition, movement, and poetry. Bring memorabilia,poems, enclosure (s) that you would like to include in your moving temple-
a mandala of images. At the workshop’s end,  we will perform or ask each other to perform our individual body sculptures . This workshop promises many surprises – poignant, powerful, humorous, and flamboyant. Let this creative opportunity inspire other realms of your life. The beginner is welcome, as well as the seasoned artist. ideally 2-4 day workshop but  abbreviated version can be done as a day workshop.
For the workshop, wear loose and dark clothing and bring a flash light, journal or colored construction paper, pastels, pliers, scissors, cardboard, masking tape, and any ornamental yarns, trims, beads, fabric scraps, sticks, or other bits of interesting forms you find.

Sha Sha covers all sculptural and casting materials, crinoline, foils for decorating, dyes, patinas, silk roving, and organic materials. If you are presenting...,Details of materials and supplies needed

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Magic on a stick
Caste from a mold  of Sha Sha Higby's masks, mount it onto a stick, add wires and form to make a rod puppet. Manipulate,decorate, and add whimsical projections. Be  guided through a myriad of Sha Sha’s  techniques of wire wrapping and embellishing used to texture her sculptural costumes. Add bells, add rattles  and bring  for a shakedown at  Sha Sha’s performance. . After the show  is over you will be invited with your magic masks up onto the stage to show them off.. 

Bring memorabilia and bell to attach to your image and a 24-26" stick ,pliers,scissors,apron (estimated $15-$20 mat fee to artist for sculptural supplies)

Felted Mask Images
Using your intuition, movement, and poetry, the natural environment you will be led through a myriad of techniques for the construction of a three-dimensional mask. Learn to cast and mold one of Sha Sha’s masks from her molds, recast, then” paint” it with  colorful wool roving,bits of fibers,rice paper, and make it into a felt mask,then add felted extensions of felt, and let your masks grow. Enter another world and create your own iconic image that comes alive as an archetypal image.
We have only a day, but it will allow you to experience how Sha Sha works and creates her mask sculptures. Participants will explore the mysteries of creativity and performance in this hands-on mask making workshop.  This workshop promises many surprises – poignant, powerful, humorous, and flamboyant. Let this creative opportunity inspire other realms of your life. The beginner is welcome, as well as the seasoned artist. 415-868-2409.
 
For the workshop, wear loose and dark clothing  pliers, scissors, any ornamental yarns,  your own roving, metallic threads, trims,, small gossamer silk scraps, gauze, or other bits of interesting forms you find. Plastic
Sha Sha covers all sculptural and casting materials, crinoline, foils for decorating, dyes, patinas, silk roving, and organic materials.

Golden Archetype on a Stick part 1    10-1
 415.868.2409 shasha@shashahigby.com
Masks give you an endless source of pleasure in their creation, theatrical imagery, and even as doll -like images to display. Learn to cast and mold, and recast multiple versions,and pose a theatrical image. Bring your imagination and imagine a face you would like like to mold .Cast from a mold  of Sha Sha's Higby's masks, customize and sculpt. While  the glues are drying we will stretch with movement  and music  seeing the fun Sha Sha  has while she works. 
$60 (includes materials) parent with child ,($95) 415-868-2409 
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Golden Archetype on a Stick part 2    2-5
415.868.2409 shasha@shashahigby.com
Mount  your  cast mask onto a stick ,add wires to  make structural form,sculpt,add texture,ornamental projections making your own spirit catcher .
Sha Sha will guide you through a myriad of techniques of embellishing that she uses in her costumes. See the application of gold leaf and  silver leaf and foils and multi colored patinas to masks  and different surfaces . We will add bells, rattles and then bring them to the performance the following night to shake  golden and sparkling images . After the show  is over you will be invited with your masks up onto the stage to dance  and move in the atmosphere.. Bring  memorabilia, natural stick,and a bell or shaker, scissors,pliers,loose clothing
For Part 2 you take Part 1 together and pay a total of $95(or parent  and child $145) (includes materials) for both workshops. You must take part 1 to qualify for part 2 unless special arrangements are made. 415-868-2409  shasha@shashahigby.com

