John and I spent the weekend making little punk birds.
A week or two ago I made this sailboat from a kit we sell from Coffee Beak Design. Simple and satisfying.
John and I spent the weekend making little punk birds.
A week or two ago I made this sailboat from a kit we sell from Coffee Beak Design. Simple and satisfying.
We were honored and thrilled to have Lynne Perrella here at Small Studio for the weekend. Both classes were sold out. It has been awhile since we have had sold out classes. The students were all really successful and pleased with their creative works of art.
A big thank you to Lynne Perrella for a wonderful two days and special thanks to the students who make it fun and worthwhile.
Next up in our Workshop Series is Dan Essig. Sign up now.
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.
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
Our Small Studio here in Westlake has many ideas for you.
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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?
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.
Disclaimer: The following is my opinion and may or may not reflect legal guidelines:
There has been quite a bit of talk lately on FaceBook about copying artist work and about competing among artists and "want-to-be" artists. Copying to learn a technique is what goes on in a class. It has been a tradition amongst artists for centuries. Visit any large museum and you are likely to come across a class copying the masters in order to learn to see and to do. It is one way to learn.
The project you do in some workshops is definitely the design of the instructor. To copy this design and sell it as your own is wrong. To teach the exact class is also wrong. The right thing to do is to use what you learn as a springboard for your own original work. To do otherwise is, I believe, plagiarism and puts you in competition with the very person who was kind enough to share ideas with you. If you have taught classes yourself, you know that there is a great deal of thought, creativity, planning and trial and error that goes into the creation of a class. If you have created an art piece, you know how difficult it is to come up with something original. It takes knowledge, skill, imagination, hard work, time and material. If the original artist sells his/her work and you sell your copy, you are belittling and cutting into the profit of the artist who perhaps makes their living with their art. This is how I feel about it. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Speaking of competition, my peonies in my yard are competing for space. The flower heads are easily 10" across when they are open. Peonies are so beautiful.
We have been collecting vintage cameras and we have a bunch of them for you in the store. We have both box cameras and bellows cameras. Come have a look.
On Sundays the store is closed. So yesterday I left the "closed" sign up and joined the students for the last of Tory Brokenshire's workshops offered this weekend at our Small Studio. I had so much fun! We constructed small "Story Tellers" from vintage tins, clay and a few other bits and pieces. I do not play as much as I would like and seldom with a group, so I was in my own little heaven. Tory is an excellent instructor. She is patient, knowledgeable, fun, funny, quick to help and oh so encouraging and kind. Thank you so much, Tory, for coming to our store to teach and for being such an awesome house guest. Come back soon.
I love the little guy I made, imperfect as he is. He is my very first attempt at working with clay and faces so I learned so much. I made mistakes, but none too blatant. He is in the photo below.
In the meantime, there are still a few spots left in Michael deMeng's and Andrea Matus deMeng's workshops May 16th-19th. Each of these artists is fun and wonderful. Sign up before it is too late.
Then we have Dan Essig and his bag of bookbinding tricks June 7-9. Don't miss this.
This past weekend, we had students from North Carolina, New York City, Alabama, Maryland, Cincinnati, Michigan and a few more local. You should join us. Our workshops are worth a trip
One of our favorite customers who we now call "friend", Randy Cecil, came in on his lunch hour for a little bit of Show & Tell for me. Do I need to say again how much I love Show & Tell? I didn't think so. Anyway, he and his wife, Peggy, have been playing with one of Graphic 45's boxes and the new French Country paper (both available at Small Studio). Here is the lovely result:
Hop on over to our web here and sign up for Ingrid Dijkers workshops on March 23-24th. We are so lucky to have Ingrid join us again this year. Her workshops last Fall were a big hit with everyone. Ingrid has a wonderful eye for the unusual and she is a very good teacher. Come play.
It was a beautiful day in Ohio today.
They are each a part of a three day project John and I created on a wall in our classroom. We pushed two of our tables together which have grid mats on them. Then we started laying out our collage wall.
