So much to show, so much to tell . . .

Saturday’s Show and Tell was one of the best – everything from Fairy Houses to paper-making to poetry. Michelle Belto‘s demonstration of how easy it is to make your own paper was a real eye-opener for those who’d never tried this process.

Her system is ingenious and can be done in a small space. Michelle will be teaching this method in an upcoming Artful Gathering class, but we got a Sneak Preview yesterday!

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There were lots of other fantastic S&T-ers, including the always-amazing Vicky Siptak, who showed a Fairy House that she had made for her granddaughter. It’s weatherproof to keep the fairies snug and warm in the garden, and it has its own guardian dragon. And our poets, Tom Schall and Harold Rodinsky, graced us with their eloquence. Take a look at the video:

For my own Show and Tell, I needed to share, sadly, that my space in Carousel Court will be closing at the end of October. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that my lease is up.

But I will continue having workshops (mixed media and pottery) and other gatherings in my new space soon – more to come on that. If you’ve been with me for five years or so, you’ll remember those workshops at my home studio and how much fun they were. Sometimes change is energizing, and the Studio (and SHARDS) will live on!

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In the meantime, September is filled with workshops and shows, including the show that Linda Rael and I are having on September 9th and 10th. It’s called EARTHWORKS, and all of the pieces in this two-day show are inspired by natural materials. Please join us!

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In the next SHARDS post, I’ll show you some techniques that Lesta Frank and I developed last week while we were working on ideas for our Whiter Shades of Pale workshop. The September 17th workshop is full, but there will be another session offered in early October – stay tuned!

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Summertime at the Studio – Dyeing to Share

DSCN2548I told Rosemary Uchniat on Saturday that putting together a video from her dyeing workshops was always no-fail because the pictures were consistently  bright, artistic  and colorful! Just look at that drying rack Рwow!

Despite the fact that Rosemary had laryngitis, she persevered and taught a spectacular class to rave reviews! What a trouper that woman is.

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And on Sunday, the Show and Tell sharing session was just as colorful in every conceivable way with many different media. Some folks presented their work, some just soaked in all of the vibes, and some said they came specifically to steal ideas! Maybe I should change the name to Show and Steal.

Take a look at some of the very creative things that the Show-ers and Tell-ers brought in, and feel free to steal like an artist!.

Show and Tell always sparks discussion – there were some especially good ones yesterday, everything from art activism to construction technique to poetry as creative inspiration. It’s such a pleasure and privilege to host these once-a-month gatherings at Lyn Belisle Studio.

July is going to be a quiet month – I’ve kept the Studio Calendar free from workshops and lessons (even Show and Tell) so I can explore my own work while developing new ideas. If you have workshop inspirations, send ’em along!

I’ll blog from time to time, of course, especially when I find great stuff to steal, show, and share! Stay cool, y’all!

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Saturday Show and Tell, April 30th

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My cup runneth over with good stuff! Yesterday’s Show and Tell was a feast of creativity and sharing. It was an almost serene experience – everyone’s work seemed to be somehow connected, and the afternoon flowed from fiber to metal to painting to digital images and poetry.

When other artists and friends take the time to come to these sessions, it truly makes Lyn Belisle Studio a Place of Creative Belonging. Thanks to all of you – I am pretty dang blessed.

If you see some work here that you’d like to know more about, feel free to email me and I’ll put you in touch with the artist. Happy May Day!!