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Well I'm back from my 5 days of creative bliss. As you can see from the title of this post I am totally exhausted, got 3 cuts from various classes, (notice the bandage on my finger in the photo below) many bruises on my arms, and a badly burned tongue from dinner at a local chinese restaurant. (More on that later.) Because of all my mishaps I fell in love with this found object sculpture that another artist had for sale at the Friday night Artists Faire. When I saw him he just made me laugh and he is now my "patron saint" of boo-boos. The name given to him by the artist is "Bandage Boy". (How appropriate is that?)
This selection of fine feathered friends is from a class I took called "Birds Gone Wild" which was taught by the lovely Leighanna Light. (See if you can guess which one is mine.) We were to bring all kinds of found metal objects and then got busy cutting and attaching stuff to make our menagerie. (Oddly enough this is not the class that I got cut in.)
This wonderful collection was brought by my neighboring classmate, Debbie, who was also from Michigan. When she walked in burdened with 2 suitcases of stuff I just had to know what was in them.
This collection of metal books and cards were the teachers samples for another couple of classes she was teaching. Our "Birds Gone Wild" class was probably my favorite and had a wonderful energy the whole time we were working. The sound of pounding, drilling, and banging metal brought many students in to peek at what we were doing so there was a constant flow of excitement coming and going with everyone that came in.
This is a lovely book made by Leighanna's significant other Thomas Ashburn. I was lucky enough to take a class from him too but not on how to learn to make the above book. The class was called "Charming Sheet Metal Pendants" and was a blast also.
I know you are probably dying to see more of what I did and I am surely anxious to show you. Right now I have to unpack, and find more of the finished projects that I did so I can photograph them. Unfortunately some of them are not finished so you may have to wait a few days or more before I can finish them and post them. For now I decided to post these few images to give you a taste of what I experienced.