CZTs (Certified Zentangle® Teachers) in Connecticut

*** “CTT” is an organization for the continuing education of CZTs

(Certified Zentangle® Teachers) in New England and beyond.  If you are a CZT, consider joining them on their Facebook page.  You don’t have to live in Connecticut, and teachers often make kits available for CZTs who cannot travel to attend the workshops.  To join, go to their Facebook page and request membership (you’ll have to prove you are a CZT so get out your certificate)

I was lucky enough to go to two workshops for CZTs (Certified Zentangle® Teachers) in Connecticut the other day, and we spent the morning with Diane Yaciuk, CZT, learning how to create tangled fans.  I was fascinated.  So fascinated, I never got to tangle my own fan.  That’s why this post is about other people’s work.

Diane is a marbled paper addict and expert.   Somewhere along the line, she became interested in Zentangle® and fans, and she began the workshop with a little history and a lot of examples to inspire us.

Not only was the workshop itself completely absorbing, but Diane also told us the story behind the paper used in the fans.  It’s made in Vietnam, in a rural village with no other source of income, and the tradition is in danger of dying out.  Some of the papers (see the black paper at the top below) take 100+ steps to create.  You cannot believe how luscious these papers are.  They have no chemicals or sizing.  They are thick and sturdy.  Some have tooth and some are very smooth.  Diane is starting to sell the papers in order to help the town.  You can read all about this HERE (don’t miss the videos and fascinating history) and other tabs on that site will lead you to other things Diane’s involved in (including her fabulous scarves).  The paper story is very compelling.  We each got to go home with one of each of the papers.  I can’t wait to experiment with mine.

Aren’t those finished pieces wonderful?  I need to get busy on doing my own.  Every summer I reach for a fan when it gets hot and humid.  Now I’m curious about their history as well as their practical uses.  Time to do some research.

Check back on this post occasionally as Diane will be doing many other classes. I may be updating it, as I am on the trail of getting permission to post other fans as they are finished.  Thank you Diane, for one inspiring and very fine workshop.