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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Artiscape: The Cubicle Book

Artiscape is a series of diverse workshops hosted each year by European Papers. From Thursday through Sunday, artists learn new techniques or perfect old favorites with a strong list of instructors. In between classes, one can stop at the vendor marketplace (much smaller this year), visit the European Papers store (the "mother ship") and get to know lots of like-minded creative types!

My first class was called "Cubicle Book" and it was taught by Amy Flowers at her off-site studio, Shrew'd Studios.

The shuttle dropped me off in front of what used to be a garage -- one step in and I knew it was going to be great!

Amy greeted us with "find a seat -- there's wine, pop, and cookies in the back!" Art and wine. Works for me. And she introduced us to Linda, who was her studio helper.

There were five of us in this class, so there was plenty of room to work. And, until it began, we took a long look at Amy's studio -- I loved this astounding white kimono on the wall --

And there were lots of nooks with cute stuff, all jammed in so there were always surprises!

Amy began the demo explaining how this book -- using six squares of a card stock with tiny holes punched in each corner would go together to make a box that was completely reversible.

First you lay out your cards and get your concept for the piece.

Then you go to town with Lumiere...

Lots of ink and stamps!

I had a green/aqua side (which would later get stamped tulips and borders).

The other side was deep blues and golds. Yes. The cat side.

Amy was most generous with her supplies, her time and her encouragement and we had a good deal of fun putting together our boxes.

Here's the end product! (I have since added some beads and trimmed my "strings." When you flip the cards, it stands up this way, but with the reverse side.)

(And no, you won't see the other side -- because the other thing I learned about this is that you may have all your cards lined up right for one side and it looks great -- but if you aren't more careful checking BOTH sides, you'll find half your tulips upside down!)

Incidentally, Amy pointed out one could use this box as an art therapy project -- your "face to the world" side on one side of the box and your "hidden" face on the other. I'd love to try it with kids.

17 comments:

TheEccentricLady said...

Wow, looking at it all unfolded just makes my head spin! I don't do well with things like this either but I'm glad you had a good time! Just give me one page at a time please :)

anno said...

What amazing colors and textures! This looks like a great project, and I love the idea of working it as a project with public and private "faces," each showing different facets. Wonderful!

Janet said...

I can see you had a fun day! Wine and art....what more could anyone want!

The box project looks great. Who cares if tulips are upside down....just turn the box the other way! Art isn't supposed to be perfect!

Rosa said...

Looks like both you and Janet are doing boxy things! LOVE them!!! (and the kitty stamps!!) xo

changelingthings said...

That workshop sounded like so much fun! I love your box and the Blue swirly cat - looks very mysterious, just like a cat should be. I also love that art therapy internal/external faces that you mentioned. What a fabulous way to explore that.

Joanne Huffman said...

I've always enjoyed classes with Amy. It looks like a great project. Love the cat side, bet I would love the flowers, too (I refuse to believe flowers could be going in the wrong direction on a cube).

Annie said...

Fascinating post, Jeanie. Oh the possibilities. BUT!!! Where or where is the kimona? Please tell me you have a picture you will post separately.

Annie said...

Ahah! There it is. Gorgeous. I so wish I had the kimona that was given to me 40 years ago from an old sailor boyfriend. Darn, the things we get rid of when we are young and dumb.

Mae Travels said...

Hi Jeanie,
Nice to hear from you in my blog comments. Thanks for all the good thoughts.

Your art weekend sounds like a lot of fun. I'm a word person -- my biggest accomplishment with hands these days might be hemming pants (2 pair waiting). SO I'm impressed!

best,
maefood.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Sounds like a perfect class! And I love your box!

Wrightboysmum said...

I love this it's fab. I had a giggle at the mishap as that's exactly what I would do even trying to be careful. The art therapy idea is a really good idea. I'm away to have a think about that hidden face concept.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

fun fun fun and great results too!
oxo

westcobich said...

geez, nice nice work! really, it all seems so like magic to me...yup, gotta look for some "local" creative workshops.

westcobich said...

geez, nice nice work! really, it all seems so like magic to me...yup, gotta look for some "local" creative workshops.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Whatever the other view is, this side is very pretty!

culdesacchronicles said...

I love the greens and aquas. So soothing.

jet1960 said...

Sounds like a lovely day! Beautiful work as always!

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