Ideation – W0711-17

Date: Jul 17 - 21, 2017

Skill Level(s): III to IV i

Instructor(s): Wendy Maruyama & Christine Lee

Tuition: $1,175
Studio Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $45


Expand your idea generation and creative exploration by removing the barriers of constant analysis, myopic thinking or perfectionism in this fast-paced workshop. We focus on short one-day projects that encourage the practice of working intuitively, responsively and quickly during the design process, helping to evolve your ideation practice. Students work with various themes and methodologies to immediately capture their thought processes and transfer them into the making of an object.

Media & Techniques:

The workshop is open to a wide range of materials in addition to wood, such as reclaimed and recycled, engineered composites (e.g., plywood, particle board, etc.), found objects, fiber and fabric, and objects from nature. We use quick, direct and non-conventional methods of construction.


Projects are assigned at the beginning of each day and thematic slideshows are presented every afternoon with working time to explore and experiment throughout the day. Projects should be completed by the following morning.


Wendy Maruyama has been making furniture and sculpture for over 30 years. She has exhibited her work nationally for over four decades, with solo shows in New York City, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Indianapolis, Savannah and Easthampton. Wendy has exhibited internationally in Tokyo, Seoul and London.

Christine Lee is a Senior Sustainability Scholar of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Assistant Professor of Wood/Sustainability of the School of Art-Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She received her M.F.A. in Furniture Design & Woodworking from San Diego State University.

Wendy Maruyama, Bellshrine (detail)

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