well, I realize that if you are a regular reader, you likely think that the whole last few months haVe been one big vacation.... But really, I've worked hard. School planning, learning a whole new curriculum, etc. AND last week I painted ( walls) all day, every day in the stinkin heat.
but now I'm off to girls week at the cottage. Meep, Gaayla, Ooga and I ( code name Click Click Mwah) (ummm, our theme for the week is Cavegirls....)
So here we are, ready. For our big adventure.....
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In the evening Ruth and I took the Party Animal class from Olivia Thomas. It was really fun! take a doll class from Olivia if you get the chance. You will not be disappointed! I learned that I need to loosen up and stop focusing on being perfect. This is true for all of my art. I need to relax more.... I didn't quite finish my Party Cat, but I was really close! Here she is!
I'll finish it as soon as I get home,and I'll take another pic. I REALLY like making these, I'm sure that I'll be making more.
from the left: Zombie Girl, my finished Party Animal, Bunny, and Olivia Thomas' Party Skelly!
Monday was "A Day to Dye For" . The teacher was supposed to be Lorri Scott, but Lorri has a torn retina and can't travel :( We missed you Lorri! Glennis Dolce, aka Shibori Girl, was our teacher. I was off to a slow start ( I was so tired) but I picked up a bit in the afternoon. I didn't dye all of my silk, but I'll dye it at home. Here are my silks (the top pic shows my stitching before I pulled it up and dyed)
the finished silk sampler (the stitched one from the pic at the top) is the top left blue white and green silk
And below are my cottons and silks dyed with indigo (the bottom ones are still wet) Glennis makes moons for Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth if you're thinking that it looks familiar:)
Glennis is SO knowledgeable about her art! She was so interesting.....
Day 6 was supposed to be a day off :) but Maija talked me into taking a class with Diane Cook. The class was called Words of Inspiration. It was a metal etching class ( which I have done before) and we made beautiful cuffs.
This was my workspace
And my finished piece
I LOVE my cuff! I am so happy that I took this class! thanks Maija!
No class today. today was the shopping extravaganza! I was being frugal, but I did buy one of Jane LaFazio's fabric collages.... I can't find the photo that I took, so that will come later.
Saturday was also the Artist "Showdown" and Auction. many of the teachers participated! The instructions to the artists stipulated that they could not use their " usual" materials or work in their "usual styles" . If they were caught working IN their comfort zone, their piece would be taken away! The pieces were auctioned off at the end. The money went to a scholarship fund for one or two people who can't afford to come to ArtUnraveled. Spreading the Art Love....
Angie Platten and Jane Eileen
Dan Carrel (Sp?)
Michael deMeng ( the auctioneer)and Rice Freeman Zachery ( Chief heckler and MC )
I did bid on a few pieces, and I WON the last piece of the evening. Michael's mask! He was lovely enough to sign it ;) and now I have it to blackmail him. Feathers,Lace, pink, glitter and sequins,lol. although the style is typical Michael:)
In the evening I took Ruth's class. Creativity Exposed. Collaging a few small pieces and then building on them. I brought a pretty little dress to mount mine on. It was pale purple, so I switched out my regular palette for one that was purple and green ( and a few accent bits) . I'm pretty happy with what I made. Perhaps this will lead a foray into some new colours for me?
Some collages and a cuff :)
Mounted on the dress
I stitched one collage on my tank top ( all hand sewing, so you people who say that you "can't" use a sewing machine CAN embellish your clothes)
Another blissful day with Jane LaFazio! today was Sketching and Watercolour - Pods and Pinecones. it was really hard! but Jane is great and gives lots of constructive criticism, so everyone had GREAT results.
This is what the class produced. Amazing.
If you'd like to buy a dvd or download one of her classes, you can get them from interweave Press. I don't know how to make a link with Blogpress, so you're going to have to google it......
Day 3 was Jane LaFazio! I just love her! I will DEFINITELY take a class from Jane again. This one was gelatin mono printing. I'll be using this in the future with the kids. I did most of mine on fabric, but I did do some on paper too.
I was too busy in the class to take any pictures of Jane :(
Today was Bottle Cap Beads with Melissa Manley. Melissa is SO NICE. she's a great teacher - very helpful and so generous!
If this was the only class that I was going to take at ArtUnraveled I would go home happy. I finished 4 beads, but am started on many many more, and I have the tools to finish them at home. But you know what? I really really NEEEED a disk cutter. they are a bit spendy though. Maybe for Christmas, Santa? ( I'd provide links, but I don't know how to do it using blogpress)(when I come home I'll do a whole post about what I NEED and what I WANT)
Anyway... Without further ado... Here are my beads!
I have a class tonight about using a Dremel, so tune in later for the critique!