Friday, April 25, 2014

Pictures from Art and Soul Retreat Portland

Finally, I'm catching up with blog posts. I have lots of wonderful images of student work from my classes at our recent Portland OR retreat. It's taken me a while to collect them from my camera, tablet, and phone. And--we instructors and organizers have been busy preparing for next year's retreat here in Portland!

I'll be telling you about our exciting lineup of classes for 2015 soon but first I want to share this work below.

The first section of photos is from an evening class called "A Strange Little Book." Students decorated pages to become part of an unsewn book. We used cold connections of wire and embellishments to fasten the books. I think this work is awesome, especially as the evening classes are less than three hours!

I'd love to  have some images of these books all completed, hint, hint:)

The pictures below are from another evening class, "Waxing Literary with Charlotte." The students waxed vintage books with encaustic medium and paint. They added collage and embellishments, including a Frozen Charlotte doll in each one. I love how differently and beautifully they all turned out!

I'll soon be posting photos from my class, "Papers Wabi-Sabi" on my other blog. A hint about next year--I'll be teaching the class again with the addition of an evening class with Liz Kettle, who will be showing you how to sew a tote bag from your decorated papers! (If you've taken the class previously, bring those papers to Liz' evening class and sew them up!)

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Hunting and Gathering Report (with collage pages for you)

After my chiropractic appointment this morning, I took my newly aligned self for a little walk around Portland's Brooklyn neighborhood. I chanced into Brooklyn Antique Mall, full of reasonably priced goodies of all kinds. 

Today's Haul: An old Arabic/English dictionary, a 1918 Spanish textbook, a reversible Japanese purse, and a plastic thingy that should be great for cold wax texturing.

Side View of Dictionary

Front of Dictionary

Japanese Purse: About 5 x 6"

Reverse Side of Purse

There are some loose pages in the dictionary that I'll use for collage. I've scanned some of the pages as well as some from the old Spanish textbook. The textbook is ideal for an altered book.

Love the circular library stamp!

Below are some high resolution images from today's finds for your collage enjoyment!