Sunday, April 15, 2007

"Book of Me" Workshop

And this is "Me"..... but the book was not to be about me. It was to be about them. But you know how that it. I tried very hard to impart the experience of playing ART without any expectation of the end result. You know, listen to your Muse (norah's mine) and not your "doubtful Debbie" that sits on your shoulder or in your head. So, if their finished altered book turns out not to be about them....they "got it". Likewise, if their "Book of Me" does turn out to be about them....they "got it". Now how cool is that? I set myself up as a successful teacher no matter what.

We had our own little Art Party and I think everyone enjoyed the day. I know I really learned a lot. I won't go into that part as I just want to show a little and tell a little for now.

This is my beautiful Daughter and most wonderful assistant. She took the workshop too. It was a surprise to some there that she had never made an altered book before.

Here is the group as we get started. Notice the tables are relatively clear. We had nine taking the workshop. My granddaughter popped in and is standing in the back.
Cindy (front left) was one of the lucky ones of the day, She won a little door prize. Then Carolynn who has made many altered books that I wish you could see and Susan and Terri.
Celia's not here yet.........that's her spot.
Celia made it just a little late but boy of boy it didn't take her long to catch up. Notice the tables are beginning to look more like my workspace. Things closing in on you. I love that because your Muse is there processing and telling you what to do next. She really can't be as helpful if it is not all right out there.
This is my extraordinaire friend Susan who gives me so much support and confidence and friendship. You know my friend Susan who has more toys than me...and you. She put together the most wonderful little ephemera and paper packets for us to buy. We had our own little vendor table too. Maybe I can share that little packet in another post.

Here is Judy and Nancy. The smile on their faces tell it all. I can't wait to see their finished book.
And my Buddy, Terri. We do lots of things together. Like sew and build playgrounds. Not sure what she is telling me here. I bet it was good though.
To Celebrate "ME" and my first workshop I had a special door prize. Each packet included a "How Was I?"..."How Did I do?" sheet with just a few little questions to answer and their final exam and assignment was to alter the page with something they had just learned and place the sheet in the white envelope.....and do not alter the envelope. Everyone's page was most excellent.
Gloria was so excited about her day that she altered the envelope. No one knew what I had up my sleeve. So Gloria had to have another envelope. Then we shuffled and reshuffled and mixed them up and up and then Melissa drew for the door prizes. Cindy won the first prize which was a set of fun pens. And guess who won the "She Sac"..................
Gloria won. Here she is checking it out. And my friend Carolynn watching.
Thank you to everyone for sharing your day and playing ART with me. I had a great time...but my feet sure did hurt...this old lady is not use to standing all day.....I know I will have.......
More later,


  1. Sounds and looks like a really fun day! I bet you were a fabulous instructor. I have yet to do an altered book....I know!!
    What a lucky lady to win one of your She Sacs - talk about a GRAND prize!!

  2. Thanks for sharing - wish I could have just popped in! Looks like you all had a great time, now go put your feet up :)

  3. Everything looks like so much fun! I love your bags, too....what beautiful art.

  4. That looks like a TERRIFICLY successful workshop! Everyone's smiling and making art, can it get any better?! I just looooved the little packets you put together in the below post for the workshop too! Ooooh, the anticipation and the excitement just opening those folders, huh!

  5. p.s. I forgot to say thank you!! Thank you! :)

  6. So glad it was a success, you'll be planning your next one now.

  7. Would have loved to be there playing and creating with those fun ladies! Just think what you've started ~ especially with those ladies that had never created an altered book before!
    Have a great week!

  8. What a fun class! I sure do wish I could have taken your class. And, your "she purses" are so cool. Are you selling (trading) them???
    ~Take care, Sharon

  9. Your workshop looked like it was a lot of fun. By the way, you've been nominated - check out my blog.

  10. Oh, that looks like soooo much fun! I have never done an altered book but have admired them many times. And I love your "she sacs"

  11. what a wonderful day! everyone looks so happy...and that is a beautiful picture of you.


  12. How fun! Looked like everyone had a great time! I love the folders from the previous post, and your bags are always terrific.
    Enjoy the rest of the week!

  13. m i c h e l l eApril 19, 2007 5:32 PM

    My oh my...Even though we really only know each other through our blogs, I really just want to hug you and tell you how very proud I am of you. YOU are AMAZING!!!!