We had so much fun putting it together, searching for the thing that was the right color, size and accent. We think it looks so much better than our show banner that was up there before. What do you think?
We received some new product designed by Kelly Rae Roberts. We have had her colorful products in before and they sell out quickly.
Do you cloche? Cloches (or glass domes) are so much fun to play with, creating little vignettes of cool stuff. We sell a variety of different cloches.
I woke up excited for the day to begin. Today was Small Studio's First Anniversary party. Hooray! I looked out the window and was dismayed to see heavy snowfall. Oh no.
This is what it looked like outside as we drove to the store. Note the large and lovely snowflakes.
I was so organized. The refreshment table was ready.
We waited. We made bets on how many people would show up. We made bets on how many people would Not show up.
But then our wonderful and loyal customers and friends began to wander in and they kept coming in right up until closing.
Everyone made Valentines, Small Studio style. There was much laughter. Here are photos of some of the hearts made today.
It kept snowing all day, but Ohioans are not intimidated by weather. We had a lovely anniversary and I think everyone had a good time. Thank you all for making my day.
We sell Cage Dolls, sometimes called Santos. They are beautiful all by themselves, tall and graceful with quiet, serene faces. I decided to fashion a skirt from our vast array of ribbons for one of them. My sidekick Aimee, elbowed me out of the way (because even grown-up girls like to play with dolls) and created this:
It has been like Christmas at the store with boxes coming in from several companies. Below are just a few things that are on our shelves right now at the store.
We have restocked the Peerless watercolor pads as per your request. I also added to this order 2" square Peerless papers that come in a set of 20 colors. These are great for on-the-go journaling.
Speaking of journaling, we have 2 spots left in our Journal Play on Saturday morning. It is free, but reservations are required. It is so much fun! Call to reserve: 440-808-8599
We had our store open house today and it was a lovely success. I really, really enjoyed seeing so many old friends and new, so many former customers and new. Thank you. THANK YOU for sharing the day and supporting our shop. We so appreciate all of you.
I posted this photo on Facebook, but wanted the rest of you to see the package I wrapped using common Kraft paper, pretty ribbon, script tape and paper feathers, all from Small Studio. I love this package.
This post is going to be mostly photos. The weekend with Keith was just wonderful. Full classes. Happy students. Delightful and talented instructor. Happy shopkeeper.
Keith with assists from John, spent the day constructing a mobile for the store. Now Small Studio has a cool "Good Junk" mobile made from product available at the store, hanging from the ceiling. Keith, you are awesome. You too, John.
Tonight was the gallery opening party at Lakeland College in Kirtland. The show was curated by Mary Urbas and we were lucky to be included as two of the artists. It was such an interesting show. I felt as though my head was exploding with ideas and overwhelmed with creative input. It was so interesting to talk to the other artists and hear them describe their work, their processes and even some of their sources!
Linda Lou Horn
I neglected to get the name of the next awesome artist. I apologize. Maybe Mary Urbas will comment and help me out here.
Andrea Matus deMeng
There were many, many more wonderful pieces and multiples by the artists above. We love being a part of this.
Hmmmm. Tracy's students who live locally have not brought in show and tell as they promised (Isn't that right, RANDY?). I will need to get some photos from Tracy.
Here are some random photos from Teesha's last class: Handstitched Journals.
There are few things that make me happier than having a classroom, in this case two classrooms, filled with students happily creating. I am very lucky to have such excellent instructors come from all over the country (and Canada and Australia) to teach here in Westlake OH. That makes it lucky for you, too. This weekend we had students from OH, PA, VA, MD, TN, IL, MI, WI and Canada. Thank you to every one of you and to Teesha and Tracy for being here.
Where shall we put our Halloween goodies in the store? That was the question. All of our surfaces are full. So, I hear "project" reverberating through the air.
sanded and painted, turned into this:
Thank you, John!
Just a few days until Teesha and Tracy show up. I can't wait. They are always such fun and between them have enough creativity to burst the universe. Don't forget that all Teesha's workshops at the store and Tracy's are at the Landings Rec center in Avon Lake. Directions are online.
