At the 2018 Rockcliffe University Consortium Conference in San Francisco, I presented on Superheroes’ Transformative Digital Storytelling. I was delighted to share my Peninsula College coursework and the systems I use to weave students’ experiences with heroic adventures.
Empower agency and reveal superhero skills with immersive lessons that activate educational transformations using storytelling techniques including reflective origins, challenging problems, and creative solutions to evolve students into exceptional mentors utilizing technology, art, and imagination.
Develop artful solutions using storytelling technology to inspire and overcome challenges by telling unique accounts as an active learning modality.
Students are superheroes and education is an equity mutation. Virtual environments unlock their potential because anything is possible. We recognize the catalyst and hero’s journey that makes each student unique through positive persistence to persevere achievements beyond the classroom.
Want to visit? Let’s connect or find me in Second Life! Here is the slideshow from that presentation!
Join us for this interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities like a museum exhibition, workshops, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, hands-on projects for children and adults, Fiber Arts Market of local artists’ work and fiber supplies, and information about local fiber activities, groups, businesses, and instructional resources. Excellent volunteers make this community event possible including several local fiber arts groups, artists, fiber friendly businesses, and educational organizations. We are grateful for their fostering natures and fiber arts talents. The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an opportunity to experience positive inclusion, creative expression, and the economic enterprise of art. Always encouraging genuine growth and artistic integrity, most activities are free to the public and all forms of fiber art are welcome. FiberArtsFestival.org
Saturday, October 1
Each year on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., we have an action-packed Fiber Arts Extravaganza full of free educational demonstrations, hands-on engagement for all ages, and Fiber Arts Market. The Fiber Arts Extravaganza is at the City of Sequim Civic Center Plaza on the NW corner of Cedar Street and Sequim Avenue. Visitors will have the opportunity to shop for items from fleece to finished products including apparel, household goods, and supplies to create your own fiber works. Demonstrations vary from spinning yarn, felting, knitting, hooking, weaving, and hand stitching. Learn more about local artists and fiber related groups to join our growing and supportive community. Bring your friends and family to discover the many forms of fiber arts and make some new friends too. I will be selling my art apparel during this event.
Sunday, October 2
From 12 to 3 p.m., come to the “Material Measurement – Magnitude, Meaning & Makers” Artists’ Reception at Sequim Museum & Arts where you can meet the exhibiting artists from near and far who may reveal the stories behind their creative and splendid work. These fiber artists also enjoy hearing your fiber tales. You might inspire a collaborative project for next year!
To inspire you and the next generation of fiber artists, the Fiber Arts Juried exhibition has a unique, accessible theme each year to inspire artists to create new works or bring out older works that they haven’t had occasions to share. This year the themed “Material Measurement – Magnitude, Meaning & Makers” exhibition is about vindicating the volume and importance of all fiber in its many forms while reflecting on textiles, tales, and talent through enlightenment, abundance, accumulation, and perception. Conspicuous consumption or considerate consequences, creators convey cloth’s transformation from meaningless mass into something that matters.
Friday, October 7
First Friday Art Walk Sequim “Material Measurement – Magnitude, Meaning & Makers” 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 175 West Cedar St. SequimArtWalk.com
Join me at the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair May 6 – 8, 2016! I am honored to be Co-Director of this community event with my friend and fellow artist, Jean Wyatt. We launch with the First Friday Art Walk Sequim Patron Preview of creative vendors and ‘Propagation’ a music performance by Alan B. Brock-Richmond.
2016 will be the 26th year for the Arts and Crafts Fair and is a 2 day event that provides an opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted wares. Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose are an underlying theme of the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair which will have demonstrations throughout Saturday and Sunday, as well as an Innovative Reuse Showcase and Contest. Over 30 vendors make this event a mainstay of the Irrigation Festival. In addition to the crafts vendors, enjoy a selection from our food vendors and enjoy our main stage entertainment.
