Saturday, 18 December 2010

Workshop Fun at the Little Shop of Horrors....

Viv's first foray into altered art...a beautiful work in progress

Debrina and Pania's Introduction to Altered Art, Workshop One, commenced today and was completed with some spectacular results...
The class comprised of some very well known artists too (more about that later!)  We were blessed....

But first, welcome to our studio and workspace at Panias....
Take a look at our Little Shop of Horrors...(ha...we're just kidding...hopefully you'll think they're all really delightful creations...)
Go on, take a close up look..there's some Alicia Altered Bits in there, as well as some Wandering Heart Merlin's Musings and Mud Hound Studio Primitives...just for added measure!

Now, pull up a pew...
Go on, take a seat...
Oh and let us feed you too...here's me doing my best Nigella impersonation...all boobs (!?) and salad to boot!
Summer fresh salad with raspberries and balsamic dressing...yum!
Alright, now that you've eaten...we've got a surprise for you!
Stand up and follow us...
Come on, into the car...
we're off on a road trip...
 to the local thrift store...
You have $5 (here it is...) to spend in 15mins.  Quick!
We want you to buy some things that inspire you and that you can alter....
Ok, back into the car...
and home!
Time for show and tell...

What a marvellous array of trashy finds!
His master's voice is cracking...my $1 vinyl

Never...repeat NEVER...go treasure hunting with Pania...she'll always beat you to the best stuff!  This box was also only 20 cents!  Arrgghh.

Jill's pulpy and precarious piles...
Viv's monstrosity....
What the...is that a buzzy bee?  Kiwiana kitch at its very best!

Genny...what was she thinking? 
Look at that thing...it's a...it's a...what the hell is it?

Caro's glitter...all is not gold...
So this was what we were up against, Pania and I.  Was it time to run away?  What a curious lot of students we had on our hands...and with such appalling taste too!

I cornered Pania and said, "Pania, let's go now...before it's too late...."
"No!!!!  Come on Debs, we can do this!"
Left to right, Pania, Jill and Genny
 "Alright then, best we get it over and done with..."

 Let's get altering!

Let me blow those resin bubbles out, Gen!
Jill's minature suitcase
Caro's bumblebee surgery...he lost a leg during the big squeeze (into the bottle)
Oh thank god! The buzzy bee is gone and look what's in its place!
Caro's cuff link box is getting grunged up good and proper...
Caro's shrine to a bee...(still awaiting the bee)
Jill's "travel" theme develops with her little traveling cases now glued in place...
Genny goes wild with wires and pretty with PINK!
Go Genny!  Look at those discs of delight!  A candle holder with a difference...
We were so proud of our students!!!  We gave them such little wings (ha!) but they took off anyway and boy did they fly!!!
Though nothing got finished (where did the time go?)...they each had something to take home and nurture:

Caro's Bumblebee shrine

Carolyn Stephens (Caro) and her Ode to a Bumblebee....Caro is a highly regarded mixed media artist whose work sells all over the country.  Her miniature tattered dresses are to die for....
Genny Vella with her new altered art stand...(she plans on mounting more altered art on the spike that once held the candle!)
The beginning of Viv's altered whimsey jar...she's now on the hunt for faux foliage, a doily to alter and place on top of her jar...with a rusted-up key, dyed tags and silk ribbons hanging down....
Jill Maas' (of Slightly Weathered Dolls fame) and her travelling companion...an altered shadow box with some of her pulpy finds....
The reverse of Jill's shadow box....
And suddenly, just like that, it was time to say goodbye.

To find out more about our workshops...you can check us out here.  Shortly, we will start posting our workshops online (including some technique and one-off project tutorials).  But for now, we hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride today.

SPECIAL THANKS to our remarkable artist students, who, in their own right, could run any number of workshops themselves.

Debbie and Pania




28 comments:

lyle baxter said...

hi,deb what a wonderful post! looks like you all had a good time! and some interesting things were started. how do you have the time for all this! do you ever just sit? keep on having fun and making people smile! thats what its all about to me! lyle

Debrina said...

Hi Lyle - here's your answer: it's 1.20am and probably now time for me to hit the sack, lol!
Thank you my friend...we had such fun! I always make time for frivolity :-)

Corrine said...

