Elmwood Earth Day: a writing, walking, and weaving workshop

Saturday, Apr 22 · 1pm


Elmwood Earth Day
1-4pm, gather at The Meet Shop at 1pm.
Free admission with suggested donation of $10 (cash or card accepted).

The Meet Shop OC and Sunset Art Studios have come together to bring you an afternoon of writing, weaving, and walking. We’ll spend the day talking about storytelling and place as we explore Elmwood with Ofelia Faz-Garza, June Covington, and Iris Bechtol.


Ofelia “MexMama” Faz-Garza is a mama, writer, and community advocate. Her work crosses genres and focuses on the subtleties of life and celebrates the rituals that keep us grounded and connected. You can find her running around OC with her daughters and husband or at their home away from home, The Meet Shop.

Join her for a special Elmwood Earth Day version of her Tejiendo Historias workshop. The days adventure will begin at The Meet Shop where Ofelia will start you off with a brief discussion on place and community and provide you with some thoughts to keep in mind as you participate in the day’s events. At the end of the day you’ll return to The Meet Shop to process your experiences and create a short written piece that captures your thoughts about our community.


Iris Bechtol is an artist, educator, and curator living in Oak Cliff – Dallas, TX. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and is currently the Gallery Director and Adjunct Professor of Art at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX. Bechtol is founder and curator for TERRAIN Dallas, a public exhibition space with a focus on exhibiting site specific, temporary interventions by established and emerging artists in and around the conventional landscape of a suburban front yard.

Her work has been included in exhibitions in Texas, New York, and San Diego. Oriented around a phenomenological approach, Iris Bechtol works to heighten experiential relationships to the everyday and the ordinary through print media, installation, and video. Her current work investigates ecological identity as it relates to the phenomena of temporal existence and constructed memory.

Walking is simple way to cultivate an ecological identity and deepen the connection to ourselves. Join Iris Bechtol on a walk along the Elmwood Greenbelt and explore concepts of presence and memory as they relate to temporal experiences in nature. The walk will close with participants making a record of their walk through a clay based relief print process.


June Jacobsen Covington is an artist and art educator. While she usually identifies herself as a Printmaker, she has also worked extensively in the Textile Arts, time and process play a role in all of her work. She is happiest in a room full of people learning and making art together.

June uses the slow process of tapestry weaving in handspun wool and silk, some dyed with natural indigo, to capture fleeting impressions of the ever changing Texas sky. Clouds are our constant sky companions: during a drought we long for clouds and gaze in awe at the sunset. The clouds remind us how essential clean water is for all humans. Clouds heal the earth.

Weaving is perhaps the oldest portable art form. Humans have created textiles using interlaced fibers to build shelters, make clothing and embellish the world. You are invited to join in more than one weaving project during Elmwood’s Earth Day.

Contribute to an Earth Loom which will be set up on the greenspace with bird-friendly materials to be woven into the sturdy warp.

2. Make a tiny wearable tapestry to commemorate the observations and contemplations of the weather, the neighborhood, the people and the joy of the day.

3. Lend a hand to help weave a bit of cloud in a smaller project on a mechanical table loom.

April 22, 1-4pm

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