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Mirroring Mary Oliver Tuesday, August 1, 9:00 AM  
Lesley Riley $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category:

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To mirror is to give a faithful representation, image, or idea of a person, an emotion. Mirroring can help you create powerful connections with others, in much the same way an invisible red thread connects those of us who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. Let's connect in this Mary Oliver inspired bookmaking class.

Using the words and poetry of Mary Oliver as your mirror, you will begin the day by reflecting and musing upon her words, writing and wisdom, and then, reflecting inward, gather, record and shape your uniquely personal physical, emotional and spiritual responses to them.

Mid-morning we will spend time marking, painting, sizing and preparing a total of 8-12 pages in anticipation of your afternoon book creation. I'll slip in my no-fail found poetry source and secrets and you'll create a line or two to add to your book. The focus of the day is not on technique, although you will learn new, or new ways, to use a few. Our mission for this uplifting day will be to open up, dive deep and connect emotionally with Mary's poetry and yourself; to pour your passion into your visibly, physically, texturally palpable, evocative and stunning handmade book - a mirror of your beautiful self.

Begin now. Pull a book of Mary's poetry off your shelf, or your library's shelf. Read. Visit poetseers.com. Listen to Mary at onbeing.org. Watch her on YouTube. Get to know her better than you do now. Focus on getting to know yourself through her words.

Gather. Tear Mary Oliver inspired magazine pages with the colors, imagery, sparks of emotion and language you love. Fondle your stash and draw out the fabrics and fibers, prize pearls and papers, scraps and snippets of past projects that intimately suggest (or mirror) one, two or three of your favorite Oliver poems. Dig deeper if you must to marry yourself to the messages, memories and magic you find in Mary's words.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $5.00

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • images and text of poems to transfer
  • watercolor paper
  • use of special books for found poetry
  • paper & fabric scraps to use in your pages collages
  • goose feather

Student should bring:

  • Copies of one to three Mary Oliver poems and/or essays to reflect on and inspire your work
  • Journal or note paper for reflection exercises
  • Used hardback book approximately 4"x6" to 6"x8". Select a book that has a cover/color that mirrors your vision for this project. We will only be using the cover but do not remove the pages before class. (Sample shown is 4.5"x 7")
  • One 8x10"or 12x12" sheet of cardstock in a color or pattern that also mirrors your vision.
  • 1-2 pieces of artist or similar paper or fabric to fit and cover the two inside covers
  • Papers for pages - previously painted, scrapbook paper, maps, etc.
  • A small set of watercolors + a brush. I love this one (Click here) for $5 at Michaels. Water brushes are a nice option too. (Click here)
  • A 12" or 18" cutting mat and rotary or exacto cutter or paper cutter like this if you already have one - (Click here)
  • A 12" ruler
  • 1" foam plus a 1/2" brush for glue
  • 6-10 clothespins
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue (Books by Hand brand strongly recommended for best results (Click here))
  • Misc. items, papers, photos, etc. for page collage and optional cover collage

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: Lesley@LesleyRiley.com
Website: www.LesleyRiley.com