Wonder'neath Open Studio

Saturday, January 31

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The dyed wool from The Loop and Gaspereau Valley Fibres is all sorted!  A rainbow to choose from for felting projects!

Oxford Junior High students at work on a collaborative volcano game board for French Class (learning imperative).

Oxford Junior High students at work on a collaborative volcano game board for French Class (learning imperative).

A Snailbot!  Tiny little critter crawling all around the table!

A Snailbot!  Tiny little critter crawling all around the table!

Needle felting attracts so many people because it's so easy to learn and get started.

Needle felting attracts so many people because it's so easy to learn and get started.

It's always exciting to see what catches on at the studio.  Students from Oxford research ideas and then test them out at Open Studio.  Often what they are doing is so exciting, it inspires others in the room.

It's always exciting to see what catches on at the studio.  Students from Oxford research ideas and then test them out at Open Studio.  Often what they are doing is so exciting, it inspires others in the room.

More crayon and hairdryer experiments!

More crayon and hairdryer experiments!

Seriously, crayons have never been more popular!

Seriously, crayons have never been more popular!

Exciting things go on during Open Studio: on your way down the hall to wash your hands, you might see ceramic artists/painter/printmakers/designer builders at work.

Exciting things go on during Open Studio: on your way down the hall to wash your hands, you might see ceramic artists/painter/printmakers/designer builders at work.

Our facilitator, Jeighk, at work on a plasticine picture - by blending the colours and carving out lines, she's made gorgeous art!

Our facilitator, Jeighk, at work on a plasticine picture - by blending the colours and carving out lines, she's made gorgeous art!

Facilitator Heather is also at work, experimenting with a home-made stain glass paint on glass samples donated by Fowler Bauld & Mitchell.

Facilitator Heather is also at work, experimenting with a home-made stain glass paint on glass samples donated by Fowler Bauld & Mitchell.

Which also inspired many people in the studio!

Which also inspired many people in the studio!

Wood and found object sculpture!

Wood and found object sculpture!

One of many art projects that inspires deep conversation and consideration.

One of many art projects that inspires deep conversation and consideration.

The ever popular manual typewriter!

The ever popular manual typewriter!

Plays get written on the typewriter and shared - and then props get made right in the studio!

Plays get written on the typewriter and shared - and then props get made right in the studio!

While others quietly draw...

While others quietly draw...

The snack zone is especially busy on days when folks stay for longer visits.

The snack zone is especially busy on days when folks stay for longer visits.

Learning to use tools in order to complete builds!  Very exciting.

Learning to use tools in order to complete builds!  Very exciting.


Wonder'neath Open Studio

January 23, 2015 The studio was buzzing with 53 artists of all ages who joined us and typed on old typewriters, felted, tried watercolour painting, made quilts and inspired each other. This was our biggest day since our Open Studio launch so it was a genuine treat to be among so many creative people in our community. 

 

The first people through the doors on Friday: a combination of folks who had been before and two curious people who saw the sign at street level and were inspired to stay and learn how to needle felt.  

The first people through the doors on Friday: a combination of folks who had been before and two curious people who saw the sign at street level and were inspired to stay and learn how to needle felt.  

This is one of their pieces: a gorgeous wave.  

This is one of their pieces: a gorgeous wave.  

And a sweet owl. What was so lovely in particular was that our regular participants were offering encouragement and tips while we worked with the after school crowd. 

And a sweet owl. What was so lovely in particular was that our regular participants were offering encouragement and tips while we worked with the after school crowd. 

Jeighk joining the "plasticine scene" table where students from St. Catherine's School, SJAM and Shambala School joined us and played with texture, blending and building imaginative scenes.

Jeighk joining the "plasticine scene" table where students from St. Catherine's School, SJAM and Shambala School joined us and played with texture, blending and building imaginative scenes.

The watercolour and glass painting table!  The glass came from Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell - an architecture firm  in downtown Halifax that donated samples of glass and other materials before they moved to their new Hollis Street location.  The samples have inspired us all!

The watercolour and glass painting table!  The glass came from Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell - an architecture firm  in downtown Halifax that donated samples of glass and other materials before they moved to their new Hollis Street location.  The samples have inspired us all!

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Wonder'neath Open Studio

January 17, 2015

Open Studio fashion.

Open Studio fashion.


A game involving mystery objects obscured by handmade felt, much joy and laughter.   

A game involving mystery objects obscured by handmade felt, much joy and laughter.

 

The wedding dress cape in progress along with sewing projects and sculpture.

The wedding dress cape in progress along with sewing projects and sculpture.

Working on 16th note teaching tools and a gorgeous rain stick.

Working on 16th note teaching tools and a gorgeous rain stick.

Felting in progress!

