Monday, 16 March 2009

Fabulous lady, fabulous workshop



I had the great fortune to attend a journal workshop on Saturday with the wonderful DJ Pettit. What a fabulous person and teacher she is. So kind and generous sharing her techniques and offering so much encouragement along the way. If you ever get the chance to take one of DJ's workshops you won't regret it, she has so much to offer.

Below are some of the pages in my book that I made in class and finished at home. DJ gave us some postcards of her art, I also bought some too. I've dedicated this journal to her class, so it features lots of DJ's art and some of mine. I'm looking forward to making another one incorporating some more of my style inside.












I also met two more talented ladies in Stephanie Lee and Bernie Berlin I would have liked to have done their classes too but the ones I wanted to do clashed with DJ's and that's been on my list for years.

The retreat was organised by Bevlea Ross. Bevlea did a wonderful job, I was only there for one of the days, but from what I can gather it ran very smoothly, it was in a lovely venue with great views from all rooms.

I managed to catch up with some of my ABRR mates including Ursula, Megan and Jan. I got to meet the very talented and lovely lady Nic Hohn, she's such a kind and gentle soul, it's well worth a visit to her blog and web site to see her lovely work.. Dneese from grrl and dog was there too, as was Jen, Jacky, Dot, Julia, Julie H, Christina and Kelsy and some of my altered book regulars Anne, Joy and Sue, as well as lots of new talented people.

All in all a great time was had by all.

43 comments:

Sam Marshall said...

Your journal looks fantastic!!! So glad you had a wonderful time at your workshop.

Sharon said...

Oh Ro, your style is all over the beautiful journal. And what fun it looks like to make.

mary schweitzer said...

This is an amazing journal. Absolutely beautiful and so you!
Mary

Jeane said...

beautiful - so lush and rich...

Seth said...

Looks like a great class and a lot of fun. The journal is fantastic.

Judy Scott said...

oh wonderful!!! Im so pleased it went well ~ the journal looks amazing and all those lovely people there too. what a perfect day ~ Judy x

jan said...

beautiful journal,I love the colours

grrl+dog said...

yes it was! And we were so well looked after.

Of course I am drooling over the buttons in your fabric pieces, and the speed at which you constructed your book.

I am glad we got to meet in person, and I look forward to seeing you at the next one..where maybe I can do one of your classes..

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

Ro do you sleep ever?

JuliaRose said...

Wow, Ro your new journal is fantastic!!!...looove it, cant wait to see it at our next catch up...xxx

katie jane said...

This is such a wonderful book, Ro! It it so richly textured and I love the deep colors. It looks just like you.

Jo Wholohan said...

gorgeous journal ro!!!! so lovely to catch up with you again xx

femminismo said...

Oh, your journal has your fig tree stamp! Too nice to believe - the colors are so vibrant. I adore everything I see! - Jeanne

lindacreates said...

I am so glad you had a class with DJ! We go way back and she is the best, inside and out! She truly is my favorite teacher of all time.

Steph said...

Oh my! That's one gorgeous book ! Love, love it!

Karen Cole said...

GULP.......

Oh my, Ro. This is inspiration PLUS. You can tell you were inspired and happy and having a grand time. Your work is just exploding with the joy of the moment.I am sure you will take it far beyond even this in the days to come.

azirca said...

What a beautiful journal Ro. The addition of the beads to the binding is fabulous!

Nic Hohn said...

I am so thrilled I had the opportunity to meet you and spend some amazing, healing time with you Ro. You are a gem!

Chris said...

Oh, Ro...
Maximum Yum.

Nicole Austin said...

Ro, this journal is amazing! i've always wanted to take a class with dj petit. thank you for visiting and for your kind comments on my journal pages. you have so many amazing talents! thank you for the inspiration!

nicole

Megan P said...

one of the many inspirational things about you Ro - that you went home and completed you magnificent book and gave it that wonderful Ro touch. It was a real treat to see you again Ro and spend time with you in class.
mxx

Lady Di said...

Ro, your DJ journal is unbelievable ... I really wish I'd done that class as I see what some of you have created, just incredible. Thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps we'll get to know each other better at the next retreat.

Jen Crossley said...

Your journel looks wonderful Ro .it was so great to see you again
Jen

Maria said...

These journal pages are fantastic Ro! Wow!
I do love DJ's work, maybe she'll come up to Qld one day!

Abby Creek Art said...

Beautiful pages, Ro...I would love to take a DJ workshop!

Joy Logan said...

You had fun didn't you?

Gaby Bee said...

I looks like a gorgeous class! Your book is incredible, you've outdone yourself! Love all the little details... everything comes together in one harmonious and interesting creation! Simply perfect!!!
Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!
Gaby xo

cathsheard said...

Oh my! Oh my! I love that binding...

sharon young said...

What a great journal, it really makes you want to pick it up and peek inside. It sounds like you had a marvellous time.

enchantedcurious said...

Hey Ro, Glad you had a great time. Sounds awesome (and so many wonderful people i would have loved to meet). The work you've posted is (ofcourse) amazing. I so love the way you stay true to your own style while working with new techniques. x mandy

Eva said...

Amaaaaaaaazing Ro ... your book is awesome and outstanding! I envy such talent.

We (Bev, Lucy and I) took Steph, DJ and Bernie up the 'Hills' on Wednesday and who's 'art' do we come across in Touchstone Gallery - but yours! I'm impressed - lol.

Hope to see you (and spend some chat time with you too) at the 2010 CSR Retreat.

PS: Can you point me in the direction of where I would purchase a fire brick - please.

Eva (shhrew@hotmail.com)

Judy said...

Love your journal Ro - looks like you had a great time in the class. Thought of you so many times in bali - you'd love it, all the bright colours!!!
i recognize those circle fabrics - i knew you would use them so well. xo

rivergardenstudio said...

Ro...I think this book is one of my favorites of all your art! The textures, the feeling of home, and the earthy colors are delighting my eyes... Roxanne

Rustic Tarts said...

A wonderful tribute to DJ - she was an incredible teacher and lady, wasn't she?

Robyn said...

Ro, your journal is so gorgeous, I wish I could hold it and page through it at leisure to take it all in. The outide is just as beautiful as the inside (if not more) and the beading down the spine makes my eyes light up.

Textile Art Showcase said...

This is one of the nicest fabric journals I have seen. You are very talented - I know you had a great teacher but the work produced has been done by you. Really lovely.

Colette said...

Love your book Ro.

Kim said...

Ro, the journal is beautiful, so much wonderful colour! The beading is gorgeous and I love it all! The workshop sounds wonderful and I am very jealous. Must get myself to one soon! Keep up the wonderful creativity!

Julie H said...

Your journal is wonderful Ro! I was so disappointed in myself, I did not click that you were only there for the one class and so did not make time to chat. I missed out! Good to see you briefly though.

misty said...

ro you are one of the most colorful & gentle souls that i have ever met...it comes through in all that you do!
your journal is gorgeous! so glad you got to take a class with DJ.


thank you for the sweet birthday wishes. xoxoxoxx :-)

Regina said...

Awesome, yummy, gorgeous! I'm so envious!

Elizabeth said...

Your clss jouranl is beyond fabulous!! I SOOOO want to take a class with Dj!

i can't wait to see your take on her style- with your stamps and color choices your Jouranl will be mouthwatering!!!
It sounds like you could not ahve asked for a better art retreat experience!!
Hugs!
elizabeth

LaY hOoN said...

I'm enjoy looking at each and every post. You really make beautiful fabric, paper and journal !