Monday, August 18, 2014

Art & Soul Portland and Kansas City

It's almost time for the Art & Soul Retreat in Virginia Beach! I've been posting on my facebook page, but neglecting my blog. Portland and Kansas City were so much fun. The atmosphere is so welcoming and creative that I always return home energized and ready to work on all sorts of new things. And my students were fantastic!

This was a fantastic piece from the camera-bots class. See the nest inside the flash? It's so you can keep your eye on the birdie!

This is a work in progress from the Kansas City Santos class.

More fabulous Kansas City Work!

This student had never done assemblage before. The detail in this piece is incredible and beautiful.

 This is a tribute to Frieda Kahlo from Portland. I love the little houses inside.

I learn at least as much from my students as they do from me. It's so much fun to see how they take the class concepts and put their own unique spin on it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Frozen Dainties

Frozen Dainties is a piece that I completed during the snow storms while looking forward to spring. (I'm still waiting!)
The words "Frozen Dainties" come from the cover of an 1800s cookbook that I modified. The original had desserts depicted, and I changed the desserts to birds.
The inside of the shrine is layered with ripped purple satin that came out of a circa 1900s jewelry box. The hand is sitting on a toy ice box. Inside the ice box is a real robin's egg that I preserved with ICE Resin.  The hand is holding a resin pendant with a victorian bird image.
The "ice" inside the piece is actually shattered windshield glass covered in ICE Resin.
This piece is at FCCA for the month of February. It received an honorable mention by the show's juror.

Tip Top Shape Shop

I just finished adding some new things to my booth at the antique mall and thought I'd share a few photos with you.
The doily assemblage at the top was created by my daughter and me at the height of my Pinterest addiction. It's made from vintage linens and wooden embroidery hoops. The tall black wire stand is a bag holder from an old general store.

Here's an overview of the booth.Since the photo was taken, the green smoking stand and the tub of railroad items have sold, so it's almost time to make another run to restock.

I brought manequin man home for a few days and completely restocked him with jewelry. I have tons more to price and bring in. On my next trip I'm going to Springify the place a little bit with the vintage Easter items I've found over the past year.