art, Art & Soul, art retreats, book arts

Art & Soul Virginia – Leighanna Light

Traci Bunkers’ class was Friday night after the flag book class. I was pretty sick on Friday, and although I thoroughly enjoyed the class, it took all my stamina to get there and make the printing rollers. I didn’t take photos, but I will when I start playing with the groovy printing tools I made and I’ll blog it then. That night I seriously doubted that I would be able to do the Saturday class, “Vintage Metal Deck,” and my suspicion seemed to be confirmed when I awoke at 5 a.m. with a migraine.

At 8:30 a.m., I dragged my ass out of bed, swallowed a bunch of pills, slogged my way to the coffee, then stopped in Leighanna’s class to tell her that I wanted to get any materials and handouts, and I’d try to stay a little while and watch, but I highly doubted that I’d be able to stick around.

Then I saw her samples for the class.

“Let me go upstairs and get my supplies,” I said.

My headache dissipated after a couple of hours, and it was totally worth sticking it out. At the end of the day, I was feeling great and had more energy than I have had in weeks. To think that I almost skipped this class. Wow. I can hardly wait for a chance to take another class with Leighanna Light, Thingmaker.

The best thing that I learned from this class was that working with metal is not hard and I wouldn’t need to buy a lot of extra stuff for it. Although I did order a Crop-a-dile when I got home. That thing is da bomb. I lurved it and I can’t wait for it to get here. I will be making some very cool little metal-covered books with the inspiration that I got from this class.

Leighanna’s demo

Above: One of Leighanna’s sample decks. Next two photos, my classmates’ workstations.

Below: My work area. Another reason I am thrilled about this class – suddenly I feel comfortable with working with found objects in this manner. I haven’t felt that way, except in Dan Essig’s classes, and it is definitely a direction that I’ve been wanting to take for some time.

The bottom photo is of some of my cards. I have to tell you about the one on the right. I have been haunted by the children in Lewis Hines’ photographs of child textile mill laborers from the early 20th century. I felt good about this little girl because I removed her from her spinning machine, gave her a teddy bear (albeit a crude clay one hanging in a wire hoop) and on the back, a cute boyfriend.

Later I’ll make an effort to photograph these cards front and back and post them again. There are a lot more photos of my classmates’ work at my Flickr site.

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