Monday, 6 June 2011

a box of curiosities

I taught this workshop at The Cubby Hole on Saturday.  It was a 'cheap and cheerful' workshop in the sense that many of the materials we used were mainly recycled.  I just couldn't resist framing these photos of the materials in this way:

cans, broken china and an old calculator!

no I'm not reading Jackie Collins, it was cheap at the library!

my scraps jar, a squashed coke can....

What a lot of junk!  But the work we produced certainly wasn't!  The project was based on an old cardboard box...

...with the inside lined with book pages and filled with a variety of 'curiosities', including felted stones, weathered shells, steampunk goodies and a handmade pebble...

...along with a book made from a cardboard box, envelopes and bits n pieces collected on my walks around town...

I know I've said this before, but one of the things I love about teaching workshops is seeing how others apply my idea to their own colour choices and, in this case, themes too.  Nigel's piece is so 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Dead Man's Chest'....

...whereas Christine went for a more delicate approach...

Wendy loves words and conversational 'witticisms' so based hers on the fact that the box had contained ceramic pieces entitled 'Hootie the Blowfish' [no prizes for guessing where the boxes were from lol]

Little Sue's love of purple quickly shone through her piece...

I really have had the most amazing weekend...the opening night of my art exhibition on Friday...workshop on Saturday...and Take That yesterday!!!  So FaNTaSTiC!


  1. I can only imagine between all the recycled goodies and the laughter you bring, it HAD to be a good time for all! Great projects too : ) xx

  2. I don't know about "Pirates of the Caribbean", more like "dug out of the council tip" :)

    Thanks for another excellent workshop :)

  3. These are terrific, I love recycling and making art out of it!

  4. Looks like I missed a good workshop :-( Great creations made by all.x

  5. Wow Sarah, looks like you are having one hell of a great time. Superb makes from the workshop and Take That - fabulous (I am off to the Isle of Wight festival this weekend - woo hoo).
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


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