Just returned from a wonderful week in Phoenix teaching at Art Unraveled. Yes, it is hot in Phoenix in August…but who goes outside anyways!?? And the room rates are much cheaper then, so it is perfect! Our first stop is always in Dateland for “date shakes”…yum!
My first class was a new class called “Encrusted Hearts”. The inspiration for this class came from the milagro-covered hearts found in Mexico. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but students hit it out of the park! I was thrilled to see what they came up with. Enjoy this small sampling from class.
I had fellow instructor Diana Frey in class and her sister! Diana created a beautiful shabby chic heart while her sister went for more of an edgy look.
I had full classes which I was so grateful for….and was happy to have my sister assist in all my classes when I needed her.
My second class at Art Unraveled was a nine-hour class called Gothic Triptychs. It is a good thing we had a few more hours for this class as there was lots to get done. The first step was using “mastic” and stamping into it to create great textures for the background of the triptychs. Here is an example of some great, deep texture on the outside panel.
So many lovely pieces were created…..
My final class was Clay on Clay Quilts. I love this class because I love seeing the beautiful quilt squares that are lovingly made. In this class, unlike my Clay Quilts class, students created a clay layer that the quilt squares were attached to. It almost ends up looking like fabric. Again, it was fun to see some of my stencils being used on this clay base.
As you can see, it was three full days of creative bliss! I want to thank all of the students who signed up for my classes, I certainly would not be teaching without the support of so many….I am truly honored. Your work was amazing.
On the last day I took part in the annual vendor marketplace. It is the highlight of the week with incredible vendors selling an incredible variety of things. Quite a few of the instructors also vend, myself included.
This is where having two Sherpas really paid off! Lots of schlepping! David was in charge of ringing up sales and Les did bagging! And apparently I guess I just stood around and gabbed!
It was a wonderful event…and again I would like to thank all those folks who purchased things not only from myself, but from all of the artists vending at this great marketplace. It is all of you who make Art Unraveled what it is!