Start with your own writing, something you overheard, and funny expression that you like, or use something that already exists. Cut it up from found text, or handwrite it in your book.
Illustrate your words however you want, or use the words themselves as illustration.
Give some thought to words or writings that you like before you come, and bring your word resources. We will provide paper, colored pencils, needle and thread, ephemera and embellishments and encourage you to bring your own.
I made these books from the following supplies I purchased at Walmart when I made the grievous error of thinking I could travel for two weeks without making anything.
What would YOU like to make today?
We are constantly changing and evolving as more artists and organizations get involved. These are just a few of our current workshop descriptions. Please contact us for further information or to schedule a meeting.
Recycled Sweater Creatures
This project involves using sticks, foil, tape, wool and glue to create imaginative creatures. We will provide a variety of sticks and stick armatures for participants to choose from as the basis of their creature.
Paper Maché Birds
Colorful and fun, these bird sculptures are always popular. No art experience necessary, and come without preconceived notions of what a bird “looks like.” This is not about realism this is about creativity.
While we are working, participants are encouraged to share ideas.
Artistic Trading Cards
This is a great way to start any workshop. It frees you up and gets your hands moving. Make is a 15 minute add-on to another workshop.
Artists Trading Cards are miniature artworks about the same size as modern trading cards or baseball cards, (2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches). Starting with a large sheet of paper that has been taped out in a grid, participants are encouraged to use the whole sheet of paper, not focus on individual rectangles. The magic happens when the tape is removed, revealing a series of mini-masterpieces.
Start the project as a team building exercise by swapping the sheets of paper during the process...everyone gets a hand in every piece. Then continue the workshop as everyone gets their own sheet of paper.
At the end of the workshop, each participant will have at least one (probably more) artist cards that they can trade throughout the company. Make it an ongoing project for a month or two and then have us back to mount a show of all the tiny paintings!
Make art with whatever you have on hand. Using what I had in the kitchen of my Airbnb I dyed the paper and fabric using:
tea (I also ended up using the tea pods)
The books were made to fit a box I found at an antique store in Cashiers NC.
Beer Matt Printing
No this workshop does not involve beer drinking! Beer Matt is a general purpose blotting board used for drink coasters, swing tags and business cards. It also makes a smooth and sturdy base for printing – which is what we will be doing!
Discussion involves reverse imagery (i.e. words), the difference between prints and mono prints, working in a series and exploring further possibilities.