Friday, February 27, 2009

Bauble Making Workshop

Last night, I attended Cindy Royal's bauble making workshop at Soulard Art Market. Cindy had previously done a paper-making demo for the St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art, and many members had enjoyed reusing unwanted paper to create unique artworks. Like the Women's Caucus demo, the workshop offered last night was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to be uninhibitedly creative.

There was a small but spunky group of five of us, and we each made different pieces of varying sizes and functions using a wide assortment of materials and glue. Cindy provided some pre-painted surfaces as well as some molded forms for everyone to use, along with countless other found objects, beads, laminate sample chips, string, wire, buttons, jewelry bits and more. Artworks could be adapted for use as wall-hangings, necklaces, magnets or pins. Check out the Primadonna magnet that I made using a molded polymer clay face, string and some jewelry pieces on a Formica laminate sample chip. I am planning to work more into it and edge it with some trim, but you get the general idea.

Cindy is hoping to host another bauble making workshop sometime in the future, and I would highly recommend attending, especially if you are interested in found object artworks and in helping the environment by finding creative ways to reuse things that may otherwise be thrown away. And it's a great way to make some unique and eclectic gifts for those people who already have everything.

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