And now I am off to River Valley school to help the students finish off their first work of 3D felting (bowls).... leading on to these fellows next week.
I am sure they will find expressive creatures more exciting than bowls.
Monday 18th March 9:30 - 1:30 pm Thursday 21st March 9:30 - 1:30pm (This 8-hour course is spread over two days, to give you time to fold your papers before you stain them) At: Atlantis Fine Framing Studio
Course fee: $180 - - Payment is by PayPal, using the Buy Now button above.
Materials fee: $30
Moths in a Garden (Detail) Full piece 4' x 8' approx)
Artist Susan Kristoferson, 2012
Hand decorated paper with calligraphy inks
Photo Credit Laura O'Connor
Here is Susan's informative course description which makes me want to do the course this minute!
"The excitement of a child ‘opening a surprise package’ occurs with the
opening of each bundle ofitajime (Japanese for
fold and clamp) dyed paper! Learn to master intricate traditional patterns
and processes and then explore many different dye and coloring
possibilities. Itajime can be highly skilled and controlled but also
always offers up the unexpected.
Work from simple to complex in this structured workshop as your personal
stack of amazing papers grows! Design, color theory, and conceptual
problem challenges will be applied to the patterned papers that you work to
create. View actual examples and slide lectures on historic and
contemporary itajime papers and artworks. Then work on artwork
compositions or projects (i.e. book arts, origami, sculptural forms) of your
choosing, based on demonstrations, assignments, and your own ideas. This
will be a whirlwind workshop, jam-packed with new information, experimentation,
invention and your own creativity!"
A list of supplies you will need to bring with you can be found here.
This week at River Valley School we will be making vessels - everyone will use the same resist and we will see how many different shapes we can create. Here are two of my own.
It is such a pleasant occupation making felt. I find it quick at this scale (starting with a 12" circle - I'm still in Imperial) and somehow very natural to me. Not stitching on there yet... but for these vessels there wont be.