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The Collection 2018 Workshops

1) Kathleen Trenchard is VP of GAP and an expert in Papel Picado (Mexican Papercutting). Kathy has a Masters degree in painting and printmaking but fell in love with Mexican punched paper ever since visiting Huixcolotia, near the city of Publea, Mexico in the early 90’s. Her work continues to explore contemporary designs, applications and materials. Kathleen is the author of “Mexican Papercutting”, published by Lark Books and stays busy in her home of San Antonio giving demonstrations, lectures and workshops.
See her website: cut-it-out.org
2) Mindy Shapiro is a long time GAP member and she has become an expert in Zentangle, which she found to be a great way to develop designs for papercutting. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. In this class, the students will first create a representational Zentangle (ex. Fish or flower) wth tangles that lend themselves to papercutting. Then we will Xerox the finished Zentangle and use the copy as our template for a papercut. The result will be two completed works of art.
3) A class called “Layers and Layers and Layers” will be team taught by Polish papercutting expert Carolyn Guest and Portland artist Hazel Glass.
Polish papercutting is known for its colorful multi layers of paper applied on top of each other.  Although Carolyn used sheep shears to execute her work, students can complete her project with scissors or blades (unless they feel challenged to try sheep shears!) Carolyn’s designs have been influenced by ages of traditional Polish folk art.
Hazel will show her contemporary style of layered work that features multiple colorful handcut papers too, but that is where the similarities end. Hazel uses an x-acto blade to create interwoven contrast and intricate patterns with depth, building them up from a 2D drawing into bas-relief works of art. Bring your scissors and blades to this class. Sheep shears optional!
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4) Katherine Fahey will give a “Crankie Show” for all of us on the first evening of Collection, and then will have a workshop for attendees to create their own “personal mini crankies”. What is a “crankie”?  It's a long illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded into a box  which has a viewing screen.  The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told. It can be accompanied by a narrative, song or tune. If you haven't seen one before, then a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. Go to Katherine’s webpage: thecrankiefactory.com or see a performance here: https://youtu.be/JYrNBbVqQGE
5) Keith Bonnstetter, aka “the Snowflake Man”, is well known to the GAP Facebook group (Friends of the Guild of American Papercutters). Keith began his snowflake artistry during a family crisis about 18 years ago and now has quite a following, even appearing on the Martha Stewart TV show! Keith will again use the media, this time Facebook, (since he cannot get to Portland in person), to teach us how to create these incredible works of art. We can probably call this workshop, “Christmas in July”. His website is: clearvisionssnowflakes.com
6) Jodi Larson’s workshop will be called “Pixels and Papercuts: Time to Square Up and Get Dotty”. Artists will look at some helpful tools for pixilation and abstraction from the old fashioned analog to digital apps. They will get out of the seats for an activity or two and debate a key issue regarding digital manipulation in art. Jodi says we’ll also steal some ideas from the world of painting and world of textiles and have fun applying them to paper media, and try our hands at some examples of representative and abstract images and even work together on a collaborative paper project that brings it all together. jodilarsondesign.wordpress.com
7) Andrea Martin, past president of GAP, was asked to do another artist book class. Her tunnel book class at the St. Louis Collection was so much fun and she said that she has another project to teach us!
8) Alisa Lahti is very excited that Collection has come to the west coast. Alisa is a Wycinanki – Polish papercutting expert. After learning a bit about the history of this papercutting style, the artists will cut a traditional Polish circular “gwiazdy” (star) shape and then layer it with multiple colored papers in a contemporary style.See more of her work: www.alisalahti.com.
9) Cindy Stinson-Chennell is one of the local Portland Collection organizers. She will be teaching a class in making Papercut Curtains! Paper curtains look stunning from the outside during the day, from the inside at night, while still giving some privacy within. We will begin an original window covering using familiar design elements, and tips for a successful finished product. Attendees may need to finish cutting on their own time, but some designs can be finished in two or three hours. Bring the dimensions of a small window so that you can share your papercut with the world (or maybe just your neighbors).
See her instagram page: @cindystinson2
10) Marie-Helene Grabman’s workshop is called, “Wear Your Art”. She has been a teacher at many past Collections. At the St. Louis Collection, she showed how to cut miniature papercuts and make them into jewelry pins. This time, she will have artists cut miniature cuttings and put them into pendants.
11) As an art blogger remarked, “Rosa Leff ‘s papercuts push the boundaries of the two-dimensional world. It’s upon close inspection that the separation of the cut image from it’s backing creates a landscape of shadow that makes the work reside in neither the two nor three-dimensional realm.”
Starting with a photograph, the artists in this workshop will use blades to create the delicate line work that almost resembles wood block or linoleum carving but has the shadows available only to a papercut loosely matted on a backmat.
12) Melanie Kehoss makes “Light Box Tableaux”, which depict celebrations, interactions, and rituals that continue to evolve from the mingling of our varied ethnic and religious backgrounds. Her imagery combines research, personal experience and observation. The light box format creates a sense of looking into another world and the illumination brings the artwork to life, making the scenes literally glow! Her work has been displayed throughout northern Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, and many more venues.This workshops’ attendees will create papercuttings and insert them in miniature versions of Melanie’s “Light Box Tableaux”.
See her website at: kehoss.com
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