FREE SHIPPING through Cyber Monday! And Open for Small Business Saturday…

dsc07122-shop-small-bus-sat-2016-cGreetings, Black Friday through Cyber Monday Shoppers!

1.) Etsy shopper, or would you like to be? To celebrate Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday, my shop is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $10 or more (domestic only) for the whole weekend. Simply enter Coupon Code SLEIGHRIDE when you check out.  I’ll get the reindeer ready; enjoy shopping!

2.) Local? Loving life in the Lowcountry? I’ve just officially joined the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce (Woo-hoo!) and look forward to celebrating SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY  with an open studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 811 Bay Street, Suite # 3 – above Modern Jewelers. Head up the stairs and to the right! Special activities downtown will help inspire your holiday hunting.

At this time of year, I’m sincerely thankful to my wonderful customers & friends for your patronage and encouragement.  You inspire me and keep me wishing I had even more hours in the studio to create, create, create!

Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

FREE SHIPPING through Monday and SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!

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Greetings, artsy shoppers!

Here’s a little help for your gift list:

1.) Etsy shopper, or would you like to be? To celebrate Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday, my shop is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $10 or more (domestic only) for the whole weekend. Simply enter Coupon Code SLEIGHRIDE when you check out.  I’ll get the reindeer ready; enjoy shopping!

2.) Local? Loving life in the Lowcountry? I’ve just officially joined the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce (Woo-hoo!) and look forward to celebrating SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY  with an open studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 811 Bay Street, Suite # 3 – above Modern Jewelers. Head up the stairs and to the right! Special activities downtown will help inspire your holiday hunting.

At this time of year, I’m sincerely thankful to my wonderful customers & friends for your patronage and encouragement.  You inspire me and keep me wishing I had even more hours in the studio to create, create, create!

Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

SEASON’S GIFTING!

 

Happy Holidays!  

Any readers, writers, poets or dreamers on your gift list? Feel free to browse my “literary gifts with a vintage vibe” – all created by me!  Click HERE to zoom over to my Etsy shop.

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Thank you, Veterans! (& Military Discount)

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Many thanks to the men and women who serve our country in uniform, and to your family members.  In person or online in my Etsy shop , I’m happy to offer a “use anytime”  Military Discount of 10 percent.  (If you’re shopping online, just Convo me and tell me about your service, and I’ll send you a Coupon Code.)  See you tomorrow at the Port Royal Starving Artist Market? :0) 10 am – 2 pm!

Found Poetry Makerspace Recap!

photo by Sylvia Vardell

photo by Sylvia Vardell

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Greetings!  I’m glad to be back after evacuating for Hurricane Matthew.  [Weather has canceled the past two “First Friday After Five” gatherings in Beaufort this fall, but we’ll cross fingers for November.]

Two weeks ago, I had the awesome opportunity to lead a Found Poem Makerspace Workshop in Bellingham, Washington, the night before Western Washington University’s inaugural Poetry CHaT POETRY CAMP for grown-ups! Nearly 40 children’s poets, each of us published in The Poetry Friday Anthology series by  Pomelo Books, came from all over the country and a couple of other countries as well to participate. The conference concluded with a special performance by Jack Prelutsky, who received a surprise award from the University.

The whole weekend was an absolute blast.  It was also an amazing feat, organized by WWU’s Sylvia Tag and Nancy Johnson, with poet organization by Pomelo Books’s Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.  I was delighted to be asked to present an art workshop at the incredible Village Books on Friday night.  It was open to all the poets, plus any bookstore customers who wanted to join in.  What a band of creative souls we had!

Janet had asked if I could lead everyone to make something akin to the mixed media found poem pieces I offer in my artsyletters shop on Etsy.

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©Robyn Hood Black

 

 

 

©Robyn Hood Black

©Robyn Hood Black

 

 

 

 

 

“Of course!” I said, and then started planning like crazy.  I knew I had to adapt the process, as my pieces take lots of overnight drying time between the various elements, plus I use a lot of messy materials.

 

 

 

 

I needed to come up with something we could create in an hour, and I still wanted to use authentic vintage “ingredients.” And I needed to assemble supplies for – *cough* – up to 50 participants! I sent two heavy boxes of materials to Bellingham a week beforehand, and the lovely Fairhaven Village Inn had them waiting in our room when we arrived.

Many thanks to my hubby, Jeff, who helped me assemble 50 "kits" and 25 boxes of supplies! He also ran errands, helped avert a Powerpoint techno-disaster by retrieving Janet's computer when mine wouldn't work with the cord, and helped set up additional tables at the venue.

Many thanks to my hubby, Jeff, who helped me assemble 50 “kits” and 25 boxes of supplies! He also ran errands, helped avert a Powerpoint techno-disaster by retrieving Janet’s computer when mine wouldn’t work with the cord, and helped set up additional tables at the venue.

