Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gypsy Journal Workshop

Gypsy Journals Workshop at PTSA | March 18-19

Happy New Year! It's been pretty busy so far, I can't believe it's already January 22nd. It looks like I will be teaching a lot this year and I am pretty excited about that! My Beeswax Collage workshop on February 11-12 is already sold out but my Gypsy Journals workshop on March 18-19th still has openings. In this class you will learn how to create whimsical and eclectic journals using various collages, painting and book binding techniques. You will create your own hand painted papers and personalize the inside of your journal by mixing some blank pages with other papers like sheet music, old book pages, maps, colored or grid paper, etc. These books are so fun to make, and they make wonderful gifts too! Class will be held at PTSA in Building 306 at Fort Worden. Join the fun!

Friday, October 21, 2016

PTSA Open House and New Gel Plate Monoprint session

If you live around Port Townsend, swing by the PT School of the Arts Open House tomorrow, October 22nd, from 1 to 4pm. You can meet all the teachers, see their work and find out more about all the cool classes offered in the Fall 2 session. PTSA is at Fort Worden, Building 306. I will be offering another 5 week session of Gel Plate Monoprint from November 9th-December 14th (no class November 23rd) on Wednesday mornings, 9 to noon. Art is so good for you! :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Post Art Northwest: October

Post Art Northwest | October |  Emily McCann Photography
In July this year, I was contacted by the very talented photographer, Emily McCann, asking me to be part of her Post Art Northwest project. Every month she draws a name from subscribers to her newsletter and sends the winner a snail mail postcard featuring one of her gorgeous image on the front and an original illustration from a PNW artist on the back. I was selected to be Miss October (my favorite month!). Check out her blog post featuring a short interview with me.

Emily also offered to come to my studio to take photographs. I usually don't like any pictures of myself but she managed somehow to take some really good ones! I don't know how she did that. I warned her that I wasn't very photogenic and she just shrugged her shoulders and said: "everybody says that, but that's not true", and she proved me wrong! She does have a very contagious laugh, you just feel like smiling when you are around her, that's the perfect quality for a photographer! Here's a few pictures from the shoot, I will share more later.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Beeswax Collage Workshop

Student work | Beeswax Collage Workshop | PTSA

This weekend I taught a Beeswax Collage Workshop at the Port Townsend School of the Arts. I had a super fun group, everybody in class was amazingly creative. I used to teach that class in California with my friend Diane and it brought back a lot of good memories (yes Diane, every time I smell melted beeswax, I think of you!). In a weekend workshop, we had a little more time to explore this medium (the California workshops were only 3 hours) and we got to work on canvas and panel board and then a free project, like a cigar box, or book cover, etc. This class will be offered again in early 2017, I will let you know when I have the dates. I am so happy to be teaching again, thank you to all my wonderful students for being so enthusiastic and dedicated! 

Student work | Beeswax Collage Workshop | PTSA

Monday, September 19, 2016

25 cents et autres histoires à la pièce

My cousin, Marie-Chantale Gariepy just published another book : 25 cents et autres histoires à la pièce. And we got to design the cover together! It's a collection of short stories inspired by a suggestion box she left for the customers of the Soucoupe café in Montreal. Clever idea, fascinating stories! On sale now in Montreal bookstores.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Port Townsend School of the Arts Open House

Exciting news! I will be teaching at the Port Townsend School of the Arts in the fall! A Gel Plate Monoprint 5-week session (Thursday 6-9pm, Sept 29th-October 27th) and a weekend workshop in Beeswax Collage on October 8-9th. There is an open house this Saturday August 6th from 1 to 4pm. Come by and meet the teachers and check out the first faculty art show. You can also enter a raffle to win a work of art. Swing by if you are in the area!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Summer Sewing Mood

I am in a sewing kind of mood.  I have many projects in the pipeline; quilts, totes, aprons, dresses, etc. And I have a pile of Spoonflower fabric just waiting to be turned into something fabulous. It helps to have a deadline though. I started this dress the night before the opening of my Mixed Media show at a local gallery because I didn't have anything to wear! I even made a belt with a belt kit I got at a garage sale a long time ago, it was super easy. My grandmother would have been proud of me! Even though she was a much better seamstress than I will ever be, I make up for it with enthusiasm. I get so excited when I turn a piece of fabric into anything, even if it's just a pot holder or a simple quilt block. Ok, this is the year I am finally going to finish a quilt, there, I said I have to do it.