It's been three weeks since my last post and boy have I ever been busy! I went to Winnipeg for a week in the relaxing outdoors of Falcon Lake, then I spent the last two weeks teaching a propmaking course with Off The Wall - Stratford Artist's Alliance. This is a great organization that teaches backstage and artistic skills of all kinds. I had a great experience teaching students of all ages about maskmaking, puppetry, carpentry, painting and sewing. I was very impressed with their abilities, attitudes and ideas.
This is a chandelier that 3 students worked on to make. One student bent and welded this together, the others used spoons, plastic champagne glasses, packing tape and some vacuum-formed beads to create this very cool piece. It isn't quite finished in this picture.
If you are interested in learning backstage skills or other interesting artistic skills this is a great place to learn them. I believe there are several workshops in the fall coming up - there is a sculpture course, a hat making course, a bijoux course ( bijoux is jewellery making and costume decoration..), a scenic painting course, an introduction to tailoring and a corset making course. All of the teachers for these courses are absolutely amazing in their field and are fantastic teachers, so if this interests you check out this site: http://www.stratfordoffthewall.com/classes-fall.html