Sunday, my friend Candace kidnapped me and took me to this wonderful, intimate gallery in Vermillon OH. It is owned by Sherry Bradshaw and her husband, Warren. We went to see an exhibit by Jennifer Whitten who is a mutual friend of ours. Jennifer used to teach for me at Art Continuum several years ago. She is a wonderful person and a fabulous artist. I was allowed to take some photographs. Feast your eyes.
I would call Jennifer's work "Mixed Media Beading". I am not sure what she calls it, but it is so interesting.
A close up of the above work:
The bonus of the afternoon was talking to owner Sherry Bradshaw. Sherry is a petite artist with giant ideas. She casts birds and bones and whatever else catches her eye.
Here is Sherry explaining her work to a visitor.
Her installation is an amazing work which encompasses the entire end wall of the gallery. All the birds and other creatures are cast as well as the bones mixed in with the driftwood.
Local readers, be sure to stop by the gallery and see the work of Jennifer and Sherry.
This is what I told Randy when he came in yesterday to see if I was okay since I hadn't blogged in a week. (he shouted). Dailiness had set in around here. We were busy at the store and at home, but not doing anything newsworthy. Launie stopped by Small Studio to drop off her class info for September. She will be doing a beginning Zentangle class. Look at Launie's shoes! Pretty cool doodling.
Teesha has expanded her Handstitched workshop later this month to include "junk journaling" pages.
She is really excited about this addition to the original class agenda and you know what it means when a teacher is super excited: the class is awesome. There are still a few spaces left in this class and The DayPlanner workshop. Tracy's workshops have been moved to The Landings recreation building in Avon Lake where we had our workshop series in 2010. This means that we can take more students in his workshops.
Send those registration forms and checks in fast. The Moores will be here in two weeks!
John and I have been invited to take a booth at The Summer Market next week. We are pleased to be included in this fun affair on the Lake. I shared our wee industrial steampunk birds. Thank you for all the enthusiastic remarks.
For years I have been collecting train and subway signs. Some I have sold through my Etsy shops (not open currently) and some I have framed for myself.
For the Market, we didn't want to take glass framed signs because of weight and breakage, so John mounted a number of them on boards. They turned out great. These are authentic 1940s English red double decker bus signs.
What do you think?
I have to say again that I have the best customers any shopkeeper could ask for. For our Bastille Day celebration Ray made badges for the staff. Very cool. Thanks, Ray!
And "Singing Theresa", after making a French themed charm at our Make-it Take-it on Saturday, came back yesterday with another charm. This one for me made from our Valentine's Day Grand Opening postcard (created by Michele Monet). Look how perfectly placed the post office cancellation mark! Thank you. Thank you!
I know my customers have a multitude of places to shop. I am so lucky that so many of you shop at Small Studio. I love your visits!
WORKSHOP SERIES: Coming up on July 28-29th, Carol Owen and her Altered Book Weekend. Sign-up now.
In a recent post I showed you a photo of Mary McVay, a customer and friend who made her Steampunk debut last Saturday at our social. Mary not only made her costume, but she gifted me with a piece of her artwork made just for the occasion.
It is even more lovely in person. So much work and time went into this piece and I am thoroughly honored and touched that it was for me. Thank you, Mary, thank you.
A bit of show and tell today from Theresa Loomis who took one of Leighanna Light's workshops in May at Small Studio. Theresa made this lovely little, juicy, chunky book with vintage tin ceiling tiles for the cover, but she didn't have time to embellish it in class. Here is the finished project:
I love show and tell days at the shop.
New arrivals for you at Small Studio:
Really wide ribbons!
Paper Mache Masks for you to embellish!
Moustache hooks to go with our collection great hooks. One of these mustache hooks would also make a very excellent beginning of a found object character.
Coming up the end of July in our Workshop Series is Carol Owen and a two day Altered Book workshop. Sign up now. Just go to our website, fill out the registration form and mail it to me with a check.
Are you on Facebook? I would love for you to go there and "like" our Small Studio fan page. You can go there right now!