- KeKe Cribbs’ relationship with Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash., began more than 25 years ago. Cribbs recently taught a workshop there. Credit: Russell Johnson / The Pilchuck Glass School
The sunny classroom buzzes with activity. Colorful felt pieces litter the table as scissors, needles and thread are passed around. The laughter grows louder. No doubt about it—everyone is having fun.
This isn’t a 5th-grade art class or a project at an after-school center; these enthusiastic participants are all grown men and women—members of the Glass Alliance of Los Angeles, a group more accustomed to collecting than making art. They’ve come to play for the day with glass artist KeKe Cribbs, who developed these Daemon Zoo workshops after a tour sponsored by the Pilchuck Glass School visited her studio on Whidbey Island near Seattle.
We all are wired to make things.”
- KeKe Cribbs
“I had several conversations with collectors about their desire to make artwork, not only collect it. But their deep-seated belief was that this was not in the cards for them,” she says. “I enjoy offering these workshops to collectors because I deeply believe that as human beings with opposable thumbs, we all are wired to make things.” Cribbs guides participants through the process of needle-felting their own personal entities, which she calls Daemons. And in the process, “everyone discovers the joy of creating.”
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