RUSH right over and see this blog entry AND directions for Alisa Burkes' best idea ever.
RUSH right over and see this blog entry AND directions for Alisa Burkes' best idea ever.
The "Gales", Gayle Pritchard and Gail Crum swept into Small Studio today to teach "Enshrined" to a talented and enthusiastic group of students.
Thank you Gayle and Gail for a fun and inspiring day at Small Studio.
This is what we drove home in…another snow storm and it is almost April.
Go and read this article. I love it!
Circle your calendars for May 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Small Studio is hosting one of our favorite artist/instructors. That would be the bubbly and talented Tory Brokenshire. She will be teaching three one-day workshops and you will not want to miss any of them.
Day one (May2nd) will be her popular "Story Tellers". Begin with a vintage tin and make it into a unique little character.
Registration is open now and all the particulars are on my website. You can take just one class, but I think you should join us for the whole weekend. You won't be sorry.
Small Studio is located in Westlake OH just 13 miles west of Cleveland.
Years ago, I published a 'zine called "Observation". One of my favorite pages was an observation page full of random tidbits. Each 'zine had eyeballs scattered throughout and on the cover. Why do I like eyeballs so much?
Here are some random observations this afternoon:
Observation No. 1: John knows how to enjoy a cold and dreary day.
Observation No. 2: The barn we pass almost everyday is leaning more than usual and has lost more wood. It won't be long before it is down and returns to earth. I have heard people say that barns are left to decompose because it is bad luck to knock them down. I cannot find any source that proves or disproves this rumor.
Observation No.4: Is it odd that I have less of my own artwork around than the artwork of others?
Observation No 6" It seems I have nothing more to say.
We are big fans of real, vintage and new clocks and clock parts. We love making art using clocks and clock parts. We even like the craft world clock gears and pocket watch cases. How about you? Do you use clocks in your home and in your art?
Don't you think it is about time you came into Small Studio to check out our eclectic array of goods? Isn't it about time that you signed up for our awesome classes?
Nick and I go back a long way. You know Nick. He is the wonderful author and artist of the Griffin and Sabine series among other fabulous books. The Griffin and Sabine series was a story told through a correspondence of art letters and postcards tucked into the books' pages.
When I organized Art Continuum back in the 90s, Nick Bantock was at the top of my list of people to have at my event. He had written the first book a few years earlier and among those in our little world, he was the inspiration for collage swaps, Bantock-like postcard groups and a ton of art. Boldly I wrote to him and invited him to talk, teach and/or sign books. I waited and waited to hear back and then one day I received a piece of Bantock art mail. I was so thrilled to even hold it in my hands, but he turned me down very graciously.. I was disappointed but we reduced his rejection envelope and letter (written in his distinctive hand) and used it in our attendee packet. The next year, I invited and he rejected and his letter became part of the Art Continuum packet again, but this time he added faux postage for us to give away! Year three I wrote, he wrote back and accepted my invitation and did so for the next few years. He did book signings, readings, slide shows and finally a full blown art class. For our part we sold more of his books at Art Continuum than any other book signing of his at that time.
After quite a few years, Nick Bantock has a new book on creativity.
The week started out really cold and icy evidenced by the car thermostat 9AM Tuesday morning...
Then, glory of glories, my web girl finally got the Small Studio Workshop Series up and running on our website. She made a few mistakes which have caused me some minor headaches and some disappointment for students (be sure to check the revised listings) but it has all been corrected.
My good friend Michele Monet was in today and she redid the classroom including a brick wall and hardwood floor..
It has been a fun week for me full of unexpected delights.
Well it appears that John and I still possess a California attitude towards snow. I cancelled the class today worrying that the roads would be too treacherous for some of my students who were driving in from an hour away. I was unable to get a hold of them so John dug us out and we drove in to the store on those treacherous roads. Six people did not read my cancellation and so we had the class. The others who did not make it will have a make-up class. We had so much fun and the ladies created some great little ATCs. It is difficult to photograph them since they are made with transparencies, acetate and acrylic and so there is glare. In person they were all wonderful. Here is a sampling.
Now for the news you have all been waiting for. The 2014 Small Studio Workshops Series are up on the website. We have a few kinks to work out (prices are missing from Lynne Perrella's classes), but you can now plan and/or register. Go HERE to see the offerings.
Authentic or fake? Real or faux? It is all personal preference. Sometimes when one is making multiples or "throw-a-way art, fake is just what you need. But when making art that you have really put your heart into, you need something that has a history and authenticity to it. Stop by Small Studio in Westlake OH and browse our cubbies and tables for the real stuff.
Well, actually we didn't see any rainbows, but our luck has changed. It is really warming up here in Northern Ohio. Today at 1PM the temperature is (drum roll please)
When I lived in CA no one every talked about the weather, but here it is a major topic.
we were driving down the street and what to our wondering eyes should appear but a fabulous snow unicorn complete with snow ears.
