Inspired by 18th Century Spanish antiques, this unique version features a paper-mache hand on top of a decorated 'arm', that contains your own personal reliquary. No soldering skills are required. You will learn a new technique for creating special little reliquaries (boxes) from matt board, metallic tape, Apoxie Clay and metallic powders, plus plenty of beads, seed pearls, and other tiny wonders!
Fee: $125.00, includes all materials but please feel free to bring your own small ephemera, beads and pearls...
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Please call the CASTLE at 510-204-9801 to reserve your spot!
Note on photos: The small hand measures about 5 inches tall. I added butterfly wings, and an old cameo to the inside of the reliquary. The larger hand is about 7 inches tall and has a long reliquary that features a real 'mouse spine' inside.
The Iris was chosen by the Kings of France as their royal emblem, and stylized as the elegant Fleur-de-lis. A hand-molded face, painted by you, is surrounded by lovely crepe paper petals - in Iris colors of your choice. Ms. Iris wears a layered costume and shows off a delightful scene under her skirts! (here a little tryst is in the works...)
Fee: $130.00 includes all supplies.
Saturday March 28th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the CASTLE.
This is the preliminary sketch of what turned out to be 'Cavaldi's Coach in the movie Brothers Grimm. A fantasy custom built version, described as 'very macabre and not unlike a funeral coach.' Link and interesting interview with Guy Dyas, the films production designer Here.
Oona Patterson is a storyteller from Brighton, who creates magical scenes of silhouettes and paper-cuts to illustrate her tales. Delicate little figures cut from pages of old books, take on a life of their own as they flitter across an open book stage. A photo compilation of her book REAM can be purchased Here!
A gown to wear at the Garden Ball? or perhaps Mrs. Rabbits fantasy dress? The delightful 'Weedrobes' of Nicole Dextras make us smile with there ephemeral spirit and clever fashion conscious compositions!!! Discovered by Di of Designers Block Queen of clever and creative finds!
A Putz is a miniature landscape that was popular in the 1800's in Moravian communities in Pennsylvania. Using clay, wool, and matchsticks, you will craft a delightful little lamb or two inspired by the vintage sheep that populated these charming scenes. Strap a harness on your wooly creations, and your lamb will pull a lovely cart created from one of the Castle's German papier-mache egg boxes and decorated with glass glitter. Perfect for your spring and Easter decor!
Fee: $115.00, includes all materials
Tuesday, March 17th from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Call the Castle at 510-204-9801 to register today!
This dear little Rabbit Automata, is from 1890! When the music plays, he slowly rises out of the cabbage, twitches his ears and begins to chew on a cabbage leaf - until he suddenly disappears back in his hole! Available for a mere 2,150.00 pounds from Automatomania in England!
On my next fairy-tale adventure, I want to be wearing one of these ethereal headpieces - inspired by English gardens! Frayed silk blossoms and wax flowers, wispy wired pearls, and ostrich feathers, are beautifully combined by Sally Kingston into magical head-bands, and coronets. Lovely!!!
I am heading out to my studio today with clay on the table and Sheep on my mind! I love the variety and whimsy of these delightful animals by Colin's Creatures! There is practically one for each day of the year!!! Via The Feathered Nest.