Sequim Lavender Weekend is almost here! I hope you can join me for Purple Haze Daze at Purple Haze Lavender Farm where you can paint your own silk scarf and gather up goodies that I have made in lots of colors. Our whole community of Sequim has tons of artful activities for you to enjoy through the whole weekend July 17-19. You can find more details at our Visit Sunny Sequim website! These three days showcase many talented artists and inventive local businesses include farm tours, a street fair, quilt show, a barn full of artists, live music, driftwood show, dancing, open aire market, golfing, wine tasting, and so much more!
I’ve got some new products for you this year including art apparel that is made of fabric that I design! Above is my “lavender currents” pattern in the plushy fuzzy infinity scarf. I also have new hand dyed shawls, scarves, and obis. All can double as superhero capes!
As always, you can do “Make and Take Silk Scarf Painting” with me for $20 from 10 AM to 6 PM Friday – Sunday at Purple Haze Lavender Farm. I will be demonstrating painting on silk in my booth filled with one-of-a-kind art apparel, goods, and gear for the superhero in us all.
I hope to see you there and supporting all that Sequim has to offer! Thank you!
Join me March 7 at 12:30 PM PST for “Courage to Encourage: Origin Story Lessons” at the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference. The event is online in a virtual world, please go to this site to register http://consortium.militarymetaverse.org/
My presentation provides step-by-step guidance for instructors and trainers to tap into inspiring students through developing their mission and how that pursuit fuels their educational drive and development. Every student superhero has a catalyst that changes their lives and is the incentive to improve themselves and the world around them. Discover students’ origin stories and principal motivation to turn passion into positive projects and promote partnerships.
Virtual worlds foster flexible, imaginative play to reveal and utilize students’ individual stories. Create a safe learning environment where this vulnerable intersection transforms into a lesson of confidence, compassion, and connections with other superheroes. After exploring the events and elements of their influential story, implement transmedia storytelling through multimedia, blogs, social networks, and virtual world engagement to support student centered success and unique learning styles while inspiring universal listening, inquiry, and teambuilding.
The last time I presented at the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference it was at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. Dig my red mary janes! #FCVW #FCVW15 #besuper
It is so exciting! I always know the Holiday Season is upon us when I start having sales of my virtual cascade of lights in many shades at “hue are you?” in Second Life! I am so thankful that people enjoy my festive, colorful decorations and plan to add more soon so people can decorate in their favorite colors! You can find twinkle and sparkle at my Second Life Marketplace store http://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/32028 or inworld at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Brauni/180/0/22/
Because I teach expression and engagement with technology, there can be a high level of frustration and fear of failure that the students feel. So much of this is brand new and things can go wrong that are unseen or misunderstood and out of the control of the student and the instructor. We joke about having tissues on hand in front of the computer because we take these problems personally.
I often remind students that I reward effort. They need to just do something! We learn by participating, not sitting on our hands at the edge of the education abyss with our eyes closed and ears plugged. I encourage my students to take the plunge because they might find out they know how to fly and soar higher than they ever expected. And, it is okay to fall and fail once and a while to be grounded, gain perspective, and take the hand of another to help launch someone else who is ready to fly.
About the artwork progress plunge:
How do we embrace ideals of action, adventure and change with the safety of contentment? Take on a decisive manner with faith in creating change on your own. Not much happens unless you toss a metaphorical stone into a pond to cause it to ripple. Create waves. At the same time, navigate predicaments with the hopeful view that there are no dead ends, only U-turns. Hurdles are placed before us to create opportunities to show how high we can strive. Energetically select paths that challenge to reach humble gratification. Find comfort in choice.
The square spiral is an ancient symbol of homecoming. The maze means movement, decisions and the path of life. Knots intertwine to illustrate continuous connections and your part of an infinite legacy. Woven structures express collaboration of many single parts bound together stronger than alone. The ripple demonstrates the reward of action.
Please join me in my unique as you booth at Purple Haze Lavender Farm where I am demonstrating painting on silk throughout the day on July 19 -21 during the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire. You can paint your own silk scarves with me for $25. Find out “what hue are you?” and discover my one of a kind handcrafted art, apparel, and pieces of flair!
Meet my cousin Megan of Olethea’s Adornments who will be with me! Delight in her amazing creative works and some of Susan’s Thistlehill Farm fiber goodies as well!