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Mark Goldman, Albright: The Life and Times of John J. Albright and Tillie, A New York Girl: 1906-2001

Mark Goldman, Albright: The Life and Times of John J. Albright and Tillie, A New York Girl: 1906-2001

Class / Workshop  |  Transforming Artifacts #1

Found Treasures Of Our Lives

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11 am–2 pm

Saturdays, January 18 and 25, 2020
Karima Bondi, Mark Goldman, Elizabeth Leader
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM
$60 members / $70 not-yet members
*Limited class size

Session One, January 18th:  The introductory collage
Looking into the "attic" of our lives: What do we have? What does it mean?  How can we interpret what we've found? How does the ephemera of our lives help us to better understand the history of our family and the history of our city? How can we create and therefore more fully understand our story with images and artifacts? 

The workshop leaders will help the participants collect, select and edit their materials into a meaningful arrangement. Each participant will leave with a finished collage by the end of the first session.

The workshop leaders will also discuss how they have transformed their own "found objects" into something new, special and different.

Session Two, January 25th:  Diving Deep
Participants will be inspired to bring in materials for more involved work. They may use a variety of tools – glues, scissors, knives, cloth, needle and thread, boards, etc. They may include writing, photography and found objects. The finished piece from Session Two could be a journal, an assemblage, a shadow box or other creative solution. Each participant will leave the second session with a very personal artwork and the knowledge to create even more.

Teacher and fiber artist, Karima Bondi, has always been a maker.
Handwork and stitchery are part of her ancestry, “as everyday as bread and
pasta.” Preferring not to purchase new materials, she works with what is on
hand, be it a cast-off item of clothing, a length of thread or, as of late, the
humble tea bag.

Buffalo author, Mark Goldman, has spent the better part of his career gathering and interpreting the stories of the people of Buffalo. His particular interest is creating an historical context for understanding those stories and how they help us learn about each other and the city we live in.  

Mixed media artist, Elizabeth Leader, is drawn to the places and objects that
most of us pass by on the street without even a glance. A discarded toy or the
blank windows of an abandoned house are clues to a story that has been lost in
time. She creates art out of artifacts, bringing these stories to life.

Supply List for both sessions:

Scissors, exacto blades
Artifacts:  photos, letters, documents, programs, receipts, cloth, wallpaper, small found objects, any memorabilia that suits your fancy
Adhesive:  glue stick, white glue like Elmer's, Mod Podge or gel medium
1" flat paintbrush (not needed if using glue stick) for applying  adhesive
Art materials of your choice: colored pencils, pens, sharpies, watercolors, acrylics

Download the registration form.

For further information contact Kathy G. Shiroki at, 716.878.3549.