I am thrilled to be teaching at the ZNE CONVENZIONE April 29th thru May 3rd, 2009, in Pleasanton, California! For my first class I will be teaching a PAGODA BIRDHOUSE CAROUSEL. I hope some of you will be able to join me there! Register HERE if you are interested. Here is my class description:
This paper carousel looks like it came straight out of a fairytale! Inspired by 'The Emperor and the Nightingale', it features a lovely pagoda shaped roof, a flock of birds any ornithologist would envy and a lazy susan base - so that it can turn just like a real carousel! In class you will learn the basics of creating a 3/d paper theatre while working with a variety of papers and trims. (14 inch by 18 inch)
Yesterday I taught my Paperclay Figural Theatre Class to 14 wonderful women from the Flying Phoebes Cloth Doll Club in Hayward! We had Seven Rabbits and Seven Witches sharing space, laughs and stories... Spring time bunnies played with zombie witches... a Kwanzaa rabbit sat next to a circus bunny... and a day of the dead madame found company with a purple skinned witch! The last three photos are 'inside the skirt theatre' details inspiring unimagined stories. What an amazing day!!!
Today I had a lovely pre-Valentine class making 'Valentine Angel Boxes' in Menlo Park! As you can see from the photos it was a creative group of ladies! The base is a German paper mache ball (it opens in the center) on top of a 'wood candlestick' from Michaels. I had them make cotton-batting bodies for the angels and then I had pre-cast fimo heads (from an Italian hand-carved angel I own) which we colored with chalks. They were dressed in appropriate red and white papers, trim, glitter and floral lovelies... Each angel has wings, of course... and a few added accessories like umbrellas and heart wands. It was a truly heart-filled wonderful day!!!
Things have been a whirlwind around here, with my kits selling almost as fast as I can make them (THANK YOU EVERYONE, AND I JUST ADDED MORE KITS TODAY!) The ultra talented Pam Garrison was sweet enough to mention my kits on her blog yesterday, THANKS PAM!, so the fire is under my pants again!!! I also scheduled my first official 'IN STUDIO' CLASS for this Sunday, so I have been working like crazy to get my space to look more like a 'teaching studo' and less like a 'disaster zone'!
I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of my studio. We purchased our house mainly because it has a double garage - (the old-fashioned kind, where the garage is back to back towards the end of the lot). First month we moved in, my husband closed off the back half of the space for me, and put in new walls and floor. A few years ago, he put in french doors out to the garden, and little windows framing the doors, plus my own private deck that sits under the apple tree! I love my studio, but more often than not it looks like a disaster zone inside!!! I am usually working on at least 5 projects at a time, and move around from project to project... So you are getting the official "Photographers Special" photos today, trust me, it won't stay this neat for long!!!
First, I really wanted some 'Beauty' in my room, and created special little spots where I can rest my eyes when my fingers need to stop... This photo shows the right hand wall as you come into the studio, with an old green couch, my doll-house (with storage underneath!), and a few other Ulla- pieces. The rose poster, was hand carried to me by Carol's sister from Germany, earlier this year! Isn't it fabulous?
Next is the area, by the window on the same wall, where I have all my jewelry equipement and space. I hung my favorite Tivoli poster, and put a sweet little vintage church below it with a few other favorite things... And here is how my view looks out into the garden. There are sweet little German flower children on the sill. Since I hate to weed and prune, my garden is pretty wild right now - just like a cottage garden... Thats the neighbors old Victorian you can see thru the bushes...
Another big goal for this studio clean-up was to make a permanent space for my daughter! She often works with me, but I have to shift her around depending on what I am working on. So I designated a corner just for her! (check out the cool storage basket for pipecleaners!)
On my back wall I have long shelves, the top devoted to some of my bird cages (my daughters spot is under the swan!) and the second shelf for pretty storage. My sewing area (with my beloved Bernina) is on the opposite corner from my daughters space.
I have tons of ribbons that I store in two old doll-buggies that used to be my daughters (she got them the same year for christmas - one from me, one from grandmother - LOL) I also bought some 'Martha Stewert' Apothecary jars (at K-mart) to put favorite ribbons, leaves, and flower centers in. Thats an old gingerbread clock case behind them, that I hope to make into a 'doll case' someday! Enough for now, will post more later, including photos of where most of my 'stuff' is stored!!!
Today I had 12 lovely ladies from a Petaluma Cloth-Doll Club take my 'Figural Paper Theatre' class. A few students didn't quite finish in time, (thus the missing arms and/or skirts...) but they all did a marvelous job!!! This Theatre has a woman on top and her skirt opens up revealing a scene inside.
My 'Once a Month' group in Menlo Park made 'Easter Egg theaters' yesterday. We discovered that it's nice to have a larger hole in front so that you can really see everything inside. (in case you get tempted to try one yourself) They turned out wonderful don't you think?
My 'once a month group' in Menlo Park, decided to make a variety of Angel Theatre's in December. Elves, snowladies and even a tree became magical christmas treasures. I think they turned out wonderful!