Apr 292013
 
The Workshop is ready!

Artist Workspaces, Waiting for the Artists

I held my first Mosaic Workshop on April 27, and it was truly amazing to see the exquisite creations the visiting artists created. We started in my front studio, where my paper ladders and paper pieces were spread out on my work table. I had transformed my family room into an artists’ studio because my regular studio could not accommodate 5 to 8 guest artists.

My goal with my workshops is to create the workshop that I would like to attend. Since I don’t like carrying a lot of stuff around, I duplicated my own work environment for each artist as closely as I could. Each artist had her own magnifying lamp, easel, cork board, paper trimmer, scissors – all the tools needed to create a stunning mosaic. I had more than 200 different Chiyogami papers available for them to choose from. Part of the fun for me was watching Fran, Patty, Diane, Shawn and Katherine falling in love with Chiyogami paper. They didn’t even seem to notice the coffee, tea, iced tea, banana bread and deviled eggs that were waiting for them when they arrived. Clearly, it was all about the paper!

Coffee, Tea, Banana Bread ...

Coffee, Tea, Banana Bread

Since I also don’t like packing up a lunch, so I provided a healthy lunch of  vegan minestrone soup, salad and french bread. Filtered water, coffee, tea, iced tea, banana bread, and deviled eggs were available throughout the day, too.

I remembered my first time in Japantown at the Kinyokuniya Store – probably in 1996 or so. The store had  nowhere near 200 papers to choose from, but what was there was a visual feast! I ended up with only three patterns on that first adventure, and I still have them. If you had told me then where those three papers would lead, I never would have believed you. What a journey it has been. And now, the workshops give me a way to share it.

The Artists at Work

The Artists at Work

As we began, I sprung a little surprise on them by offering the opportunity to practice with small mosaics before diving into the big one. They could then turn those small mosaics into cards at the end of the day. I was impressed and inspired by their designs! I almost think they liked this part of the workshop best.

Shortly before lunchtime, they began working on the big mosaics. I resisted the temptation to look too soon. When I finally looked around 2:30 – WOW! They all came up with original ideas and were running with them.

They were such a wonderful group of women! Take a look at their creations:

Diane With Her Mosaic

Diane With Her Mosaic

Fran With Her Mosaic

Fran With Her Mosaic

Katherine With her Mosaic

Katherine With her Mosaic

Patty With Her Mosaic

Patty With Her Mosaic

Shawn With Her Mosaic

Shawn With Her Mosaic

 

  4 Responses to “April 27 Mosaic Workshop – What a Blast!”

  1. I’m interested in taking you mosaic workshop sometime.

    looking forward to seeing you on the 11th at the Gallery.

    Lygia

    • It would be wonderful to have you there, Lygia. I just added three new dates (May 25, June 29 and July 27). I will have flyers at this Saturday’s Art Walk in Windsor. I’m excited about being the Windsor Art Council’s Guest Artist for May!

      See you there!

  2. Aloha Debbie!
    It’s been quite a while since I signed up for a workshop but disappointingly had to cancel.
    I certainly have not forgotten about learning your art form but have had a LOT of things going on.
    I do have a question about the workshops. Are the “artists” free to create or are we following a prescribed design?
    Mahalo and enjoy the rest of your Hawaiian get-away!
    Nancy
    P.S. When you ARE coming home, you are blessed to be returning to
    beautiful Sonoma County!

    • Hi, Nancy,

      Alas, we leave Hawaii on Wednesday, so we are packing up and cleaning up. It has been a lovely retreat, and I am looking forward to getting home. I miss my Golden Retriever Grace!

      Thank you for your inquiry about the workshops.

      I demonstrate the technique and lay out all the papers for participants to choose from, and then … turn you loose! I don’t like to give a lot of instruction on composition because I feel it is best to let everyone follow their own inspiration. The only thing that is truly set is the technique and the size of the piece (we will be working with square frames, with mosaics about 6.25″ square. Other than that, you are free to design and choose your own papers/colors.

      I hope that helps. If you have any more questions, please let me know.

      Aloha,

      Debbie

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