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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Button Making Workshop.

The Gang in the Upstairs Workroom.

Well, another polymer clay Button Making workshop at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton NY successfully completed. Not a huge class, I'm used to 10 - 15 but the five lovely ladies I had this year consisted of the three ladies I had last year and two newbies. What a great gang!

Newbie work!

I just wanted to post some pictures I made of the finished work done during the day, some very creative items.  I love the colours on the button/pin selection above, I think this is Dianna's It also shows that you can work on a colour grouping, I see some rolled cane here, and then just run with it, experimenting with designs, shapes and combinations.



Susan got rolling right  away trying something that turned out to be just like my own Pansy buttons! Then, looking for a button for a creamy garment she has, she experimented with some white with translucent. Translucent makes a great cream but with depth. Love her 'pin' of 'bits' in an asymmetrical shape.


'You've come a long way, baby' applies to Edwina who was all organic last year and now is funky fashionable with her buttons! She even ventured into beads for a necklace to wear to a wedding. I think some black silky rattail with a nice fastener and it will rock!

Shank backs on Edwina's buttons.

Last year, Edwina had a knit garment under way and this year she brought it so show us with the button she had made for it. Cool.

Edwina's Vest



Beth's efforts.
Beth, of Sheep Thrills in North Syracuse NY,  was new this year but quickly got hold of the cane idea and ran with that.  I think the colourful work below was Dianna's (of Needle & Thread in Plattsburgh NY) and I love the use of colour (of course). I wonder if she's making something to go with these buttons, something simple would showcase them.




I think the buttons and flower are Paula's, she really went to town this year but I took these photos at the end of the day and I'm sure I missed some good stuff.

The pen thingy is a problem I'm trying to solve. 11 years ago my niece entered the Women's Art Festival here in Kingston and raked in quite a few dollars by selling the 'fridge magnets and pens and such that she had made over five weeks coming to my studio on Saturdays. I have covered pens to go with the guest book I have in my booth at shows and just for fun. I use to pick up a box of stick pens from Staples , take out the ink cartridge with pliers and put it back in when I had covered and baked the shell. In the past few years the I've tried all sorts of stick pens and the plastic is cheaper and melts leaving you with an awful mess in the oven!!! I'm really annoyed and am still looking for a stick pen that will stand up to the 275 degrees F of the toaster oven. Many books who have projects have covered and decorated pens... it seems we can no longer make those. 

What we did here was (thanks to Edwina) take a wooden dowel the size of the pens, cover and bake the slide off the 'skin' and slide it onto the pen... a bit of glue is probably needed but these are our results.

If anyone has any word on which pens we can still cover and decorate please let me know!


Edwina, Susan, Paula, Dianna and Beth. Thanks for making my day.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Artists Round Table & Dockside Art

Selection of artwork and refreshments!
Well, the hard reality is that we had our second 'Summer' Artists Round Table meeting which means that we are on the wrong side Mid Summer!!! I still feel I haven't begun, still haven't made it out to Sandbanks for an afternoon of fun in the sun (note to self...remedy that).   

Colleen Johnson.
We had a small but interesting group... Reg Aitken with his photography, Heather showed her decorative garbage can covers last month but showed up in a lovely Summer outfit, Annette Bruneau of Rej's Ceramics brought some of her new work, fused glass and bisque work. We had Marsha Gormley show us some of her painting and Colleen Johnson brought a beautiful fused glass bowl.




Annette Bruneau of Rej's Ceramics.
 It's so fun when you meet someone who has requested your 'friendship' on Facebook and you find they'd be a great addition to your list..I went home and 'confirmed' Marsha's after I met her at the Dockside Art Festival on Sunday.
Marsha Gormley paintings.
My sister in law from California was staying over on her annual visit and I invited her to join us. Way back she had a hand made clothing business in Santa Cruz CA making and designing lovely dresses which she also sold at shows so she knows the artist/self employed/show biz
Marsha, Heather and my sister-in-law Christina with Reg's photos.
I brought out a box of the little hand wrought Bottles of Hope to show to the gathering. These were made by a group in Westport headed up by Georgia Ferrell of Artemisia Gallery there. Her goal is to make 1000 BOH for cancer patients. We take them to the Cancer Centre of Eastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital and the nurses can give them to patients undergoing chemotherapy with their little message of love and hope tucked inside. They are colourful and fun and it's a treasure to have one for yourself (though sad for the condition that qualifies you to have one).

Little bottles are covered in Polymer Clay in a myriad of designs. If you are interested in participating in an afternoon of claying some of these bottles do contact Georgia at Artemisia.

Dockside Art Festival

I participated in the 1st Annual Dockside Art Festival on Sunday down at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes on Kingston Waterfront. As with most things that start small with hardly any budget this looks like it has great potential ..... it just needs a bigger marketing budget and the many months long advertising lots of other events get. We did have a few people looking at the artisans work and taking in  the dancing and music on the deck of the Alexander Henry Coast Guard boat.

Looking down the side of the museum to the lake. Jane Thelwell on the left in red tent.

I'm next to the blue tent by the bench.

The museum has a lovel garden.

View from my tent.
The Kingston waterfront, and especially this part, has so much history, ship and locomotive building, foundries, railway lines and station. There is also the Pump House Steam Museum just along Ontario Street and this was built in the 1800's to pump water to Kingston  from the lake and is full of old engines!

Well, back in the studio..... Sheepdog Trials start tomorrow.
I'm in the craft tent for three days..... see you there.