Studio Notes April 3, 2014: Rip Up and Cut Down

I am learning something from taking pictures of the work with my iPhone. I photograph parts of my pieces and always like the details better than the whole thing.  But it seems like the process requires making a bunch of stuff and then trying to simplify simplify and then simplify some more.  Lately, I have been working on some biggish pieces (big for me), @ 24”x28” but find that I have to rip them up and cut them down.  I constantly show people how they have made several collages in one and that there is too much going on.  Hence, I make a big emphasis on making a really strong background and often people will say: y’a know I think this is finished.  Because they have made a lovely space (all prepared like a garden plot ready for planting). It is visually more pleasing to have an underworked piece than an overworked one.  Many of us feel that the main story is still missing (even with that gorgeous background) and that there just isn’t enough.  So how to fill up and whittle down?  How to have breath and space yet a piece strong enough to work?  Add onto this predicament another layer: the work that I personally want to do, that I dream of and chase speaks of something doubtful and sure, strong yet tentative, delicate but solid. I began making art and writing as a way to quietly and discreetly fit into my world.  When I try to work big and boldly it usually crashes and burns.  I might have to find my strength in the small, the delicate and the private places.  I began earnestly expressing myself writing as a teenager and even now my artwork instinctively stays on the same scale as books.  There is always this funny predicament: how to avoid clutter and overkill and how to get simplicity and strength. And how to be brave and expressive and feel safe enough to even do it.

Untitled, mixed media on paper
by Alexandra Sheldon
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Untitled, mixed media on paper

by Alexandra Sheldon

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Untitled, mixed media on paper
by Alexandra Sheldon
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Untitled, mixed media on paper

by Alexandra Sheldon

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Untitled, mixed media on paper
by Alexandra Sheldon
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Untitled, mixed media on paper

by Alexandra Sheldon

www.alexandrasheldon.com

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Untitled, mixed media on paper
by Alexandra Sheldon
www.alexandrasheldon.com
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Untitled, mixed media on paper

by Alexandra Sheldon

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introducing PILLOWS!
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made from collages by Alexandra Sheldon

Blue Leaves by Alexandra Sheldon, Mixed media, 12”x12”
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Blue Leaves by Alexandra Sheldon, Mixed media, 12”x12”

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Mixed Media collage by Alexandra Sheldon

Mixed Media collage by Alexandra Sheldon

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Mixed Media Collage by Alexandra Sheldon

Mixed Media Collage by Alexandra Sheldon

Collage Open House Reminder

Please join us at the CollageCollective for our open house, etc.


Collage Open House:

Sunday January 13. 1-5 pm.

 

Winter Doldrums Open House!

Come watch demonstrations of different collage techniques.

Come make a collage yourself.

Perfect time to come see what we do at The Collage Collective.

Bring friends.

Refreshments & Music.

Demonstrations at: 2pm: Alexandra making backgrounds using magazine transfers.

                              3pm: Ellen making Gesso prints and glazing them.

                              4pm: Ann demonstrating the peeled paper technique.

 

 

Color Workshop:

Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19. 10-4pm 


I am often asked to teach this workshop.  Mixing color is a lost art.  In this two day workshop we will learn to mix colors from scratch using acrylic paint.  Participants will be asked to choose a palette of 12 colors.  We will paint a variety of papers with these colors which will be used in the future for collage.  Paints and paper included, $210. Parking available.  Bring a lunch.

 


Winter Monday Night Collage Bee:


Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25.


In my Cambridge studio. 8 classes from 6:30-9pm.  Come and be together in exploration of different collage materials and techniques. Emphasis will be on finding a personalized lexicon of images and colors.  Materials included, parking available and good company a certainty.  This is a wonderful class for beginners wanting to get started and seasoned artists looking for new ideas.  8 Weeks, $245 includes all materials. 



Saturday Collage Workshops & Saturday Themed Workshops:

All Saturday Workshops begin at 1pm and go to 6pm.  The cost is $75, which includes all materials.

Sat. February 9: Classic Collage

Sat. March 2: Minimalism & Collage

Sat. March 30: Classic Collage

Sat. April 13: Wassily Kandinsky & Collage

Sat. April 27: Classic Collage

Sat. May 18: Springtime Explosion

Class Descriptions:

• Classic Collage:  All ‘classic’ collage workshops will begin with a drawing, painting or printmaking exercise to loosen up and get out of the   
  head and into the body.  The materials we make will then be cut up for collage.  Open and recommended for all levels.

• Themed Collage: This is where collages are made to emulate a style or atmosphere of a certain  theme.  For example, in “Minimalism &
  Collage” I will present the history of the art movement Minimalism, then we will make spare and simple painted papers to create collages
  stripped down to their essentials.  Great for all levels.

• Minimalism & Collage: Stripped of static and unnecessary noise, using a palette of creams and grays, make spare and simple collages.

• Wassily Kandinsky & Collage: Abstract, dynamic, explosive with a sense of whirling energy systems.  We will explore  Kandinsky and make
  collages that reflect his sensibility.

• Springtime Explosion: Using a palette of spring colors we will make Paste Paper - the technique of covering papers with a mixture that can 
  be patterned, combed, textured and stamped.  Collages will be made with the papers we make.


Spring Monday Night Collage Bee:


April 1, 8, 15, & 22. May 6, 13, & 20. June 3.

Same description as above.


Drop In Classes
:


Thursdays & Fridays, 1pm-5:30pm

Every week my studio is open from 1- 5:30 for what I call drop-in.  No instruction given but I will give advice, consultations and technical advice.  $40 for the afternoon.  Simply email me in advance a day or two.  Bring your own materials or pay $5 extra for mine.


Upcoming Snow Farm Classes:

(Register here)

2 Day Workshop - Collage Intensive
  25-27 May 2013
  12-14 October 2013


• 5 Day Workshops - In Depth Collage
  April 28- May 4 2013 
  11-17 August 2013
  6-12 October 2013


Reservations & Payment:

To reserve a space in any class, please send your choice of class & dates, with a check payable to: Alexandra Sheldon and should be sent to: 32R Essex Street Cambridge, MA 02139.

*All Class information can also be viewed on my website here

Alexandra Sheldon
32r Essex Street, Cambridge MA 02139
617.429.4434
alexandrasheldon@comast.net
www.alexandrasheldon.com

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