Gina Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and woodworker based in western Massachusetts. Their artistic practice reflects an engagement with place, history, queer experience, and ecology, and their work integrates conceptual concerns and craftsmanship with a focus on wood as a natural and a cultural material. Gina’s works have been shown in museums and galleries nationally, and she has taught at colleges throughout New England.
Gina's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Aug 12 - 16, 2024
9AM - 5 PM
Green Woodworking in the Multispecies Commons
This process-oriented workshop centers the life of a tree and its interrelationship to a broader ecological community. We’ll begin with reclaimed green wood from a nearby site. We then study the life history of the tree as it is expressed through the material, as we use traditional woodworking hand tools to split and shape the log. Students learn fundamentals of green wood construction as well as introductory dendrology (the scientific study of trees), and forest ecology. Over the course of the workshop, we work collaboratively to develop components of a sculptural installation using the reclaimed material that students can then take with them back to their studios. Class sessions include walks in the local forests guided by a naturalist, field observation, discussion, short readings in environmental philosophy and studio time.