Bomaki-Pole Wrapping on Silk (1 session)
SHA SHA HIGBY
 6 to 9 p.m.
Each session:  $45, $36 members.
$12 materials fee plus please see info below.
This class will cover the Japanese silk dying technique of "Arashi-Shibori" or "Bomaki," translated as "Pole wrapping." Silk is wound around a cylinder, wrapped, twisted into pleats, and then dip dyed and painted. The pleated results are reminiscent of natural textures such as tree bark and snake skin, and are sculpturally gratifying. The cloth produced can be made into scarves, art work, or anything you imagine. One yard lengths of 4" ABS pipe from the hardware store recommended.  If you have cotton or silk fabric, please also feel free to bring it with you to class. 
BOMAKI-POLE WRAPPING ON SILK-3/3 hour sessions
This class will cover the Japanese silk dying technique of "Arashi-Shibori" or "Bomaki", translated as "Polewrapping". The silk is wound around a cylindar,wrapped, and twisted into pleats,and then dip dyed and painted with dyes. The pleated results are reminiscent of natural textures,such as tree bark and snake skin, and are sculpturally gratifying. The cloth produced can be made into scarves, artwork,or anything you imagine. During this intensive workshop, the infinite color and design possibilities of dyeing and discharging with acid dyes on silk will be explored. Contemporary interpretations on the ancient techniques of Arashi Shibori (pole wrap) and Itagimi (clamp resist) will be demonstrated. We will experiment with acid dyes and discharge on a variety of silk weaves, black as well as white and the use of found objects as mechanical resists. Beginning as well as experienced dyers welcome.
   
1 yard lengths of 4" ABS pipe from the hardware store recommended. $45. $10-15 payable to instructor includes materials.


See a demo online
Golden Masks on a Stick
Caste from a mold  of Sha Sha's Higby's masks, customize and sculpt, mount onto a stick,add wires to  make structural form,ornamental projections making your own spirit catcher .Sha Sha will guide you through a myriad of techniques of embellishing that she uses in her costumes. See the application of gold leaf and  silver leaf and foils and multi colored patinas to masks  and different surfaces . During breaks we will stretch with movement  and music as Sha Sha works. We will add bells, rattles and then bring them to the performance the following night to shake  golden and sparkling images . After the show  is over you will be invited with your masks up onto the stage to dance in the atmosphere. $15-20 mat fee. Bring Memoriabilia, natural stick,and a bell or shaker, scissors,pliers,loose clothing

Slipper Theater This class will give you a taste of all the techniques Sha Sha uses in her costumes. Join Sha Sha Higby,and build a tiny set of fabulous fanciful  miniature dancing shoes. Make the heals,and build the form with heat shrink fabrics,and glues from the millinery and prosthetic trades. We will then bead and decorate the body of the miniature shoe. Bring any ornamental materials,glitter,feathers, and music that you would like to go with your shoe.  Bring your show to the show and place it on the stage,make a wish ,and the shoe could even be selected to participate in Sha Sha's performance approx $15 mat fee

Whirling Silken Masks
 Experience Sha Sha!. Cast a  silk mask from a selection of Sha Sha’s rubber molds, then  fashion your own mask on top out of clay. Watch or cast yourself a negative out of rubber for your own customized mold.. The next day we will work with silk papers that we dye and collage into the surface and an encircling headdress or collar. With different methods of wiring to attach them to each to form  3 dimensional shapes. We will work with techniques Sha Sha uses in her costumes and ideas for formulating her movement and performances. Movement will inspire drawings that loosen us to create more visionary structures. At the end we will find a time make an informal performance of our masks. 
For the workshop, wear loose and dark clothing, journal or colored construction paper, pastels, pliers, scissors, cardboard, masking tape, and any ornamental yarns, trims, beads, fabric scraps, sticks, or other bits of interesting forms you find.
Sha Sha covers all sculptural and casting materials, crinoline, foils for decorating, dyes, patinas, silk roving, and organic materials.

 Ms. Higby teaches textile, mask-making, performance, headdress and costume construction workshops around the world. Artist,Sha Sha Higby is nationally known for her evocative and haunting performances and for the exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture she creates to move within.

