On Monday, Jane O'Brien hosted a workshop in the Gallery which I had the great pleasure to observe. Jane started things off by summarizing the basic fundamentals of proportion, which is the gateway to setting up a successful composition, using the principles of the Golden Ratio as a guide. Jane quickly tasked the participants with creating three collages - one in neutral tones, one in bright colours and one in pattern - using the Golden Ratio diagram as a template. The results were quite interesting and everyone had a great time playing around with orientation of their works and commenting on each other's success. Then it came time for creating an collage on their own and that's when the real excitement began. But sadly, with so few hours in the day, the workshop ended just as everyone's creativity was reaching its peak. Hopefully the participants stored their creative receptors to max capacity with all of the fantastic information imparted by their dear guide so they can continue the exploration of textile collage on their own!
WOA's current exhibition, Losing the Thread, opened on Good Friday with a viewing held the following Saturday. The artists and I were in a bit of a fret, wondering exactly how many people might show up for the Private View. As it turns we got a bit anxious for nothing, because the turnout was great! There were nearly 100 people that showed up on Saturday as either part of the PV or to take part in the demos being offered by the artists afterward. Below is a slideshow of pics taken during the PV - enjoy!