Creative Collaborative Collage

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana

I’m brave enough to call myself an artist, but I wonder sometimes. I don’t sell much of my art and most of what money I do make comes from teachingTeaching (and all of the development, preparation, marketing, contract negotiations, traveling, etc. etc. etc.) takes up a LOT of time I could be spending in the studio making art.

So why do I teach?

I’ve thought about that quite a bit. One of the main reasons I teach is because I love my students. I learn as much from my students as they teach me. I learn from my students every time I am in the room with them.

As an instructor, it’s imperative to stimulate people to think…
ask questions… the right questions…  
Bonnie Mandoe

When I read this quote it clarifies the way I love to teach. I want to empower my students with the ability to continue what they have learned in class without my presence. I want to make myself unnecessary. I want them to be able to think and play and to  analyze and explore.

Creative Collaborative Collage

…is one of my favorite classes that helps my students to think on their own. It is heavy on PLAY and EXPLORE, a perfect romp through a few of the elements and principles of art. It is a chance to goof off with friends you know and friends you haven’t met yet! It is a safe environment to make a mess and take chances. We will make a stack of small and unique collaborative art postcards following my whimsical and wild directions for you to take home and share with friends. It’s really more of a party with fabric than a class.

I’ll be teaching it on Friday afternoon November the 4th in Houston at the International Quilt Festival. It is the perfect time to take a break from walking the floor, sit down, and play with fabric. (The supply list is ridiculously easy – simply throw a bunch of your scraps and maybe a solid fat quarter into a quart sized zip-baggie and grab a pair of scissors!) You know you want to come don’t you!
 

sign up now for
CREATIVE COLLABORATIVE COLLAGE
(class #577)

There are still spots available but don’t wait too long – classes fill fast!

If you have a friend that will be attending IQF this year, I’d LOVE IT if you could forward this note to them. It really is a class where “the more the merrier” applies!

teaching: creative collaborative collage

I’ll be jetting off to the great Rocky Mountains to play with the creative quilters of the Colorado Quilting Council next week.

I’ll be lecturing at around 11am on Saturday the 26th about the Elements of Art for quilters.

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Kick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements and principles of good design. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. A few simple tools from the artists kit will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level.

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Later that day join me for Creative Collaborative Collage. It’s a riotous event more than a class where you never know what is going to happen next. There will be fabric flying, friends being found, design principles being learned, and art being made.

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Join me!

new work – hope

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Sometimes things take a very long time here in my studio.  I had to look it up. My first post about this really large canvas was back in May of 2012 and I had already had it laying around for months. 

June of 2013 I finally took the next step.  The blasted thing is 4′ square which doesn’t seem that big unless it is taking up half your design wall. I’ve gotta say that textiles/quilts have a huge advantage in the “taking up studio space” storage department.

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It gets moved back behind the drafting table but then it is covering up you storage shelving. I worked on it quickly for a few days and then was stuck again. Or bored with it. By now mostly lived against the wall in the dining room but had to be moved whenever we had guests.

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So I finally decided it needed to GO! Which means it needed to be finished. It will live on my bedroom wall and replace a large scale O’Keefe print (Jack in the Pulpit IV) that  I’ve loved for 30 years but am ready to let go. 

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I don’t think the work is show quality (there are a lot of messes – and no I’m not pointing them out to you!) If I did this again I’m pretty sure I could make it amazing. I learned a LOT playing around with unfamiliar media. And I love it enough to live with it being the first thing I see every morning (right after hubby’s handsome face.)

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Sometimes it feels so good to just get something FINISHED!
The title comes from this quote

Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,
having a perfect brightness of hope,
and a love of God and of all men.

2 Nephi: 20

Work In Progress: really large canvas pt. 3

Scroll down to the previous post to see part 2 of this piece where inspiration only took a year to arrive.

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This time it only took a week or so. I screened molding paste through this fabulous stencil, and also just slathered it on here and there.20130522-181806.jpg

 I got the fabulous Crafters Workshop stencil (TCW124 Capricious) way back in 2009 at Houston.20130522-181843.jpg

Looooove it!

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An Apple A Day

2007
8” x 10”
paper and acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

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Eat Your Veggies
2007
8” x 10”
paper and acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

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