Fairy Magick Zine Workshop with Francesca Lia Block and Amanda Yates Garcia, Oracle of Los Angeles
When: February 6, 2015 – 1pm to 5pm
Where: Private Home in Central Los Angeles (will give you details when you RSVP)
RSVP here to attend.
Fairy Magick Zine Making workshop is a 4-hour master class on writing, art-making and fairy magick conducted by Francesca Lia Block (writer) and Amanda Yates Garcia (art witch). The class will culminate with the production of a “Fairies of Los Angeles” zine that will be available at various independent bookstores throughout the city.
Fairies are nature spirits who can help us to connect to our authentic voices as creative beings. When we were children it was easy to believe in fairies: those mischievous, boastful, beautiful creatures, conjuring orbs, reclining naked on the damp earth, slathering themselves in ambrosia and seducing any hapless prince who happened by. We were fairies then too, wild and unruly. Unimpressed with social status, free of anxiety, totally devoted to the pleasure of creating. The purpose of this workshop is to reconnect you with that spirit within yourself. Through the magic of art and writing, we will create a space for your fairies to exist again in the world.
In the first half of the workshop, Francesca Lia Block will lead participants in exploring the nature of fairytales and how we can use these tales as a device in our writing, as well as ways to explore deeper themes and create magic in our lives. Participants will look at classical fairy tales and create their own versions, exploring character, plot, setting, style and theme.
In the second half of the workshop, led by Amanda Yates Garcia, participants will create images to illustrate their fairy stories using a collage transfer technique augmented with graphite and paint. Both experienced artists and complete newbies alike will come away with images that they can be proud of. Students will have until March 6th to polish up their work and send it in.
The final result of the workshop will be a Fairies of Los Angeles zine, containing the writing and artwork of the workshop participants. The zine will be available at various independent bookshops throughout Los Angeles.
Enter our fairy circle and prepare to be transformed!
Workshop Leader Bios
Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block is the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award winning author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry, including the modern classic Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and her most recent novels, The Elementals and the psychological thriller Beyond the Pale Motel. Her work has been translated into many languages. Francesca has also published stories, poems, essays and interviews in The Los Angeles Times, The L.A. Review of Books, Spin, Nylon, Black Clock and Rattle among others. In addition to writing, she teaches fiction workshops at UCLA Extension, Antioch University and privately in Los Angeles where she was born, raised and currently still lives.
Amanda Yates Garcia
Amanda Yates Garcia is a writer, artist and professional witch based in Los Angeles. She leads workshops, reads tarot, conducts shamanic and other healing ceremonies professionally under her title as the Oracle of Los Angeles (www.oracleoflosangeles.com). Her events have been featured in Time Out and the LA Weekly and various other publications. As an art witch she has been appeared as “Real World Witch” at ESMOA and in the “Tapping the 3rd Realm” exhibition at the Laband and Ben Maltz galleries. She has served as an educator, professional development leader and/or teaching artist at LACMA, the Getty, MOCA, the Skirball Cultural Center, and the Hammer Museum, amongst many other cultural institutions. She is currently at work on a book of essays about magic; one piece from the book, “Spell to Mend a Broken Heart,” was recently included in the “Rough Magick” anthology edited by Francesca Lia Block and Jessa Marie Mendez.