Tuesday, February 25, 2014

And the Results Are In . . .

It's once again time for the results of our "Challenge" from our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap" group.  If you follow our blog, you know we're frequently given "Challenges" by any member of the group.  There're no "rules" other than anyone that participates is asked to create one Challenge Item for "Show & Tell" using everyday mixed media materials . . . embellishments, paints, papers, stencils . . . whatever strikes their fancy! Without any themes or other guidelines, the only goal is to show each artist's personality through the type(s) of embellishments, decorations, or techniques used.  The Challenge given in November was to create "Fascinators" in whatever design we wanted to share at the January Workshop.  The results have been long in coming, so without any further ado . . . 

"A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers. In the modern usage, it refers to a woman's alternative to hat for formal attire; it is usually a large hair decoration on a band or clip with elaborate trimmings and decoration like a formal hat and it can incorporate a base to make it a miniature hat designed to be worn on the front, side, or back of the head." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascinator)
Charlotte Fern created her fascinator from scratch using papers, ribbons, and images based on her favorite movie, "Alice in Wonderland" with Johnny Depp.  Don't you think she's captured his likeness exactly with the style of her little hat?

Charmaine Conway couldn't stop with just one.  Known for her "steampunk" style, Charmaine surpised everyone with her first fascinator using a formed felt hat with feathers, blooms, ribbons, trims, and touch of bling, without a gear or spot of grunge in sight.  But for her second hat, she stayed true to her steampunk style using gears, trims, feathers, ribbons, and even a touch of touch of bling.

Deborah Schinzel surprised everyone with her super dressy fascinator using an ordinary headband  and sparkly, out-of-this-world looking embellishment from a present she'd received as a gift.  Just goes to show what a little ingenuity can do!

 After watching a YouTube video demonstrating the how-to's of creating blooms from burlapJeanette Lee decided to try the technique for herself in her light & airy fascinator.  Designed to be worn as either a headpiece or pin on a springy blouse, she's created the true multi-purpose art piece.

It seems Nicole Durst was another artist who couldn't stop with just one!  With a dressy version created from a pattern piece she designed herself, it's the perfect accompaniment for any outfit.  With her second design, Nicole stepped "outside the box" a bit, using a small wire birdcage that she placed over her formed felt hat which she crackled painted to resemble  tree bark, then added flowers, moss, and even a bird nest & eggs as embellishments.

Terri Durst raided her stash of  goodies & embellishments and went wild in creating her fun and colorful fascinators.   Using a formed felt hat for her first design, she embellished it with ribbons, feathers, blooms, and of course, a touch of bling.  Using a pattern piece she created herself as the base for her second creation, she added embellishments that would compliment any fall ensemble. 

If you'd like to see more photos or details of any of these fantastic creations, drop us an e-mail.  You'll be absolutely amazed at the creative nature of all of these wonderful artists!

Join us in congratulating and thanking all of these great artists for a job well done!  We'd love to hear what you think, so please leave us a comment . . . or two! . . . and share your thoughts.  And if you'd like to take part in our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap" or Challenges, join us the second Thursday evening of each month from 6:00pm-8:00pm and you too can begin to think big in a small way!  There's no membership required and it's FREE!  Hope to see you there!

Watch for our next Challenge Results ~ Altered Postcards ~ coming soon!

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