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Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Calais Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2010Vermont’s 22nd Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (May 24 & 25)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (you know you are…), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 7 studios participating in the Montpelier/Calais area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of sculpture, handmade tiles, painting, photography, hand hooked rugs, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green 2014 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun!


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Worktable Wednesday

Today I spent time working on the plan for tomorrow’s Paste Paper Photo Album class at Studio Place Arts.

I started off by making my resource booklets. This one’s a whopper at 12 pages – the biggest I’ve ever made!

Then I mixed up the first batch of paste. Look at them, all in a row and peaceful. Ah, my pretties!

Containers of colored paste for paste paper

Then began the making of the paste papers.

And then magically, they were dry!

Here’s a close-up of the yellow paper. I’m going to use it for a demo where I paste it up a second time with another color and comb it.

Yellow paste paper

I used Golden heavy body acrylics to color my pastes and I’m thrilled with how vibrant the colors are. The Goldens are expensive, but worth it in my opinion. If you’re gonna color paste, color it darn good!

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s class. I have 9 colors of paste in all, including gold and silver. I’ll take pictures so you can see how everything works out.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Central Vermont Artists

Fall 2013 OSW logo

Vermont’s 3rd Fall Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (October 5 & 6)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (you know you are…), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 12 studios participating in the Central Vermont area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, sculpture, quilting, mixed media, painting, ironwork, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the orange 2013 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun!


Make that map bigger!

Open Studio Weekend recap

I’ve got another Open Studio Weekend under my belt.

I had some drama on before OSW. On Thursday, I was returning from the Paper and Book Intensive in MI and I missed my connecting flight. I ended up driving home from Cleveland overnight so I could get my studio ready.

12 hours of driving. In the dark. In the rain. It so sucked.

I had hoped to have my studio ready before I left, but you know all that stuff about best laid plans. Unfortunately, the drive had to happen.

Display of handmade books at Blue Roof Designs studio

It was a rainy weekend and there was flooding throughout Vermont, so I think it kept some folks away. It didn’t stop me from having a wonderful weekend visiting with people and teaching them about bookbinding.

I so appreciate having the opportunity to share my work and my studio with people. It always amazes me how many people come each time I participate in this event.

Shelves of handmade books at Blue Roof Designs studio

And the award for best Open Studio Weekend visit goes to…Wiggum!

A friend of mine came to the studio with her daughter. She had heard about Wiggum’s injury and wanted to see him. During OSW, I keep Wiggum upstairs so that he doesn’t jump all over people, so I had to open the gate to bring him downstairs.

As soon as he got the bottom of the stairs, he started peeing on the floor. Then he walks towards my studio, peeing all the way. He enters my studio and continues peeing in there. I was horrified.

He had this look in his eyes – the one that says, “You think you’re going to leave me for 1.5 weeks in a kennel? I don’t think that’s ever going to happen again. I own you. I own this studio.” I figured it was payback for having been boarded while I was at PBI.

Oy.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend sign

Elissa’s Picks for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logoWelcome the third in my series of blog posts about ways to do your Open Studio Weekend tour.

This one is easy – these are my friends!

In this post I listed the book arts studios I’d visit if I were touring this weekend. Of course, I would also visit studios by artists working in other media. Some of my suggestions are listed below.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide 2013. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the Google map below.

There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

First stop would be #91, Stacie Mincher of Stacie Mincher Designs. I have to tell you that Stacie is the sweetest adorable person you’ll ever meet. In addition, she makes a wide range of fun things from recycled materials. She’s mostly known as the “Zipper Lady” as she make amazing things out of (surprise) zippers. I have one of her barrettes and have been eying her clocks for a while now. One day, one of them will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

#206, Denise D’Abramo of Vermont Wool would be my next stop. Denise spins and hand-dyes all of her yarn using plant dyes, non-toxic coloring processes and mordants. The plants, insects, lichens and mushrooms used as dye are depicted on the yarn’s tag with it’s interesting story. And if that’s not cool enough, she has a sheep named Moose. If you see him on your visit there, tell him I say hi.

