Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bringing Another Artist into the Fold

First, I have to start by saying this; I believe that every person in this world is an artist of some kind. We are born with the ability to be creative -- sometimes we just need the opportunity to let it out!

On Tuesday, I had the chance to meet a new acquaintance. She's a woman who has four grown children and who works as a Sunday school teacher. I was working on my blog while her grandchildren and my son were playing together. She came over and asked me if I was working which opened up the subject about Altered Arts. Of course, the question that came next was, "What is altered art?"

After explaining what it is and what I do for a living, she asked me if I had an example of an altered book. "Do I have an example??? But of course I do." So, I went into my house and came back out with three (beginner) books. (Do you have any idea how difficult it was just to bring out three?)

She looked through them and asked if I would be interested in teaching a class in her home for her and some friends. She was really excited about the art form. Of course, I had to give her a couple of issues of Altered Arts magazine so she could see some really AMAZING artwork.

She couldn't wait to go home and give it a try. In fact, she even gave me an idea for an article, so you may someday read one written by her. I can't tell you how much joy it brings me when I can bring another artist into the fold.


Keely said...

Welcome to the world of blogging!!! I just started to blog in August, myself, so I am still fairly new! Please feel free to stop by and wipe your feet on my welcome mat!!! [grin]

I just wanted to let you know that I love Altered Arts Magazine, so keep up the great work. I'm excited to hear more about your play date, too.

sandi hilton said...

I agree! Everyone can be creative in whatever field they choose. This same creative ability comes from the right side of the brain whether it's from Van Gogh, DIY or the local baker.

I have my degree in art and it has taken some mental adjustment to accept myself as an artist even though I don't like to draw.

I like to sew and I sew everything including altered books.