Creating is not only my passion, but a necessary need for the health of my soul, just as water is to the body to stay alive. I create from my heart with hopes to bring inspiration to others through my art dolls, mixed media collage, assemblage, fiber art, and sometimes jewelry. Would love to meet you at one of several workshops I teach across our beautiful country.
I want to share my my "Special Projects Team" necklace, inspired by a treasure I found in New York City, thanks to my dear friend Jane. She talked the guy into selling it to me, as it really wasn't for sale. Happy girl!
My Beautiful friend, Kristen Robinson, designed a new line "Rue Romantique" so make sure to click on the link to see all the lovely pieces you will be inspired to create with. A huge congratulations Kristen! I loved designing with this piece and look forward to playing with more.
Guess it took a few days to post my last day of my New York journey. I so enjoyed posting this past week or so and didn't want it to end. But I have my memories and they will carry me now. Ever so thankful for such a wonderful time.
Thank you both so much from coming into the city to have lunch on my last day there. You made it very special and I just love you gals.
A fun place to find
Everything in NYC is so special
Danielle, Meleen, Betti
Especially my friends
Three friends to send me off. Do I miss them ALL...yes, indeed. Every day since being home I dream of living in NY. But I'm the type that will find contentment no matter where I live because I have my stuff around me, especially my art supplies. I feel so blessed that I have so many friends who live on the East Coast. It is home away from home and I know without a doubt, I'll be back.
A huge gigantic hug to each of you who made my trip one of a kind. Especially to Michelle, who really and truly made it all possible. Love and more love and until next time....
The night before the workshop we meet for a nice dinner.
Workshop Time - "A Need To Tell Stories"
Elizabeth Wix, Seth Apter, Roxanne Stout
with three wonderful and talented Instructors
Seth taught us how to construct and bind our books
Roxanne gave us art exercises
Elizabeth, in her fine English accent, opened our minds to tell our story through words
We tore papers, painted, and had moments of reflection
Autographs (now part of my book as I continue to work on it at home)
I have lots of collections from my trip to add to my pages.
Theme: Travel Journal
Seth and Roxanne make beautiful art collaborations together, sending them back and forth across our country (approx. 3000 miles one way).
To see some of their pieces in person made my heart jump.
They have an upcoming show together in Oregon, May 3rd, showing their works - if interested, check it out here
I don't get the privilege to take a lot of workshops, so this was very special to me. It was the perfect ending to my artful journey. I came home with so much inspiration. I learned so much, and for that I smile.
Thank you Seth, Roxanne and Elizabeth for all that you taught us. It truly was a unique and creative two days, filled with memorable moments. And I have my book to prove it!!!
...tomorrow, my last journal post of my last day in NYC.
What a great day we had playing with fibers and plant materials.
Roxanne Stout, flew in to Pennsylvania from Oregon. I was so thrilled to meet her and play together at Leslie Marsh's house. Roxanne is another treasure of a gal. Here she tries on a beautiful wool coat before we took scissors to it.
Our individual creations are wrapped and ready for the brew
It was really fun to do this with Roxanne as it was a first for both of us.
For hours our bundles simmered on this cool winter day.
Time for the reveal
Still remembering the emotion of excitement seeing the results.
Hung to dry
Everything was beautiful!!!
Bee Shay came in from Nantucket. It was such a pleasure to finally meet Bee. I love all of these ladies and enjoyed every minute with them. Thank you Leslie for teaching us this art form and for your generosity in sharing your materials. Bee, you too, sweetie, thank you for all the stuff you shared with us. Roxanne, I won't forget your giggles.
The following day the four of us headed to New York City...more about that tomorrow.
Leaving New York to go see my friend, Leslie Marsh in Philly, was a bit scary for me. When I entered Penn Station, I had no clue what to do. I was two hours early so with in time, a phone call to Leslie, I found my way. Leslie and Jim were at the station to greet me and show me a wonderful few days at their place.
Leslie is one of my very favorite people and artist. If you know her, you know what I'm talking about. She has the most sweetest and gentlest spirit, always smiling, always kind. And talented beyond the moon.
Her beautiful studio is a reflection of everything Leslie is...Inspiration!
Leslie turns beautiful old books into works of art
plain watercolor papers into these amazing works
Treasure chests everywhere!!
and little friend's to keep her company while she creates
The Disintegration Project back in 2009, one I so wanted to participate in, but life got in the way, hosted by Seth. I loved being able to see Leslie's project up close.
Leslie's hand made books, some tiny, some large
Nature everywhere - a real (not live) bee-hive
Something about this array of pottery brought me home in my memories when I was young being raised in Connecticut. Has that New England feel to me.
Thank you Jim and Leslie for such a wonderful stay. I am still thinking about that "all you can eat" Italian buffet and the pizza that didn't lack anything! (Okay, maybe anchovies)
Come back tomorrow "Lessons In Eco Dyeing" that Leslie so generously taught some of us gals. It was a blast and so rewarding.