We will fold some pretty paper dresses for this Fold-it Friday's live event and create a cheerful garland! Grab a few sheets of patterned origami paper, string, and some tape, and let's have a folding party. You can dress up too!
Download the Party Dress Diagram Here:
My friend Stephanie Girard is an artist and crafter with repurpose. I got to know Stephanie many years ago when she was a producer on a popular HTGV craft show, and I have always admired her creative energy and spirit. A few months ago, when the pandemic began, she created an outdoor gallery on her front yard fence and asked artists to show their work. Her outdoor community gallery has connected neighbors and friends during a time of social distancing and isolation. It is a way for artists to showcase their work since art galleries are closed until further notice.
She was inspired to create an art vending machine inspired by the ArtoMat, an art vending machine that repurposed old cigarette vending machines. It is now on the corner of her home in Burbank, ready to dispense works of art for just five dollars apiece.
Crafting With a Purpose
Stephanie has successfully connected artists, makers, and art lovers in her community with two unique projects that have brought back a sense of meaningful purpose in a time of isolation. The world needs more people like Stephanie to spread art and joy! If you are interested in making art for her project, visit Stephanie's blog for inspiration and more information.
Check out ArtoMat.org to see the original art vending machine that inspired Stephanie's project.
Our journaling event, the Creative Companion is every Monday at 11 AM MST! Gather your supplies and let's have some creative fun together. If you miss a few sessions, that's okay! You can always catch up by viewing the past classes, and visiting the blog for updates. Click here for the Crafting Companion Home Page, and learn more!
I recently stumbled on the term "craftivism," which caught my interest. Fifteen years ago, Betsy Greer in the U.S. coined the word craftivism, and Sarah Corbett created the Craftivist Collective in the U.K. several years later. Craftivism is about crafting with a cause. Ms. Greer instigated the first Craftivism project entitled "You Are So Very Beautiful" in 2015. She asked her followers to create hand-stitched positive affirmations and encouraged them to leave them in public places for people to find. It is similar to the worldwide Art Abandonment movement, which I have been active for many years. The purpose is to create something beautiful or meaningful and abandon it for a random person to enjoy.
Become Inspired, One Stitch at a Time
Take a moment to watch this inspiring video that started a quiet crafting revolution. Visit the Craftivism Collective to see how people are crafting with a cause today.
Let's make an adorable pop-up box that folds flat but opens up to hold small items such as thread, coins, or a little message. It's super easy and fun to fold! The best paper to use is medium weight double-sided paper, but you can use any weight paper. Thinner pieces of paper are great if you want to put your box into an art journal's pages.
One sheet decorative paper cut 8 1/2" square
Coordingating decorative paper, or wide ribbon approximately 1 1/4" x 7 1/2" long
Card stock cut 1 3/4" square
Glue stick or double stick tape
Optional: Rubber stamp, embossing pad, embossing powder, and heat gun
See you this Friday!
Register for this Fold-it Friday live event by clicking on the Live Events tab at the top of this page. See you soon!
Visible mending has emerged as a fun activity in the slow-living movement and can be quite artful and a way to express your unique style. In this fun live class with Tonia as our guide, learn a simple and relatively quick way to save a garment you thought was ruined and give it a new life. This is a beginner-level activity and no prior embroidery knowledge is needed
Gather your Supplies
Be sure to register by clicking on the Live Events tab so you don't miss out on this one! If you can't make it to the live class, you can always find all live classes on the Past Events tab. Join us!
Tonia offers a course that uses visible mending stitches and scrap fabrics to create a functional, and beautiful bowl. Check out her Bowl of Mending Course on her website!
A circle of cranes symbolizes peace, and the activity of folding is mindful, which will bring harmony and a sense of calm.
Join us this Friday, and learn how to fold a beautiful crane mandala, wreath or ring. Grab seven or eight sheets origami in several colors and patterns, and learn how to fold and assemble a beautiful modular decoration. See you Friday!
Join us for another fun Fold-it Friday live class! We will be making a very practical and easy to fold case that is not only beautiful but versatile, depending on the size of the paper you are using. Grab some fun papers, and let's fold!
You will need various sizes of medium-weight decorative paper. The folding sequence is the same for all of them, so if you only have a few sizes, that's okay!
Money Holder: 14" x 15 1/2"
Passport Case: 12" x16"
Credit card case: 8 1/2" x 11"
Postage Stamp case: 6" x 6"
The Arts and Crafts
Club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your creative skills, and share your passion for creativity in a fun and supportive virtual environment.
Karen Elaine Parsons is an artist who loves to craft. Her years of experience as an author, designer, and instructor in the art and craft materials industry has allowed her to discover and share unique experiences in creativity.
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