Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I just love that the puppet makes the children move... Splendid

More puppetry on film to follow shortly,  this time from  Dan, Wendy and me....

Friday, February 22, 2013

Creepy goes to school

This morning I made.....


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.
Who wouldn't?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Susan Kristoferson (March, 2013)

Susan Kristoferson 
Inventive Itajime Paper

Colour Field 1 (Detail)  132 x 66 cm
Artist Susan Kristoferson, 2012
Hand decorated paper with calligraphy inks
Photo Credit Laura O'Connor

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 of itajime (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.

For further information please contact me.

Counterpoint 12' x 3'
Artist Susan Kristoferson
Photo credit Esra Froese

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Two weeks on, already.

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.