Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Molding Paste Book

A wonderful workshop with Jacqueline Sullivan produced two books using her techniques of stenciling, painting and book making.  Here are two of my pieces produced with Golden's light molding past and acrylics. Her techniques of painting produces luminosity.
front cover of the first simple book

back cover of the first simple book

full cover of the next simple book

opened book with spine stitched and metal findings.  It was to appear as an embossed brass piece

front cover close-up
back cover close-up

sewn spine with button embellishment

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Journal group

Trying my best to be a part of a journaling group. With so many talented members, it is going to be a challenge. Knowing how I like to confront my fears, I completed my first prompt to choose a word of intention and make the first page with that word. My word I chose was JOURNEYS. This came from a line I wrote, Journeys await you in the land of letters that make the words that go together. Journeys was first Adventures but Gemma Black suggested I change it to Journeys. Thank you Gemma. Here are some photos with some preliminary sketches and the final piece for this week. We will be getting weekly prompts to continue the process of creativity and sharing with the group. I hope I can keep up.
I dreamt of my pen traveling along a path to create the letters of my word.  Some preliminary sketches.  I also used some gingko leaves to try and mimic letters..not so good.

This is the final piece on my first page of my journal. Format is 6.5" X 6.5", Arches Textwove, walnut ink, parallel pen.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Passionate Pen International Calligraphy Conference

The fabulous conference took place at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, just an hour north of San Francisco. 489 participants took the campus over. Thirty three instructors taught one and four day classes. Marcia Friedman and Melissa Titone were the directors.  They chose a wonderful group of volunteers to get the job done.  I was the chair for the Goody Bags with Vicky Lee. I couldn't have done the job without Vicky. We were told it was the best Goody bag of all the past conferences.  I took a class from Gemma Black from Tasmania and Jane Dill of Mexico.  I had Jane for the one day class using Amate Mexican papers and Gemma for the four day class on Versals.  I loved them both. Here are a few photos from the week's event.

My room mates.
My 8"X8" Poppy entry donated to auction.
Ewan Clayton, one of my favorite teachers signing his book..coudn't find a table?
Gemma Black with students, Heidi and Jody.
Student work from Gemma's class

More work

and more work

we were prolific!

Jody, me, Larry and Janice all students from Gemma's class.
D O R O T H Y after Tutulus buriel seal
Sumi ink on grey...Gemma told us we would get tired of our phrase by the end of the class but we were to choose only one. This was from the book I wrote for my Grandchildren about reading.
The white ink on grey. I added the last part of the phrase to finish.

My pencil on black paper piece. This was the last finished one I did in the class.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Artseed Summer Intensive 2015

Workshop at Artseed with 11/12 people.  We did bleach art and made a book.  The students were so surprised at what they could create with just colored paper and bleach. I had some students who were younger than expected, so it took longer to get things done.  The class was to begin at 1PM but they were not ready until 1:45 so we did not finish completely.  This workshop was inspired by Susan Longerot. Here are some photos;

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fashion Incubator San Francisco 2014-2015

Finalizing the Spring/Summer collection today with last details for the presentation next Wednesday and then getting prepared for Macy's Glamorama.  Here are some of the designers today practicing their presentation as Jeanne Allen, Marc Grant, Lynn Jacobs and I go through it with them.

Put It All Together with Susan Longerot

    Friends of Calligraphy's Summer Workshop this year was with Susan Longerot.  What a fabulous time we all had learning surface design techniques, books, containers and lettering.  Here are some photos from the workshop.
Each of us received a unique surface designed folder, made by Susan, with all instruction sheets. Our first prize of the first day.  Each day, twice a day, someone could win something from her box of small surprises too.  I was lucky to be the first winner!

Turkish book box opened with signatures, I decided not to add the decorated surface to the outside box corners.
 Top of the twist box or Turkish book box closed with finished surface design using masking and watercolors with highlights of copper gel pen.
With other Turkish book many different looks and colors.
The finished bronze rod hinged book with bead embellishments.  The papers from our day with the bleach, coloring, doodling and lettering.

Opened pages, each made from our section of our bleached papers....

small accordian book with sample swatches from our projects...

Case made with one of Susan's decorated sheets to house our sampler accordian book.

The five exposed bindings.
Slip cover made to hold the five exposed binding books decorated with our watercolor technique and Susan's paper chips.
The five exposed binding stitches and embellished with our own watercolor surfaces and lots of small chips from Susan's paper chips and beads.
Here are all the bronze hinged books made by the class...we were bejeweled!

A photo of all of our bronze hinged many different colors and many different solutions!

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 cut out on orange!!!
Carl's gift to me for organizing the workshop...wasn't I lucky?