How did Syrendell get started?
Syrendell started when we created our own homeschooling environment. We decided to call our homeschool space Syrendell, and also our business. We started an Etsy shop and a blog that featured handwork supplies and items that we used for Waldorf-inspired homeschooling. Workshops and consulting were added based on requests.
Where did you and Rick come up with the name? We love it!
As a family, we made a list of words that we love, like "symphony", "dell", "synchronicity", and many more. We played around with letters and sounds until it sounded just right! We always felt like our home and homeschooling spaces were truly a "dell".
What is the inspiration for these gorgeous prints?
The original wet-on-wet watercolors were made by Rick to show a fairy tale scene, and a creation scene. Both pieces of artwork relate to Waldorf curriculum, as well as the wet-on-wet technique. We love featuring postcards on nature tables and homeschooling nooks or themed areas of the house. Twelve of Rick's paintings are also featured in a calendar. More prints coming!
What is Rick's background in art and waldorf?
Rick has been an artist all of his life. He has sold his artwork, done graphic design and custom artwork for businesses and families, and was an artist in residence for a school years ago. Rick is a trained Waldorf teacher and currently teaches Grade 6 at Davis Waldorf School in Davis, California. He enjoys sharing his artwork with the children in his class, as well as our own children at home. His DVD and downloadable video on how to do the wet-on-wet watercoloring technique is available through the Bearth Institute. www.bearthinstitute.com.
Do you have any suggestions on how to encourage artistic expression in our children?
Be an excellent role model! If we say, "I can't paint well", then our children pick up on this. Paint, draw, sculpt, carve wood, sew, knit...the more you do around your children, the more they will be inspired and will want to do it along with you! Art should be a part of our everyday lives and not just something "extra". Take children to art exhibits. When they are old enough, support with ceramics, knitting lessons and workshops. Learn along with them! As they get older, discuss how music, art, architecture, math and science interrelate. Find beauty and artistry in everything around you.
I know several families (including mine) that would love the opportunity to enhance our home and nature tables with seasonal postcards from Rick. Any plans for those in the future?
Yes! The Four Seasons are coming out in 2011. Requests for other postcard themes are welcome!
Please see these additional links to the Syrendell endeavors:
www.syrendellacademy.com Workshops & Consulting
www.syrendell.etsy.com Postcards, Calendars, Yarns, and more!
www.syrendell.blogspot.com www.thewaldorfway.blogspot.com Our blogs
www.facebook.com/syrendell "Like" our Facebook page to see upcoming events, products and sales
For those who have been with my blog for a while now, you will already know how much I adore this creative family. They have beautiful hearts and spirits - always kind and trying to help others. I have come to both of them on several occassions and have received wonderful advice. Both have been featured in The Waldorf Connection, as well as Kristie Burns' BEarth Institute site. My home is filled with syrendell treasures - from their gorgeous hand dyed silks to their beautiful wooden creations. And I am now so excited to include Rick's stunning artwork in my home, gracing my nature table! I am thrilled that two lucky winners will have an opportunity to enhance their homes with one of Rick's stunning prints! They are also available through their Syrendell Etsy site, along with a lovely calendar for 2011 which comes in both desk size or full size!