I have another workshop today - this time, I'm teaming up with my friend and colleague Suze Fiebig (yep, the same Suze who gave me all of the amazing Chinese books!) for "High Interest Day" at a local elementary school. We'll be making ATCs (for the uninitiated, Artist Trading Cards) with the kindergarten-5th graders. It should be a hoot! Suze has been doing this for a couple of years now and I was able to join her this year.
Art Attack!, the non-profit organization where I taught my "Intro to ATCs" class back in March. I can't wait - this group of energetic artists really has their stuff together and are making a difference in their little town of Chilton and the surrounding area!
"Collage like an Ephemeraologist" workshop kicks off Inspire my Life, a wonderful 4-day weekend retreat created by my friend Kim Geiser. Here is another energetic artist who is, along with other like-minded souls, really making a splash in Manitowoc. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this REALLY cool event (incidentally, if you'd like to attend, you can read all about it and register here).
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I just got to thinking about all of the places I've done/will be doing workshops this year and it dawned on me that I really love what I do.
Oh, I mean I KNOW I love it but just going through my daily routines I may not have fully realized what I've done: I have hand-crafted a life filled with paper. I love it so much that I want to spread the word. I want others to see old papers and say, "COOL! I never thought of using those in artwork before!". I hope I inspire people to look at art a different way and maybe try something new. I want people to realize that even if they don't consider themselves "artists" (a moniker I shunned myself for many years), they ARE artists. And perhaps working with "unconventional" art materials like vintage checks will boost their confidence about creating original works of art themselves in a manner that I couldn't have imagined. Maybe a light bulb will go off when they discover that they don't necessarily have to know how to draw to be an Artist!
And thank you all for loyally reading and following the blog! Being here five days a week fuels my ephemera passion and gives ME confidence to teach others what I know - that you can "take the discarded and make it arted". :D