I Wrought This By Hand… Guest Blogger- Linda Pauw
I’ve been collecting “bits and pieces” for years. When I heard about Martha Cole’s Collage Plus class, I eagerly signed up. I wanted to learn more about adhesives, transfers and other techniques. This was my first class at Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts and, of course, as all other students who have taken classes here, this class went far beyond my expectations. It was an absolute delight!
I learned so much from Martha through her examples, step-by-step techniques, wonderful teaching style, and inspiration. The whole atmosphere was inspiring, working among a group of other talented artists. We made beautiful collages on our own hand-painted papers and fabrics, turning these into book cloth and pages. Martha then showed us how to bind them into a small book and a larger book, including all our various styles of “pocket” pages. She left us with so many more ideas of what we can do with collage and bookbinding.
Other class participants responded enthusiastically as well. Some of their comments were: instant gratification in making beautiful paper and fabric to work with to create our books; a freedom to take previous art and collaging them into fresh, new works; ideas were flowing–use of one’s own photographic images and integrating them with papers, fabric, and paint into a cohesive collage; “ugly” fabrics morphed into beautiful creations; an inspiration to use heirloom family treasures from old linens, stitched embroidery to a mother’s poetry. One participant got her inspiration from an old Irish embroidered book where the seamstress had stitched, “I wrought this by hand.”
I love that quote and found it to be very fitting. I am pleased with what “I wrought by hand” in this class. I know it is only the beginning.