Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a workshop given by Keith Lo Bue. His profile on his blog states that he is a "found-object jeweler and sculptor" but his work really defies labeling. The workshop was called Papering Over It - Collaging the Found Object. Much of Keith's work is oriented toward jewelry design but this technique-driven workshop was like hitting the jackpot for mixed media as well. I cannot recommend his classes more highly.
Keith has been working for many years and has discovered and created such unique techniques all his own. His creativity is only exceeded by his generosity. He seemed to be sharing all his secrets. And, simply put, he is a nice guy too.
I had a chance to learn and try out many techniques in the workshop that I know will find their way - as translated by my own voice - into my artwork.
Of the many things I learned, a paper wrapping technique was one of my favorites. The photos in this post highlight the practice piece I made in the workshop using this process.
The workshop was made even better by that fact that I shared a table with Jill from JazWorks and finally had the opportunity to meet &rew from Urban Paper Arts. In addition, Thomas Mann was teaching within the same space and after meeting him, I realized that I would love to take a class from him in the future.
Keith will be teaching again this year in both the USA and in Australia. Check out his website (one of my favorite's in terms of design) and blog for more information and to see his art.