Sunday, August 31, 2014

Workshops and events – September, October, November

Fall months are always the busiest for me, and this year even more so then usual. First, on Sept. 10th  I will be teaching “Think Inside the Box”  -  a workshop in Palo Alto, for the Adult School Education. In this workshop we will create box assemblages with found objects and several mixed media techniques. Details and registration are here:

Next I will be teaching at Create Seattle, which is a wonderful mixed media  5 day retreat. I am offering 3 different classes:  Mad Scientist Collage, Black and White Drama, and Fontastic Art. All of these are collage and mixed media techniques combined. This event happens in October 22-26. Information and registration are here:

The third place I will be teaching at is the Palo Alto Art Center, and that happens on November  9th. This workshop is all about the popular Gelli Printing technique. Information and registration are here:

 In addition to these classes there is the annual Book Arts Jam – one of the best book arts events in the country! It happens this year on October  18th.  In addition to the book arts vendors we will have demos, talks and a wonderful exhibit in the gallery. info here:
I will have, among other things, my eco - natural dyed papers and books.

And the cherry on top, for me: I will be doing a one week residency at the International School of Graphic Design in Venice, Italy. I can’t wait for this wonderful adventure. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thermafax or Thermofax screens available now

Just a quick announcement that I have a nice selection of Thermafax screens in my Etsy store now.
(on my Etsy page click on "shop all items" so you can see all the options).
I will be adding more designs and sizes periodically, and I am open to suggestions and requests.
You may send your own image and I will be happy to create the screen for you. You can use these to print on paper or fabric, whether you print a background or just the focal image.

Here are just a handful of examples where I have used these screens. They make screen printing a quick,
fun and easy process!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book making with kids

Last week was all about teaching bookmaking to first and second graders.
What fun and so much creativity!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

more color and a workshop I will be teaching 6.21.14

To continue with the previous theme of color here is another sample of my recent work. This book is all about color and texture. It includes some printmaking techniques - from screen printing to collagraph printing, as well as other mixed media techniques.
There are a few more spots available if you are interested. Sign up here. This workshop is happening in the city of Sebastopol, as part of their Bibliophoria book arts festival.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Buried Treasure

Seth Apter of the Altered Page suggested bloggers repost a favorite post from the past = a buried treasure.
Here is mine, from June 2011..

Michelle Ward is asking if we, the artists, notice a change in the colors of our art when the seasons change.
 The only difference I notice is in the amount of art that I create. My artwork is always very colorful, and my palette is always bright. The longer days of summer allow me to create more than what I do during the winter months. I prefer working in natural light so I produce much less during that dark time..  But I "flourish" when spring comes, and no matter what the season, I always use my happy colors.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Again - texture and color

I had a fun time doing some eco -dyeing again.
I love the surprises you get when you dig the 'treasures' out of the pot.

Always amazed at the beauty of nature printed on fabric and paper in my hands!

This time I made a couple of books already: