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.
John performed the first BBQ of the season tonight for us. Although it is not yet summer, dinner tasted like summer and smelled like summer. The only thing missing was watermelon.
My granddaughter Kelsey, is back from her big culinary adventure in Germany and is off to Italy tomorrow. Travel well, young one.
Today was PlayDay at Small Studio. We have a great bunch of women who sit around our big tables in the studio and work on their art projects and tell stories and laugh and sometimes eat ice cream.
Mary McVay sent me a few photos of last weekends classes to share.
Time: I am having a difficult time realizing that it is already Memorial Day in a few days. Where does the time go? I had projects I wanted to complete this spring and I have not even started them.
Birds: We wake up each morning to the sounds of the birds calling and singing to each other. We don't hear birds in the winter, so we cherish these sounds early each day as the sun streams through the windows. Birds need birdhouses and many were made in Michael deMeng's workshop Baba Yaga Birdhouses, but no one took photos that I know of so here are two, Mary MacVay's and John's:
3. Needle and Thread: This is a sly way to promote Dan Essig's wonderful BookBinding workshops coming June 7-9. Dan doesn't come this way often, so don't miss him at Small Studio here in Westlake OH, just 13 minutes by car from Cleveland, 2 hours from Michigan, 3 hours from Pennsylvania, 6 hours from Chicago, 9 hours from New York City, 3 hours from Buffalo. The above was the starting points for our students last weekend. Come join us. We have fun.
Sunday was the last day of workshops with Michael deMeng. He and Andrea are somewhere over the US winging their way towards home as I write this. Wonderful instructors, wonderful workshops and super wonderful students. Thank you all for spending some time with us at Small Studio.
Below are a smattering of photos from "Vehicular Varmints". Most of the projects were still in progress.
Next up: SAT May 25th, 10:30-4:30 Call the store to reserve your FREE place. 440-808-8599
June 7-8-9, 3 Workshops with bookbinder and extraordinary instructor DAN ESSIG. Check our website for information
This second class of Andrea's was really filled with a variety of techniques. Women being empowered with power tools could have been the theme. Sawing, drilling and otherwise changing simple boxes into exquisite lighted book sculptures was the task for the students. It was difficult to capture the beauty of these boxes with a camera. Below are the best of the photos.
Michael's workshops for Small Studio were held across the street since Andrea's were here.I was un able to leave the store and forgot to ask people to take photos for me. All I have are two wee projects, but they are fun.
More photos tomorrow.
It was very interesting strolling through the classroom during the day, checking on the progress of student work. They were making collaged scrolls in Andrea's "Marquis de Scroll" workshop. The end results were wonderful. The scrolls are about 5 ft. long, so to get them photographed resulted in a bit of loss of detail, but you will get the idea of how wonderful every single student project was.
Andrea is teaching here at the store and the students are deep in concentration with their collages. Michael is across the street and who knows what they are doing, but I am sure it is fun.
What am I doing? Watching the sky and wondering why I have a sudden desire for chocolate.
New product in the store: VerDay paints that give a rusty, bronze or copper patina from Two Seconds Studio. And also radio tubes for your projects. Lots of radio tubes. (Thank you, Kier).
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
We have finished day 2 at Small Studio with Tory Brokenshire. We are having the best time and the students are completing the really cool pieces of art. All the students have been exposed this weekend to new techniques and you know what that means...fear. But they faced that trepidation and forged forth and created wonderful faces and bodies.
Oh, and did you know that today was Tory's birthday? She didn't either.
Canadian Geese live year round in Ohio, no longer migrating South for the winter. This is due to a lack of natural predators and an abundance of available year round vegetation. They love woods, streams, golf courses, parks, any place with water and plants. One knows it is Spring when the flocks become couples followed by a little gaggle of goslings. We live near a golf course so....
Geese mate for life so this was a committed couple. The daddy goose was beginning to get nervous at our closeness and starting hissing at us. Breeding season coincides with molting season and mature geese lose their flight feathers so he cannot fly for about 20-30 days, but the next step would have been for him to charge us, wings spread wide. These geese are huge and we had no intention of making him upset, so we left them alone. The goslings grow very quickly, so these are brand new babies and such cute little bits of fluff. As they mature, they can be a real nuisance. The golf course maintenance guys crisscross the ponds with fishing line to deter the geese from taking up residence there.
Just a few feet from our goose sighting, we saw a lone deer keeping watch.
The ducks I mentioned? They were in our yard yesterday when I came home from the store. We never see ducks in our yard. It is a jungle out there, I tell you.
Sat, April 27...Envelope Book Class with Margaret Bakke
May 3, 4, 5th...Doll Workshops with Tory Brokenshire
May 16, 17-18, 19...Assemblage with Michael deMeng
May 16, 17-18th...Collage, Assemblage with Andrea Matus deMeng
June 7, 8-9th...Book workshops with Dan Essig
Details, photos, etc on our website here. http
John and I decided to go explore today. We drove over to the East side of Cleveland, taking the route along Lake Erie the majority of the way. We like avoiding the freeway whenever we can and whenever we have time. We picked the town of Geneva-on the Lake. It has a lovely name and we had never been there. Neither if us had any preconceived notion of what we would find.
Along the way we saw wonderful old lighthouses.
April 20: Aimee's Face class from 9-11. Details on our website.
April 20: Free Playday! Call the store to reserve your space: 440-808-8599
April 27: Envelope Book Class with Margaret Bakke (see website for details
May 3-5 Tory Brokenshire
May 16-19 Michael deMeng
May 16-18 Andrea Matus demeng
June 7-9 Dan Essig
July 27-28 Carol Owen
Aug 2-4 MaryJo McGraw
Sept 21-22 Ingrid Dijkers
Oct 18-24 Keith Lo Bue
John and I like to make things. We like to make things together. We sit at my work table in my art room and work at the same time. Sometimes we pass the project back and forth each of us adding or amending the work of the other. That is how we make our punky birds. They were a hit last year in the store and we had so much fun making them, each one different. Here is this year's flock so far. We will let you know when they land at the store:
My bonus daughter-in-law, Jessica, gifted me with this beautiful vase last November when the family was here for Thanksgiving. I adore this vase. Just a few flowers look like a bunch since the vase is narrow. I love the lines.
Aimee Kluiber will be teaching her "Faces" class April 20th 9-11 ($15). This is an expanded version of the original class as requested.
Our next FREE Play Day is April 20th from 11-4. Call the store to reserve your seat. 440-808-8599
Margaret Bakke will be teaching an Envelope Book construction class on April 27th. Don't miss it!
May 3-5 Tory Brokenshire
May 16-19 Michael deMeng
May 16-18 Andrea Matus demeng
June 7-9 Dan Essig
July 27-28 Carol Owen
Aug 2-4 MaryJo McGraw
Sept 21-22 Ingrid Dijkers
Oct 18-24 Keith Lo Bue
I leave you with this:
Good mail day! I received the samples for Andrea Matus deMeng's upcoming classes. Photographs do not do justice to these wonderful pieces of art. Andrea is the most amazing collage artist. I will first show you her "Marquis de Scroll". It is about 5' long, beautifully mounted with rod and finials.
Andrea's workshops are May 16th and May 17-18. SMALL STUDIO 26113 Detroit Road Westlake OH 44145 (Cleveland area)
Mondays are my day off. I do errands, catch up on household chores and contemplate life as I know it. Taking stock of things, I always know how lucky I am in this life. I am surrounded by people and things I love all the time. I always have been. How does that happen that some people are lucky and some are not? Is is Karma, fate, faith, attitude? I do not know, but I am sure that I am lucky.
The store, Small Studio, makes me happy. Daily I am in the center of creative and/or interesting people. Every one has a story and the stories are always surprising. I have told you some of them here on my blog before. Saturday we had our Zentangle classes going on. I was chatting with one of the students who was new to our store. The conversation traveled to jewelry and beading. I asked her if she knew another customer who was into beading and it turned out they knew each other 30 years ago in college and had lost touch. I called my customer (and friend). She came over and the two of them had lunch and made plans to get together later this month. Sometimes I have to be reminded that the store is not about me.
Have you signed up for workshops here yet? I can't guarantee that you will be reunited with long lost friends, but I can assure you that you will have fun and learn stuff. Coming up next is Tory Brokenshire from Oregon. Tory teaches all over the country to filled classes. We are lucky (there is that word again) to have her here in Westlake OH for 3 one-day workshops May 3-4-5.
Two weeks later, the deMengs arrive. Michael deMeng has a quirky way with art. Some might say weird, but while making oddities, students learn excellent paint techniques and assemblage techniques and tricks. Michael's workshops are May 16-19.
Andrea Matus deMeng taught here for the first time last year and students could not be more pleased. Andrea is an accomplished collage artist and instructor. Andrea is not only talented, but she is also a sweetheart. She will be teaching May 16-18.
Go to our website here and decide which workshops you want. Fill out the registration form and send it in right away for the above classes.
Last but not least. We have added a new, expanded "Face" class with Aimee Kluiber. Now, 2 hours long, Aimee will teach you how to draw and shade faces using Pan Pastels, pencils, Ranger Paint Dabbers and other supplies.This will happen on Sat, April 20, 9-11AM. Details will be online in a day or two. Also, right after the Faces class, we will have our monthly Free Play Day. Bring your projects and have fun in our back classroom. This is free but we do need you to call the store and reserve a seat. 440-808-8599
I have been so busy with my family visiting, I have not shown you what is new at the shop. It was great having my grandkids around for the Easter holiday. I had half of them here. It seems we seldom can manage to get all here at one time, but I will take what I can. Here is what has been arriving at Small Studio here in Westlake OH.
ALERT! If you are planning on signing up for Tory Brokenshire's workshop at Small Studio or Michael deMeng & Andrea Matus deMeng workshops, time is running out. Sign up right away.
Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. Sometimes it all about a person just going one step beyond the norm that makes your day. I ordered greeting cards from a new (to me) company. The cards came wrapped in a simple kraft paper sleeve held together with Washi tape. I thought that was a nice touch, but then there was a thank you wrapped in brown peer with a stripy twine, an old red bordered label calligraphed, a postmark and a few old stamps. Awesome attention to detail.
Sometimes it is something kind of big that makes all the difference. When we first moved into this house I wanted to change out the light fixtures. They were "builder's" lights. You know, average, non descriptor kind of lights. Not bad, Not good.This week is our 8th wedding anniversary and we decided to buy each other a new kitchen light. John and our friend Josh installed it today.
I am so happy with it. So now I would like you to pay attention to some details. Go to our website and sign up for the workshops we offer. We have wonderful instructors coming to Small Studio just for you. My web girl has updated everything this week and I am standing by ready to process your registrations.
I carry quite a bit of the Coffee Break Design line. In fact I have always carried CBD stuff no matter where or what kind of store I have owned. Owner Kristen Hubick does a great job with this company, but it will always, always remind me of the original owner and very original guy, Mike Meador. So many of us still miss him and his humor and his friendship. It has been in the back of my mind to be more organized in how I present CBD kits. Here is what John and I came up with for Small Studio.
Now that samples and clearly designated kits are easy to see, I think you should come in and find some treasures to create for yourself. Tomorrow would be good for me. Saturday we are open 10-5 just for you.
While you are thinking about us, don't forget to sign up for our workshops. The first one this year is this month featuring our favorite journal maker, Ingrid Dijkers. You can read about our workshops here.
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.
I taught a little book class at Small Studio today. I haven't taught a class in years and i had forgotten how fun and rewarding it is to teach excited and creative students. Everyone's finished book was perfect and beautiful. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.
Our next store class is the 23rd of Feb. with Aimee who will be teaching a drawing class on Face Basics. There are still a few spaces left.
Ingrid is a really good instructor and her classes are always popular here. Be sure to go to our website and fill out the registration for her workshops. While you are there check out our other wonderful instructors and sign up for those too. Registration is ongoing until the workshops are full.
Every time new product arrives, it requires a little dance of changing things around in the store to make room. I am not complaining. No, I am gloating. I love making new displays. That is, I love making new displays when I have an idea.
Today the Dylusion Sprays came and you are going to love the six new colors: Cherry Pie, Linen White, Dirty Martini, Calypso Teal, Funky Fuchsia and After Midnight. Have you watched the cute video of Dylusions Meets I Love Lucy?
We also got a shipment of new and restocked greeting cards.
We have a good selection of art supplies to support our workshops, but we also have an eclectic collection of things for your home and studio. Have a little browse around the store with me...
Folk Magazine arrived today. Along with Sweet Paul, this newish magazine is full of decor, recipes and crafts. Great photography abounds in both. We have a few copies of the new Uppercase still available. Uppercase is full of articles about art people and artsy stuff.
Another arrival today was a box of appealing little globes in 4 colors. They are about 5" in diameter and come with a little wooden ring to keep them from rolling off the shelf. Better hurry in and get yours before I take them home and keep them for myself.
Have you noticed the Assemblage Boxes by Randy Cecil that are on display at Small Studio? Randy recently discovered an appreciation for Joseph Cornell's work and tried his hand at making a few boxes. He tells me that he has now made many and just cannot stop. It is fun to make art always.
Have you signed up for our upcoming February classes? Next Saturday I will be teaching a quick and easy book class and on the 23rd Aimee will be doing a quick and easy Basic Face class. Don't forget our wonderful workshop series with awesome instructors: Keith Lobue, Michael deMeng, Dan Essig, Ingrid Dijkers, Chris Cozen, Andrea Matus deMeng, Mary Beth Shaw and Julie Snidle and Carol Owen. Click here for Small Studio's website.
It seems that blogging time escapes me and all of a sudden it is next week. Since I am at the store most of the time and it has been freezing (9 was the high the other day), John and I have not been out exploring much. That means that I have no new adventures to share with my readers. Let me see how else I can amuse you.
Oh, THE 2013 WORKSHOP SERIES IS ONLINE!!!!!
Let's see. What else. We have been having spectacular sunsets.
Driving home along the lake we always admire the old, traditional homes. There are so many different types of architecture, but generally they are pretty traditional.