Join me at Malibu Bluffs park for a fun-filled Valentine-themed sewing class on Saturday, February 11th from 10-12am.
Learn the basics and leave with a project for someone you love! You’ll also leave with a grab-bag to keep the sewing going at home!
Sew with you soon!
I am so excited to be offering three new birthday party packages!
These new packages create even more memorable birthday fun in addition to my creatively classic Eco Art package.
Check out my Celebrate page to get all the details about CReATE Stations for Little Hands, Fairy & Gnome Worlds and Wood Working too. Each package option includes all the materials and supplies kids need to make projects that fit their themes.
Do you have a child who loves Fairies? They can create a fairy home the way they imagine it with bits of this and dashes of that, any fairy would love. Have a future wood worker on your hands? Hammers, nails goggles and a little enthusiasm gets birthday party friends creating simple wood projects they can be proud of, and just tinker with wood too, while building basic carpentry skills. Little ones love to explore and experience their settings so with their package they can meander through different table stations that let them make and play in their creative experiences.
All in all, more creative fun is meant to be had.
I can’t wait to create with you!
It’s a new day and a new year! Time to take stock and to branch out.
This year I hope to bring a little more eco to my eco art practices and offerings. Inspired by the beauty of nature, I am encouraged to do more, share more of what I can. That is ideas, inspirations and creations to be part of the change I wish to see in being mindful of what I use and how I use it so as not to deplete the beauty I see.
I hope in doing so that I can be a part of what inspires you to do what you can to be part of the good we can do for Mother Earth this year for her, for us and for all living things.
I imagine that most of you already recycle — yay! However, Nov 15th is still a great day to ask ourselves what more we can do.
I think about the purposeful ordering of the slogan “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” Recycling is an amazing and wonderful way to help the planet. We should all be proud that we are actively doing so every day. But, let’s not skip over steps 1 and 2: “reduce” and “reuse.”
Reducing single use, not recyclable or not often recycled products (like plastics) can make a huge impact. And of course there is reuse — which is what we do a lot of at the studio by turning recyclable goods into art. For inspiration on seasonal creative projects you can make at home with recycled goods, check out my Pinterest page.
Even if you’re not up for an art project, there’s plenty to reuse around the house. So ask yourself, before you toss that glass jam jar into the recycle bin — is there another use for it? Perhaps to store left overs in the fridge or grains in the cupboard instead of buying new storage jars? Or fill it with flowers with a simple ribbon for a hostess gift. Whatever you can do will be a help. I’m always amazed at how small changes made by each of us, can amount to great change as a community.
Find out more about America Recycles Day here.
October might just be my busiest month! I am excited to be part of so many October community events! I kick off the month on the morning of October 1st at the Native Plantpalooza and Eco Fest hosted by the Conejo Open Space Foundation. Come learn from butterfly experts, beekeepers, master gardeners and more at this free educational event with eco exhibits and activities! Stop by my booth with the kids for some eco-craft-making fun! Find out more about Plantpalooza here.
In the afternoon, youI’ll find me at Malibou Lake Celebrating their 100th Anniversary! Are you familiar with Malibou Lake? It’s a little gem community nestled in the Santa Monica mountains. I’ll have themed nature crafts for all to enjoy making. Find out more about Malibou Lake’s anniversary here.
The following weekend, I’ll be at the Agoura Hills Reyes Adobe Days Celebration from Friday October 7th to Sunday October 9th. I’ll have eco crafts and there will also be live music and food. Get the full scoop on Reyes Adobe Days here.
On Saturday October 15, at midday, you’ll find me at Sonic Boom’s Tiny Porch Concerts musical festival at Paramount Ranch (more info here); later in the day I’ll be at City Hall in Westlake to for the City Celebration (more info here).
On Sunday October 16th, I’m delighted to once again offer a free Art in the Park day. For all those that have missed the studio, I’m bringing my pop-up art studio to Berniece Bennett Park in Westlake Village from 2-4; Drop in anytime to create. I’m rounding out the month with a Halloween Festival at EARTHS on Saturday October 29th.
