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Courage Inspiration Book

Accordion Courage Inspiration Book closed

Accordion Courage Inspiration Book closed

This tiny accordion Courage Inspiration Book was a custom order from an artist friend. It is going to be a gift to an amazing woman who is going through chemotherapy. My friend supplied the quote and I made this tiny accordion book for her.

The cover of the book is a scanned image of one of my paste papers. We decided that courage was red/maroon. I picked this paste paper design for the cover. The circular impressions were actually made by pressing a cork into the wet colored paste.

Accordion Courage Inspiration Book open

Accordion Courage Inspiration Book open. It says, “Courage is not the absence of fear or despair, but the Strength to Conquer them.”

The little book is closed with a toothpick inserted into a piano hinge. I made the twisted cord to match the colors of the cover of the book. The text inside was done in Adobe Illustrator and printed on my archival printer.

Hugs and courage to all, Candy


Happy Thanksgiving

A collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the brush calligraphy.

I am grateful for my loving family and friends, near and far, old and new. Thank you ALL for being so supportive of me and of each other. I am truly blessed to have you as part of my life.

Love and blessings to all, Candy

Illuminated Paper Sculptures Workshop

The shadow box can be closed with a candle or other light to illuminate it from inside.

I just got back from two incredible weeks of making art, sort of a working vacation involving playing with paper, lamps, calligraphy, bookbinding and so much more. During the first week of my vacation, I took a workshop, Illuminated Paper Sculpture, from Helen Hiebert. Helen makes paper and also makes the most incredible paper sculptures and lamps. You can see her Mother Tree Project along with links to more of her art on her website: http://www.helenhiebertstudio.com

Here is one of the projects I made during the workshop. This shadow box can be closed to make a lamp shade structure or opened to make a screen. It looks great with a light shining through.

Here the screen is open with a light shining from behind.

My problem now is that there are only 24 hours in each day. I want to play with so many of the structures I learned in the workshop and at the calligraphy and bookbinding retreat I attended last week. After being gone for two weeks, unfortunately, there are other things that I need to attend to before I can just play with my art again. I hope to be caught up by this weekend so I can spend more time in my studio next week.

Enjoy, Candy

Twisted Cord Demonstration During The First Friday Art Walk

On the first Friday of the each month we have the First Friday Art Walk in Ashland, Oregon. Most all the Art Galleries in town (of which there are many) stay open late and feature lots of art, food and music. The First Friday Art Walk officially runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and it’s lots of fun. You can pick up maps at most of the participating Art Galleries.

I am holding the cords I made. Some of the threads and yarns I used to make them are on the drafting table beside me.

I think the best place to visit is the Ashland Art Center. It has three stories, about 9,000 square feet, a Gallery, a Photographers Gallery, a Ceramic Studio, a Printmaking Studio, a community classroom and lots of artist studios. My studio is there on the second floor. (Could I be a little prejudiced?)

Each month I demonstrate some type of art in my Studio. For July I demonstrated how to make twisted cords. There were lots of peopleand we had a great time.

Here is a close up of the twisted cords.

I use all sorts of threads and yarns to make my twisted cords. I usually add some sort of metallic threads in the cords to jazz them up. I attach these cords to a toothpick and use it to close my tiny accordion Inspiration Books via a piano hinge. I have collected sayings all my life. I put inspirational sayings into these little books, thus the name Inspiration Books.

The text on this tiny Inspiration Book says, “A hug is a great gift. One size fits all and it’s easy to exchange.”

hugs to all, Candy

Studio With New Wall Completed

Here’s the new wall with my “new” display unit with glass shelves.

I really love the way my Studio turned out! It feels so good to work in.

Here are some photos of my studio with my new wall, new glass shelving unit, and the studio mostly painted (still a tad of finishing work to be done).

I thought this would be a simple project. I found the display unit at a recycled furniture store. However, it needed to be secured to a wall and the wall I wanted it to be placed against was stepped. So put up a new wall. Paint it gray. Then the rest of the studio needed to be painted. And of course, the displays needed to be moved around and artwork needed to be changed too.

Another view with my drafting table showing.

I suppose one of the reasons things took longer than I anticipated had to do with a trip to Eastern Oregon and Idaho and a show that I was preparing for. More on my trip to Eastern Oregon in future posts. New inspiration and new art will be forthcoming.

I still need to add something to the white wall that was just painted, but that’s for another day.

I’m excited to be working in my “new” Studio. Time to start playing again!!

Enjoy, Candy