|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...)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...
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...|
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