Thursday, November 20, 2008

Artascope Studio Holiday Show Stars

Suzanne Drown is one of our batik specialist at Artascope Studios. Long time steward and teacher at Artascope, Suzanne also runs her full time business, Sunfire Batiks. Using the ancient process of batiking, Suzanne Drown creates colorful and unique images for framed artwork, scarves, pillows, prints, pins and cards. She is very well known for her beautiful work all over Maine and has quite a busy schedule of shows throughout the year. We are excited that she will be ending her busy crafting season with us. You can learn more about her work at .

Diane Brakeley, owner of Della Mano Designs, is a popular teacher at Artascope Studios. Diane has also had a lasting relationship with our studio as steward and teacher. She is primarily a fiber artist, using fabrics and fibers in different ways to enhance wearable art. Diane also have an aversion to throwing anything away (her Mom survived the Great Depression) so she has branched off into found object jewelry. She loves giving things a second chance, so you’ll find her recycling most anything. Always unique, stylish and fun, Diane's work is definitely work a second look. So come check her out this December.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Artascope Studio's 3rd Annual Holiday Show and Sale Excitement

The Holiday Buzz
As we watch the thermometer dip and the last of the leaves falling off bare branches, we can sense that winter is on its way. And with this arctic chill approaching, so is all the excitement of the holiday season! This year Thanksgiving seems to be coming a little late on November 27th. But no matter, there is so much to celebrate!

Here are Artascope Studios, we are gearing up for our Annual Holiday Show and Sale. With over 20 artists ready to share their works, this will be a sale to remember. In the next few weeks, I will be highlighting the artist participating in our yearly event to give you a taste of all the treasures you will find here at 352 Cottage Rd. So make sure to stop by this December and feast your eyes on our beautiful, artistic bounty! Something for everyone!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

ArtEscape Weekend- All Tied Up!

Recycled Necktie
Artascope was up to our necks in ties a few weekends ago. Diane Brakeley taught her Recycled Necktie ArtEscape Weekend to a very excited group of students. Each student learned how to weave a chair seat, make headbands and even skirts with a collection of some pretty cool silk neckties.

Everyone had a blast working on their chairs! A balance of simple sewing, good color palettes mixes and a few tricks up their sleeves...their chairs were phenomenal! Talk about a weekend to remember. Check out the great photos we took over the weekend.

Think you would like to try out one of our fabulous weekends? What are you doing November 21-23rd? Here's our offerings for you! Rug Hooking with Special Guest Teacher: Kim Dubay
Just like knitting, rug hooking is back! In this class you’ll learn the basics of how to hook rugs. Students will be encouraged to start with a smaller project; a pillow, wall hanging or purse, and will use this project to learn the process from start to finish. Students will also be taught edge binding techniques and how to properly care for your finished piece.
$175 class / plus materials kit
Pre-register$20 non-refundable deposit

Metalsmithing with Christina Taylor
Here’s your chance to learn metalsmithing in a fun, relaxed atmoshpere! Learn how to handle the equipment necessary to create fantastic silver jewelry. Master the torch, drill, rolling mills, hammers, mandrels, and other tools to create gorgeous rings, bangles and earrings. Great for beginners or returning students.

$175 class / plus materials kit
Pre-register$20 non-refundable deposit

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kid's Art Party-Tie Dye Fun!

Tie-Dye Kid's Art Party!
What a great way to celebrate your birthday with your favorite friends! Sue Drown Trout taught a wonderful Kid's Art Birthday Party at Artascope Studios a few weeks back. Each partygoer created their own design that they drew on their tees with wax after creating the final design on paper. Sue taught them how to dye the decorated shirts in fabric dye, twisting and dipping to create the "tie-dye" effect. Talk about a cool birthday party favor to take home and wear!

The group worked hard on their special shirts while having a ton of fun. There were cake to eat and presents to open at the end of this birthday event.
So when you are planning your children's next birthday event...why not consider our talented staff and great location for one unforgettable party. Check us out at