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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Featuring the Journal Challenge!

This wonderful photo of a young elinor was found among our Phoebe archives. We continue to honor and celebrate her lifetime achievements and inspiration. Watch for the next issue of the Phoebe Newsletter, which will feature some of her many works of art Phoebe members have made or collected over the decades.
June 10, (Saturday), 11:30 A.M. at Marcella's. Drop-in Social Get-together will start at 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Business Meeting will start at 1:30 P.M. Harlene will be leading us in a surprise enrichment. Geri's buckle challenge is due at this meeting.
Amazing response to the Journal/Bookcover Challenge!

Betts included copies of old French papers, vintage French graphics, stamps, buttons and ribbons to decorate her pages and book covers.

Bonnie used paper, fabrics, buttons and various handmade motifs on hers.

Caroline glued down a background of gold wallpaper, on which she added a "book doll" created by using an Elise Peoples flat doll pattern.
Harlene's book covers were created from wallpaper and lace she found at FabMo, and fabric flowers—resulting in a "big book" and a "baby book."

This is the cover of a personal journal Donna continues to work on. The background is a Styrofoam black mono print over watercolor washes. 

Above and below are two of the pages she has completed using a mixture of acrylic paints, watercolor sketches, and stamped designs.

This is the cover of one she made some time ago using a graphic cut from a calendar.  

And the cover of another one which features a photo of her mother on gift wrap paper, a vintage German book page, and ribbon and lace.

This cover was painted with acylics and embellished with paper motifs, including some from an antique French book page.

Jennifer's book cover is decorated with a paper with numbers, and she impressed us with the book spine she created using fabric, glue, and Heat n Bond. 

Marcella's book cover is a homage to elinor, and was created using vintage papers, prints, and art elinor has published over the years.

Sally's book cover was made using a crumpled brown paper bag for the background, which was embellished with some her original drawings, washi tape, and bits and pieces of ephemera. She reminded us that washi tape is not permanent, and glue should be added during its application. 

Sharon's book cover is made using layers of fabrics with fringed edges and appliques with decorative stitching and fabric prints.

Shawn's booklet is made using layers of colored papers—some with graphic designs.

Sue's book cover features a lovely watercolor she recently painted.

Suzanne D shared one of the many amazing books and journals she made that were inspired by a Roxanne Padget Phoebe workshop she took in 2003. 

Anne brought her completed woven fibers from the demonstration Jennifer presented at the last Phoebe meeting.

It was wonderful that Rosie was in town and able to join our meeting. She shared with us some of her recent beautiful alcohol ink paintings.  


Donna shared a recent watercolor painting of flowers.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Love, Thanks and Inspiration


Our dear elinor peace bailey, who co-founded the Flying Phoebes with Bonnie Hoover 36 years ago this coming October, has recently entered Hospice in Washington state. These two women and the club they created have brought us so much joy, artistic enrichment, and a feeling of sisterhood these past decades. It is with great love, admiration and thankfulness that we wish elinor peace and comfort during her life journey. 

Also, our dear former member, Wanda Fudge, has moved to assisted living in Alameda after a recent stroke. During her membership she generously volunteered her time, energy, and amazing marketing and organizing skills to help the Phoebes display and sell their art and dolls in various venues such as Celebration of Craftswomen, S.F., East Bay Open Studios, Olive Hyde Art Guild, Fremont, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, and others. Our hearts go out to her with wishes for a speedy recovery.
Note date change: May 20, (Saturday), 11:30 A.M. at Marcella's.  Drop-in Social Get-together will start at 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Business Meeting will start at 1:30 P.M. Guest artist Deb Shattil will be leading us in "Everything Sketchy." Your journals will be due this month. Please bring your completed purse necklaces, if you have not yet done so.
June 10, (Saturday), 11:30 A.M. at Marcella's. Drop-in Social Get-together will start at 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Business Meeting will start at 1:30 P.M. Harlene will be leading us in enrichment. Geri's buckle challenge is due at this meeting.
A Big Thank you to the Phoebes!
Rosie and her friend, Ann, proudly display a few of the numerous dresses their volunteer group in La Quinta has sewn for the international charity group Dress a Girl from Around the World. They were thrilled to receive a generous donation of fabric and trims from the Phoebe members and want to thank everyone who participated. If you have more items you would like to donate to them, or to any of the DGAW sewing groups around the Bay Area, your donations will be much appreciated. 

Above is a photo of the dresses and the recipients of a recent shipment of dresses the Moraga/Lafayette group assembled and delivered to Africa. 
Purse Challenge Results!

The two photos above are purse necklaces completed by Donna.
Barbara chose vintage white lace and an Eiffle Tower for her design.
Harlene also completed two lovely necklaces.
Geri's features a most interesting metal embellishment and numerous charms.
A beautiful array of glass and metal beads adorn Sue's blue velvet necklace.
Not Quit Kumihimo Braid
The highlight of the meeting was the enrichment session led by Jennifer on how to weave a fiber cord using a circular hand-held loom with slots for the fibers, which are wound on spools and woven together in a circular direction, one at a time. It is based on an ancient Japanese process of weaving called Kumihimo. In preparation for the presentation, Jennifer gathered a large assortment of colorful fibers and assembled a kit for each person participating. Above are samples of finished cords, which have the potential to be used in a variety of ways. 
Jennifer, second from the left, leads Anne, Harlene and Bonnie in the weaving process.
Marcella and Geri are seriously concentrating on their weaving. 
The careful concentration paid off when the participants admired the beautiful cords they had created.
Harlene displays a close-up which shows the completed cord in the center, and the spindles of fibers hanging around the outside edge of the cardboard "loom." Thank you, Jennifer, for such a wonderful enrichment session!
Show and Tell

In honor of elinor's artistic creations, Bonnie brought a doll made from one of her original patterns. She also displayed an interesting 1925 booklet about vintage LePages glue and craft ideas for its use. A blast from the past!

Decorated books and journals will be due at next month's meeting. Above are lovely books created by Sharon. The small book at the bottom incorporates lace, and ribbons and tulle are used to fasten it together.
The journal challenge will be due next month, but many of us have been enjoying making books and journals for a long time. Bonnie brought samples of some of hers to inspire us. 

Linda, along with an adorable rabbit she made, joined us on Zoom. She is obviously a master sculptress!
Sharon wowed us all with a very impressive number (7) of her abstract acrylic paintings on canvas. Her imagination and originality, as well as her talent at composition and design plus use of color and texture are amazing!

Geri purchased this collaged postcard from another artist. A mixture of paper, fabric and buttons, it is definitely a work of art!
Kelly, who resides in Washington, has been really busy with her embroidery. She has challenged herself to create every day and at last count had been working more than 60 consecutive days. She has experimented with new techniques using Photoshop, painting backgrounds with watercolors, printing on fabric as seen above, and using embroidery to define, outline, or fill in areas. The results are amazing and can be viewed on her Facebook and Instagram sites.