Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Art Swap, Advanced Style, Forging, DeMenging

A few weeks ago I invited readers to join in the Art is ...You Weird, Wild and Wonderful Art Swap. I have a few interested participants but it's not too late to join in.  
Requirements for participants.
Send in 6 equally beautiful 4x6” pages and get back 5 stunning pages from other participating artists. The sixth page will be retained for two reasons. Firstly it will be photographed and displayed online with your name / blog / website and then it will be included as a page in one of two beautiful handmade books that we will raffle off for charity. Entries must be submitted to your local coordinator by July 30, 2012. I'm the coordinator for Australia & New Zealand, to see the others, go to the website, linked above. If you are interested, leave a comment and I'll get back to you.
 Railway platform taken by Paper Camera in Andy Pop mode.

I've received my copy of Ari Seth Cohen's book Advanced Style this week and have been admiring the beautiful photographs of the incredibly stylish older women of New York and London. Women between the ages of 70 and 100 are featured (and the occasional man) and wow! are they snappy dressers. Their style and enthusiasm for life is inspirational. I follow Ari's blog Advanced Style, from whence came the inspiration for the book.

At the end of May I took part in Keith Lo Bue's forging workshop at the Sydney Jewellery School. Just the greatest fun, learning to flatten and shape steel wire. I think we all fell in love with our hammers. Noisy, with 12 hammers hammering, but a really relaxed class and Keith made it very memorable. I enjoyed it so much I have enrolled in Keith's on-line class Steeling Beauty: Chains, Clasps and Forms, with Steel Wire which runs from July 15 to August 25 as an Artful Gathering On-line Art Retreat.
Kiki Baker, watching the world go by. No idea what I did to it. App happy, that's me.

And as if that's not enough to keep me occupied, I've also enrolled in Michael DeMeng's new on-line workshop Mad Alchemist's Construction Guide. This starts on August 18 and goes for about 2 months.

I'm still apping every day, still following Dave's daily apps on his blog Clearer Reflections. I'm off to the Gloucester countryside tomorrow for a few days, and due to the very nasty weather I expect to be sitting by the fire most of the time, eating, drinking, reading, apping, gosh, it sounds dreadful, doesn't it.

Any takers for the art swap, please let me know. Maybe I'll do some art this weekend too, that would be fun.


  1. Hi Carol! I wish I could do the swap, but unfortunately, just don't have the time. I love your "app"ed cat- I have little experience with that kind of thing. Enjoy your workshops- they sound wondreful!

  2. Di, yes, I'm addicted. I kind of blame Dave - I only need a tiny bit of encouragement.

  3. Thanks Sharmon, I love your blog!

  4. Hi C - you certainly have been getting around - and getting skills and knowledge up you sleeve - not doubt that stash of stuff you have been building up will be drawn on soon. Love the altered cat shot. Keep aping if it makes you happy. Go well. B

  5. I'm still getting around, Barry, in Sydney this week. I'm looking forward to all my classes over the next few months. My stash must start going down or I'll have to move house!


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