Category : Vermont

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)!

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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.

Grand Isle Art Works

I am now showing my work at Grand Isle Art Works, a wonderful art and craft gallery located in Grand Isle, Vermont. The space is an old farmhouse built in 1797 and it has lots of cool nooks and crannies.

Grand Isle Art Works

Grand Isle Art Works

The owners are Ellen Thompson and her husband, Jim Holzschuh. They are as sweet as can be.

Grand Isle Art Works

Grand Isle Art Works

Grand Isle Art Works

The gallery is located at 259 US Route 2 – be sure to stop by if you’re in the area!

I am @thisisvt

@THISISVT Twitter page

My life has become very strange, very quickly.

Last week, I heard about the Vermont Department of Tourism‘s new marketing campaign. Following Sweden’s example, Vermont will have a different Vermonter at the helm of its Twitter handle @ThisisVT each week.

They hope to show the State’s flavor through the eyes of those who live there. You can read more about it in this VPR article.

So I had one of my “I wanna do that” moments and filled out the nomination form.

I got a call the next day. They wanted me to do it.

What else was I going to do but say yes?

Next thing I knew, my name was in the New York Times and I was on a local news program. I didn’t anticipate how big this story could be. It’s overwhelming.

I just survived my first day. I can’t say it was smooth sailing, but it was lots of fun – people in Vermont are nice! Some of my tweets made it on to today’s broadcast of The :30. Check out the show (and my embarrassing tweet) below.

Why couldn’t they have shared my tweet about my dog barfing instead?

Handmade Photo Album class at Studio Place Arts

This past Wednesday I taught my Handmade Photo Album class at Studio Place Arts (SPA). I had four students and they were hard workers!

Handmade Photo Album class at Studio Place Arts

I like working with small groups because I’m more able to interact with people one-on-one. Less people also means that students get to spread out as much as they want. Space is good.

Handmade Photo Album class at Studio Place Arts

The cover papers were made by Richard Langdell of Armstrong Handmade Papers. He used to work under the business name of Langdell Paper, but he sold the business to two women who now operate the business under another name – Maple Street Paper Company.

Got that? Me neither.

You can purchase Richard’s papers on Etsy. I’ve been using them for years and they are really beautiful.

I have two more classes scheduled this spring at SPA: The Recycled Accordion Book and for something a little different, Design Invitations and Announcements. If you’re interested in either (or both) of these classes, you can register by contacting SPA at (802) 479-7069 or by Email.

If you’d like to get updates about upcoming classes and other events via Email, you can sign up for my newsletter. You can also check out the Events page on my website.

Elissa’s Picks for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Open Studio Weekend is mere days away.

Must.clean.studio.

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 2011. 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 Gallery at the Vault, #16. It’s a great place to get oriented for the start of your tour – they’re one of the official regional information centers for Open Studio Weekend. The gallery has been carrying my books for the last several months and they have a wonderful collection of craft work. As the name of the gallery suggests, there’s an actual bank vault in there. And they display artwork in it. I want to live in there. The gallery also has the honor of being one of only three galleries to have received the official designation as a Vermont State Craft Center. Awesome.

Laura Zindel, #37, would be my next stop. I really love her ceramic work – her designs remind me of scientific textbook illustrations.  She starts with pencil sketches and then silkscreens the images onto her pieces using an enamel transfer process. One of my favorite things to do is to explore tide pools and it’s for this reason that I love love love her Sea Life series. Dear Laura, you had me at starfish and spikey urchin.

Next I’d visit Tom Homann Pottery, #112. Tom’s booth was near mine at the 2009 Vermont Hand Crafters show and I was lucky enough to acquire one of his gorgeous steins. It’s my go-to mug for hot chocolate – it has a thumb perch on the handle (love it!). He uses earthy glazes in warm tones that are so lovely.

Lastly, I’d visit #184 Pikku, a.k.a. Valerie Ormiston. In Finnish, pikku translates to little or tiny. On her website, Valerie says that she enjoys celebrating the simple pleasures of each day – a great philosophy. I love her gift wrap designs. Ooohhhh and the pillows! The patterns are colorful, modern, and elegant. I am aching to use the Crazy Daisy paper on a journal.

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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Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Handmade Journal - Wild Cherry MonoJournalWelcome to the 2012 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

It’s time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. All of these talented folks are also members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, an organization I hold near and dear to my heart.

I created the Google map below, which includes all the studios to help you plan your travels. Unfortunately, the book arts studios aren’t very close to each other. By the way, I’m studio #211.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide. 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 on the book arts tour is #88 Carolyn Shattuck. A seasoned printmaker, Carolyn cuts up scrap monotypes and uses the pieces in her handmade books. Many of her books include pop-up elements to set the scene for her storytelling.

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont has had a wonderful relationship with the Creative Space Gallery over the past few years. As stop #125, the gallery will host the Guild’s spring exhibit, Shaping Pages. The exhibit includes fine bindings and artist books that explore the essential foundations of art in their shape, composition, content, color and more.

#130 When you visit Shelburne Pond Studios, you get two book artists for the price of one! Elizabeth Rideout of Wise Eye Bindery is a master of leather bindings. She’s a graduate of the drool-worthy North Bennet Street School’s bookbinding program and the current Chair of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont.

Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio creates one-of-a-kind work that is really inspirational. Her compelling storytelling and creative voice are enhanced by her innovative combinations of materials and structure. One of her pieces was recently featured in Vermont newspaper Seven Days.

Studio #135 belongs to Marianna Holzer, a third generation bookbinder following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather.  Using some of her dad’s old tools, Marianna works on custom bindings and restoration. Check out her feature on WCAX.

Next stop is #172 Meta Strick. Meta has a great philosophy that you can make anything into a book and she’s been teaching for years. In 2011, she participated in The Sketchbook Project and her sketchbook is available for viewing online.

The last stop is #186 Ken Leslie. Ken primarily creates books in a circular format – a practice that developed out of his dissatisfaction with rectangular painting shapes. His themes often focus on natural cycles, such as day and night. The size of his work ranges from miniature to really ginormous – you can walk through some of his books when they’re open.

If you do go to any of the studios, share your experiences here and I will live vicariously through you. If you have any pictures, I’d love to see them…you can even do a guest post on my blog!


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Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Calais Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 20th Anniversary logo

Vermont’s 20th Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (May 26 & 27)! 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 7 studios participating in the Montpelier/Calais area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, jewelry, 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 2012 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):

Please note that (unfortunately) studios #212 and #214 have had to opt out of the tour. 🙁

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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