Saturday, Jan 11th is our first FREE PlayDay of the year. Call the store tomorrow or anytime up until Saturday and reserve a spot. We have fun at our Playdays. bring a project and your supplies. Get those unfinished projects done finally or work in your art journal. Phone # is 440-808-8599
In our home we have a small room that we use as our office/computer room. There is one blank wall that we have been ignoring, but we spend a decent amount of time in here, John and I gathered up a pile of black and white items to do a wall collage of just stuff. The pile was pretty impressive. Neither of us realized how many things we had around. We spent the morning arranging. Halfway through the project we had to attend a sixth grade basketball game, but that was okay. It is always good to walk away from one's work and come back with a fresh outlook. So now it is finished. What do you think?
I bought a YuDu machine last year for a class, but it was cancelled, so I have a brand new, never opened or taken out of the box Yudu screen printing machine that comes with platen, squeegee, transparent, screen, black ink, emulsion sheet, DVD instructions, manual and adhesive sheet.
Included are extra supplies as shown below.
The Yudu is great for print T-shirts, papers, cards, etc. There are well over $300 of products. I will sell it all for $200. Available at the store:
26113 Detroit Road
Sorry, no shipping.
John and I drove over to the ArtCraft building today for their 25th annual art sale. I had a chance to chat with old friend Eric of Pulsar studio. He is a wonderful human being, going through life doing good while making a successful business.
Then we were so pleased to meet up with David and Roberta Williamson, jewelers extraordinaire.
They are a wonderful Cleveland couple who collaborate on all their beautiful art pieces. I once again invited them to teach at Small Studio. Maybe we can convince Roberta to come by this coming year. Both she and David teach at Baldwin Wallace.
Another interesting artist we talked to was from Cleveland Print Room. Shari Wilkens does some unique and playful things with photography. She showed us modern versions of TinType, PhotoBooth and Van Dyke photography processes.
We also enjoyed meeting Diana J. Bjel, ceramic artist. Her fanciful assemblages combine found objects and clay.
John bought me a Christmas present from Diana and I bought him a Christmas present from Diana. We both walked out with big smiles on our faces.
First I want to post the only Fall picture I have taken this year. Fall has been late in arriving, but it burst into color this week. Here is my view out the front store window.
You should stop by the store and check out our 20 new papers and by Tuesday we will have all of our Christmas stuff ready for you.
26113 Detroit Road
Saturday, the delightful Betsy Begue taught her French Cartonagge, The Art of Box Making, here at Small Studio in Westlake OH. Betsy learned this craft while living in France several years ago. The class loved Betsy and the boxes they made from scratch.
Thank you so much, Betsy and thank you students for supporting the store.
My friend Zellda stopped in to share lunch this week. She is definitely a mixed media artist in every sense of the description. Her interests are varied and her art reflects that. She works in clay, photography, paper and paint. She makes collages, cards, jewelry and assemblages.
For show and tell she brought in the piece below. It all started with a piece of decorative paper she bought from my Small Studio plus a vintage cigar box.
It has been a "show & tell" bonanza here at the Small Studio. That makes me very happy.
Joan Heinrich brought in this wonderful felt creation. It was created in response to a Cloth, Paper, Scissors art call. They sent out camera bags for artists to alter. Joan added this character, Leona Danielle, atop the white camera bag.
Customer Jess Kulpa combs the beach for beach glass and then creates jewelry. She bought the tiny bottle here at Small Studio, filled it with blue beach glass, made a stopper with rolled paper and finished it with wire and chain.
Saturday is our FREE PlayDay. Call the store to reserve your space 440-808-8599. Sept 7th Launie McDevitt will be teaching Zentangle 101. Sept 21-21 Ingrid Dijkers returns with her fabulous workshops. Sept 28th, Betsy Begue teaches French Cartonnage, the art of box making.
I often say that the number one reason I opened another store was that I missed the "show & tell" that happens. Last week Nikki came in...twice. The first time she came in, it was her initial visit. We had a great time getting to know each other. The second time she arrived with a bag of "show & Tell" much to my delight. Kikki is an active artist with her fingers in many different things. I was allowed to take some photos to share with my blog readers. All art was done by Nikki Soppelsa.
Nikki is in an altered playing card exchange.
Now is the time to sign up for Ingrid Dijkers workshops in Sept. Go and do it now.
Since I have opened the store, I find that I haven't as much to blog about. I don't want to bore you with "today at the store" posts. I will leave that for my Small Studio Facebook page that you can go "like" as soon as you are done here.
Aimee has finished up the gazillion costumes she made in our back room. Gone are the piles of glimmering pants and tops.
We have had 4 sets of houseguests in the past six weeks. We have enjoyed them all so much, but we are happy to get back to normal...at home. Things are less than normal at Small Studio. Aimee, friend and former employee, has accepted a summer position costuming "Spamalot" for a local theater group. She has designed the costumes and, along with a few interns, is creating about 100 costumes. She has set up shop in our classroom until the end of June when dress rehearsals begin.
It is so much fun to watch them whip these things out. It is magical.