Class Title The Things We Carry: Creating Containers to Hold Our Stories
Mixed Media Storyteller
photo credit: Cindy Fatsis
The truth is we have everything we need to create an amazing art journal around us and inside us. In this workshop we will combine our love of treasure hunting and mixed media and turn a beloved container into an art journal that will hold bits of us. A small fabric purse (beaded is lovely too), a vintage box, or an old metal eyeglass case is a perfect canvas for this class. Using our imagination plus ephemera, fabric, thread, and photo transfers (plus some gel mediums & a few tricks), we will create an art journal from something we love or have saved. We will embellish and create our pages using old papers and ephemera to hold pieces of us and our tender words. I will be sharing some of my writing techniques and prompts that I use to get my words out in art journaling. We will use a variety of photo transfer techniques, and there will be lots of hand-stitching.
Experience Level: Come as you are. All levels welcome.
Supply List: Please bring: - A small cloth purse (for example, something you might bring to a wedding) or a small, vintage cardboard box or a metal eye glass case. *Colleen finds these things at flea markets, and sometimes in her closet. Please feel free to email Colleen with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org -A few photos printed on a laser printer. These can be in color or black and white. If you do not have this type of printer, Staples has laser printers and most print shops do as well. -Little bits and pieces of things you love: a feather, a single earring, small things you have saved…..in short, a few tiny pieces of you. -A small bit of fabric from old clothing you wore (these can be from your clothes or clothes of someone you love). Colleen will bring everything else you will need!
Kit Fee: $20 USD Your kit fee will be due to the teacher at the start of class. It is easier if you bring cash in the exact amount of the fee.
About Colleen: Colleen Attara is a mixed-media artist who finds goodness in the pieces left behind. She is a storyteller, a treasure hunter and has designed a line of greeting cards and prints that are sold in stores across the country and in Canada.She is passionate about giving people spaces to hold their stories through old books, thread and gesso. Colleen can usually be found in her studio cottage in the middle of a historic farm in beautiful Bucks County, PA. Music is always playing inside and her hands and heart are working instinctually while her mind quiets. She adores thread and knows that it is “the tangles that hold us close”. Colleen’s work on healing and altered books have been published in a London medical journal. She has written several articles for Stampington Magazines and her studio was recently featured in “Where Women Create” magazine. Her artwork is in private collections across the United States and Europe and her public installations are in hospitals and schools in the northeast. Colleen and her husband recently sold most of what they own and relocated to the small city of Lambertville, NJ so they can walk everywhere. Connect with her on Instagram.