Sunday, 5 July 2009

Journals and jewellery

What a busy time at present. Sorry I haven't posted for awhile, I will try and improve on this situation.

I had another great workshop at home yesterday, this was the Junk Journal class, I had a lovely group of students who produced some fabulous work, they went home with a new enthusiasm for junk mail. Unfortunately Norma couldn't attend as she had a dose of the dreaded flu that's around at the moment. I hope you're on the road to recovery now Norma if you read this post.



My jewellery work table has lots of components waiting to be turned into another necklace.





I received some wonderful gifts as shown in previous posts and so decided to make a 'tree' for my studio to display them. I pruned a branch of our apple tree then covered it with very colourful fabric. It makes a great place to display them as well as cards and jewellery. This bird was from the very creative and generous Elizabeth.






The goddess doll and flower were from the lovely talented Nic and the Klimt doll from the very clever Jacky.




This lovely piece arrived on Friday from Sylvia, one of my students, it's a fabulous journal pin. Sylvia makes these and sells them on her etsy site.



This was also a gift from Samm, another lovely student. This is a brooch made from Samm's hand made felt and stitching.



Pages from my junk journal, my 'onion roof houses'.




My 'lollipop tree houses'




This is the cover and spine of the finished journal, it's the largest journal I've ever made and is not the sort that I could just slip into my hand bag, but it looks good sitting on a coffee table.




This is the junk journal class and the fabulous array of 'stuff' on the tables.

28 comments:

Sshaythiel said...

I love your journls...they are so colourful....the lollopop treehouses look fantastic...;-) I am still working on my Journal....I wish you would teach here some time, I would go for your classes...:-)

Dale said...

wow wow wow... this class looks like so much fun! I also just love seeing the journals that people created... the cover glimpse that you show of the one you are working on makes me want to see intside of it.

Kim said...

Wow, I'm in need of some sunglasses Ro! How gorgeous are the colours in your journal. Love those onion houses! P.S. am playing with your poppies stamp as I type! woohoo!

Heather said...

Your posts are always worth waiting for Ro. Your onion roof and lollipop tree houses are gorgeous and I really must have a go a making a journal and being braver with colour. I love the way you use it. Your studio tree is great too and a lovely way to display everything.

Elizabeth said...

Ro!!
The studio tree is just fabulous! I might create something similar to use a s display for my birds when I am at shows!!!!
The journal class looks like another hit!! Fabulous work.
Again I wish that I could be there!!!
Hugs!
Elizabeth

Terri Kahrs said...

Love the journals, love the "goodies", love the dolls, love the display tree! Great post! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Robyn said...

This post is just what I needed on a cold and gloomy Sunday afternoon. Ro, your lollipop tree houses are enchanting.

katie jane said...

Juicy, juicy stuff. Love the goddess doll, and the tree is such a clever idea. I do that a lot with our Christmas tree: decorate it with collected art pieces.

Julie H said...

it was worth the wait to see so much colour and inspiration all at once. I love the fabric wrapped tree! I have a plain one I hang jewellery and my Dotee birds in - but would never have thought to use fabric!
Your onion houses are wonderful too.
BTW do you know of a reliable resin that is easily available here in Australia? I got my last lot from SLKazmer but it can't come airmail so had to wait an eternity.

Jacky said...

Ro your fabric covered branch is a wonderful way to display your lovely art gifts.

I am so disappointed that I couldnt attend the junk journal workshop (but Tassie was lots of fun). Would have loved to catch up with Julia and Joy...looks like they had lots of fun.

Those onion houses and lollipop houses are very cute! Gorgeous, vibrant Ro colours.

Jacky xox

Nic Hohn said...

Ro,your beautiful tree is like a year long festive, celebration tree! And, Oh that amazing journal..you talented spirit! xoxo

Studio Sylvia said...

Ro, inspiring as always. Your work is buoyant and vibrant, stimulating and joyful. Fantastic tree.

Found art blog said...

dribble dribble dribble. When can I move in?!!

Carol Wiebe said...

There are many superlatives expressed by the preceding comments, and I can see why! That journal is speaking to my own muse, telling me it's time that I made one!

I also spent quite a few lovely moments taking in the jewel-like colors and fantastic designs of your decorated papers. The stamps are fabulous . . . they have the look of quick and energetic drawings.

Then I typed "journal" into your search box and enjoyed post after post of all the amazing art processes that go into creating your journals. (That birthday cake was phenomenal, by the way.)

Thank you so much, Ro. Your art dazzles and communicates!

nestoftreasures said...

Those journal pages are beautiful, as always! I'm so jealous I can't get to your workshops, please come and teach in the UK!

Karen Cole said...

You are one "classy" woman Ro. I knew it. Your classes look like they were a blast to teach and attend.

I love what you are doing in your journals with the "food". Can't wait to see what you do with your jewelry elements.

Hope you are well.

xxoo Karen

Seth said...

That journal looks magnificent. And I love the colour and whimsy of the pages!

Robin Olsen said...

Wish I was close enough for a class--they look like so much fun! I love your work and your fabric wrapped tree--what a great way to display treasures.

Julia said...

Thanks once again, for a fabulous workshop Ro, and for sharing your wonderful home, and thanks for your comment on my jourmal, I am very pleased with how it is coming together, but there are all these pages now that need art attention..it will take forever to finish it, but thats okay, I am really enjoying the scope it's giving me to try other things...
Wow, I love your explanation, for my giveaway..., and will put you in the hat...Julia....xx

Jo Horswill said...

I know where to come for my shot of colour!!! Ro, beautiful images of art and artists here again. I just love Samm's brooch!
...and your stunning journal :) Joxx

rivergardenstudio said...

Wow, you do have so much here... so much creativity and energy... I love that you can teach right in your home, the "junk journals," the jewelry and everything... and your colored branch in your studio is gorgeous... Roxanne

azirca said...

All of your gifts are so beautiful, you must be a wonderful teacher and host to be given such thoughtful treasures.
Speaking of beautiful things.... wow Ro, your journal pages are amazing, your whimsical houses are so cool, I'd live in one!

Alison Gibbs said...

Love the journals I am going to have to try and make it to one of your classes one day
Alsion

Chrisy said...

What a wonderful time you all had...and that gift tree is a fabulous idea!

grrl+dog said...

mm..so much eye candy.. so many gifts.. Loving the houses, they have a hundert wasser look to them.

penny patten said...

What a lovely idea for your "gift" tree! That must be a great display. Every thing is wonderful, thank you for sharing!

Dot said...

Love the idea of wrapping fabric around a apple tree branch. You come up with the best ideas!.
And the junk journal looks like a great class.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

I love the tree! Oh, I wish I had such a lovely studio to put such a clever beautiful thing! Another smashing delicious post with so much to take in. That journal, oh, be still my heart!