ARTistry 2007 came to a close on Sunday at 5pm with the last of our participants trickling out of the Art Centres doors at 4:55pm. It was a great event by all accounts with lots of tired, creatively charged up students expressing to me how much they enjoyed themselves and the workshops offered.
I've held many workshop events before [ARTwerx 2002, 03, 04 and 05] that focused on mixed media, collage and altered art and featured multiple instructors of 8 or more each time; but never before have we had this mix of scrapbookers and mixed media artists. I confess it was a bit of an experiment. This uniquely developed event combined scrapbooking and mixed media art and was an educational mix that I firmly believed would foster creativity, inspiration and artistic growth. We wanted to push students out of their 'safe' creative boxes and encourage them to experiment with techniques and styles that they might normally have not considered. I think everyone walked away pleasantly surprised and artistically refreshed; it was wonderful seeing the excitement and joy in the student's eyes. So cool...
This weekend, the blending of mixed media artists and scrappers was magic, bringing together two distinct art groups. I hope we bridged the gap for artists from both sides to come together, learn and experiment. To our participants and instructors: Thank you for taking the leap and trying out things you may not have voluntarily signed up for; thank you for trusting our instructors; and thank you for pouring your hearts into this inspirational weekend.
Before I forget, I must thank the crew at Clipper Street in Langley, in particular Cory for jumping on board and providing a great night's entertainment for our local and out of town artists. Everyone, including the instructors, all had a great time and I truly appreciate your unwavering support and bolstering of my spirits throughout the event prep [when my mfg. product was delayed, jeopardizing the class kits LOL! You were right... they showed up just in the nick of time!] and during the event when you offered me a place to nap in your office LOL! Here is a quick peek at some of the antics from the Clipper Street ARTistry All Night Crop.
Props also go out to our class and goodie bag sponsors... we appreciate all your support and will be knocking on your doors again next year =)
- Lazar StudioWERX
- Melissa Frances
- Lovebug Scrapbooking
- Pick of the Patch Scrapbooking
- Clipper Street Scrapbooks
- Bazzill Basics
- Heidi Swapp
- 7 Gypsies
- Ruby Dog's Arthouse
I've added a gallery of photos, taken this weekend on Day 1 and 2 of the event, check it out here. [I actually got to have a little fun on Day 3 and sat in on Ali's class for part of the day on Sunday, so much fun!] It was so amazing watching the creative process each student went through and their unique ways of working and interpreting the same projects. Awesome!
To my amazing instructors and friends. THANK YOU!
- Ali, Claudine and Donna:
Without you three, this event couldn't have happened. I applaud your inspiring, artistic vision and truly appreciate your willingness to experiment with me in this unique event. Love you guys!
You rocked the Poppets(R) this weekend girly and we ALL miss you already - especially Lulu.The Star Wars room is ready whenever you want to visit!
You are a delight, hilarious, patient and a wonderful inspiration to me in so many ways. I am so glad to call you friend. Love you!
You make me laugh with your repeated requests to hear me say process, about and lever. Your 'drilldo' will forever be etched in my brain. F***ing A***hit. Love you too!
My friend and co-conspirer of arty. Thank you for dragging yourself in early to help on Friday even though you were still sick. Thanks for keeping me entertained and sane. Thanks for sharing your table and supplies with me on Sunday. Thanks for just being, well, you.
My rock of Gibraltor, my hero and my beloved sherpa. Without you none of this [our business, my art, this event, our life] would be possible. I love you more than you know. <MWAH> xoxo
So that's about it... I'm absolutely exhausted and creatively charged up at the same time. My studio is a small disaster and I'm back to regular work tomorrow. Life is good.