Masks and their Movement
We will  get an insight into creative techniques Sha Sha uses for formulating her costumes. With simple paper mask sculptures we build ourselves,we will charge and magnify whichever part of the face and body we choose to have come alive and perform for us. Through  techniques  of creativity with paper folding, drawing ,tearing, attaching to wires  and movement we will collage together a mask and loosen up to see our body became its own sculpture that can magically grow in any direction possible. $45 /$5 materials fee.
bring your own assortment of colored paper,tracing paper,recycled paper, scissors, needle nose pliers cardboard,tape,pastels,crayons,charcoal,,glue stick,stapler,wires,maybe some music you like Space should provide CD Player. 3 Hours: all ages.$5 materials fee. Call 415-868-2409
 to register for one or both of these workshops.
International performance/sculptural artist, Sha Sha Higby is known for her evocative and haunting performances. using the exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture she meticulously creates and moves  within. Sha Sha studied for 1 year in Japan, 5 years in Indonesia under a Fulbright Scholarship, and 6 months in India,she has received numerous awards and grants and has been performing since 1982 internationally and throughout the U.S., Europe, the Singapore Festival of the Arts, the Hong Kong Fringe Festival, the Bali Arts Festival, and the Sydney Festival of Arts,recently at the Glass Museum,Southwest Center for Craft She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in Theater, and the Japan-US Friendship commission, supported by the Zellerbach Family Fund.

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Below are some pieces we made during a  workshop at  Mt. San Jacinto College this Fall. At the bottom is a listing about my workshop next week.

HANDS ON WORKSHOPS/Descriptions of Workshops Sha Sha has taught.

BUILDING A MAGNIFICENT BODY SCULPTURE WITH SHA SHA HIGBY
Sha Sha Higby will share multiple aspects of her craft.Participants will explore the mysteries of creativity and performance in this on going hands-on sculptural mask making and dancing puppet workshop. Puppets give you an endless source of pleasure in their creation, theatrical imagery, and ability to transform and perform. We will also work primarily with threads and raffias in the masks for this class. Using intuition,movement,and poetry,you will be led through Sha Sha's process: a myriad of techniques for the construction of a puppet which can grow into a three- dimensional costume. Use it to help create your own performance temple,an archetypal spirit that you move within in a performance-like ritual . Learn to cast and mold, and recast,add hands and extensions, ornament inspired by the natural environment , enter another world. wild, powerful, humorous, and flamboyant. For the beginner and advanced.
International dance/performance/sculptural artist, Sha Sha Higby is known for her evocative and haunting performances.and for the exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture she creates and moves within.
To the workshop wear loose and dark clothing and a flash light, journal or colored construction paper,pastels,pliers,scissors,glue,brush,watercolors in pan,gloves,cardboard, masking tape,or ornamental yarns,beads,colored scraps of fabric,decorative bits of interesting forms you find around. Children are welcome.$65 material fee to Sha Sha for 5 days covers all sculptural and casting materials,crinoline,foils for decorating,dyes, patinas, silk and roving,elastic,cmc,wheat paste,paperclay,wires,colored tissue,metallic powders.glitters,brushes,clay epoxy,watercolors. and organic fibers etc.
Space should have water,place for stretching,cd tape player,tables,chairs,hot plate,sewing machine (optional,hairdryer,2-3 buckets,plastic cups,two bowls,spoons,25 lb of clay(op'l),roll of baling wire,quart of Durham's Rock hard water Putty for every 4-5 students.
 Questions: 415-868-2409  shasha@shashahigby.com.
People bring what they have of following (But all items are optional):stapler,pastels,wire cutters,20-22 gauge wire,scissors,tape,and any materials they find around the house that might make interesting forms and structure,grasses or pods from nature,cloth,feathers,etc,spray paint,electrical tape,glitters.
$5 material fee to Sha Sha covers special sculptural materials,molds,crinoline,fibers,foils for decorating,special glue sticks for 2-3 hour class.
$15 for materials used in class for a full day class.
7-9 hours or this workshop may umbrella and include any of the workshops below as a series with the end result being a body and mask sculpture in performance.
 