Felting in progress!

Without a doubt the most popular thing going on in the studio in mid-January!  So many variations on melted crayon art and explorations.

Without a doubt the most popular thing going on in the studio in mid-January!  So many variations on melted crayon art and explorations.

A portrait drawn of this writer working on poetry and plays.

A portrait drawn of this writer working on poetry and plays.

A first time needle felter's gorgeous landscape with frame. 

A first time needle felter's gorgeous landscape with frame. 

Wonder'neath Open Studio

January 17, 2015

This artist designed and made, with her mom, an awesome headband - lace and elastic!  

This artist designed and made, with her mom, an awesome headband - lace and elastic!  

Back for the second time to finish screen printing.  

Back for the second time to finish screen printing.  

Hugely popular type writer for letter, poetry explorations! 

Hugely popular type writer for letter, poetry explorations! 

Crayons, hair dryer. This was a popular exploration by Oxford students at several points in our afternoon! 

Crayons, hair dryer. This was a popular exploration by Oxford students at several points in our afternoon! 

Helping each other out! 

Helping each other out! 

The ever-popular categories of odds and ends. "Wood" "Metal" "Foam" "Cloth" ...

The ever-popular categories of odds and ends. "Wood" "Metal" "Foam" "Cloth" ...

There were first time felters who stayed for the full five hours of Open Studio! And so much sharing of technique and information! 

There were first time felters who stayed for the full five hours of Open Studio! And so much sharing of technique and information! 

Jeighk helping with screen printing. Teachers are taking these simple ideas back to their classrooms! 

Jeighk helping with screen printing. Teachers are taking these simple ideas back to their classrooms! 

The results! Simple paper hand cut stencils and beginning to explore multiples.  

The results! Simple paper hand cut stencils and beginning to explore multiples.  

Towering sculpture "dude" from found materials.  

Towering sculpture "dude" from found materials.  

Citadel High students working on props for their play! 

Citadel High students working on props for their play! 

Felted brooch and fashion accessories for her doll! 

Felted brooch and fashion accessories for her doll! 

An expressive canvas! Who can resist glitter and paint? 

An expressive canvas! Who can resist glitter and paint? 

Moments before the glitter glue explosion! 

Moments before the glitter glue explosion! 

Making the headband featured above.  

Making the headband featured above.  

Wonder'neath Open Studio

January 9th - Wet snow and a quiet start but the room was alive with 35 new and familiar neighbours and visitors. So excited about folks who came in from Sambro area because they were curious! And new Oxford Junior High students who made so much and loved the freedom to explore materials. Friends from Team Possibles returning and leading the way for new felters; more amazing pin cushions; dancing to live music (played by request!); a bowling alley made from plasticine; and so many generous offers to bring in donations of materials. We thank you all!

 

Quiet beginnings: needle felting, settling in and sharing tips about writing grant applications for open studios. 

Quiet beginnings: needle felting, settling in and sharing tips about writing grant applications for open studios. 

Ever popular plasticine table. Wait until you see what this artist sculpts...

Ever popular plasticine table. Wait until you see what this artist sculpts...

Bowling alley!!!  From an adapted orange crate and plasticine. 

Bowling alley!!!  From an adapted orange crate and plasticine. 

Felting, plasticine and snacking after school. 

Felting, plasticine and snacking after school. 

Flowers for her dad!

Flowers for her dad!

First time screen printers! 

First time screen printers! 

Wet screen printed images transported safely by great collaborators. 

Wet screen printed images transported safely by great collaborators. 

Painting on glass awesomeness.   Glass donated from a  rchitect friends at Fowler Bauld & Mitchell - thanks! And only an hour after writing 'glass paints' on our wish list, we had a neighbour drop by and offer us materials - including glass paints!

Painting on glass awesomeness.  Glass donated from architect friends at Fowler Bauld & Mitchell - thanks! And only an hour after writing 'glass paints' on our wish list, we had a neighbour drop by and offer us materials - including glass paints!

Instant moustache portrait station!

Instant moustache portrait station!

Wonder'neath Open Studio

Here are some snapshots of our first open studio of the new year. Great turn-out and lovely to meet some new neighbours!

Who knew a pillow made from Masking tape and drawer liner could be so comfortable and special!

Who knew a pillow made from Masking tape and drawer liner could be so comfortable and special!

Parents of school playmates got to meet for the first time at Wonder'neath. So great to have a creative meeting place!

Parents of school playmates got to meet for the first time at Wonder'neath. So great to have a creative meeting place!

Fantastic felted book!

Fantastic felted book!

The epic "cape from a wedding dress" evolves through collaboration. 

The epic "cape from a wedding dress" evolves through collaboration. 

