Here are the rest of the pin cushion ladies from the Positively Petite show. Each has their own personality; one is about gardening, another an artist, and yet another Mother Christmas. Their personalities emerged from the designs and colours of the materials I was using.
Place des Arts has their annual Christmas art show up and this year I created my wee doll figures to double as small pin cushions. They stand about 5″ high. This little one is one of six; all very different. I rather like how they turned out and am finding they make for a nice little companion when sewing. The art show is up at Place des Arts in Coquitlam until December 20, 2014.
Finished the table top, triptych collage piece I was working on. Used a picture of my Mom, photocopies of her letters and poems, and lots of yellow rose pictures, petals, and colour to go with Shirley Wood’s poem, ‘Where Yellow Roses Grow’. It’s an art piece I created for myself but also to show what could be done in my upcoming “Visual Storytelling’ class at Port Moody Art Centre, BC. The September class won’t run (no one signed up), but maybe in November? More importantly though is having created a piece to celebrate Mom’s amazing creativity and spirit.
The base for the collage was created by taking a sturdy back board from a used up sketch book, cutting it in half and then one half into half again for the doors. As an art teacher I end up collecting quite a few from the work with students.
Back of the triptych with another of Mom’s poems (‘When’ see poem below) and more of the photocopied letters. The yellow leaf was a spontaneous addition which gives the feeling of a backbone or spine to the piece.
Tomorrow is an open house @ Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody BC. To prepare I’ve been working on a ‘Stories to Tell’ piece to showcase the mixed media,visual storytelling class for those aged 50+. (Mentioned in blog below) The work is to be a small, tabletop, triptych collage centering on my Mom, her poems, and a poignant series of letters she wrote to me in 1985. It’s a work in progress so for now I’ll simply post the picture of Mom I’m using in the collage along with her poem ‘WHEN’.
I’ll forget you when my heart no longer speaks your name
When Roses don’t need sunshine, and Violets don’t need rain
I’ll forget you when this world has no more need of love
When the Sun and moon and Stars no longer shine above
Until then —
I’ll just keep loving you, Tho it’s all in vain
It seems my heart just can’t let go -
Of the magic that’s your name!
© Shirley Ann Wood
This Friday, September 19, is a ‘Day of the Arts’ for kindergarten to grade 5 @ Place des Arts in Coquitlam, BC. The day is now being presented as a ‘strike camp’ for parents looking for activities for their out of school kids to do. The theme is “Pop Culture Craze” and my segment is Pop Art Pet Portraits in pastels. Started preparing last night for the upcoming class. Here’s a picture of Meeka Cat and her new look in bright colours!
For more information or to register, check out – http://www.placedesarts.ca.
A brand new class that I’ll be teaching this fall for those 50+ is ‘Stories to Tell: Visual Storytelling for Seniors’ @ Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody BC. It will be held on Tuesdays, September 30th to November 4th from 10 AM to 12 PM and then again on Saturdays, November 8th to December 13th from 10 AM to 12 PM. The idea is to bring bring a treasured object to the class (photo, letter, trinket) and then bring out the story behind the object through an art technique (drawing, watercolour, assemblage, collage …) The participants and their treasures will determine which techniques we will cover in the class. My example shown here is a triptych collage that opens up and also has pictures on the back as well. To register contact pomoarts.ca or 604.931.2008.