Field Guide to Altered Avians

with Seth Apter & Kecia Deveney

Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Portland, Oregon

Join Kecia and Seth as they “fly” into their second pop up venue in Portland, Oregon, April 12-15, 2018. Field Guild to Altered Avians was born in Australia, as Seth and Kecia realized a common fondness for using fibers, fabric and wire to wrap and create things. Inspired by Aboriginal culture, our first class, was based on spirit animals. The results were amazing and feedback instrumental in creating our next class.

We will be working out of the studio of artist, Jesse Reno, in the Laurelhurst District of Portland. The workshop starts with the creation of a hand bound Field Guide book that we will fill up with notes, artwork, collage, sketches, and photos – both in the classroom and on field trips. We will then be creating sculptural birds using wire, fabric, scraps, elements of nature, found objects and more. All things Avian are possible – nests, eggs, cages, and the like.

Seth and Kecia tend to have a casual and laid-back approach to teaching and like to “wing” the experience by letting spontaneity and flexibility enhance the creative experience. A schedule has been created, with the idea that students “peck” at their own pace. Spend 4 days with us as we create and explore sculptural/assemblage birds.

Skill level – all levels encouraged to participate. The content for the weekend will be a Master’s Level presentation; instruction, skill building, and support with two instructors.


  • Workshop hosted at True Measure Gallery
  • Create one-of-kind art pieces; handmade field guide book and freeform wire sculpture bird and/or nest
  • Hurry! Limited to 20 artsy “birders”
  • Two hunting + gathering field guide trips {weathering permitting} 
  • Complimentary group Welcome lunch + Bon Voyage dinner
  • Built in evening free time to explore + enjoy Portland!
  • Private Facebook page community
  • altered avians supplies REVISED
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The schedule may be updated as we get closer to the date and parts of the schedule may change due to circumstances beyond our control such as weather conditions or vendor availability.

Noon check in at True Measure Gallery

  • complimentary welcome lunch with the flock
  • workshop starts afterwards / ends at 5pm
  • hand bound Field Guide book 
  • dinner + Portland on your own

True Measure Gallery

Hosted at True Measure Gallery

Studio of Jesse Reno and Melissa Monroe

Workshops will take place at this location. You are responsible for your own daily transportation to/from True Measure Gallery. 

See Portland logistics info links below for options.

3022 E Grand St. Portland, OR

$625 per person

Includes  25 + hours of creative perching w/ Kecia + Seth,

Complimentary lunch + bon voyage dinner

Hunting + gathering expeditions { weather permitting }

Nesting fun with art tribe at True Measure

Does not include lodging, transportation and additional meals

TWO ticket options: 

  1. Save My Seat Ticket: $150.00 deposit ticket holds your spot with final payment of $475.00 due by midnight on Tuesday, January 3, 2018. If payment is not received, unfortunately your position will be forfeited and your deposit will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Within 5 business days of this ticket purchase, you will receive a Paypal invoice with terms agreeing to final payment due on January 3, 2018.
  2. Pay In Full Ticket: $625 paid in full ticket assures first dibs on Field Guide to Altered Avians – which is sure to be a sell out!
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BIRD 411

Perhaps you already have a bird you are naturally drawn to or have as a totem animal? You might enjoy researching your bird and invoke symbolism and meaning into your creations. Perhaps it is a raven, crow, pelican, hummingbird, owl or robin? Or maybe you just want to wing it . . . either way is ok! We encourage you to think outside the birdcage {i.e box} when searching for innovative supplies such as beaks, eyes, legs, wings, etc. Since we are creating in 3D a good suggestion is to print out or take screen shots of images of your bird for inspiration. 


BIRDS: Kecia and Seth will be providing supplies that can be shared and used among the group such as foil, foam, glue gun / glue sticks, heat gun, drill, hammer, paints, sewing items {needle/thread} plus miscellaneous supplies. Please click here for your tool kit and supply list. It will include things like scraps, ephemera, organic material and thrift store items. Kecia and Seth suggest reimagining everyday household and thrift store items when gathering your supplies. NEST: Your bird will sit in a nest, stand freely or be apart of an altered item.


We are fortunate to be having our event in a city with lots of options for for guests to arrange their own transportation, lodging and entertainment. Stay tuned for a private FGAA Facebook group {coming soon} for guests to chat about sharing rooms, rides and all-things-PDX. These links are not endorsements but links provided for your convenience, we encourage you to do your own searching for what meets your personal needs.

PDX Airport

Air BnB Portland

Car Ride Share Portland

Portland April Weather

Travel Portland

Portland Top Ten


It is understandable that “life happens” and unforeseen circumstances may prevent you from attending a ticketed event. In the case where you cannot participate, please notify me as soon as possible. Full refunds are only available up until 30 days prior to your ticketed event. Because instructors have already financially committed to their scheduled event, tickets are non-refundable after this 30 day prior period. Full refunds will be given and processed via Paypal within 5 business days when events are cancelled due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellations due to inclement weather or unexpected circumstances will be made as soon as possible via text message, email and provided contact information. Full refunds will given and processed vial Paypal within 5 days of the date of the cancellation.

For general event questions please contact Glenda Miles:

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