Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What a FABULOUS Day!

Saturday I had one of those days where it was fun from beginning to end.  How could it not be, when you're a part of Ephemerafest?  :D

For those of you who didn't read last Monday's post about this fun event, Ephemerafest was created by my friend Kim Geiser to be a day-long celebration of all things paper.  Kim also owns Persimmons, which is an art studio/ephemera shop in Manitowoc, and where I had the pleasure of being an instructor for Inspire my Life last summer.

Ephemerafest was a HUGE hit, and more than we bargained for!  Firstly, not only did Kim open her studio to us, but she was shocked when Angelica and Jorge Suarez, of Market Street Stamps, presented her with her complete stamp line!  That's right - Kim now has her own line of acrylic stamps coming out on June 7!
So besides collaging with ephemera all day, she also got to play with stamps created from her own designs.  How many of us can say THAT?  :D  What I love about this is that the whole operation, from start to finish, was created right here in Wisconsin - Market Street Stamps is located in my hometown of Green Bay, and they're manufactured there as well!  :D

While all of this was happening, folks started trickling in.  Two local moms came in with their kids, who had a BLAST making stuff at the art table.  I sat with the moms and talked while I made some ATCs and drank my coffee.  My friend Kristi walked in a little later - she made the trek all the way from Waupun, which is about 75 miles away!  She is relatively new to the collage scene and this was her first "workshop".  A little later, my friend Kim Rae Nugent walked in.  If this name sounds familiar, it's because Kim was the founder of Raevn's Nest, a fantastic art retreat that brought in nationally renowned artists like Michael DeMeng, Jill Berry, Richard Salley and Laurie Mika.  I had the pleasure of attending in 2009 and taking one of Jill's classes.  HEAVEN.  She has also written a book called Interactive Art Workshop: Set your Artwork in Motion.  I'm always inspired when Kim's around!  :D

Little by little, more and more people came; some stayed, some didn't.  Two ladies from Waukesha, Darryl and Marsha, came in around noon and got right to work.  They were on a mission!  :D  Darryl set about collaging a lampshade she had found at Goodwill for $5 and Marsha created a smaller collage.  Marsha had brought some AWESOME trading stamps with her, so I traded some of those for some mosaic tiles I had brought along for the 'free' table.   Here they are - I heart them!  :D


A little later, an entourage arrived from Sussex (near Milwaukee) - it was Vanessa, the Rhinestone Contessa, with her husband and her friend Pam!  Here's a photo, taken by Angelica of our motley crew:

EPHEMERAFEST!  Standing, from L to R: Kristi, Pam, Angelica, Vanessa
the Rhinestone Contessa, and Kim Geiser.  Seated, starting at left: Kim Rae
Nugent, me (notice my closed eyes - GRR), Darryl and Marsha.  Many thanks
to Angelica for use of the photo!  :D

Lastly, my wonderful friends Susan and Nicci came up from Fondy!  I knew they'd love the place and they did!  Both said they had an absolute blast.  It was so nice of them to come up for the afternoon!  :D

Saturday was one of those days that rejuvenated my art spirit.  It's so inspiring to be amongst such lovely ladies (and a few husbands!) and drool over all of Kim's amazing ephemeral treasures.  Did I buy any of it?  You bet your sweet bippy I did!  :D  And I'll show you some of that wonderfulness tomorrow - that's a post in and of itself!  :D

Kim and Vanessa.  What a HOOT!
Thank you again, Kim, for hosting such a wonderful event and inviting me to be a part of it.  It was so much fun, I hope we can do it again!  :D


12 comments:

  1. It looks like so much fun! I LOVE trading stamps and all the rest.

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    1. It truly was, Annie. :D Wait til I post some of the other goodies I got! :D

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  2. Fabulous article Mel! Thank you for being your wonderful self!

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    1. Kim, thank YOU for your wonderful post! It was so fun to hang out with you for the day! I hope we can do that more! :D

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  3. All of the fun happens in Wisconsin. I am gonna have to move "up North" :-)

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    1. LYNN! We'd love to have you "up north", but then Illinois would be missing out on a very talented artist. :)

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  4. LOVE this post, thank you for being so sweet and encouraging, I am SO glad we were introduced!! xo Angelica

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    1. Angelica, it was absolutely my pleasure to meet you! I am in awe of your company and how you work - BTW, did you know you are ALL OVER Pinterest? :D

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  5. Gosh, I'd love to go to that next time!

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    1. Sharon, I always post events of stuff I'm doing, so hopefully you can make it to the next one! I really hope we do this again, too! :D

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  6. I had a great time! It was so nice to meet everyone and to be able to root through all the neat vintage ephemera! How many hours did I spend rooting through all the treasures? I know I brought in a bag of paper to get rid of and left with an even bigger bag! I didn't know Market Street Stamps was out of Green Bay! I'm so happy for Kim to have her own line! Thanks Kim for opening your studio to us and for hosting such a fun event! Thanks for the advice and inspiration Mel! Let's do it again sometime! :)

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    1. Kristi, you and I both spent HOURS rooting around. It's hard not to at Kim's place! SO inspirational! :D No worries, Kristi - I'm pretty sure we'll do this again in some form. :D

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