2019 Word of the Year - plus upcoming classes and exhibits!

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Do you choose a word of the year? I did for the first time in 2018 - Flow. I loved the opportunity to set goals for the year ahead and use this word throughout the year in my art.

My 2019 word? FOCUS … I want to:

  • Focus my attention on art and projects that give me joy (and less on distractions)

  • Focus on my health and nurturing my family

  • Focus on going deeper with how spirituality plays a role in my life

  • Focus on connections

Coming up for 2019 I have a few things scheduled already - exhibits, workshops, and more!

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Join me and yogi Elizabeth Brown for a weekend yoga retreat to prepare for the new year. As a part of this retreat, I am teaching a bookbinding class for us to make a journal to prepare for and reflect in throughout 2019. We will use special papers that I have collected (and you can bring meaningful papers from home) to build this special book. I’ll provide the lesson and some time for reflection after one of Elizabeth’s amazing classes. Four yoga classes, chef on site for all meals provided, amazing connections to be made.

Want to come? Email me or Elizabeth@steepedingrace.com directly… it will really be an awesome way to kick off the year!

Plus, I have scheduled four classes in Newburyport at Newburyport Art Association. You can find more about those on my workshop page. Registration is open and I’ve heard people are signing up already, so now is the time to plan this into your schedule! Link to sign up here.

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I will be scheduling other classes this year soon. Join my mailing list to be informed of new class announcements as they come up throughout the year!

I’m also in four planned exhibits and I am working on adding a few more. The details:

Crows, Group Show at Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA. RECEPTION 1/11 5-7pm

New Members Show 2019 at Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA RECEPTION 1/12 7-9pm

Printmaking Group Show 2019 at Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA June 25 - July 7, 2019.

Three Women, Small Group Show (with my mom and sister!) at Tannery Pond Gallery, North Creek, NY July 27 - August 29, 2019. 

What are your plans for this coming year? I’d love to hear your word of the year! Send me a note!

At the Waters Edge, Cold Wax and Oil Painting

At the Waters Edge, Cold Wax and Oil Painting

Space Zine - Free Online Tutorial

I decided to film a quick tutorial about how I made my Space Zine as a way to share the news that I have an “online tutorials” page new on my website here.

I am planning to share lots of resources and tutorials here this coming year. Plus, you can always subscribe to my You Tube Channel to be notified of the latest video releases. I made 13 videos this year (!) and hope to make at least that many again in 2019.

If you try the zine idea let me know what you think. I’d love to see what you make, please tag me over on Instagram!

Celebrating Halloween - Phases of the Moon Blockprinting Class

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This coming Friday I am going to be teaching a new blockprinting class in Salem, MA. Salem is a hub for Halloween festivities throughout the month of October and there are many super fun things to do there. My friend Ana Campos, owner of Circle of Stitches, asked if I would teach a class that might fit with the Halloween theme at her shop this month. We came up with the idea of a class where students will make stamps to capture 5 phases of the moon.

In this class, students will make three stamps with an option for a fourth. I will demo a choice for a new moon or a full moon-or both. You can see the difference in the photo to the right.

I will offer printing in silver or white on black paper or black onto white paper. We will get to use a gelli plate as a large stamp pad for the white and silver paints-fun! The finished print will be something suitable for framing. Plus, students will bring the stamps home and can make more prints as they wish. These can be printed on dishtowels and light cotton fabric (using fabric paint for wash-ability) as well as many types of papers.

Should be a fun night! If you are interested register at Circle of Stitches directly.

Sample with the new moon in the center, silver on black mixed media paper

Sample with the new moon in the center, silver on black mixed media paper

Upcoming class Aug 11 - Sign up today!

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I am going to be teaching my popular blockprinting class at the Newburyport Art Association on August 11 9:30-11:30. In this class, students will make at least two stamps: one using my provided sample images and one with a design of their own creation. 

The way I structure this class is to start with some sample designs to help students get comfortable with the tools, but not overwhelmed with a design that is too intricate. Then, once students are familiar with the tools, we work together to design a larger stamp. I have resource materials that students can use to sketch out a few ideas. We can discuss the intricacies of each student's design and learn from one another. Everyone who has attended this class leaves feeling excited about what they have made and happy to have learned a new skill! 

I provide all materials for students, but if you are interested in buying your own tools to use at home, I do have an Amazon Idea List set up with my recommended tools. 

A note, if you or a friend has ever wanted to try a class like this, Newburyport Art Association is offering this class at a great price, so this is a really great time to give it a try! Please sign up for the class today!

Intro to Bookbinding Class - Making Books and a Power Outage!

Last week I hosted a small group at my local library for an Introduction to Bookbinding. We made two books: a pamphlet and a three signature long-stitch bound book.

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Workstations waiting for students

The pamphlet book was a great first step to get comfortable with the materials and tools. Then the long-stitch book showed students how to use an old hardcover book jacket to make a book with your own unique papers inside. 

At the start of class, the sky opened up and a huge clap of thunder knocked out the power for a minute or so. I was thinking, "can we do this by flashlight?", but the power came back on right away and we were off and running. 

Overall it was a great class and we all had a lot of fun! While this first class was a small group, I could manage larger groups. If you are looking for a unique offering for your local library or community center please email me!

Fun sorting through papers

Fun sorting through papers

everyone learning to do the long-stitch

everyone learning to do the long-stitch

Awl work close-up

Awl work close-up

happy students with their new books!

happy students with their new books!

Two Upcoming Classes- Bookbinding June 18 and Blockprinting August 11

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June 18 Bookbinding: In this class we will make two type of books. The first pamphlet book will help students get familiar with the tools - needles, an awl, and binding a pamphlet stitch. The second project (pictured) will teach students to make a personalized journal using an old hardcover book and a long stitch binding style. All materials are included. Register here!

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August 11 Blockprinting: I am excited to share that I will be teaching my 2-hour Introduction to Block Printing at the Newburyport Art Association this on August 11, 9:30-11:30am. Sounds like a fun morning before heading to the beach, right?  NAA is publicizing this class now on their site here. Their pricing is super affordable, so this is a great opportunity to give this class a try. 

New workshop posted - Intro to Bookbinding in May!

I am pleased to share that I will be offering a bookbinding class at the Merrimac Public Library on May 23, 6:30-8:30pm. Join me to make a few unique items for gifts or to use yourself.

I love working in my handmade journals as sketchbooks, for memory keeping, and for visual journals. At this class I will share examples of how I use the journals we will be making. The first is a simple pamphlet single signature booklet where the cover is just slightly heavier material than the inside pages. This will help you to get comfortable with the materials. Our second project will use old book covers and a long stitch method to bind unique papers into the already existing hard cover binding. I learned about this long stitch method from Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd through her Bookbinding class offered by Get Messy, and I think you will love it as much as I do.

No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided- what could be easier! If you are at all interested check it out on my workshop page at my website and register today!

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