behold, finally, some of the artwork i pieced together, behind the curtain, back in the month of may when summer was still a promise and a hint of a song in my head. remember the lovely teal dye work, the ribbon and doilies, stretched out to dry on the railing beside my porch? now you get to see the projects for which the ribbon was intended, and why i wanted, (and to my great and utter surprise was able to achieve), that specific shade of teal that in some light is blue and other light, green. this beautiful old book cover came from lk ludwig, years ago, when we had unrequited plans (aren't so many of them, for so many of us?) to work on a collaboration between the two of us - a set of house journals, set back and forth, two house shapes that would be "neighbor" books and friends. i even envisioned a little linking metal fence with a gate. sigh. time got in the way, as it often insists on doing, and the book covers she so generously sent got tucked into my basket that holds other orphan book covers and saved, until the end of this may. now, they are the reconstructed covers for a collection called "gatherings" - a portfolio of shallow shadowboxes fashioned from old book covers and small treasures held under mica, tied into a bundle, just so.
as you can see, i didn't know when to stop - couldn't make myself stop, actually, which is so often the case with my work, and with attention to detail, but the beauty of this project is that students will be able to pick and choose which techniques they'll want to try out for the course of the day.
my next workshop, actually offered on the first day of artfest, is called a Wee Book for Thee, due to its sweet little diminutive size. i do love a book that can be held in the palm of one's hand - and - well, you know me: it makes a great photo for hands. this little volume has a cover of copper, with a fabric spine (what else is new, right?), and its pages are mat board that house wee dimensional shadow boxes constructed from containers meant for matches. i love this book as well, for its size and the way that it honors tiny little treasures that might otherwise be lost to the backs of drawers or shuffled and swept to corners of studio floors. this little "basket", for instance? i came across a plum pit one morning, down in the basement, that had been hollowed out by a resident mouse. its shape reminded me of an ever so small basket, a perfect fit for Miss Hunca Munca (how many of you know of whom i speak?). i fashioned it into the basket with a bit of copper wire; the M was etched with my dremel. the cotton batting, ancient and wonderful, came from the interior of an old, delapidated photo album.
my third, and final, workshop is titled Stone Soup, named for the fable with which surely all of you are familiar ("brother, i will make you some soup from this stone i have, but you'll just need to add a few vegetables to lend it a savory flavor..."). folks love the workshops i teach that explain stone and glass drilling techniques, and this one will have its share of that. we'll also be reviewing my "nina knot" wire wrapping, as well as clasp con- struction and my "cocoon" fabric and wire beads - a day chock full of jewelry instruction and play!
be sure to stop over at the artfest site and check out everyone's workshops - lots of new folks, lots of wonderful new classes. of course, misty will be back this time, teaching two painting/collage workshops, and i'm excited to see that our sweet friend katie kendrick will also be teaching, for her first time at artfest (although she's been a regular attendee for years, and is now teaching lots of other places). i remember last year when misty and i went out for thai dinner the last night in port townsend with annie lockhart and katie, and those two sat at the table and shyly (but excitedly) stated that they'd like to apply to teach there this year. dreams do, i totally believe, come true...