Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Name Tags and Carl Rohrs workshop

I always loved the name tags that were given to me at workshops, usually made with care and thought by the makers.  Sometimes they are made by the instructor and sometimes made by a student.  I particularly like the ones that David Brookes makes.

This time I undertook the task for a Carl Rohr's workshop, Brush and Stilleto.  I am also the coordinator for the Friends of Calligraphy for this particular workshop.  He will be teaching the use of the brush in making his wonderful brush lettering and using the knife (stilleto) to cut out letterforms.

I cut out letterforms from black paper and placed them on sample papers from Flax and from old watercolor pieces.  I then put them in name tag holders.



Cut outs before placing on background paper....

unfinished (wait listed) and finished


The line up of class members...each different.

My cut out 'D'...all flat papers from Carl's workshop


Gia cutout with stripped paper backing...
Emma in high definition colors..green cut out on orange!!!
Carl's gift to me for organizing the workshop...wasn't I lucky?

Windows of Opportunity

I have been doing Gelli monoprinting.  I did some to make Chaos Cards for Friends of Calligraphy and had lots of scraps left.  I saw a recent post on the Gelli website about weaving the long scraps.  So I wove them.  I still had some small pieces left and had the idea to make cards and name them all Windows of Opportunity.  So each window is cut out of card stock and a scrap taped to the back and then another piece of paper to hide the back of the scraps.

Woven scraps

cut out windows

a few...

a few more

back of card
Chaos Card packets - not all Gelli prints, some are letterpress, hand stamping, watercolor, acrylic exercises and others.

Marin Museum Of Contemporary Art Altered Book Show

MMOCA has an annual Altered Book Show with around 150 entries.  I was fortunate to receive an Honorable Mention this year.
I have always been intrigued about how our minds can translate a portion of a letter and know what it is.  I used a discarded book of English verses and collaged them on small squares then placed portions of a Bodoni font that relected the letter in the verse.  I framed it with discarded book covers. I designed a new Hanko at the bottom right corner.  I called this piece Forms On My Mind.

Final piece with my red Hanko at the bottom corner.

Side view to see the 3 dimension using 7 different book covers to frame and support.
Got my handy drill out to put it all together...

The reverse side with the washers and screws and picture hanger.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Been Busy

It is the Holiday season and it has been a busy time for workshops and pop-ups.
Today 12 of us are getting together to sell a few of our creations.
My pouches from designer swatch samples

Designer fabrics totes with vintage button

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Catarina Dolls for the Day of the Dead Celebration



Thirty participants took part in making Catarina Dolls for the San Francisco Symphony.  They will be on display for the Dia De Los Muertos Community Concert on November 1, 2014.  Aiko Cuneo lead the workshop at Ruth's Table with lots of embellishments, fabric and the armatures she made for all of us.  We fashioned our air clay covered heads and tissue bodies with them.  Aiko did so much preparation to make this work and even provided Mexican sweet bread for us to snack. Her husband also came to give a hand.  Ruth's Table and Lola Fraknoi provided lunch.  It was a great day.  Thank you all!
Monica, Margie and I diligently working on our dolls.
Here is the group made at this workshop.  The participants had such creative ideas.
The finished doll I made holding a mirror and looking fancy!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A New Toy

Friends of Calligraphy was fortunate to have Pat Blair, White House Calligrapher, come to give two workshops in San Francisco.  I was happy to get into the two day Copperplate Variations workshop.  The other workshop was Pointed Pen Sketchbook.  In both she showed the students the use of the wedge brush.  It is a three sided brush that can make fine to heavy lines with a push-pull of the brush. Check out her youtube video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coEMPv5zaVQ
This is the front cover of my folder that held exemplars and notes.  She made one for each of the students.  The two brushes, #12 and #6, are the wedge brushes she uses to make the floral part of the flourishes.  The pink comes from dipping the tip into red watercolor.
This is the close up of the flourish and the # 12 brush point.


This is my first attempt using only the #6 wedge brush and Dr. Martin's Pro White. I need to practice a lot.