to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
August 2005- Issue 47
Thanks to Sophia Rosenberg for the butterfly wing - and the quote.
Welcome to the first ever August
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Artwork by Francie Davies
(Francie used Dream with your Eyes Wide Open Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamp. Thanks for sharing, Francie!)
Francie told me she stores her unmounted stamps in page protectors for baseball cards - great idea!
One of the new workshops for 2005...
Another new workshop this fall is:
Defining and Refining Your Italic OR Italic Boot Camp
The supply list for this class can be seen here.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Once again I will be a vendor and sponsor at Artwerx!
The Vendor evening:
I probably won't bring the whole website, so if there
is something you'd like to pre-order to avoid
disappointment, please let me know soon! Just drop a note to email@example.com
with your wish list and it will be ready for you to pick up!
The vendor evening is at the
Richmond Inn and is from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m.
On Saturday night
All byhand Artists and Subscribers are welcome to join me at at the Thirsty Turtle Pub for a get together! Even if you're not attending Artwerx, please come for a visit and meet other like-minded artists!
Date: Saturday August
I'll buy the Natchos and we'll
have some raffle prizes, too!
Lasqueti Island is one of the smaller islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island. When Sophia Rosenberg called to invite me to teach on Lasqueti she told me the island was "rustic". I was somewhat surprised to discover that although there is running water, there are no septic systems. That discovery was followed by the outside shower and then again by the fact that I had 2 hours of light in my cabin compliments of the solar power collected during the day. My cell phone had no service. This is all from the girl whose accommodation during her last trip away was on the 19th floor of the Delta Bow Valley....
After the initial panic subsided and I blew off the "city" dust, I really began to enjoy myself. The class participants were marvelous and really dove into the Altered Book Project. It was a joy to watch the books develop.
It seemed everyone had a basket for carrying their "things". My dinner on Saturday evening, compliments of Bonnie, was delivered to me in a basket at the end of the teaching day. Well, I had to have a basket. Poof! My wish was granted by the basket fairy, Mary, who brought me 2 baskets to choose from! So now, I too, am a basket lady.
A huge thanks to Sophia for inviting me, to Bonnie and Dar for my meals and Sophia and Megan for my Friday night pizza!
Some of the happy alterers on Lasqueti Island!
For more pictures from this class, go to the Class Photos page!
A Special Gathering
Recently a very active group of
byhand Artists on the eastern side of the North American continent got
together for a fun play weekend! Tricia True invited "local"
byhand Artists to a weekend retreat at her home.
Here is what Beth Ann wrote: After e mailing and trading art over the past year, it was great fun to finally meet each other in person. Tricia was a gem for putting up with us over the weekend in her lovely home. I wish I could have lifted her studio and plopped it into my backyard. What a wonderful creative space. We all fed off each other's art and ideas which was so inspiring. Tricia taught us an awesome domino technique. We've decided that we'll all bring a project to teach each other next time. Can't wait for our next rendezvous.
From Kathy: Our weekend at Tricia's was just wonderful She was the perfect hostess, made us feel right at home and even chauffeured us all over a nearby town. I got to sleep in a waterbed (because everyone else wanted to sleep downstairs) We all became so comfortable with each other and shared art and stories and philosophies on life. Tricia's studio is to die for and her home is just lovely. We stocked up on lots of art supplies at local stores and stayed up late just like having a pajama party.
From Donna: I was lucky enough to be part of the art week-end in Maine with Tricia True, Beth Ann Walker, Judy Babbidge and Kathy Leggett and the minute I saw folks parked in Tricia's yard I knew who everyone was just from our e-mails! Tricia was a daring hostess, never having met any of us and while Beth Ann, Judy and Kathy all work together I didn't know anyone either. Within an hour it was like we'd known one another for years. We shared things we'd brought, played and taught one another in Tricia's studio, shopped for supplies, ate and laughed ourselves silly. And we're talking about our next gathering! You've really brought folks together through this list.
And from Judy: It took us (the three of us traveled together because we live within about 15 miles of each other here in northern Maine) about 4 1/2 hours to get to Tricia's house. It took Donna about 2 1/2 hours (if I remember correctly) to come up to Tricia's from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tricia was such a gracious hostess, and what a risk she took by inviting four complete strangers into her home for a weekend.
And from the Hostess, Tricia: It was a magical time for me. I was so thrilled that everyone made themselves at home, felt like they had been here before and knew their way around. We went swimming, learned about letterboxing, visited my friend and stamp store owner, met a wacky woman wait person at the local restaurant, and "suffered" through 98 degree weather. Beth Ann slept in the gazebo while the rest of us enjoyed the comfort of beds. The food was great, they brought it all. These are house guests that I would have anytime. Thanks to this group new friends were made.
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Hosted by Tricia True
Recently Tricia emailed me to say she was ready to host a swap! We discussed a few ideas and she announced this Technique ATC swap. Each person used a technique to create an Artists Trading Card (2½ x 3½") and on the back they would print the instructions. Getting the instructions on the back proved the biggest challenge for some of us! Many of us made pockets on the back and tucked the instructions inside the pocket.
Whatever we did, the results were fantastic! Thirty-six people took part in this swap and we all have these fabulous pieces of artwork (that are soooo much better in real life!). A huge thanks to Tricia for hostessing this swap. Her kitties really wanted to help when it came time to swap out the cards, but she thanked them politely (at least we all assume she thanked them politely) and told them she didn't require their help at this time.... (Can you just imagine cards scattered from here to eternity?!!)
Tricia overcame all obstacles and sent us each a treat of a little packet of beads. We all say that Tricia can host a swap for us any time she pleases! Well done Tricia!
In the Mail
This is a card I received
from Sophia Rosenberg on Lasqueti Island.
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The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.
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