Workshop with the Design Network

Whispering Crane Institute chop, chopI spent yesterday with the ladies(and a few guys) of the Design Network in Cleveland, Ohio.

Why? you ask.

To talk about one of my favorite subjects; stone . . . and the use of stone in the landscape. Almost 5 hours on all types of ways to look at, use, study, design, dream, etc. It was a great time.

I really like doing these in-depth workshops where the  crowd is around 25 or so. It has a more intimate feel to the setting and allows me better interaction with the group. it also helps when you have a group that knows each other, why?

stone, sculpture, stone head, garden artThey feel less inhibited in asking questions, and are willing to go deeper into the subject matter.

The other reason I like this format is  . . .  is time. Allotting this much time lets me go much deeper into the subject.

I still don’t get the antiquated way some of these “alphabets” run their conferences . . . 50 minute talks in a room full of people listening to lectures-it’s all so one sided. It has to be, an hour or less is not a lot of time to lay out your best philosophy on a subject. Plus there is no real time for questions, without cutting in to the lecturer’s time.

But I digress

So the day went very well, they ask about coming back and having workshops on several different subjects, including drawing, rendering, and other design subjects.

I had a blast and would really like to thank the members of the Design Network for allowing me the time to share with the group.

See you at Hocking?

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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