Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#ARTifacts: April 2017

Artifacts (plural noun): objects made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art.

Every year I have so many "art memories" from my travels, my teaching, my adventures in NYC, and my studio work. I have decided that 2017 will be the year of ARTifacts where I document my adventures in art for the entire year in a physical book. Always wanting to be inclusive, I turned my project into a no-rules collaboration.

Participants were asked to find or make some sort of artist book, planner, scrapbook, 3-ring-binder, folder, or other container to document their creative experiences, whether they be in art, craft, or anything else.  As you can see below, each and every participant put their own creative twist on this project. And it is never too late to join. Email me at if you would like to participate.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cocoon With Me

I am beyond thrilled to be teaching in Vermont for the first time at a very special, one-time-only  event.

I am joining Angela Cartwright (mixed media artist who played Penny on Lost in Space and Brigitta in The Sound of Music) and Connie Freedman (mixed media artist who has been on the cover of Somerset Studio) for a Mixed Media Cocoon Retreat at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont from November 5-9. Registration is now open.

Every participant will take a full day workshop with each of us. And there are some extra special events as well: welcome reception and dinner, optional private lunch and presentation with me, private viewing of The Sound of Music, presentation and Q&A with Angela, graduation dinner, and more....


Angela Cartwright -Artists Do Tell Tales

Join me on a journey to alter your photographs by painting, coloring and stenciling. We'll use our imagination on our quest to push the envelope in this safe environment of exploration and storytelling. We'll combine mixed media with photography, water color, inks and pens. Experimenting with text, music, and ephemera. We'll play with my new line of stencils, dress shadows in our stories and we won't be afraid to spread our wings. No artist experience necessary...just a will to explore the art within you with an open mind and heart. For the experienced artist, enjoy the metamorphosis.

Seth Apter - A Book of Windows

A cocoon is a covering that protects what is inside and, in the art world, perhaps the ultimate cocoon is a book. In this workshop, you will transform the most basic of materials - book board and paper - into a memorable and unique handmade page-turner. The focus of the class will be on learning a no-sew binding technique that is easily completed by the beginner but will also likely be a new approach to bookbinding for the seasoned pro. Our cocoon theme continues between the covers as well, as we will create pages that serve as frames, waiting for the perfect images to slip inside. Once the book structure is complete, we will decorate the cover mixed media style. Each attendee will leave the class with a unique, completed book that will hold all the memories of your retreat experience within.

Connie Freedman - Affections of the Heart

The tradition began in the nineteenth century with Queen Victoria. The Queen was an amateur practitioner of the textile ares, who thought that soldiers might find quilting or needlework a great distraction while far away from home or covering from injury. During World War I British soldiers created beaded pin cushions to send home to their mothers, sisters, wives & sweethearts. They were filled with sawdust and embellished with beads, sequins, felt, ribbons, terms of endearment and a snippet from their unit and regimen colors. Join me in creating your own masterpiece using the techniques British soldiers used so long ago. Each beautiful token of affection will be your very own one of a kind creation to treasure as they have been in the past. Only basic sewing techniques needed.

For more information and to register, click here.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Join me Down Under

Just one month away from what has become an annual adventure in Australia. For those of you down under,  I wanted to share my updated itinerary as new workshops are about to be announced. Hope those of you in Oz will consider joining me.

July 6 - July 10
A Library of Memories
Workshop is filled

New South Wales
July 12 - July 15
A Library of Memories
Registration is open

New South Wales
Hornsby Sydney
July 18 - 52 Card Pickup
July 19 - Mixed Media Mashup
Registration now open
Email me at for details and to register

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Sunday Papers: 15

Welcome to The Sunday Papers. Grab a cuppa, get comfy and turn the virtual pages. Didn't get last week's paper delivery? See every edition here.







Felicity Griffin Clark


 Ngaio Lenz

Friday, May 26, 2017

Make it Your Own: 16

I always find it exciting when I come across artwork online that incorporates my product lines. Seeing how different people use these items in such creative ways is always inspiring. I love the wide variety of styles and unique choices. Click each link below for more details on each and click here to see other posts in this series.

(Spellbinders Broken Maze Die)