Sou’Wester Lodge Art Residency {Resource}

This past week I had the pleasure of participating in an art residency at the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort on the Washington coast.

I was able to teach a quilling class, while also taking the time to make paper art.


I had never done an art residency before and this location was perfect for a first time attendant.  I purposely asked to go in the fall because I have visited the coast multiple times with the family & really needed to spend the time making art & not be tempted to explore the area.


On my first day of arrival I was met with a monster of a storm.  I took some video footage of the angry ocean and spent most of my time trying to stay warm.


In the middle of the week, I taught a quilling class to locals.  I started by introducing them to the Arab world & explained how quilling as an art form started in ancient Egypt before moving to it’s height of popularity during the Italian Renaissance.

I showed examples of past works that have survived & talked about which pieces were the most popular when the craft came to North America. Then we had a great time making flower boxes, ornaments and jewelry.

Once the class was over, the sun finally came out & I was able to spend a little bit of time outdoor getting some exercise on the local bike trails. Of course, I still spent most of my day creating new art.

I even made some new ornaments & rings to leave in the lobby store display case.

I can’t wait to do this whole experience again.


Not only did I enjoy the fun of teaching quilling to a new audience, but I also enjoyed the time alone, away from family obligations, to create new work.


I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.