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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Rest of Squam 2010


There was plenty of time for daydreaming in my journal while looking out on Squam Lake. 


Time for photography and bonfires and singing and storytelling.


Time for taking classes and walking in single file through the woods.


I took a class with this wonderful teacher, Sarah Ahearn. You will love her work. She was so nice and brought with her her little 4 month old baby. This year she had a baby and wrote a book. Last year she taught a class at Squam too and one of her students was a book publishing person which led to the book (due out May 2011). I love that story.



The next day I taught my class on making a personal journal. This was a class the students asked me to teach last year. Everyone made beautiful journals and sad to say I did not get photographs of all of them.


But here are a few that I did capture.


They all turned out beautifully.


The next day I started class by sending the people out to gather leaves and ferns.


Using natural materials as printmaking objects, stamps, stencils and elbow grease, we made yards and yards of beautiful paper.


My cabin mate was Mary Beth Shaw and she was generous enough to donate a package of her line of stencils for us to use. These stencils are incredible and can be used for textural effects as well as for paint and spray. Check out the link; I think you'll have a lot of fun using them.


This is an example of two of the stencil designs in the package. 


More beautiful paper.


Busy hands.


I guess you know by now I think these papers are gorgeous.


Bee Shay taught me how to make the nature prints. These students picked it right up.


More paper.


We used all our paints and inks.


Wouldn't these make splendid book covers?


This student travelled to Squam from London so she worked on her roll of sumi paper without tearing it. Now she can roll it back up to travel home. Clever!


This was one of her creations. I swooned.


Gold and iridescent paints put the finishing touches on the paper.


Well done, people. Now we have lots of paper for collage and gift wrap and greeting cards and lots of other uses.


After a long day of joyful making we sit on the porch with an adult beverage and enjoy each other. Ahhhh ...

24 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

absolute gorgeousity!

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

Sooo inspiring. . .and makes me want to get back to my art right NOW!

Love the photos!

happy day!

Lynn said...

I love all your photos, stories and memories. My box of art supplies arrived in Portland today. Getting ready for Art and Soul has got to be half the fun. I'm sure Squam just warmed you up for US at A & S.
LOL

Healing Woman said...

I loved following along on the journey to Squam Lake. The journals your students made were so lovely and you are right, the girl who brought Sumi paper to roll back up and take to London was so clever. Something to keep in mind for future trips.

haphazardlife said...

How wonderful. One day, one day I will make it to Squam - Jazz

Laura Twiford said...

Such beautiful paper and journals, inspired I'm sure by such beauty and peace in those surroundings! Glad you had a good experience at Squam again this year! Thanks for sharing

Karen Wallace said...

Inspiring work. Warmly,Karen

merrilee said...

Lots of kids of the Key Peninsula in and around Gig Harbor, Wa. will be learning just how to do this. Bought the stencils from MB on the last night and thoroughly enjoyed taking your class and hanging out with you. Squam really was magical.

dosfishes said...

Sounds like another magical year. Love those nature prints. Maybe next year, ahhhh. xox Corrine

Teddi said...

ur art is marvelous darhling!

Rhayne said...

Absolutely lovely. I hadn't heard of this workshop until I started to follow your blog and now I want to go. And it's just a few hours from where I live!

MB Shaw said...

I love that roll of Sumi paper, how much fun is that!!! Beautiful work from your students, as always, with you as their brilliant leader :-)

Lynn Fisher said...

What gorgeous work your students did...I'm jealous that I wasn't there.: )
You first photograph were so different (and stunning)...is that a Lomo camera?

oneartistjournal said...

What a beautiful place, with beautiful people, and beautiful art. Orly

Claudine Intner said...

Squam looks like so much fun! I love the idea of the roll of paper to create on. It would be very interesting to see the whole thing unfurled when she was finished.

Jackie Wood said...

It all sounds lovely, thank you for taking the time to share all those wonderful photos and memories.

apaperbear said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all! I'd love to take one of your classes!!!

Connie Lou said...

Ahhhh! thank you

Jill said...

I feel refreshed just reading your post, thank you

Marilyn said...

Oh how I wish I could have been there. It sounds delightful!

Sharyn said...

I am so grateful that we were able to meet once again. I so enjoyed my classes, seeing you and my time at Squam. It truly is a magical experience, made even more so by people like you.

Thank you

Karin Bartimole said...

Yummm! Your photos (which are beautiful and inspiring) and experiences make me long to be there with you!! Such richness - thanks for sharing it all with us.

Leslie said...

Oh boy! I love these papers and your images from Squam.

Yvette said...

Meeting you was such an inspiration, your class was so much fun! I recognize some of those papers! :) I was thinking of making bookmarks for gifts with some of my papers. Thanks again for a great time!