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When Jen and I applied for the grant funding for the women create project one of the questions we had to answer was about how the project would help us grow as artists. My response had to do with letting go of the final product and learning to play nicely with others. While I am perfectly OK with chaos in my own process in the studio I freely admit that group projects make me very nervous. Today was the first test of my resolve! I demonstrated the paper creation process and then I had to step back and let the workshop participants take over. Of course they didn’t do it “right” (my way) but embarked wholeheartedly on an adventurous exploration of the possibilities of the materials! It was really amazing to see how many different variations could be created using essentially the same process and materials. It is good to be reminded that I don’t know everything!!! Everyone had a lot of fun and the pamphlet journals that we created were bright and eclectic. I was really delighted to see that the students were really excited, everyone was brainstorming possible uses for their journal. I think it is safe to say that we made the biggest mess ever in the art room at Infinity and I can’t thank Shane and her staff enough for being such gracious hosts! You can see pictures and read all about the process at my post on the women create site here.

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