Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NEW workshop just announced

We have finalized our plans with Carol Sloan for a 2 day workshop
here at the new studio for Oct 12th and 13th entitled
“Bound By Heart, Made By Hand”

Put together a hand bound journal or artist book as you learn to integrate your personal keepsakes. You will learn how to construct a book using techniques that anyone can master. We will cover ways to add your vintage ephemera, add bits and pieces of lace, trim, fabric & fibers as well as treasured papers to create a book that is uniquely yours.

This class is packed with great techniques including:
Understanding the differences in papers and
acrylic mediums and which mediums to use at what time.

Great ways to include vintage linens and keepsakes
that you have been hanging onto will also be included in this workshop.

Other techniques that you will learn include the following:
•Basic construction of a handmade book.
•Sewing on nontraditional surfaces.
•making and painting signatures/book pages
•collage methods to create beautiful book pages
•constructing a waterproof book cover
•machine and hand-stitching techniques to attach signatures

Whether you use your journal to record your thoughts,
do some urban sketching or jot down ideas
for your next project, you’ll love the techniques
that you learn AND you will go home
with a “one of a kind” hand bound book
that will be the envy of all your friends!

DATES: Tues and Wed. Oct 11th & 12th
COST: $245
TIME: 10 am till 4pm
INCLUDED: 2 days of instruction and 2 days of catered lunch

Monday, September 12, 2011

It won't be long now.....

Since last December the thoughts of owning this 1920's bungalow
on the edge of town has taunted and teased us with it's
location, charm, innocence and opportunity.

Throughout the process of 6 months ,the ideas and visions of setting up
our new Random Arts was twirling around in our heads 24/7
and finally, this past June 4th, it became a reality... and the work set in.

As winter became spring and spring flung us into summer,
we've mastered the art of tuckpointing, venetian plastering, carpentry,
radiator heat systems, crawl space integrity, flooring,
landscaping, insulation, drywall,
painting and priming and everything in between.

The rewards of all of this are coming to an end/beginning as the
opening of Random Arts is right around the corner.
Although there are a few things left undone we feel that we
are close enough to say " WELCOME" to all of you.

As we get started,
the plans are to be open Thursday,
Friday and Saturday from 10-5
beginning Thursday, Sept. 22nd at 10 am

(although this is a picture from the spring, the house
still looks the same. You can't miss it as you drive
into Saluda from I-26. Its less than a mile on your left
before you get to the
T in the road.)

Workshops are being scheduled for both this year and into 2012.

Friday, Sept. 30th RANDOM STROKES with Catherine Langsdorf

For most creative people, doodling is something they have do
ne all their lives. It is a release. A pen and a piece of paper can lead to amazing things. It can travel easily with you and put you into an artistic zone. Join us for a day of creative play and learning. Many of the doodlings will be based on patterns that when added together create intricate pieces. Learn about the art of Zentangle®, the method created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. This relaxing pen and ink artform can help even the most hesitant person find a creative outlet. Great for journaling.
Catherine Langsdorf, currently lives in the beautiful mountains of Western, NC. Catherine has been studying calligraphy for over 20 years and has been teaching for 15 of those years. Catherine enjoys many forms of lettering - from the formal copperplate to the casual brush letters. Catherine also dabbles in the altered arts, bookmaking and watercolor painting. Her work can be viewed on her two blogs:

She has most recently been published in Somerset Studio, Sept/Oct 2011 issue.
10 am till 2pm COST $35. per person
Limit 12

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Saturday, October 22nd, My True Nature Book with Kristi Steiner
Kristi has mixed it up again, this time creating a darling book from a jewelry box– what she calls a BOX BOOK!
'Longing to touch what is real' is the theme of this diminutive project.
Gifts from nature are showcased in two box frames which serve as book covers.Texture abounds as we play with crackle paste, modeling paste, and metal patinas.Gossamer pages hold butterfly wings and dried flowers. See the countless ways thenew Distress Stains can tint and color every surface.
Your finished book will be filled with
the wonders of your true, beautiful nature.

A kit of essentials is included

10 am till 4pm
cost $115. includes catered lunch

Limit 12
Email to register

Saturday, Nov. 5th "Kisses sweeter than Wine" bracelet with Louise McClure
10 am till 4pm

Create this narrative, mixed-media bracelet complete with three
very special charms and one wire wrapped and beaded fabric bead. #1: Layer
images and elements in a resin filled metal bezel. #2: Apply text from a vintage
french dictionary to a chandelier crystal. Add bits of fiber, glass beads,
swarovski crystals. #3: Layer a lovely lucite flower with a swarovski crystal
rondel. #4: Learn to wrap, hammer and oxidize copper wire to create special
beaded links, wire wrapped fabric beads and closures.

Class fee $95. Includes ALL the materials
just bring your jewelry tools ie; pliers etc to the class.
Limit 12

So far our calendar for 2012 includes the following instructors....
Jane LaFazio
Michael deMeng
Sue Pelletier
• Louise McClure
Kristi Steiner

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Our new address is
481 Louisiana ave
saluda, NC 28773