VISUALIZING YOUR OWN MAGNIFICENT DOLL SCULPTURE.DOLL MAGIC on a STICK
Doll, Mask and Movement Workshop
People interested in or crossing a variety of media: the visual arts, dance & theater are invited to attend. Beginners and experienced welcome. With simple to elaborate masks and dolls we make and cast ourselves,you will charge and magnify whichever part of the face and body you choose to have come alive.The mask becomes a doll which becomes a sculpture that can magically grow in any direction dreamed possible.We will each focus on a different spart of the body upon which to build our structures and them combine them all into one magnificent form at the end of the workshop. You will return home with a finished puppet-like structure that can to keep growiing in whatever way you dream possible.This workshop will follow with another one the next month for those who wish to continue.Within a kaleidoscope of poetic imagery as well as solid construction techniques for molds,masks,structure and costume, we have a base upon which to start a dramatic theatrical unfolding
To the workshop wear loose and dark clothing Bring a bag snack .Bring only if you have any or some of the following: twigs or grasses from the outdoors, colored paper,colored tissue paper, scraps of fabric,or yarn pastels,wire cutters,scissors,stapler, masking tape, thin or thick bailing wire, rubber bands. Sha Sha will bring special molding, crinoline,gold foils,and sculpting materials used in class.










Gelatin Printmaking
Gelatin Printmaking is low tech, fun and fast. This class is for everyone. It is a wonderfully 
experimental process that gives results that vary from the abstract to the photographic. We will use found objects as “stamps” and “stencils” to work into the ink and create a series of images. We will use water-based inks and 
card stock. You may want to come with an image for a holiday card.
$8-10 material fee (additional cards available)
"MASKS AND MAGIC"
Masks give you an endless source of pleasure in their creation, theatrical imagery, and even as doll -like images to display. Learn to cast and mold, and recast multiple versions,decorate,and pose a theatrical image. Wear loose clothing for a little movement.Bring your imagination and imagining a face you would like like to mold and cast..
$5 mat. fee per person to instructor for sculptural and metal leafing materials or bring (recycled) colored paper, scissors,cardboard,tape,pastel,or colored scraps of fabric. Space should provide CD Player,tarp,and a bucket of water,quart of Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty,spoon,recycled yogurt cups,decorating materials on hand.
2-3 Hours all ages /maximum 20-25 persons
  











"WIGGLING HEADS ON A STICK"
Performance artist, Sha Sha Higby will assist you to make and caste a simple head on a stick form utilizing corks and handmade springs which you can decorate and add whimsical projections to suit your own character.Some of them will be filled with seeds to make musical instruments to then bring and shake a musical delight at Sha Sha's show. These are some of the techniques for the props she uses in her performance.Sha Sha will guide you through several techniques she uses to create small masks and stick structure Bring at twigs from the outdoors,scissors,wire.
Space provide tables,tarp,2 buckets of water,used yogurt containers,spatula,small saw,cd player,bag of hard small beans (azuki),quart of Durhams Rock hard water putty,elmers white glue,glue gun,roll of black fencing(baling) wire, 1" dowels,or assortment of semi-straight branches
People to bring what they have of following:scissors,1/2" dowel or natural stick, cork,quick set epoxy,pliers,glue gun,spray paint,electrical tape,water soluble crayons,glitters,20-22 gauge wire,grasses or pods from nature,cloth,feathers,etc.
$8 material fee covers sculptural materials,foils for some decorating, springs, special glue sticks and glues,and any of the materials people were unable to bring
3 hour sessions-all ages 15-20 persons

