A long post. Hang in there with me because it’s a good one. I was approached by Corrie from Retromummy and asked if I wanted to be a teacher on the Notebook magazine’s Paper Craft Bar at the up and coming Stitches and Craft Show in Sydney. Me? Are you sure you have the right person? I am not a scrapbooker, not an artist – kind of somewhere in between and I was a little apprehensive re: my teaching skills to date – nil. ‘Submit 2 projects to Notebook Melinda and see how you go’. They were both accepted. I’m on my way!
So if you would like to come along and learn how to make either Project 1 – a crafty bird collage, or Project 2 – a sweet vintage inspired garland the details are here. Note the new venue is the Australian Technology Park at Alexandria, NSW. I will be teaching in person at the Craft bar on Thursday 15th April, 2010. I believe you can turn up any day and create one of six different projects – how super is that?
I really enjoyed creating 2 unique projects for Notebook. It was a challenge that made me think a little harder, create a little better. I approached it with a ‘use what you have’ attitude and found scraps and things lying in wait around my work room, waiting to become. This is something I hope to spread the word about while teaching – buy less, use more of what you have, maybe in a different way to which you are used to.
I am smitten with my bird, and I have decided to make a series. I loved following artist Ann Wood’s journey where she created 100 decorative horses – one a day for a period of time. She hoped that it would kick start some new ideas, helping her out of the creative rut that can affect everyone from time to time. Somedays she struggled, some were gems, althought the result must have been rewarding to say the least. See her horses here.
Anyways, I don’t know if I could produce a bird a day for 100 days, but I will list one in the Etsy shop once a week. They will be indiviually numbered and named. I like naming things. Who wants to be nameless? Not me.
Bird Collage - Project 1 SACS
Project 2 - Vintage Garland - SACS
Bird Collage label