Tree Sculptor Judith Z. Miller Presents: Unique Tree Branch Percussive Instrument-Making Workshop – July 23rd – Park Slope Brooklyn – CANCELLED DUE TO HEAT WAVE

Judith Z. Miller with "Transformation" & shaker


In a culture where we BUY everything, it’s a radical and fulfilling shift to create with our own hands. Come – join me in our lush and beautiful St. Mark/Warren Street Community garden – to make your own musical percussive shaker out of a TREE BRANCH/found materials and objects that are precious to you. 

I LOVE creating with trees! It’s so rewarding for me to go to music events or dance parties and rituals, or to dance and chant at my home or in nature, using the shakers I made with my own hands. It’s an affirming experience … Plus they are fun to make!

Spend Saturday afternoon in a beautiful, peaceful, setting with a small group of fun and creative people designing your own unique ritual percussive shaker.

Saturday, July 23rd from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

(Rain Date, Sunday, July 24)

Advance registration encouraged.

Suggested donation: $25; minimum $10 to hold space. Materials fee: $5 – $30 depending upon what you select.

Judith's personal ritual shakers

Maximum number of participates: 15. This workshop is for adults – young people over 14 may participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To hold your space, please RSVP & make a deposit payment please go to – select “Send Money” for “Services” and type in Judith’s email address: Please pay at least $10 to hold your space. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is room – you are encouraged to pre-register.

Facebook Event Page, search “Tree Branch Percussive Instrument-Making Workshop”

Please bring cash for the remainder of the class fee ($25 suggested donation) – plus at least $5 for the materials fee, and more if want to purchase crystals and other special items available for sale.

Please arrive on time to select your materials and watch the demonstration.

Please bring:

• Proper fitting, comfortable, protective gloves such as bike/gardening gloves
• At least 30 bottle caps (ask at your local restaurant/bar)
• A selection of hanging earrings, bells, small pendants, crystals, small shells/nuts with holes in them, feathers, etc. to hang from/imbed into your instrument
• Wire cutters, small pliers
• Hammer
• Bug repellant, Sun Screen, hat
• Snack & drink

Instructor will supply:

Electric drill, tree Branches cut to size & drilled, Wire, extra Bells and Bottle caps, Glue, Carving tools, hammer, drill, Paint & Brushes, Sandpaper, Feathers, Embroidery thread, latex gloves, and Select Crystals (for purchase).

Participants will be invited to bring their instruments and join the fun by playing with the percussion ensemble at the garden’s upcoming “Celebration of Life,” tentatively scheduled for September 11th, 2011. The event is being videotaped for a documentary about Judith’s artwork.

Instructor Bio:

Judith Z. Miller is a self-trained healing ritual artist who lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe. Inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition, she draws and creates primal sculpture and wearable art from trees, stones and found objects, which she fashions into ritual staffs, instruments, wearable amulets, and employs in healing rituals.

Judith’s wearable art and sculpture were seen by over 8,000 visitors in a 3-month solo show “Sticks & Stones” at the Boathouse in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, sponsored by the Prospect Park Alliance and the Audubon Center. The events included a live jewelry fashion show and a performance by tap dance/percussionist Max Pollak who improvised with her “Sacred Staffs.’” Judith’s work was also presented by The National Museum of LGBT History in a 2-month solo show and has been seen at many BWAC shows in Red Hook. Her next solo show will be a month long exhibit at the Con Edison Gallery, December 2011.

Judith teaches her jewelry-making, percussive instrument making and experiential workshops at retreat centers and non-profit organizations. Her next workshop “Inner Wisdom & Blessings” will be part of the 2011 Global Goddess Gala on June 30th!workshops–and-events/vstc2=global-goddess-gala.

Judith was profiled in The Daily News; the subject of feature articles in Mann About Town magazine, Home News Tribune, In Brooklyn, The Park Slope Paper, The Wave, and The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and featured on NY-1 Television. She received Honorable Mention from the International Society of Acrylic Painters and in 2009 she was in residency with master Tlingit woodcarver Tommy Joseph at the Southeast Alaskan Indian Cultural Center in Sitka Alaska, funded in part by a grant from Fractured Atlas. In 2008 her paper “Sometimes a Tree Isn’t Just a Tree,” was read at the First International LSP-and Translation Studies Oriented Textual Analysis conference at Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco. She is a 2011 British Airways Face-to-Face Opportunity contest winner recently returned from Thailand where she met with indigenous woodcarvers and shaman. Judith resides in Park Slope Brooklyn and is a proud member of the St. Marks/Warren Street Community Garden.

Artist website: – click on “Sticks & Stones” Window

Facebook Event Page, search: “Tree Branch Percussive Instrument-Making Workshop”

* Location: This unique workshop will take place In the St. Marks/Warren Street Community Garden, located on Warren Street between 4th & 5th Avenues in Park Slope Brooklyn. Take any train to the Atlantic Avenue Hub or the 2/3 train to Bergen Street.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register to hold a place.

Hope to see you there!

Mask photos by Ron Djemshidoff

About artistsoulspeaks

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) Bio Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) is a multifaceted artist who lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe. As a feminist Jew who studies shamanism, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition as she explores the themes of connection to the Earth, spirituality, sexuality and gender. She sculpts, draws, writes, performs, photographs, and is an ecstatic dancer/percussionist/healer. Currently, under an Individual Artist Commission awarded by Arts Mid-Hudson, Zelda is developing Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), a multi-media one-person show that chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from a childhood in the 1950s to adulthood. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. She is also producing ZELDA’S Happenings, a series of black-light, body-painting, percussion dance parties that will produce original wearable art for a new UpState Artists Clothing Collection representing artists of the region. Zelda co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre in Washington DC and performed at such venues as Source, GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, in NYC at WOW Café Theatre and Dixon Place, at the Lace Mill and with the TMI Project in Kingston. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Zelda currently resides at the Lace Mill artist residence in Kingston NY with her Great Dane “Z”.
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