  "CAUGHT IN A BOX"
Masks give you an endless source of pleasure in their creation, theatrical imagery, and ability to transform them into small characters that come alive and perform. First Learn to cast and mold, and recast,add extensions,ornament,and enter a world where your handmade figure has its own life.It starts in its box.It can then grow out of its box. People can make their own performance vignettes separately or together This workshop will follow with another one the next month for those who wish to continue.Within a kaleidoscope of poetic imagery as well as solid construction techniques for molds,masks,structure and costume, we have a base upon which to start dramatic theater.Higby is known for her haunting performances in Elaborate Sculptural Costume which she has performed internationally and studied in Indonesia,India and Japan.at the critique ,the integrity of the short piece they present will be evaluated,such as;the creativity of the process in a short time period,the craftsmanship>
Bring a box, colored paper or cardboard, paper clay,scissors, masking tape,pastel crayons,or your own special colored bits of fabric,tissue paper,seeds,sticks,wire,interesting forms you find around.To the workshop wear loose and dark clothing Bring a bag snack .Bring what you have. There are no mistakes. Each thing you bring will lead to a new idea.Sha Sha will bring her molds and any special molding, crinoline,,and sculpting materials used in class.Her molds are latex,so we should handle them with care












ROD PUPPETS
Performance artist, Sha Sha Higby will assist you to make a simple and natural white rod puppet form to which you can then attach many magnificent "other beings"(alter egos, & second natures)to then come alive and dance.
Sha Sha will guide you through several techniques she uses to create small masks ,inner structure ,and textures on fabric.The first week will be dedicated to building the basic body and movement of the puppet,the second week to its ornamentation,and the third week to its performance as integrated with your whole body.
Bring at least 8 twigs from the outdoors &1 yard of muslin or silk,scissors,wire,thread, and needle,and a small bag of stuffing. (Or these materials will be available for a $5. fee per class if you cannot bring anything).
3/3 hour sessions ideally /or a full afternoon.unless they bring them home and work on them between sessions-all ages

SOLAR MASKS ON A STICK
With small masks we make and cast, add extensions and decorate ourselves, each participant will make a puppet/doll-like figure mounted on a stick with solar gizmos that spin in the sun that we will combine into one magnifient form at the end of the workshop. You will return home with a puppet/doll like structure that can keep growing in whatever way you dream possible. With a kaleidoscope of poetic imagery as well as construction techniques for masks, structure and costume we will begin a base upon which to start a dramatic theatrical unfolding of creativity.Learn about the future and alternative energy as an artist does.Enjoy electricity by making jewelry powered by the sun.The jewelry can have little lights, miniature fans ,and gismos that can be powered like a battery filled with energy delivered by the sun. The materials are simple and cheap. All you need are some solar chips,scotch tape, wire, and a diode. The solar cells are iridescent and can be incorporated into the artwork. You can cut them into shapes too.$20-25. material fee. At least 6 hours
People should bring their own interesting stick (s)of any length and their own wild selection of decorative materials and a pair of scissors. Great for focused families.

HEADDRESS CONSTRUCTION
Learn the magic science of internal workings of costumes and headdressses that mold our fantasies together. Sha Sha will demonstrate/share her methods to hold costumes together so they remain firm and hardy yet appear delicate, and can't wiggle apart as much during performance. Learn the art of millinery with its silk wrapped wires,crimp clasps,sizings,buckrams,horsehair,and glues. Learn to solder,and some of the prosthetic high tech forming and molding materials as well as materials we can find to recycle into magnificent creatures.With this wisdom of stucture under your belt,your own headdresses and magical characters can grow in any direction imaginable!
If time permits,Sha Sha will share her methods for imaging a costume using stretches and movement.
2 hours minimum
Bring a shape to cast that you can stick a pin into (styrofoam,pillow covered with plastic),pins,scissors,1/2 yd. buckram (fabric store),or just watch the demonstration
3 Hours
 
RARE WORKSHOP in TRADITIONAL JAPANESE URUSHI LACQUER (Upon Request)
This is a rare opportunity to discover the aspects of a highly refined and 8000 year old craft of working with the almost magical sap of the Urushi tree. Famed as a traditional adhesive and coating in Asia and Southeast Asia,the urushi processes demonstrated can be used to apply an incredibly durable,transparent or colored opaque surface to a wide range of materials. It can be used to build up sculptural forms,or develop an extraordinary palette of decorative finishes with gold powder,leaf, and shell for makie.Demonstration of basic handling and drying techniques,Toumei Tosou or Kiji Tamenuri-clear wood grain coating, Futoumei Tosou or Inpei Tosou, opaque texture of Sitaji coating, gold leaf application, and the making of clay.There will be time for questions.This informative workshop will broaden your understanding of adhesives, and allow you to peek into the richness and depth of this incredible art form and perhaps wet your palette for further study in Japan.Special guests from Japan can also be arranged to enhance these workshops.Check out www.sakurako.com .

