Thought I'd quickly shared some of the things I made in the wonderful classes I took at Artfest last week. For the most part, I am still working on these projects and am still pretty excited about the new ideas and techniques I took home with me via these awesome teachers.
My first class was with Theo Ellsworth, and this is what I made. It's a disbelief-suspension suit in a multi-dimensional doorway. I highly recommend checking out Theo's book Capacity to learn more about these things. As someone who usually sketches from life, I haven't drawn like this since I can remember. I loved how this project stretched my imagination.
The next day I took a class called Books Unbound with Lorraine Reynolds. These are not journals--they're niches made of books. This class was so great for me because I was pushed to think of books as sculptural items rather than just something to leaf through in 2 dimensions. There's a lot more decoration I want to do to these two pieces, so I will share more later.
I finished up with a class taught by Orly Avineri, in which we made a journal from an altered board book. I finished one spread and started working on several others in the book in class. I'm continuing to play in this journal, so I'll post more photos of it in the future as well. I've been an admirer of Orly's visual journals for some time now and the opportunity to take a class with her was a major factor in my decision to go to Artfest. I can't wait to take another class with her someday!
I learned the messy fun of molding paste.
And the messy fun of blowing color wash around with a straw.
Micro has not let me out of her sight since I've returned, as you can see by her tail in each of these pictures. Oh well, what can you do? It feels good to be home.