April 10, 2012

Beautiful Girl of Mine

My daughter, Jillian, is an amazing artist.  She is constantly sketching and drawing, creating with polymer clay or origami-ish paper sculptures.  It has ben a pleasure to  see her explore different media in her art class elective in this first year of high school.  Not many of the projects make there way home as the class collection fills every bit of wall space in the school studio, so I was so giddy when she shared a little tidbit with me recently.
The challenge was to create a face as a contour line drawing, meaning drawn from one continuous line, trying not to trace back over any parts.  My immediate reaction was, "Oh!  This is beautiful!" I followed the line in awe; I studied the brilliance of the abstract suggestion of hair, the use of negative space.  I pulled back my gaze to take in the piece as a whole again, and was struck with the realization, "Oh!  This is YOU!"

"Yeah," she said with a soft chuckle.  Then she explained that the drawing was just Part 1 of the project.  Once the students created a contour line drawing of their visage, they were given a length of copper wire to bend and curve following the lines they'd drawn.

This is part of the collection now hanging in the front lobby of the school.  I loved looking at all the different faces, seeing where each person decided to start and end their sculpture.   Here's a closer look at my beautiful girl!

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April 02, 2012

Toot-Toot! (That's My Horn)

Ok, I've got some NEWS!  You know that Reese's Peanut Butter Cup layout I made as part of a challenge from my local scrapbook store?

Well, that "challenge" was actually a little bigger than a just- for-kicks-maybe-I-could-win-a-button-for-my-blog-or-some-cute-paper-to-play-with kind of contest.  I was afraid to admit that I was really applying to be on Remember When's Design Team.  But, guess what!  I was selected!  I made the team!

Everyone, quick!  Cabbage Patch!  Chant with me!  

"Go, Lisa!  Go, Lisa!  Go, Lisa!  Go, Lisa!"
Thanks, James!  You sure know how to party!  
  I'm sure I'll be visiting http://www.jamesvandermemes.com/ in the future for more of you!

I can't tell you how excited I am!  We had our first team meeting yesterday, April 1st.  April FOOL's Day.    I had a little pit in my stomach that I was going to show up at the designated time and be humiliated. Punk'd scrappy style.  The part of my application where I admitted to loathing glitter?  That could have been used against me in the most craft-nightmare-ish way.  {{Shudder!}}

Whew!  It has not a horrible trick!  Instead, I found a lovely group of women, a smaller group than I imagined, meaning that my being a part of it is even more humbling.  Tonya, the store owner is fun, gracious, and a talented baker.  And Stephanie, the design team coordinator, is sweet  and perfectly organized, with infectious vision and motivation.  I am so looking forward to getting to know everyone as we work together to inspire others and stretch our creativity!  

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!  I'll be sure to post my Remember When creations here, and you can also check out work done by the other team members at www.rememberwhenscrap.blogspot.com and on Remember When's Facebook page.  "Like!"