I hope to see you at one (or all!) of these great community events, they each promise to be a great deal of family fun! Check out my Happenings Page for a quick recap of this fall line-up.
Here’s a great craft activity and recycle lesson all rolled into one! Kids appreciate recycling when they upcycle magazines into jewelry they can use! Simply cut long, thin triangles out of magazine paper.
Starting at the wide end of the paper triangle, roll the paper around a pencil again and again using a bit of glue as you go, making sure to add glue at the point end of the roll to hold it together (it’s OK if the glue gets on the rest of the bead, just be careful not to glue it onto the pencil).
Once dry, remove the paper bead from pencil and now you have made a bead!
You can paint beads with a coat of mod-podge to give a satin finish and an extra measure to hold it together. Experiment with different papers and dimensions. The length of the base of your triangle will always be the length of your bead.
*Triangles with wider bases and shorter heights will make oblong looking beads; whereas triangles with narrower bases and taller heights will make more rounded beads. Experiment with paper thickness, or glue two or three triangles together for thicker beads. You can also use wrapping paper, newsprint, funny pages, etc. to make your beads. You can can change the size of the opening of the bead by using toothpicks, straws, knitting needles, etc. Explore and have fun!
Well, now all that was said is done. Art in the park on Sunday was better than I imagined.
When Covid hit- I shifted gears and made a bold move to close my studio doors and take my show on the road with mobile-pop up finesse. As I mentally worked my way through how all of this would happen, I knew I wanted to have art-in-the-park days. Days where we could all come together to create in the spirit of CReATE STUDIO’s drop-in creating days.
It was wonderful to see familiar faces and make new acquaintances last Sunday as creativity flourished. Sharon from Hearth 4 Art inspired kids to draw horses, honing their drawing skills while others made robots, time machines, paintings and more. As I surveyed the scene during our event, I found that the best thing that was happening was connections, friends met up at our event, kids befriended one another, parents and kids were co-creating.
We are a community, we need each another. It was so amazing to see the positivity of connectivity and creativity unfolding on a casual Sunday afternoon.
Thank you for joining us. Let’s do it again soon!
Jemma W. Owner/Founder
I couldn’t be more excited for Art in the Park this weekend! I’m hoping to see your familiar faces — and some new ones too! It has been wonderful to hear fond studio memories from those of you who shared with me that you miss being able to drop into the studio to create!
Part of my vision when I transitioned to a mobile pop-up format was to bring my studio back to our community for open-ended art at the park, creativity and fresh air just go together! What better park than the one across from my old studio location- Bernice Bennett Park in Westlake Village.
Drop in anytime between 2 and 4pm on Sunday at Berniece Bennett Park (31800 Village Center Rd, Westlake Village) to create. I’ll have my signature bins of inspiring recycled materials for open ended creating! I’m also particularly excited that my friend Sharon from Heart4ART will be joining me to share some of her wonderful artistic techniques with you! This is a free community event ( any donations to benefit our non-profit, CReATE ON YOUR CAMPUS are welcome).
Drop by and share the joy of art with us. We look forward to seeing you in the park!
Owner/Founder CReATE STUDIO
I am so excited to offer a free, family, creative event with my friend Sharon from Heart4Art. Ever since going mobile, people have told me that they miss just being able to drop into the studio and create — well here we are! We are creating a pop-up studio session just for you! It’s our gift to the community! I’ll have everything you’ll need for open-ended creating with my vast assortment of recycled materials, Sharon from Heart4Art will teach some of her favorite art techniques. So whether you’re looking for open ended creating or a little more structure, we’ll have options for your creative exploration. We are just thrilled to share the joy of art, imagination and creativity with you!
Stop by Berniece Bennett Park in Westlake Village (31800 Village Center Road) anytime between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, July 31st and create. Can’t wait to see you in the park!
During my themed camp week; Camp CReATE we’ll make art with sustainable art flair! Each day will include a guided theme with a recycled material base and plenty of time for open-ended creative expression with my collection of reuse materials too! No artistic experience necessary.
I’ve also got a full line-up of unique, creative and eco camps lined-up throughout the summer! Check them out here.
See you this Summer!