I am pleased to report that I have started a monthly journaling workshop through the library where I work. This past Monday was the first session, and I think it went very well. I am hoping to appeal to both writers and would-be artists, and I don't expect everyone to have to do all that I offer in each session. That said, everyone tried the painting technique that I demonstrated, and some even started helping themselves to other supplies that I had for the class... fantastic! My biggest challenge is to come up with prompts and techniques to hold the group's interest and keep everyone coming back.
Here is a view of my art journaling table. or maybe more accurately, creative chaos!
Next week, I will have some thoughts from a visit to a major juried art fair, and maybe, getting back to sewing at long last.
Most of my garden is now planted, not all of it, but enough to allow me to get to other things again! It had been several weeks since the Great Lakes Fiber Show, but I want to mention a few things. It was only my second visit to the annual event, and some years have passed since my first visit. I am not a knitter, crocheter, spinner or weaver, so the appeal of the event is a bit limited for me. I do a little felting, that is it for me with wool (not counting wool fabric, of course). Despite my apparent lack of interest in animal fiber, I found these guys:
Tunis sheep!! I'd love to have a few sheep on my tiny homestead someday. I'm not sure that will ever happen, but I might find a way.
The only thing that I purchased at the Fiber Show was fish leather.
Not quite what I expected to find at a decidedly sheep and llama/alpaca event, at least it is still an animal product! Since I love incorporating unusual textures in my fabric collage, I was happy to try this unusual leather. It is thinner than cow hide leather, so it should be easier to work with. I would raw-edge applique it to whatever I add it to, it will still create a very bulky seam. My vintage Singer 201 should have no problems sewing through it. My plan for the weekend is to embellish a couple of Artist Trading Cards with some of the fish leather scraps.
The springtime vegetable planting season is on, and therefore, my posting schedule here will be sporadic for the next couple of weeks, as it has been for the last two or so. I have a trip to the Great Lakes Fiber Show to report on, and some observations from my ongoing flower pounding adventures. There might even be some explorations with eco-dyeing here later too. For now, it is time for a Take Five List: five music CDs I have just received from the library:
1. Essential Tchaikovsky
2. Casablanca original soundtrack
3. Led Zeppelin: Early Days
4. The Civil War original soundtrack
5. The Best of Leonard Cohen
Have fun trying to connect those five, I have eclectic taste in music!