That's so cool Deb, I wish I lived closer.

Flower said...

Oh My Golly Dolly1 How much fun does that look! Awwwww and nice to see Jills grin peeping over some georgous georgous goodies. xox

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thanks so much for sharing your class session! Looks like it was so much fun - and what beautiful creations were made. Theresa

layers said...

trashy finds put to creative use and outcomes.

Deborah said...

Fun, fun, fun! I wish I could have been there!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Delightful post Debrina! You have every reason to be feeling very pleased with yourself. I wish you live in my end of the island!

Gaby Bee said...

Looks like it was fun! I wish I lived closer.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, sweetie!!!

Debrina said...

Thanks everyone - we had a blast!!

Kim Palmer said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all Debs! Loved what everyone has done with their finds, thats good going in a workshop session to pack all of that in! Don't know how you managed to get them all out of the shop and altering in one session though! Lordy, a bunch of artists out on the prowl shopping, it's a wonder that you got anyone back to the studio and creating at all! LOL!

flutietootie said...

Nice works of art. Each one has such a nice unique personality.

Azra Momin said...

Amazing how much stauff can come out of...stuff! And ooh, that salad!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Deb - thanks for dropping by!
Love your blog!!! Oh WOW I was amazed how much you achieved in a day - op shopping, altering stuff and finishing as well - what fun and well done! My husband, Jeff, is a Kiwi and his parents were in that Napier earthquake so he was telling me all about it. How's that? The globe gets smaller.
Hugs and Love for a life of peace and less of madness around this time of Christmas -KIS! Keep it simple and have lots of fun.
Check me out at Crescendoh.com in 5 days when Lovey (fabricphotoimpressions blog) will feature my blog along with some other great ones!
Hugs,Suzy

Debrina said...

Hi everybody. Suzie - that sounds exciting. And woah...your husband's parents were in the quake. How frightening. Well, they survived it, thank god or you wouldn't have your lovely husband now!!
Oh the girls didn't manage to finish their pieces - they are still works in progress, which we will update you on soon.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Deb - just a quick one! I gave Lovey's blog incorrectly (must have still been waking up this morning!) - it's fabricphotomemories.blogspot.com.
Looking forward to seeing the girls' finished peices!

Minxy said...

WOW what a creative bunch, looks like loads of fun was had, thanks for sharing x

In the Light of the Moon said...

What lucky lucky ducks to spend a wonderful afternoon with you two ladies...and playing and eating and altering and playing and eating...Oh my..Just wonderful!!

I love all the creations!!!Hugs,Cat

carole brungar said...

Waving out to Genny!! Looks like everyone had heaps of fun!

WINDOWLAD said...

Hola,

I just wanted to wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas...^^

Feliz Navidad!!! Dios nos bendiga a todos!!!^^

~Kelvin

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Glorious! Lovely! I wish I could have joined in with you all. Merry Christmas to my Kiwi friend...Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Snowflake kisses for everyone!!!

the GyPsY said...

Wow Debs! You guys are having all the fun! Wish I could join. Thanks for sharing all the photos. Who needs teh sack when you can have this much fun out of the sack ;-)
Meryy Christmas and lots of hugs.

Debrina said...

Merry Xmas to you all! We had our day yesterday (we're one day ahead of the Northern hemisphere down under). I hope you all have a fantastic 2011 too. May all your wishes come true!!!

Patti said...

what a wonderfully creative way to have fun! I love it all - just wish I'd been there:)
hoping that your new year is blessed!
xo

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Just to say I hope you had a lovely Christmas Debrina. Best wishes for the new year, Carolyn x

Seth said...

Wow. Talk about a bounty of creativity here. Thanks for this great post. And happy holidays!

toemailer said...

Great stuff! And here's wishing you a very happy, healthy, and creative 2011!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was really impressed by your workshop. I know I'm late getting here, but I've had my head in a fog since November. I loved the piece Caro made. I have so many of those jewelry boxes, I would love to know how she aged it. I was totally impressed with the results, too. And the day looked like SO much fun. You had a great idea and I loved the outcome and art, too.