Amy and I are getting together this week to book our tickets for class in ITALY!!!!!! We are super excited!!! We have a fun group of international students on board, but there are still a few spots open, so I thought I'd post some photos of the fun we're going to have making to entice any of you that might be thinking of joining us. ;) It really is going to be a wonderful week! Our hosts, Kristi and Bill Steiner, have it wired, having hosted hundreds of small groups for a week of slow travel and art learning. Their enthusiasm for Orvieto's beauty and history is contagious!
Amy and I have collected some wonderful vintage books for students to use as a base for the travel journal we will be constructing...which is just one part of class. We'll be packaging up a big box of goodies and supplies both bought and shared from our personal collections to ship to each student at the end of summer. We both have so much love for Europe, collecting, traveling, creating, living artfully and appreciating a trip via a travel journal, that we've gathered a lot already! Really, the more I think about it, the more excited I get. Here's the thing; I love traveling to Europe and especially loved Italy, but planning the trip and all it entails is not my favorite part. Being there and soaking it up is, and I've loved traveling to such places with my family, but, I am thrilled to be traveling with a small intimate group that wants to do what I do: make art, see the sights, experience the culture, take classes, (with my family I have to find a way to squeeze in the travel journal making, this trip it's on the schedule!). Our group will be staying in a former palace that is now a convent B&B. Heavenly.
The main project we'll be working on in our class time together is creating a travel journal. We'll be using the vintage marble covered books to hand bind our own travel journal and we'll be working on our books throughout the week. We'll also be making a small folding map made with our own hand carved stamps, illustrated icons, and watercolors.
We'll be exploring calligraphy and writing with dip pen and ink also...
Because our larger travel journal might be too large to take on our adventures away from home, we'll be making our own version of marbled paper day journal that has a secret storage space for ephemera collecting while out and about. (Oh, to be with people that like to collect paper tokens while on the trip!- not something I get to do much of with my family of four.) We'll cover how to find it, and incorporating it into our travel journals of course!
I am very excited about our day trip to a marble paper making company. I know it will be wildly inspiring for the pattern loving maker in me. I'm already planning on doing some shopping there, naturally! More journal fodder, right?!?
There are other planned activities, like a wine tasting, Italian cooking class, visiting the gothic cathedral (if you watched this last season of Amazing Race, one of the last stops on the trip was right at the gorgeous Duomo! You can bet I rewound and watched over and over). We'll explore the Etruscan city, shop the weekly markets, visit a salvage hardware store full of treasures (which we can incorporate in our large travel journal if desired), visit a vineyard, and so much more. But although there will be lots of adventures, it will all be done in a slow travel, leisurely, enjoyable, soak it up pace. Nappers are welcome too, we've got a week to indulge ourselves!
You'll go home full of creative inspiration, a beautiful one of a kind travel journal, and the ability to make them for every future trip, photos, artwork made, treasures found, great memories and new friends. If you've been on the fence, you've got until the end of July to jump in and join us! I can't wait to be enjoying Italy with those of you that are coming along on the adventure...it's going to be oh-so-goooood!
For more info and photos, visit the class page here. Feel free to ask me any questions!