Well, it seems all those great photos I snapped (credit for trying, please) around Ashland and in the Ashland Springs Hotel where I stayed, in Anahata's Papaya warehouse and studio where I ogled and purchased, and in 3 full days of classes where I created alongside very creative and generous souls are not retrievable from my camera. Three sweet and lovely ladies -- Pam Garrison, Amy Hanna, and host Anahata Katkin -- shared their special skills in handmade journals, recycled jewels, and mixed-media collages. In spite of my sons' expert help, the photos are ghosts. Likewise, the first evening's apron-decorating dessert gathering and the fourth evening's champagne and cupcake soiree in the gloriously pastel Prize boutique are will-o'-the-wisps somewhere.
So you'll have to visit my very creative classmates to see their incredible artwork (see Anahata, Pam, Amy, Kathleen, Kari, Liesel, Christine, Michelle, Romy, Natalie), or check out the Art in Ashland Flickr page.
However, after much head-shaking, I've finally given in and taken a couple post-event photos of my projects. At Art in Ashland, we shared three glorious hard-working eight-hour days in three different media, learning from the facile skills of these three fabulously talented women who, on their non-teaching days, created right along with us. Almost as amazing as the artwork were the riotous stashes of supplies unfurled for each class. By the third day, I had moved to the back of the room with my pitifully meager assortment of red and white paints, black pens, and a slim folder of reproductions. Flying across country with my one suitcase did not auger well for my having caches of velvet ribbons and sparkling jewels and aged wallpaper and vibrant paints and trunks of interesting vintage papers (a tiny supply of which I fortunately bought on opening night). But how wonderful it was to see everyone else's treasures piled and tumbling across the tables! And how wonderful that just learning and absorbing from all the talent present in the room made for an exhilarating creative climate! Of course, everyone is already talking about the next Art in Ashland. Certainly, having wet my toes in these new and inviting waters, I'll be busily crafting more of the same!
I bought this old ledger on opening night from Pam Garrison, then spent a good part of the next morning in her class cutting out the upper interior of the hard cover, before decorating it inside and out, painting a few pages, and sewing in the new signatures:
With lots of extra help from my accomplished table mate Liesel, I found the right tools, plus silver wire for wrapping, at a nearby bead store and assembled my first recycled necklace in Amy's class -- ta da!
The following photo of my collage for Anahata's class is borrowed from Amy Hanna's blog. I tore the strip with the eyes from Anahata's class presentation page. Then I added other little figures peeking out from the collage (click on photos to enlarge). Years ago at MoMA I saw Pavel Tchelitchew's "Hide and Seek," a huge painting with intriguing foreground/background reversal, an always enjoyable challenge, although here on a much more modest scale. :)
supplies that i'm excited to try
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