You know I love the internet don't you? And you know I love the connections I've made? And the people [ie: you!] who I get to talk to?
And you know I've taken lots of online classes and that I welcome the access we have to inspiring artists and teachers? You know all that ... right?
Well ... as well as all of that ... it never hurts me to once in a while get out into the 3-dimensional world and create alongside others! Which is exactly what I did last weekend at a workshop run by ArtisOn in Masham, North Yorkshire:
ArtisOn and take a workshop of my choice, so that I could come back here and tell you all about it. Not an offer I was ever likely to refuse.So this post is a look at my day at the Creating Collage: Inspired by Vintage workshop last Sunday run by tutors Josie Beszant and Rosie Scott Massie.
And when I say my day there, that's exactly what it was beginning at 9:30am with tea, biscuits and a quick chat with the tutors and other students. Here's the ArtisOn building:
After the biscuits were eaten, we moved into Studio 1 [which is on the right of the photo above and which has a door which looks like:
I shared a table with 3 other 'students' and, as a scrapbooker/ life-documenter [have I just made that up?!] I took a photo of my little workspace, complete with mug of tea left over from the 11:00am round of tea + biscuits [do you see a theme already? And we haven't even reached lunch-time yet ...].
The workshop itself was very well structured and we were given 3 projects to work on throughout the day. Our materials were paper ephemera and small 3D items - things I work with all the time but ... I know that you know that other people's stash is always more interesting than your own!
Can you imagin ehow I felt being allowed - encouraged! - to browse through this lot to find items to use? Can you? ... I think you can:
The thing about attending a workshop such as this is that you can be pretty sure that everyone else there will like similar things to you. That's the joy of making the effort to go out amongst other artists / crafters in your niche.
At the workshop one of the participants had brought along a crate of such supplies he'd collected:
To paraphrase the Cheers theme tune; sometimes you wanna go where people know the things you like are OK and perfectly normal thankyouverymuch. It's why I like meeting up with crafty friends at least once a month and why it's good to take a workshop like this once in a while too.
OK, enough talk for now ... how about some lunch:
Oh and did I mention there was a choice of 3 homemade desserts too? No? There was a choice of 3 homemade desserts too - because everyone knows crafting days + cake are essential companions!
OK, enough food .... back to work [don't worry, there'll be another cake-break at 14:30 complete with 3 more homemade treats to choose from!]:
I haven't really finished any of my pieces [to my satisfaction at least], so I haven't any full photos of them. However, they are in this shot of work from the whole group [if you spot a pair of jeans and a zebra ... you're in the right place!]
I think my favourite part of the day [which I'm planning a separate post around] was when we were instructed to select 3 items which spoke to us from the table-of-paper-wonderment and then take them outside, to the beautiful surroundings, to sit with them a while and be inspired.
This is the view opposite the ArtisOn courtyard:
And I'll show you what I made following this little communing with nature and a herd of curious cattle as soon as it's finished [ermmm .... whenever that maybe!]. I'm even thinking of framing it and hanging it in the house. And that's always a good sign .. when I actually feel satisfied enough with my work to do that!
It's a testament to the skill of the tutor that people with all levels of creative experience produced some wonderful work:
ArtisOn with 3 peices of work, some new-to-me paper treasures [little extras they were selling from their supplies for pennies] and a full stomach!
I also left hoping I'd get to return one day - perhaps next time it'll be with a group of friends - as they welcome group bookings and even hen parties! [No, I'm not, before you ask.]So my friends and I might have to get our heads together to see what we'd like to do.
We might have to fight off these eager souls to get in though:
- If you'd like to read more about ArtisOn and the wide variety of workshops they offer you can visit their website here.
I specifically chose to attend their collage workshop because .. well .. I'm a bit obsessed with collage at the best of times, but especially right now. I think August 2011 shall forever now be know as Collage Month:
- I visited 'Transmitter / Receiver: The Persistance of Collage' exhibition at the MIMA gallery in Middlesbrough last Saturday;
- took the ArtisOn workshop on Sunday;
- and on Monday began photographing the collages I've been making over the last few weeks;
- I've spent the remainder of the week uploading them to my etsy shop 'Julie Kirk + The Carousel Zebra', which I'm really happy with right now and would love you to take a look at if you get chance. Thank you. You're great.
Thanks for dropping by today and making it through this huge post!
I hope it's inspired you to seek out [or at least begin thinking about seeking out] a 'real life' creative experience. Once you're there and in the swing of things, drinking tea, doing something you're interested in ... then it's a lot less scary than you might initially think.
And if you're used to people reacting in a blank, bemused manner to you when you mention your hobbies and interests ... then time spent with like-minded people might just be what you need to remind you that while some people don't 'get' it ... it doesn't mean that nobody does!
We're back to Cheers again now aren't we? All together now ....
You wanna go where people know, people are all the same ... you wanna go where everybody knows your name ...