Last weekend, I took a two day workshop with Rhiannon Alpers that was sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild.
The workshop was held at Inner Ocean Studio in Denver. Inner Ocean Studio is the former studio of Ray Tomasso, a well-known artist who worked in hand-made paper sculptures and print-making. Ray and I were members of the Ice Cube Gallery so I knew him well but had never visited his studio. He died suddenly a couple of years ago and his wife decided to convert his large studio into an artist workshop space. It's a fabulous space so I hope you can visit and take a workshop there in the future.
I have made a lot of artist books but learned a lot about how to make a "professional" book — making and using bookcloth and as well as adding tapes and mull to secure the text block to the cover.
Who knew book-making could be so exacting and time-consuming! But the books I made are truly works of art.
I had a wonderful time, meeting other creatives, and seeing the future vision of what Inner Ocean Studio is becoming. We needed a creative place in Denver for making fine art and I'm happy that Rhiannon has taken on the job of being the Director of this space.
She is a wonderful instructor and is a perfect person to engage the artistic community in Colorado (and beyond!)
I will be back!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!