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!