Next I’d visit Shannon Greenleese of May Made, #25. Shannon creates jewelry inspired by nature and symbols of ancient cultures.  She can do amazing things with precious metal clay and if you don’t know what that is, visiting her studio would be a great introduction to the medium.

Lastly, I’d visit #184 Sandra Lance of Sandra Lance Pottery. Sandra is a fabulous ceramic artist and not surprisingly, another very sweet person. I’m particularly fond of her hedgehog sculpture (I used to have one as a pet). She’s done wonderful things for the Vermont Crafts Council has acted as one of the tour guide masters. You gotta admire that.

Like the book arts studios, these studios aren’t very close to each other either. If you split them up between two days, it should be doable.


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Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Calais Artists

21st Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Vermont’s 21st Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (May 25 & 26)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (you know you are…), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 10 studios participating in the Montpelier/Calais area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, sculpture, photography, mixed media, painting, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green 2013 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun!


Make that map bigger!

Top 10 reasons why you should visit my studio today

If you need a reason to come to my studio during Open Studio Weekend, here are a few to get your brain churning:

  1. Candy corn. I have lots of candy corn. Everyone likes candy corn.
  2. You might catch a glimpse of the ever elusive Wiggum.
  3. I will likely do something to embarrass myself and I guarantee it will be funny.
  4. You wanna see foliage? The view from my backyard is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
  5. You can witness the Studio Equinox – a rare, twice a year occurrence when my studio is so clean, you can eat off the floor (using a plate, just in case).
  6. Realizing how much stuff I have crammed in my petite studio is kinda like watching a bunch of clowns coming out of a car.
  7. I’m gonna teach you a thing or two (that’s a promise, not a threat).
  8. You get to go through someone’s drawers without the police getting involved.
  9. Your visit proves that books are not dead. Not that they were ever alive – have you seen a book take a breath?
  10. Lots of awesome handmade books are here!

So come on over!

I’m open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. today. I’m also happy to have visitors by appointment, so give me a call if you can’t make it this weekend.

Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Calais Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Vermont’s Fall Open Studio Weekend is this weekend (October 6 & 7)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (and you totally should), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 8 studios in the Montpelier/Calais area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of furniture, hooked wool rugs, sculpture, painting, photography, banners, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels (here’s the printable version). Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun (and come here)!

Make that map bigger!

Worktable Wednesday

Today was an accordion book day, which is typical for the weeks preceding Open Studio Weekend. I’ve been working with some fun and colorful papers!

Accordion books in progress

Accordion books in progress

There’s mucho folding going on.

Folded strips of paper for accordion books

For whatever reason, I hate to admit how much I love my scoring board. It has made some tasks sooo much easier…

Martha Stewart Scoring Board

…but it’s a Martha Stewart product.

[start rant]

I have a love-hate relationship with Martha Stewart. I love her style, but I don’t like the über-perfect image she projects – as if she could actually do all that stuff by herself. No one can live up to that image and it’s discouraging.

Damn you and your super-awesome score board.

[end rant]

 

 

Here comes Open Studio Weekend…again!

Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend is just 1.5-ish weeks away! I once again find myself in the all too familiar place of Is it time to clean the studio again?

[Why isn’t your studio always clean?] [Hey – voice of logic – shut up!]

My mailing went out on Saturday and I’m so happy with how the postcard came out – take a looksie:

OSW 2012 Fall postcard front - Blue Roof Designs

 

OSW 2012 Fall postcard back - Blue Roof Designs

My postcard includes a coupon for use during Open Studio Weekend. Unfortunately, the QR code on your postcard may not work – I stupidly placed it right where it will get hit with a postmark (duh). If you have problems scanning the code, just bring your postcard with you and you’ll get the 20% discount.

Many thanks go to my awesome photographer, who is also my hubby. I can’t believe he still tolerates me during photo shoots.

If you’d like to join my snail mail list and receive super-nifty postcards just like this one, contact me and I’ll hook you up.

For more information about Open Studio Weekend, please visit the Vermont Crafts Council website.

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