What the world needs now is love sweet
Why settle for a heart sized smaller or hopes eroded
as you wake each morning into an era of growing fear, paranoia,
The time is right for Love Medicine;
a joyful, and thorough reconnecting with LOVE as a way to Be in
We’ll take an evening slide trip through time and space,
traveling around the world looking at Love Medicine
as evidenced in the art of Africa, Haiti, Mexico, Egypt, Paris,
New York, Hollywood, and Alexandria, Virginia.
From gypsy charms to painted prayers, key chains to pin cushions,
from the sacred to the profane, and ; the sublime to the ridiculous.
We’ll examine talismans, amulets and charms crafted to protect,
to enchant, to ensure.
The next day’s studio explorations will entail small labors
We’ll use the most basic of materials and techniques –
Paper, words, twigs, leaves, stones, bones, buttons, coins, foil,
beads, wax, string, souvenirs and stuff.
We’ll stitch and patch and stack and wrap and indulge our
Our small object-poems will speak.
To the secret, and to the shared.
To the transformative, constant, urgent, forgiving and radiant aspects
To body love, house love, animal love, plant love and love’s
Let our breath be our poems. Let our work be our prayers.
subtract, invert, subvert. A day or two or three or more of play
with the book form. Starting with existing books, we will saw, snip,
fold, hammer, paint, stencil and stamp to enhance and extend, or
subvert and replace the original communication. Librarians and bibliophiles
are especially welcome to join us as we revise and reverence the
Strategies for Courting and Keeping the Muse
A variety of mixed media collage exercises to jump start
and maintain creativity, continuity and change in the studio. A
weekend workshop with The Oiseaux Sisters.
For many years we have been asking ourselves how artists
become artists and stay artists. Wherever we meet artists we ask
them what studio stratagems they employ to accrue momentum and ensure
continuity in their work despite the inevitable interruptions inherent
in the chaos of daily life. Is there a ritual to endorse the artist
self? Is there a ritual making or marking performed on a regular
basis upon entering the studio? How has the ritual evolved? Marking
time? Commemorating passage? Or celebrating the artists' perseverance?
The responses have been varied and engaging.
Our workshop begins with a slide show for inspiration. Then, together
we will snip, fold, paint, print, stencil and stamp our way through
a series of collage exercises, from the simple towards the complex,
creating a sampler of strategies and techniques for daily use. Slides,
examples, demonstrations and hands on practice. Sessions combine
one on one and small group coaching with class exercises and critiques.
Participants will be provided with a "must bring" and
"optional" supply list upon registration.
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