Papermaking with Anya

Anya is a sweet friend of my neighbors. She spent a few hours with me a couple mornings during the summer to learn how to make paper. We had a great time together! Here are some photos from the session. She loved making paper! (Isn’t she just adorable?! And she’s just as sweet, too.)

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Organic Papermaking Workshop 1

I had the pleasure of teaching a 14 year old girl named Anandi how to make natural-looking hand-recycled paper a couple weeks ago. She was so sweet and full of creative ideas. Anandi also used a template of Mississippi that I made in graduate school to make Mississippi-shaped paper. Of course we had to mix color pigments together to find the right mix of Mississippi State University MAROON! We had a lot of fun!

Below are photos of the paper she made:

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Summer 2016 Papermaking Workshops for Kids & Teens

Hi everyone,

I haven’t posted any updates in too long. I intend to change that this summer.

I have great news! I am teaching papermaking workshops for kids and teens ages 7–14 in Starkville, MS this summer. Class size is limited, so pre-register soon to be sure to snag a seat! Each workshop is a 3-day event from 9:00 am–noon, costing each student $100. All materials will be supplied.

Students are encouraged to wear “paint clothes” as these activities can be a little messy! Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend, but are not required.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s a video featuring my little buddy Shivank making his first sheet of hand-recycled paper under my instruction.


And now for the dates and workshop projects:

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The next workshop is an event for kids and teens that love Christmas so much, that they  would enjoy creating tree ornaments in July! I taught this workshop over 2 years ago while in graduate school and it was a big hit. Visit the old blog post to see those kids at work: https://brittanyspencer.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/kids-paper-pulp-ornaments-workshop-photos/.

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I will also have copies of my self-published children’s book A Girl Finds a Flower featuring my hand-recycled paper illustrations for sale at the workshops for $20. They are also for sale online at Lulu.com and Amazon.com.

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I hope you can join me to create fun, exciting art! Please contact me to pre-register at brittany.liz.spencer@gmail.com.

Gearing Up for Back to School

Sometimes in conversation with new people, when I tell them I am a graphic designer they ask me to clarify what that entails.  I have even had graphic design students enter my intro course fumbling to define “What is graphic design?” on the first day of class.  I was one of those students years ago, because I felt graphic design was such a vast field that couldn’t be defined in one sentence.  I have shown this video to each of my intro classes, because it really sums up what graphic designers are capable of in terms of design and output in 6.5 minutes:

 

With school gearing back up, I would like to share some local projects I have done.  My younger twin brothers just finished high school, so my skills have been of use to them the past few years.

For example, I added a contemporary spin to their sports ads for the annual football program with my original photography:

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BOOM.  Double trouble!

I can design an ad that makes your child stand out from the other pages!

I also can design senior graduation invitations, with my original photography:

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Senior yearbook pages:

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The plan is for their pages to end up on the same spread, as if they are sitting back-to-back.

I can even design classroom posters for school teachers with their favorite quotes: 

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Now is a great time to contact me for your back-to-school design needs!  If you are unsure if I can try something, give me a shout out.  I just may surprise you!

Free Shipping for “A Girl Finds a Flower”

Take advantage of a good deal from Lulu.com!  Order my book A Girl Finds a Flower from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/BrittanySpencer by February 21st and receive free mail shipping or 50% ground shipping.  Be sure to enter code KINDNESS14.

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Kids’ Paper Pulp Ornaments Workshop Photos

I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to lead a kids’ papermaking workshop through the North Central Louisiana Arts Council last month.  It was such a success thanks to Matt, Jacob, and Jaime’s help.  We all had a blast!  My friend Jaime was kind to make photos of the action.  (By the way, check out her awesome work: jaimejphotography.com/)  Check back soon for a video!

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Kids’ Paper Pulp Ornaments Workshop Tomorrow!

In my blog post Workshop Coming Soon, I made an announcement about a papermaking workshop I was leading for children to make Christmas ornaments.  Time has flown by, and I’m excited that the workshop is tomorrow!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk a little about the workshop and the paper-making process on KEDM radio in Monroe, LA in promotion for the event.  If you would like to listen, go to http://www.kedm.org/audio/making-paper-making-ornaments-12-13-13.  I will post photos and videos of the big day soon after!

Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play

I want this blog to not only feature and document the work I’m making in grad school, but also keep a record of what inspires me.  I stumbled upon some TED Talks that I look forward to watching that will inform me in the topics that interest me such as creativity, the childlike spirit, and happiness.

The one I watched tonight and thoroughly enjoyed was Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play.

At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t).

“A Girl Finds a Flower” for Christmas

Are you looking to buy a Christmas gift for a child or someone in need of encouragement?  Consider adding my self-authored, self-illustrated, and self-published book A Girl Finds a Flower to their literary collection.  I put a lot of heart into this book, and hope it will inspire and lift people’s spirits.

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Find more images on my portfolio website under the “MFA Art” section at www.brittanyspencer.com, or view its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AGirlFindsAFlower.

It is currently available for sale in paperback and eBook PDF form at Lulu.com and Amazon.com.

New Studio Video

My friend Matt Ramsaur (www.ramsaurfilms.com) is a talented videographer and photographer, so I hired him to do a short film of me in my studio.  I demonstrate a bit of my hand-recycled papermaking process, discuss why I enjoy papermaking, and what inspires my work.  Even Bailee makes her appearance throughout the film!  I will have this embedded into my portfolio website’s home page soon.  Enjoy!

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