Stencils and fabric paints - all donated to the studio - were a hit. 

Stencils and fabric paints - all donated to the studio - were a hit. 

Some neighbours dropped in en route to another destination, and this artist (who visited once before during a school visit) knew she wanted to screen print! 

Some neighbours dropped in en route to another destination, and this artist (who visited once before during a school visit) knew she wanted to screen print! 

... Which totally inspired many folks in the room!

... Which totally inspired many folks in the room!

And inspired our focus for the next Open Studio: screen printing!! 

And inspired our focus for the next Open Studio: screen printing!! 

Love the interaction that goes on among participants. Two of our board members met during the drop-in session. Completely unplanned! We love that the studio has become a meeting place for new and old friends!

Love the interaction that goes on among participants. Two of our board members met during the drop-in session. Completely unplanned! We love that the studio has become a meeting place for new and old friends!

Paper card awesomeness!

Paper card awesomeness!

Paper card bling!!!!!!!

Paper card bling!!!!!!!

Found during clean-up!

Found during clean-up!

A vintage pincushion - so lovely!

A vintage pincushion - so lovely!

The last project of the day - and a chance to get to know a nearby neighbour !

The last project of the day - and a chance to get to know a nearby neighbour!

Wonder'neath Open Studio

December 20, 2014

 

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A collage for her work environment - to brighten things up! 

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Mittens made by our facilitator, Heather, collected just in time to cross town for Handel's messiah. 

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Our facilitator Jeighk absorbs the content of this mixed media work just before we closed our door for the night. 

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Last art and conversation of the night. Notice the trophy on top of the shelves? 

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Here's what it looked like in progress. Now ready for the final version?

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Dad of the Year award!

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So much conversation throughout these sessions. We already can't wait until next week!

Wonder'neath Open Studio

December 20, 2014

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L'Arche neighbours joined us for needle felting. 

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First-time felters!

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At the same table, an experienced felter who shared tips with us and made a little mouse to hide in the tree. 

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Squeak! Squeak!

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Gorgeous colours!

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Collage, mixed media in black and white. 

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Sculpture with so much character built from found objects from the Open Studio bins. 

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38 people joined us for our Open Studio on this Saturday, many returning for the second or third time since we opened. 

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Paint, flaming faux fur, paper. Kind of an amazing combination really!

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Building an angel for their tree...

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Wonder'neath Open Studio

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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After a hectic fall semester, Halifax Grammer School senior students took a break at the studio!

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Felting, drawing, painting... the group expressed excitement at having time to be creative together, something their busy school schedule doesn't allow. 

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Felted sheep!!

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Collage artists using found paper, old National Geographics, mixed media. 

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Basic salt dough ornaments with a stamp twist. 

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Great results!

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We tried stamp pads and rolled out block printing ink and both ways created lovely, bold results.  

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Holiday letter writing, felting, adding patches to garments. 

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This may have been the beginning of an exquisite corps drawing game that went around the table. 

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Our favourite spot to hang out and chat, snack, meet new neighbours. 

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Another felted sheep - this one 3-D!

 

Wonder'neath Open Studio - first Friday!

Here are some images we wanted to share from our first Friday being open. We had many visitors who saw the sign at street level and came to join us after school. A great mix of return visitors and new creators of all ages. 

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Big kids at the little table! Even an artist from New Brunswick!

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A hat for all occasions!

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An angel making soup -- made from found and reclaimed materials.  

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Heather working on gorgeous mittens from old sweaters. We love them already!

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There were so many sculptors on site today: plasticine was a HUGE hit! 

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Plasticine genius. 

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Inventing games.

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Magic birthday card from scrap paper and lettraset - intriguing many minds!

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Second week of working on the cape. 

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Almost done!

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End of session tea and mandolin playing. We were so pleased with the turn-out this week and how many neighbours came to the studio for the first time. 

Wonder'neath Open Studio

A neighbour was curious when he saw our sign at street level, and after touring the studio, he shared his paper engineering skills with Oxford Junior High students, then they tested the aerodynamic plane in the studio hall!

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There was a table for smaller artists who loved the glitter, glue, and plasticine. 

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Our facilitator Jeighk got the sewing machine threaded for a first ever (!) sewing project. 

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There's a fine handmade bag with a fantastic orange strap!

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Below, our facilitator Heather and friends cut paper in preparation for card making. 

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Wonder'neath Open Studio

Our first participants were from Oxford School!

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Neighbours gathered, the tables filled up...

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Hand drills came in handy to support ambitious sculptures. 

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As well as found objects and categorized treasures. (We have bins full of 'metal' and 'plastic'!)

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A wedding dress got transformed into a cape, and sketching happened in the cosy corner next to warm tea, a bowl of oranges. 

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