Open Studio Hours. :0) (My Etsy Shop is open 24/7!)
Open Studio Hours. :0) (My Etsy Shop is open 24/7!)
It might still feel like summer, but technically, it’s fall – and the holidays will be here before we know it! Kick the season off with a fun afternoon playing with vintage finds and creating with new friends. Folks from my spring mixed media workshop at Coastal Art Supply (click here for their contact info) asked for more, so I’m offering an Upcycled Holiday Ornament Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
All materials provided, including vintage postage stamps, antique ribbon, vintage text, vintage brass file cabinet label holders, vintage beads and charms, and vintage clock chain! Participants will learn collage tips and how to work with jump rings.
Make something for yourself, or to check off a name on your gift list! Sign up at Coastal Art Supply in downtown Beaufort, SC, or contact me for more info. :0)
What fun! I was honored and thrilled to present a found poem-mixed media workshop here in Beaufort last week, downtown at Coastal Art Supply, just a block from my studio. We had a full table with nine folks, with lots of earnest creating and snips of scissors. (This was a more intimate version of the Found Poem Makerspace workshop I presented in Bellingham, Washington, in the fall of 2016 with a few dozen children’s poets and other brave creative souls. Revisit that link for more of the step-by-step process.)
Our text for finding poems, also serving as our substrate (surface) were Edu-cards from the 1960s or so. I offered a choice of “shell” or “butterfly,” with complementary vintage bookplates, postage stamps, and bits of stamped brass bling. Of course, the actual subject of the poem and visual elements were up to each artist! That’s the fun part. The art (made in just two hours!) was tucked into a 5X7 mat, ready to pop into a frame.
Jill made this gorgeous piece:
take a hike
in the spring encountering
Every roadway while
rise in clouds
Being strong intelligent
Yes! Butterflies as strong and successful!
For her collage, Jill’s daughter Sierra conjured up WONDER, from an Edu-card with text about a shell. (I’m featuring this poem over on my author blog for Poetry Friday, too!)
grace beauty perfect
But, let’s stop and think. Maybe it is
I just love that – and the cool tones and mysterious palette Sierra chose to illustrate it.
I was thrilled to have Kim Poovey, author and historic reenactress, join the party! She came with her creative mother, Karen. In fact, we ended up with three mother-daughter sets – an extra fun element to our creative afternoon. Can you tell Kim is a novelist from her workshop piece below? She picked some lovely language, including “…winged creatures/fairies arising/ nightly wanderings/Luna glow….”
Here’s one last sample from the day – ALL of the pieces were unique and beautiful! This colorful creation is from Mikka Dutton:
I love that Mikka included the “From the Library Of” part of the bookplate(!) and followed that with some sassy introductory lines and images – “one courtly/highly prized/”hard to get”/as well…..”
I am always surprised and delighted by what folks come up with, and it’s magical to me to see individual personalities shine through the choices of words, elements, colors, and the particular combinations of all of these.
MANY thanks to all of our afternoon creators – and thank you for letting me share your work. Thanks also for asking if I would offer another workshop sometime – I am DEFINITELY game! :0) If you’d like me to keep your email address handy for info about future classes, toss me a line at Robyn@artsyletters.com
Want to learn fun tips and techniques to create a one-of-a-kind collage? In this two-hour workshop, we’ll use vintage elements to make a found poem/mixed media piece matted to 5X7 and ready to frame. Take what you learn with you to make more fun art on your own! Several customers have asked for fun artsy-crafty class, and I’m delighted to offer this as my first class in Beaufort.
No experience required – just an interest in words, art, imagination, and magical creations. I’ll supply scissors and adhesives & such in addition to all components.
Date: March 23, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Coastal Art Supply, 216 West Street, Beaufort, SC
Cost: $35 includes all materials. $15 deposit, refundable until March 22. Sign up at Coastal Art Supply or with Robyn – firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-654-8104
(Minimum number of attendees required; maximum number of 10.)
What’s in store? It will be a more intimate version of the workshop I offered in Bellingham, Washington, just over a year ago. Click HERE for the blog post about it, including links to posts from participants!
Hope to see you there,
Grab an umbrella and head downtown tonight if you’re in Beaufort, SC –
It’s FIRST FRIDAY! Look for my little sidewalk sign on Bay Street. :0)
Greetings from the New Year side of the holidays! Thanks to all my wonderful customers who’ve filled a stocking or two with artsyletters wares in recent years. It’s an honor to be a part of gift-giving traditions.
I look forward to creating all kinds of new items this year, and more of the offerings which need restocking. My studio is my happy place. :0) I’ll resume more “open” hours in February here in Beaufort on Bay Street (this month I’m hibernating with multiple creative writing projects and traveling some, too). In the meantime, my Etsy shop is open 24-7.
Wishing you and yours an inspiring and creative 2017!
If you’re enjoying shopping in downtown Beaufort this week, stop in and say hello! I’ll be open Wed. through Friday afternoons from 1-4 pm, and possibly Christmas Eve too. 811 Bay Street #3. Look for my sandwich board sign on the sidewalk. If it’s out, come on up. (If you don’t see it, save yourself the climb – ;0) ).
There’s a nip in the air, and the calendar says it’s time to do some holiday celebrating and shopping! Come by and say hello if you’re out and about in downtown Beaufort this weekend. (My A-Frame sign will be down on the sidewalk when my studio is open.) I’ll warm up some cider and have some goodies available Friday night, 6-9 p.m.
If you’re in Beaufort this busy holiday weekend, come on up to the Studio on Saturday afternoon between 2 pm and 4:30 pm! Browse handmade gifts for the bookish folks on your gift list and enjoy some refreshments.
An elf has told me Santa will be at the Clock on Bay Street from 11 to 2, and you’ll want to enjoy the Light Up the Night Boat Parade at 5:30. (The Parris Island Marine Corps Band concludes the festivities at 7 p.m.) What to do in the afternoon? Visit downtown’s shops and galleries, and come say hello! We are at 811 Bay Street, above Modern Jewelers. The stairs are steep, but the welcome is warm. (Note – we won’t be open during Night on the Town this year, but do come by Saturday afternoon!) See you then!
Confession: Sometimes I drive to work.
It’s only a mile, so when I walk, that’s an easy two miles of exercise to add to the day. But – when it’s cold, or rainy, or cold AND rainy, I can’t seem to walk past the car outside my door.
My creativity, though, is not fed by wending through traffic but by walking – taking in the surroundings which change each day with the tides, and noting what things remain more or less the same. On walks my wandering mind might be graced with a “haiku moment” or two. All my senses are engaged.
When I walk to my studio, in the heart of downtown Beaufort, there’s always a wonder along the way. This year I’ll share some of those here. Maybe a picture will strike your fancy, offer a spark of inspiration, or simply give you something to ponder.
Um, how could I not notice the clever use of an old typewriter?! It first caught my eye in the warmer months, and now it’s graced with bright pansies for winter. This delightful gem welcomes visitors to Bay Street Treasures, a wonderful antique store at the corner of Bay and Charles Streets, across from the marina. It’s owned by Ginny & Allison DeBose and Barbara Marsh . Ginny and Allison kindly granted me permission to share this bewitching garden art.
Across the street is another little place you must duck in if you are vintage-inclined – Reflections Old & New. Friendly proprietors will greet you there as well – Lynda and Doug Bransford (and their parrot!). You’ll find just the thing to class up your home or your closet with some elegant history. I couldn’t resist these antique metal buttons:
Now, what will I use these for? Oh, the creative wheels are turning.
Especially when I walk.