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.
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.
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.
Artistic Trading Cards
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. We will provide one frame for each person to hang their favorite one!
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!
We will provide a number of reclaimed books as well as materials such as paint, pastels, and scissors for altering. Participants can go through the books and find one that calls to them, or inspires deeper thought. They can also bring a meaningful book from their personal library.
The written words and images act as starting points, providing participants with the structure and opportunity to eliminate, change, or maintain the existing contents. They can be mounted onto board with collaged backgrounds or remain as a book that can be opened and closed.
We encourage participants to also bring personal photos, memorabilia and ephemera to add to their book.