Upcoming Workshop at Mastick Senior Center

Showoff Revisited

©2009 Leah Virsik Showoff Revisited acrylic, paper, ink, wax crayon, fabric on watercolor paper 4 x 6 inches

Fabric Collage Postcards
Saturday, May 19, 2012  |  10:00 a.m.–12 noon  |  $12 (includes $4 materials fee)
Mastick Senior Center 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Pre-registration and free Mastick membership is required to attend.
Details online at mastickcenter.com or by calling Jackie Krause at (510) 747-7510.

Oh, what to do with all those lovely scraps that are hard to throw away? In this two-hour workshop, participants will use paper and fabric scraps to create a small collage or two. We’ll discuss what makes a pleasing composition and explore ways to incorporate sewing and embroidery into our finished work.

Please bring your own:

  • scissors and/or craft knife (i.e X-Acto knife with blades
  • self-healing cutting mat if using a craft knife
  • light-weight bookbinding awl for piercing holes into paper for hand-sewing or T-pins will be provided

You may bring these optional items:

  • sewing machine with jeans needle and thread
  • favorite collage materials and fabric scraps

$4 materials fee includes use of:
matte medium for adhesive, glue brush, collage materials and some fabric scraps, T-pins, sewing needles for hand-sewing or embroidery, embroidery thread, mixed-media paper or interfacing for postcards and iron
About the instructor:
As an artist, Leah Virsik, works in lots of layers, primarily using paper, paint, fabric and stitching. She recalls that, “as a child I would sew with my mom and what I most remember is the guilt I’d feel as I jammed up her machine. Now, when the threads and material bunch up they become useful fodder for my work.” Optimistic and with a love for learning she looks for what works when her creative explorations don’t always go as planned. Leah exhibits her work and teaches book arts and collage classes locally. She sees herself in her students, especially the messy ones.  View her work online at leahvirsik.com.

2 Replies to “Upcoming Workshop at Mastick Senior Center”

  1. Yay! I finally got your posts to show up in real time on my friends and inspirations list! So excited to see you still teaching and enjoying it so much. I bet working with seniors is fun. Hope you are well!

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