This piece started as a sketch in an altered book.. a woman teetering along on suspended platforms in a sheer skirt. She appeared vulnerable, and brave at the same time. This piece is painted over an old piece I had painted in a class several years ago. I found the piece when I was cleaning up my studio and decided it needed a remake. I thought I would try a reductive style and put my woman in the center. As I began adding in blocks of color the curtains appeared! And then the skirt turned more into a ballet/ circus costume and the woman was awaiting the opening of the curtains to start her”Act”. I find that in life it is the same… we can find a balance between what was and what can be and with Gods help it can be even more beautiful and exciting than we ever dreamed!
Here are the two finished pieces from our 5 sessions of art making! It was such an honor to walk the staff and volunteers of Evergreen Hospice through the process of telling their stories through art! They painted all the fabric in the pieces and journaled on everything from- what brought you to hospice, why do you stay at hospice, best memory of working with hospice, wishes for their patients journey, to.. if you had a magic pouch and could pull anything from it to amuse and distract your patients what would that be. I then took all the prepared fabric and assembled it and quilted it. The pieces both reflect the heart and soul of the hospice worker! ‘Love Enfolds you’ will be hung at the Evergreen hospice center, and ‘Hearts and Hands’ will be hung in the staffing area so that the staff can see it when they do their charting and behind the scenes work!
I am eagerly gearing up for the Altered Books class at Art Spot starting March 11th! Why so excited you say? Well, if you were a fly on the wall of past workshops you would’ve seen firsthand how rewarding and inspiring this art form is! There is something mysterious about finding and connecting to a book ..what story does it beg to tell, how will it respond to your ideas. I think for most of my students the idea of transforming a book into something uniquely theirs is not only empowering but deeply satisfying. The themes and styles of an altered book run the gamut from literally using the books’ storyline to inform the artists alterations, to using the book to encapsulate a time and place, a feeling felt in a moment. I find that as I approach a new book I must be inspired by some idea. I have done a book based on a poem, a getaway, my childhood, even family recipes. My most recent project is tackling the theme of courage. I am looking at what I have done in my life that was courageous, no matter how small the act. Sifting through old photos is a starting place. I also use the web to search for quotes on courage. I look for situations even as I prepare for this book where I have been challenged to be courageous, working through life’s challenges instead of throwing in the towel or giving in to discouragement. The workshop starts with prepping our found books to allow for all the paint , paper, ink, cutting and general artmaking that we will put into it! Each week we will add new techniques to our tool box. Each class takes on a life of its own as the participants unwittingly or wittingly inspire each other. It is not uncommon to have confessions of secret stashes unveiled and shared treasures brought in for trading or general offloading! I am still fondling some luscious red vintage buttons one of my students generously donated to the last class. Do you have a theme or story you are itching to memorialize, but are not sure where to begin? Let this be an invitation to put your creative self out there… gather your objets d’inspiration and join me in creating your own altered book ! To register for this 4 week class on Tues. evenings go here https://artspot.squarespace.com/adult-classes/ for pictures of student work visit my Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.315386961895442.55629.138436076257199&type=3