 
 








MILLEFIORE,MARBELED MASKS AND MOLDS
It's like making cookies!Join Sha Sha for Italian millefiore techniques using natural clays,stains in clay (or polymer clays) that we can later fire. Bring a bowl or hollow shape to lay your clay into,or cut,slice,and shape your clay into one of Sha Sha's magical masks molds.
1 1/2 -3 hours
 
PAPERMAKING-SPECIAL EFFECTS USING LUSTER PIGMENTS
Bring your recycled non-glossy papers you get in your mailbox, and we will grind them up in the blender. Make perfect works of texture upon which you can draw a mask. We will learn to tint and color paper pulp, and experiment with layered iridescent lusters over the colored surface of the paper.
$3-5 materials fee.
Time : 3 hours:
 
SUMI-NAGASHI ON FABRIC
LECTURE- DEMONSTRATION:
Sumi-nagashi,a traditional Japanese fabric marbeling,creates designs suggestive of tree bark,wood grain,or wind on water. We use tightly woven fabrics (e.g. china silk,rayon challis,cotton) and float pigments on water,fanning it to create a final design. This is an easy process,also applicaable to paper. A
variety of silks will be available for sale . Materials fee $10. to instructor
1 1/2 hr. demo/3-5 hr hands on
 
BOMAKI-POLE WRAPPING ON SILK
This class will cover the Japanese silk dying technique of "Arashi-Shibori" or "Bomaki", translated as "Polewrapping". The silk is wound around a cylindar,wrapped, and twisted into pleats,and then dip dyed and painted with dyes. The pleated results are reminiscent of natural textures,such as tree bark and snake skin, and are sculpturally gratifying. The cloth produced can be made into scarves, artwork,or anything you imagine.
1 yard lengths of 4" ABS pipe from the hardware store recommended. $10. material fee
Wine bottles or 4” ABS pipe
plain table salt
old   satin less steel  or enamel cooking pot (s)
2 bowls and 5 or more used jars
cheap 1 inch brushes
masking tape
gaffers tape  (grey strong tape)
re cycled plastic bags to put work in to take home
0000 steel wool unless you use wine bottles

 
SLIPPER THEATER
This class will give you a taste of all the techniques Sha Sha uses in her costumes.Join Sha Sha Higby,and build a tiny set of fabulous fanciful dancing shoes. Make the heals,and build the form with heat shrink fabrics,and glues from the millinery and prosthetic trades. We will then bead and decorate the body of the miniature shoe. Bring any ornamental materials,glitter,feathers, and music that you would like to go with your shoe. The shoe could even be selected to participate in Sha Sha's performance!“Sculpy” for each student
Used toaster oven to bake the pieces
Card stock
Glue guns and glue sticks
Scrap fabric
Tacky glue
White glue
Thick tacky glue
Black elastic cord (3 ft. per person)
Floral wire/pipe cleaners

Ask participants to bring decorative items and we will also provide some.  We will have a boom box.


$8. materials fee
 
LECTURE- DEMONSTRATION:
GOLDEN FOILS AND REACTIVE METALS DEMONSTRATION
Time: 2 hours
Sha Sha will demonstrate the application of gold leaf and foils to different surfaces as well as simple patinas she uses in her work. A demonstration of heat coloration and anodizing of reactive metals will be given.
 
LECTURES:
 
THREADS OF OTHER CULTURES INFLUENCE THE ARTIST
Time: 1 hour
Sha Sha will show slides of her experiences in Indonesia, of the batik and puppetry traditions she found there and how it gradually started to influence her later to become transformed into her art form - a marriage between the artist and the outer world. She will show slides of her journeys recording the batik factories in Central Java, Indonesia. She will also show some slides of her own work.
Time 50 minutes
THE ARTIST'S WORK
 

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