Thursday, October 30, 2014

Art adventure in Oaxaca

Here's our wonderful group of adventurers. Back row, Colleen, Sandy, Bonnie & Joely.
Front row, me, Sue, Syd, Petty, & Karen.

Our first exercise led by Syd got us all loosened up. We made 6 timed collages using paper that we chose and then passed on the next person. It was fun to see how our collages changed as we had less time and paper to work with. These pages then could be used in our art journals as backgrounds.

Each Journal was prepared with a "Pocket" that we could use to put our fellow travelers' paper dolls in. We had the most fun making 10 dolls of ourselves to share with each other and also put in our art piece for Casa Colonial.

Petty's colorful dolls:  paint, paper, fabric...some even had moveable arms and legs!

We had a beautiful day for our first field trip out into the countryside. The Toledo art center was once a textile factory, now a wonderful art museum and workspace with a great gift shop.

There was an interesting show with lots of old fishing boats on the main floor.

A few of the old looms were still saved in a small room.

Outside an interesting staircase that was designed by Toledo.

Nearby was the paper making studio. We were given a nice demonstration of the process and then treated to a visit to their wonderful shop.

Love the colors of the handmade paper. I think most everyone had to buy some!

Necklaces made from rolled beads of the handmade paper.

More paper jewelry.

Here are the girls at the checkout counter of the paper shop. 
Loved the tile floor and beautiful high ceiling!

Wonderful textures and vistas at every turn....

Succulents on the patio with a wonderful view of the Etla Valley.
More to come!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Off to Oaxaca for our Art Journal workshop

Colleen, Syd, and I will be heading off to Oaxaca again for our art workshop- "Colors of Oaxaca"with a great group of creative women.
We will have fun making some paper and fabric art journals and visit some new museums and art studios with plenty of time for shopping for textiles, wood carvings and all manner of other goodies.
Back around Oct.24 just in time to get busy making things for the Holiday season.

We will be playing with stamps, paints, colored pencils, and collage.

Got in a quick visit to the Art Hus in Solvang to take a few things over before we leave. Here's my little spot- managed to get a few new hooked things in there.

Our home in Oaxaca, Casa Colonial...just a quick walk to the city center.

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and have time for some creative fun!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hooked Crow

Just got this hooked crow finished up. I have two more in the works. I think they look best in a group. Hope to put them into our shop in Solvang next week. 
Heat wave here again...may have to go cool off in the Pacific Ocean today!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkins and Owls at French General

We had a great time hooking Saturday at French General in Los Angeles. Everyone got a good start on their projects. These are the fun faces that showed up! 
Wonderful ladies and wonderful work!
Hope I get to see them when they are all completed. 

Now I need to go and get some hooking done for some upcoming shows and sales.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Owl and Pumpkin Workshop at French General-Coming soon!

If you would like to learn to rug hook I will be teaching a workshop in Los Angeles this September 27, a Saturday, at French General, 2009 Riverside Dr., LA, CA 90039.
to sign up or 
for more information.
We will be hooking either an owl or pumpkin just in time for the fall season.
all materials will be provided including some nice hand dyed wool!
Would love to have you join us and have fun with this unique fiber art that you can use in many different ways....rugs, purses, book covers, stuffed animals, ornaments, fiber jewelry and more!
For more ideas check out my Rug Hooking board on Pinterest!

I wanted to hook another pumpkin that wasn't "orange"...and a new crow and squirrel.

Spent half a day dyeing some nice "Pumpkin" colors for the workshop using Dorr wool.

Of course, Henry had to help!
Hope to get some more hooking done this week. I have a new colorful owl to show you.
Have a great week!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Colors of Oaxaca - Journal Workshop Adventure


Would love to have you join us on our next art adventure to magical Oaxaca!

October 16-23, 2014

Syd McCutcheon, Colleen Darling and I invite you to join us for a fun and art filled adventure in the beautiful city of Oaxaca, a Unesco World Heritage site known for its friendly people, delicious food, world renowned artists, pre-Columbian ruins and colonial architecture.

We will be visiting artists studios, wonderful local mercados, making our travel journals and staying at the wonderful Casa Colonial, walking distance to the heart of Oaxaca. 

Please contact Colleen Darling for more information and to reserve a spot.

Hope to have you join the wonderful group of artists that have signed up already!

Beautiful textiles and embroidery!

Inspiring art everywhere!

Time to work on our art journal creations in the Art Room at Casa Colonial!

Time for shopping at the many marketplaces in Beautiful Oaxaca!

We will visit the unique Stamp Museum....Actual letters from Frida are here!

Baskets at the Mercado!

Our retreat at the wonderful Casa Colonial filled with local folk art!

Plenty of time for shopping!

Our dining room at the Casa...sun filled and lots of fresh fruit and delicious meals!

We include delicious dinners out in special restaurants reserved for our group with homemade specialties of Oaxacan food!  Fresh corn tortillas, mole and more! Come enjoy the wonderful 
Colors of Oaxaca!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

French General workshop in France

We had a wonderful 2 weeks in France, with a few days in Amsterdam at the beginning and end of our trip. Lots of sunshine and a few sprinkles, warm summer weather for lots of walking and visits to farmers markets and local flea markets- so fun!

Our wonderful group at Chateau Dumas where we spent a week of stitching, shopping and dyeing. We are all wearing our "woad dyed" clothing from our day of dyeing with Denise Lambert, woad expert. 
We were expertly taken care of by the amazing Meng family, Kaari, Molly and Kick and their special helpers,  Cathy and Monica.

We explored the beautiful grounds of the chateau and had our workshop upstairs in this building at the entrance surrounded by lavender and a forest of trees.

In our rooms we found a treasure bag with lots of special goods for our week of creating. Moda French General fabric to play with, a sampler to stitch of the chateau, threads, a hoop and special soap.

Everyone got to work on their fiber collages and fiber jewelry projects and in the first day of stitching so many beautiful creations appeared. The following photos are of the first days work....we didn't have time for a show and tell at the end of the week so this is a taste of what was made.

I love the wonderful creativity and variety of pieces that were made. Everyone did such different and lovely work.


This is the photo of the Chateau crew of lovely folks who took such good care of us. The food was divine and all of our needs so carefully met. Thank you to all who made our stay such an amazing experience!