Thursday, August 25, 2011



No, this isn’t an order – it’s where I am right now.  :D  CREATE! is a fabulous art retreat sponsored by Cloth Paper Scissors and it goes through Friday night.

Okay, how lucky am I – I am here at CREATE! because my fabulous friend and fellow artist Kim Geiser asked me to come along this week to be a classroom helper/driver.  One fantastic bonus to all of this is that I get to meet other wonderful artists and the folks who run Cloth Paper Scissors.

This morning I sat in on Kim’s first class, “This is My Life” collage.  I LOVE this class because it encompasses many things I love:  collage, ephemera and humor.

Here is Kim’s collage – she literally collaged her life.  :D  Her collage includes photos, old labels, newspaper articles, markers, stamps -  it’s packed to the gills with items near and dear to her but also just fun things.  I just love how colorful it is (and any of you reading who know Kim personally know that this fits her to a T).

As you can see, the class was very busy at work collaging their OWN lives!  Kim had eight in her class and they came from all over the country.  What I love is that everyone chose completely different colors!  Pinks, orangey-red, brilliant purple, muted greys and taupes – each student had their own definitive style.  Oh, and for those of you who think you don’t have original ideas – NEVER FEAR.  I am always amazed at the variety of creative spirits out there.  And every person used their ephemera packs in a totally different way.

It also inspired me to think differently about my ephemera as well – yet another bonus of  being able to be a part of this wonderful retreat.  I want to publicly thank Kim Geiser for thinking of me to be her helper – I am so grateful that I’m here and able to be a part of all the fun!


  1. I absolutely LOVE this collage; thanks for sharing it with us!! (and being at CREATE sounds like it's wonderful!!)

  2. I did CREATE last year! ACK! I almost did it this year but couldn't swing it because we have 4 in college now. I could have met you!