Saturday, 16 January 2016

Getting back...

...into the thick of my artistic life has been a bit of a challenge this month.  I've been setting up playshops, nailing down details for a September show, and getting back into the groove at Puffin after a hiatus for a couple of weeks.

Mulling over a way to use my creative bent in the community has me organizing a fun morning at Puffin, for those who just love to play in the studio.  Called Marking Your Mark, we're going to create some bookmarks and donate them to the local  library for a fundraising effort.


Along with the ever popular Gelli playshop, I'm introducing a new class called 'Burn, Baby, Burn', to teach students how to create their own stencils.  It's one that Gelli-obsessed students have been asking for, as the ultra-thin stencils are a delight for Gelli printing.


Of course, there can be no planning in the studio without some play, so the Gelli plate got a bit of a workout!



You can find out more details about these classes, and others, here.  And while you're having a look, I'd like to know how you and other artists in your community further the arts.  I love ideas that create awareness of the arts, raise funds for worthy causes, and profile artists in a new way. Your comments can help share ideas.




20 comments:

  1. I wonder how you have time to eat! It sounds like you are so busy that something has to been forgotten. Looking forward to the workshop next week!

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    1. That's like the pot calling the kettle black, Val - you go flat out all the time, especially with your contributions to the community! :D

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  2. Love the bookmark making idea, Winn. What a great way to contribute to the community.

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    1. Thanks, Tracy - if it goes well, I hope to expand into other fund-raising ideas. It's always about the world around us, isn't it?

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  3. I wish I had lived closer to you, Win! You've got so many interesting class offerings. The burnt stencils look particularly intriguing to me - is that tyvek you're using? I've got a couple of sheets to try but never got around to it. Wishing you a fantastic Sunday!

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    1. Yes, I love doing house wrap stencils - the ultra thin feel of them makes them perfect for layering under commercial stencils. I'd LOVE it if you were closer and could play too!

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  4. I love how you share!
    I hope you fill this workshop and thus the library with your creations!

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    1. Thanks, Alice - I'm excited about this particular bookmark making fun, and hope it's the start of many community volunteer projects.

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  5. First, I sure wish we lived closer to each other. I want to come play at your house! Love the idea of donating the bookmarks to a local library as a fundraiser. Giving back to the community is good for not only the community, but for one's artful soul! So, today you have inspired me to make some bookmarks--with my Gelli plate! Happy New Year, Win!

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    1. Lovely Kay - I'll be watching for your blog post when you've got them done! xo

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  6. You are such an asset to your community and the art community around you! What a super idea about the bookmarks!
    As of now, we have NO community art/involvement,ect. I'm working on it- maybe this will be the year!
    Keep up what you are doing- you ,Win, are an inspiration!!
    hugs,Jackie xx

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    1. How kind of you to say so, Jackie - I just love finding ways to combine two favourite things, and community with creativity certainly qualify! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year, as always. xo

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  7. beautiful bookmarks and what a great combination of fun and play and donating to the library for fundraising efforts!
    And I love the homemade stencils!
    Groetjes Karin

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    1. Thanks, Karin - and for stopping by to comment as well. It's lovely to see you here since I enjoy your work so much!

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  8. You always amaze me Win. I think you have the biggest creative and giving heart on the planet. The bookmarks are sooo special and so unique. And so interesting to see the stencils too. Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing art with your community. I always get a thrill when I hear of artists touching lives with their talents. Hugs. j.

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    1. Thanks so much, Joi - I'm looking forward to seeing what a group of creative people can do with paper, stamps and ribbon. I suspect it will be an amazing morning! xo

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  9. Now THAT is some good, arty play right there, my bloggy friend!

    :)

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  10. Making stencils would be so fantstic! I've tried to carve some out on plastic. The Gelli prints and stencils all look fabulous. It's been very busy here, I've been behind visiting... cheers, Shirleyxx

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    1. It's a great deal of fun, Shirely - you're just going to need to do a road trip!

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