Friday, November 9, 2012



It has been busy around here, so I thought I would just play a little catch up today!

IMG_3358 I spent several days cleaning, clearing and de-stashing my studio.  Actually, these shelves still look tidy......I've already messed up the rest of the room....that's a good thing, right!  I need to paint the walls in this room!  Let me think about that, a bit.

I mentioned the bookmaking class I'm taking from Diana Trout....well, here is my first finished book. 


The cover is called "woven" and the binding stitch is longstitch and made with paper/cloth that I made.


This photo was taken before I was finished with the cover but it shows the binding better.  I made a few mistakes but I, also, learned a lot.

Tuesday was the class I'm helping to teach based on Julia Cameron's book "Vein of Gold".  The class is a part of the local community colleges program called Continued Learning in Retirement, so all the students are retired and mostly female.  This young at heart group make up in enthusiasm whatever they might lack in skill.  For our art project we started making an accordion books today. 




This is class sample #1, where I used only magazine photos.







Class sample #2, this one I used stamps, dried flowers, collage and ink.  On the other side I included some family photos.



So here we go......spreading acrylic paint on to watercolor paper.




On the left, is the other "teacher Jan", she is illustrating one of Julia's theories  about "cups".  On the right, a group of students deeply engrossed in pre-class conversation.

One of our students, Jane, was born and raised in Holland, surviving World War II and has begun writing her life journal, shown below.

PicMonkey Collage

This is such a wonderful gift to her family.  This is Jane's life.....her joys and her her words and from her point of view. 

IMG_3405 I really like the way she has divided some of her pages leaving a column open for her hand drawn sketches and notes pertaining to the main story!

Now, I've started the second book for the class and getting ready to help the class decorate their accordion books. 

Have a good weekend. 


elle said...

Ah, I clean mine and mess it up again pretty quick. So much to learn and the stitches look good. But the best is this wonderful class that that your are involved in. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Goodness, you've been busy. It's good to declutter. I am in the process of THINKING about doing that.

Those accordion books and that stitched book are fabulous. Don't tell anyone you made mistakes. I couldn't find any! Have a great weekend.

Julie said...

What a wonderful book you made! The sewn signatures look very neat! These are some lucky ladies to be in your class!!! Your studio looks so organized and easy to find things (always a challenge, eh)???

Halle said...

A clean studio space...ah...what is that like?? HA! I keep "thinking" of cleaning and organizing but lose my motivation pretty quick.

Hope Wallace said...

what a fun class to help out at!