Friday, December 18, 2009

Sukey Hughes - Shrines

Matchbox Shrines

Altoids Box Shrine

Cigar Box Shrines

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sukey Hughes is a foremost authority on Wahsi-Japanese papermaking

I'm not sure if you are aware of what sort of work Sukey Hughes has done in her life.
From www. Quatoyiah Murry writes:
Initially created as a means of wrapping and later writing, hand papermaking became a traditional art form in Japan many centuries ago. In 1978, author Sukey Hughes published her landmark book, Washi: The World of Japanese Paper, in an attempt to keep the technique alive and thriving in the 20th century. With SUKEY HUGHES AND THE WORLD OF JAPANESE PAPER: A RETURN TO THE SOURCE, Hughes brings her expertise to the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum in the form of an exhibition, complete with photos, documents and artifacts gathered during her research in Japan. Through Jan. 29. Free. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 500 10th St. 404-894-7840.

Below is a link to a fascinating interview by Steve Miller with Sukey Hughes

(I'm not sure why I cannot make this link hot so please cut and paste the address)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Classes for the New Year(and some old faithful ones)

Shrinemaking Workshop with Sukey Hughes Five Wednesdays starting January 20th - February 17th 1:30 - 4:30 Fee $225

Sukey pioneered the very popular shrinemaking class some years ago at Adult Ed in Santa Barbara. She now is bringing it to the Art Clinic.
Shrines can be any size and range from the sacred to the profane to the humorous to remembrance boxes. We will start with little matchbox shrines that open and shut,
with a surprise inside each “shrine.” From this we will advance to larger boxes, such as Altoid cans, cigar boxes, deep frames, pencil boxes, antique boxes, drawers, even
suitcases make great shrines.
Each class Sukey will do a demonstration, such as the
use of rust and other patinas, gold leafing, crackle glazes, photos transfers, and other
great art techniques. For the first class, matchboxes will be provided. You are
encouraged to bring your own materials too -- oriental papers, animal erasers,
holiday ephemera, vintage or family photos, hearts, lace, ribbon, keys, do-dads -- for
the first class, whatever fits in or on this 2 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 3/8” matchbox. After that
you may continue in any size that fits on the worktable! Paints, glue and unusual
papers and do-dads provided.
contact Sukey at

Felting with guest artist Barbara Carr January 17, 2010 10 – 4 pm, Fee $65 All supplies provided.
Using colorful merino wool, collage an artful merino wool scarf. Some elbow grease required.
Bring your lunch or money for lunch at one of the fine restaurants on Solvang
Sign up soon as we have limited space.
Contact Barbara at:

Non Representational Collage Class
with Syd McCutcheon Tues, Jan. 12, 26 and Feb. 9, 23, 10 to noon. 4 classes $75 or $20 per class.
Some supplies included.
This class is for anyone interested in getting messy and doing some fun art. We will work with paper, and gel medium mostly. You will learn some basic composition guidelines and play with various collage techniques in a non representational way.
Supply list with sign up.
For more info or to register: Syd McCutcheon or my cell 680 8713.
Images above.

Mixed Media Painting
with Syd McCutcheon Tuesdays Jan., 12, 26, Feb. 9 and 23, 1-3 4 classes $75 or $20 per class.
This is a series of 4 classes that will let you play with a cracked plaster technique, encaustic, extended field and a fun collage with paint technique. No supplies needed for the first class. Please contact Syd at Images above...

Journal Espirit

Jan.14th & 28th and Feb. 4th & 18th (4 days) 5 -7 PM. Fee: $75.00 and includes a journal that you make and some art materials provided.

‘Journal Espirit’, akin to visual journaling, allows direct access to our right brain, the world of no words, but rather whole thoughts, mostly without conscious awareness of what we are doing. In ‘Journal Espirit’ participants are given prompts, usually in the form of a story, or the symbolism associated with a word to help us move more easily toward our deeper inner thoughts.
Sign up now and join Carol Kemp for this fun filled, informative and self-gratifying experience.

To sign-up and for questions call or write Carol Kemp (805) 588-0876

Metal Clay
Jan. 23, 2010 9-4PM Fee $110 includes Fine Silver Clay and everything needed to create beautiful charms and pendants. Look at our site at to see what past students have created. Call by Jan 9, 2009 to make your reservation as I need to order supplies. ($35 for open studio)
To sign-up and for questions call or write Carol Kemp (805) 588-0876
Metal clay is fine particles of 99.9% fine silver, which when combined with an organic binder and water can be manipulated like clay. When fired in a kiln or with a torch the binder is burned away leaving the metal in solid form. It can be sculpted, cast and textured to create beautiful fine jewelry. This is the perfect medium for the novice and professional alike.