While I usually use 100-year-old texts in my mixed media collages, for this adventure, I discovered some vintage educational flashcards, each featuring a different shell from around the world.  (They were published two years before I was born, so definitely vintage!)

dsc04966-shell-cardsServing as both substrate (surface) AND text, these cards worked great, with their text box fitting EXACTLY inside the pre-cut mats I ordered in a seafaring blue color.  We wanted to celebrate Bellingham’s seaside location in the Pacific Northwest, and since I was coming all the way from the “Atlantic Southeast,” I was happy to incorporate an ocean-friendly theme.

I demonstrated how to find a poem in a text that wasn’t intended to be poetry, as I’d done with two poems in Georgia Heard’s THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK. For this project, however, we used more of a “blackout” approach like I do in my collages.

Participants jotted down poem ideas on paper, and when they were satisfied, snipped tiny strips from the sticky margins of sticky notes to cover the words they wanted to keep as a poem. dsc04981

 

 

 

 

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Instead of layers and glazes of acrylic or gouache paint, as I use, I provided a variety of colors of Stazon® ink pads. This ink dries very quickly.  Each poet-artist dabbed a color or two or more over the card (& over the sticky note strips), to cover the surrounding text. I’d provided cut-up sponge pieces, brushes, cotton swabs and the like.  Signo gel pens in different colors, and colored pencils, were also included, for making shadows under the chosen words, embellishing, or other touches.

photo by Jeff Black

photo by Jeff Black

The sticky note strips were then carefully peeled off with plastic toothpicks or tweezers, revealing the found poem. dsc05026

Then it was “ephemera” time.  In each packet I included vintage bookplates and sea-themed postage stamps from around the world.  (All found on Etsy.  I love Etsy as a shopper as well as a seller!)  Many of the bookplates featured Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave” image, a woodblock print from the 1830s. Stamps included nautical images of boats, fish, or lighthouses.

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Attendees cut these images as desired, and then glued the backs with an Avery glue stick.  Then they positioned these and pressed them to their piece, took a deli sheet of wax paper and covered it all, and rolled the whole thing with a wine cork to use as a brayer and make the surface smooth.

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Each “kit” also included a little brass anchor that I had antiqued beforehand.  These were adhered with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue.

Finally, the finished art was mounted inside the 5X7 mat I had put together beforehand.  There was a little glitch in my attempts to demonstrate how to make “T-hinges” out of Lineco self-adhesive linen tape, but somehow everyone got his or her piece beautifully placed inside the mat.  Here was my finished sample:

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I was blown away by what everyone came up with!  There was such positive energy in our crowded little space at the end of a long day, and seeing table-mates share their creations with each other made my heart full.

Here’s an example from my dear friend, Irene Latham:

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©Irene Latham

Look

the boy

who called

deep water

brought up

broken colors

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She included the workshop in a blog post here.

Nikki Grimes kindly shared these pictures she snapped:

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photo by Nikki Grimes

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photo by Nikki Grimes

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photo by Nikki Grimes

 

photo by Nikki Grimes

photo by Nikki Grimes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several more folks also blogged about the weekend and included their Makerspace found poem pieces in posts.Click on the links below for their behind-the-scenes inspirations!

Peg Cheng’s recap brims with passion.

She said the workshop was “…the most fun I’ve had with a group of strangers in a long time. At one point, I took a breath, looked around, and realized I was completely surrounded by poets and authors all cutting, pasting, stamping, talking, and laughing. It was heaven.”  [Reading that description was heavenly to me!]

Elizabeth Steinglass found simple, lovely words with which to make magic, shared in her post here.

Bridget Magee’s poem is fun and profound at the same time.  Check it out here.

Happy to make Jone MaCulloch‘s top 10 faves from the weekend, where she shares her poem about beauty!

Holly Thompson, who came all the way from Japan, ended up with a card depicting a Japanese shell.  How amazing is that?  Here’s her post about the conference.

And, look!  Greg Pincus just shared his found poem from the evening – wow, did he find some great words/phrases, or what?  (Who would have thought a flash card about a shell could yield a poem about family – with an existential question or two, even?)  His table was definitely on the raucus side. He writes, “… there I was, sitting at a table along with Bob Raczka, Peg Cheng, and Brenda Olson chatting, glue-ing, picking words, laughing, and having a blast.

For a round-up of more poet blog links about POETRY CAMP, check out Sylvia Vardell’s wonderful post here.

I love it when my writing life and art life collide – this was a magical opportunity, and I’ll cherish it always.  Thanks to everyone who participated so enthusiastically, and to Janet, Sylvia V., Sylvia T., and Nancy for inviting me to lead this creative found-poem treasure hunt!

