Monday, June 29, 2009

Collage class

Yesterday I attended a collage class in San Rafael with ten other women, and it was one of the most enjoyable days I've had in recent memory. The workshop was led by Delisa Sage, the owner of Collage Gallery in San Francisco, and held in her arts & crafts style home nestled in a lush garden on a hill. Here are photos of her gorgeous home:






Delisa made it a safe environment to create-- she emphasized play and experimentation rather than competition and perfection. As we worked on our collages, she went around the table and offered supportive comments, gently nudging us to take risks and push our art further than we'd gone before. I would love to take more of Delisa's workshops. Here are a couple of examples of her artwork:



This is my almost-finished collage-- the central image is a page out of a storybook featuring my old childhood friend, Babar.


Delisa pushed me (nicely, of course) not to use too many rectangles and to, "trick it out more." She also suggested that we modify each element in the collage at least 30% to make it our own.



I attended the class with my best friend, Dogwood. Here she is with her finished collage. I love the theme and color palette.


After we were done making our collages, we went in to the kitchen for a surprise. One of the women had paid for her mother to attend the class as a birthday gift, and she said a few words about her mother being a lung cancer survivor and how much she appreciated having a mom who encouraged her to be creative. It was very moving and my eyes filled with tears. Then Dogwood talked about her granddaughter's recovery from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and gave everyone one of her little angel pins, and it was so touching. We sat outside on the patio with refreshing cups of sorbet, chatting and reveling in the wonderful day we spent together.

10 comments:

Melanie said...

Hi Stacy, thank you so much for your kind comment, I too like Twilight, thought it was a nice love film, John was'nt too keen though. xxxx

woollywotnots said...

What a lovely day. The weather was lovely too. Thanks for sharing the collages. It all looks great.

Anonymous said...

Oh, we sure did have fun and learned lots at the Collage class with Delisa! I really look forward to taking another class with her~she is so talented. And, ohmygosh...her home and are so dreamy. I loved how you described the afternoon and your photos are wonderful. Dogwood

Rachel said...

That sounds just lovely. What a wonderful way to spend the day - being creative with friends. I love your collage, Stacy. The little crowns on Babar and Celeste are perfect. It's beautiful. I hope you hang it on the wall, just like your hostess had one on her wall.

And speaking of your hostess... what a gorgeous house. I especially love the bathroom!

Thanks for sharing this with us. I want to do something creative now (and I was planning to sit on the neighbours' deck and drink margaritas all afternoon).

goldenbird said...

Thank you for everyone for your nice comments.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Stacy,
What a fun time you had with some creative ladies...a special day for sure!
Love the owl post!
I'll be mailing your swap box Thursday AM!!and hope you like the little treasures!! Wish I would have known that you love owls!!
Happy 4th !
Deb :)

goldenbird said...

Thanks, Deb! I will be mailing your swap box tomorrow morning, too. Darn, should have mentioned I love owls :-) Don't know why I didn't think of that ...

woollywotnots said...

Your collage course looks fantastic and what a lovely place to do it. The weather looks great too. I love collaging and I love looking at others They are always different.

goldenbird said...

Thanks, Katharine! I love collage, too, and have become quite addicted to it. I like that it's okay to make something messy and imperfect (because oftentimes that's all I'm capable of :) And I like that you can complete one in a short period of time, unlike knitting when it takes days and days and days.

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