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A creative and eco-friendly art class! Opportunity to create decorations for yourself, or to share as gifts. Learn to transform recycled materials such as leather, suede, macramé cord, and metal findings into art. We will create several beautiful classic Christmas decorations using locally acquired supplies from thrift stores, dumpsters, and even my own Cave Creek back yard. Also, discover the many artistic uses of a kitchen coffee grinder!
Every piece we create will have a unique and wonderful origin story. Everyone will be intrigued when you tell them where your art materials come from. We will walk away with an appreciation of how we can inspire our own creativity and do our part to save our environment one small bit at a time.
In-Person – Classroom
  • Hands-On
  • Adults 18+
  • Youth Ages 15-18 (general recommendation)
  • Novice
All materials provided by instructor.
Sharp scissors, pen.
Josephine Wilt
Desert Winds Art
Josephine Wilt, Multimedia Artist

Motivation: Sustainability is at the heart of my creative process. I turn cast-off materials rescued from local thrift stores, dumpsters, and desert landscapes into fine art.

Inspiration: My artwork shares a very tactile impression of our incredible Arizona origins, its natives, and its landscapes. I am inspired by the desert views from my Cave Creek backyard and the pine forests of the Mogollon Rim.

While I use a variety of materials and processes in each art piece, my methodology focuses on a multimedia layered collage approach. The subject matter of my work determines the materials and the forms of each composition. My art contains a variety of different materials including repurposed leather and suede, hand-crafted paper pulp, felted sheep’s wool, found rusted metalwork, and botanical elements.

My goal is to give each piece multiple dimensions and to enhance the connection I feel with my environment.


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