Poetry Makerspace!

 

RHB sm mixed media life contains heart-poems 300 dpiI’m honored and thrilled that I’ll be leading a Found Poem Makerspace Activity before our big Poetry Camp conference at Western Washington University at the end of next month! Thanks to the WWU organizers and to Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, publishers of the Poetry Friday Anthology series at Pomelo Books.

Our mini mixed media workshop will take place at Village Books in Bellingham.  Can’t wait! (I’ll share the fun poster when it’s the final version.)

On the local front, I’ll be set up again at the Starving Artist Market in Port Royal this Saturday from 10 – 2.  Come by and say hi if you’re out and about.

A Little 1920s for The Wedding…

The bride and groom left the celebration in style... in a 1928 Hudson!

The bride and groom left the celebration in style… in a 1928 Hudson! Photo – Sabrina Fields

Thanks for the kind feedback on my post a couple of weeks ago about handmade touches for my daughter’s wedding. As promised, here’s a little caboose to that, about how I decorated myself for the occasion.

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Photo – Sabrina Fields

I found my dress (on sale, no less!) at Macy’s, after some disheartening shopping experiences before that.  I fell in love with its Downton Abbey vibe.  Daughter Morgan and I were die-hard fans from season to season, either texting during episodes or watching together on rare occasions of visits.  I wasn’t necessarily shopping for black, but since it was a “Black/Whyte” wedding, early evening, and bridesmaids were in gray, I went with it.

Never one to stop at one layer, I decided to make that a bit of a theme for my Mother-of-the-Bride “ensemble.” Being as big a fan of buying on Etsy as I am of selling on Etsy, that’s where I turned for inspiration.

First – earrings!  I wanted something period-authentic to echo the scalloped sequin-y pattern of my dress.  I found these 1920s clip-on delights from La Dolce Vita Jewels.

1920s earrings pI love them! Plus, shop owner Michele sent the loveliest note with them, tucking in good wishes for the wedding, and they were beautifully packaged with extra TLC  (& such a fun vintage image-inspired display card).  They were on sale, too, but a sparkly splurge at around $68.

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With hubby Jeff and my rhinestone earrings. Photo – Sabrina Fields

Shoes were a challenge, but I’ll mention as they indirectly led to my next couple of purchases.  The dress was long, but hemming would have been prohibitively expensive because of its beading.  I quickly discovered, however, that an old Achilles injury was not going to allow me to wear any seriously high heels.  Arrgh. The mother of the groom – who arranged the awesome get-away car pictured above – suggested I try wedges.

I found some (again, after discouraging store excursions and even online ordering attempts!) at T. J. Maxx.  They were dressy as wedges go, with black straps and bling.  But the bling was silver and gold, not just silver like the rest of me was working out to be.  I thought, why not add a bit of gold elsewhere and then I’ll just be sporting more than one kind of shine?  It’s how I generally roll anyway.

I found this glorious little flapper/’20s bag from Jackie and Suzette at The Curiosity Collectors with this description – purse p “Beautiful, sparkly 1920’s beaded evening purse…it’s a combination of silver beads with long gold beads laid in a wave..has a pretty clasp with faux diamonds (I hope they’re not real!) and a pretty coiled silver tone handle.”

Not only did it have both silver and gold, but it came with my scallop-y waves, too!

Their description noted some condition issues, which I was happy to tackle.  The lining was stained (no one would see that!) and needed to be reattached by sewing all around the handle.  Hence, its wonderful “as-is” price of $19.99.  I’m still smiling over that one.

Finally, I knew I’d be wearing a lovely wrist corsage by Dahlia, but I’m a jewelry gal and wanted something for my other arm.  Searching Etsy for “art deco” and “bangles,” I found a simple bracelet from GloryDayz – circa 1950s but with that period feel.  It’s black enamel with a gold-accented, wavy metallic design – which meant I had to get it to go with the dress and the beaded bag, right? bangle pShows its age a little but just the right touch.  And just $14.99!  Shop owner Lisa Rae took great care in fun packaging and sent a thoughtful note.

 

 

 

Oh – and I must confess buying a beautiful new ring (black onyx) from a silversmith in Dahlonega, Georgia, a month before the wedding. onyx ring pIt was in an Art Deco setting I couldn’t resist.And reasonably priced for such careful hand crafting.

Plus, I was with some girlfriends.  Peer pressure.

 

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My mulit-metallic, 1920s/Art Deco accents. :0) Photo – Sabrina Fields

I didn’t realize while gathering these fun, 1920s/Art Deco elements that the bride and groom would get to make a grand exit in a 1928 Hudson!

Icing on the wedding cake. :0)