arounna khounnoraj

Mastering Punch Needle
& Handmade Materials

June 6-9th, 2019



The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the "?" travel workshop with international artist Arounna Khounnoraj (aka BookHouin Berlin, Germany.

Join Arounna in this unique workshop, explore landscape elements and use it as inspiration for your punch needle art. Arounna will take you through her design process starting with creating your own watercolour paintings and collages which you will use as a reference to begin your punch needle piece. In addition to wall art pieces you will also be shown how to create other pieces like pillows and bags.

- About the Artist -

Arounna Khounnoraj is a Canadian artist and maker working in Toronto where she immigrated with her family from Laos at the age of four. While her education includes a master’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and ceramics, it was through subsequent residencies that she found her current focus in fibre arts. In 2002 she started Bookhou, a multi-disciplinary studio with her husband John Booth, where Arounna explores screen printing and a variety of textile techniques such as embroidery and punch needle. She creates objects such as bags, home goods and textile art.

In addition, Arounna’s passion for creating and belief in the importance of the handmade has allowed her to become one of Canada’s most sought-after mentors and educators working with colleges, workshops and social media projects.  

Currently, Arounna’s work using the punch needle has created a social media sensation. From wall art to cushions and bags, her punch needle pieces highlight her botanical and abstract designs and her sense of colour have brought a modern, new life to an old technique.




Please arrive in Berlin on Thursday, June 6th, 2019
and depart on Monday, June 10th, 2019

Each day there is a full breakfast buffet at the studio.
Lunch will be also provided in the same style - different options daily.
There will be several options for both vegans + vegetarians.
* Small supply list will be provided in Private Facebook Group Page

Day 1: Thursday, January 17th
Finding & maintaining Your Inspiration

  • Morning: 10:00am Personal Introduction & Group Breakfast
  • Objective: To start your punch needle experience we will first explore a variety of multimedia techniques and materials working towards establishing a design for our punch needle piece which we will work on throughout the three days we are in the studio. In a friendly and communal atmosphere we will discover ways to find inspiration through the materials at hand, our surroundings and our own creative experiences.
  • Working to find & create powerful designs for your work

Day 2: Friday, January 18th
Course Intro & Presentation

  • Morning: 10:00am Personal Introduction & Group Breakfast
  • Today we will jump head first into the world of punch needle.  We will learn the tools and techniques for working with yarn and other fabrics, create samples showing the range of stitches, textures and possibilities in composing with fabric, and find creative ways to adapt our design explorations into a final punch needle piece.

Day 3: Saturday 19th - Monday 21st
The Abstract Expressive Process
Technique & Presentation

  • Morning: 10:00am Personal Introduction & Group Breakfast
  • We will continue working on our projects today and bring everything we’ve discovered over the course of the workshop together in our finished work.

berlin, germany

6-10 June, 2019
Thursday - Monday

3 FULL Workshop Days
+ 4 Hotel Nights


Starting at


All workshop tuition and fee's
Art supplies available in studio
Private studio location
All private car transfers during the workshop
All admission into museums + art galleries
All Breakfasts & Lunches during workshop days

Thursday, June 6th - Arrival to Berlin
Friday, June 7th - Workshop Day 1
Saturday, June 8th - Workshop Day 2
Sunday, June 9th - Workshop Day 3
Monday - June 10th - Departing


Airfare, dinners, airport transfer

EXTRA - Please read!

Once the workshop is filled, you will be invited into a private Facebook Group to meet everyone participating beforehand. This is where a lot of information about the workshop will be shared and we can coordinate what will be happening throughout your time in Berlin.

We will announce our exact studio location approx. 3 months before the workshop through private group message.

If you have any specific questions, Please inquire in the Booking Form.

We answer all inquiries within 24 hours.
Spaces are first come, first serve.

We do review each submission individually - this workshop is for beginners to professionals.
After review, you will be sent a formal Deposit Invoice (by email) to secure a payment for your space.

You do not have to be a professional artist - just come in with the right mindset, be ready to learn and meet people from all over the world. You will finish this workshop with a new tribe.


package 1

Double Room (Shared)
- Boutique Design apartment -

? / Per person

package 2

- Boutique Design apartment -

? / Per person

package 3

No AccoMmOdation

Only workshop fee's, all supplies, all food

Please inquire in the Booking Form

the studio

Berlin, Germany

The Visionary Projects is taking this event to Berlin, Germany.

We have a private studio space in the center of the city.  Everything is set up for you to work: tables, easels, art supplies, the list goes on. All you have to do is show up with your art essentials, a good notebook and a camera.

During this workshop, we create individual workstations for all participants, as well as a demonstration & lecture space for the instructor. Aside from a gourmet breakfast and lunch - endless coffee, wine and snacks will be provided throughout each day of the workshop.



  • You may read our complete list of Terms & Policies here.
  • A full refund will be made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled.
  • If you withdraw from the trip after making your initial deposit (in the full or half amount), you will receive a 50% refund of your deposit up until 90 days to the event.
  • You may purchase traveler's insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip.