Tasha can’t wrestle, but you should see her box.

February 11, 2007 at 5:43 pm | Posted in other crafty adventures | 3 Comments

Yesterday, Alli, Robin, and I went to a clamshell box workshop at CBBAG (the book arts guild). I got there what I thought was half an hour late and what turned out to be an hour and a half late, because I don’t bother to check schedules or confirm appointments. Good thing we were only going over measurements and formulas. I suck at math so it’s doubtful I would’ve understood a word our instructor said.

There were about 8 of us in the class: all women, a lot of librarians. Alli and Robin have each taken, like, a zillion classes at this place, but I’d never been there before. At first, I was not really digging the workshop. When you’re learning something new in a group, the instructor basically has to go at the pace of the slowest person. The three of us were faster than everyone else, so there was a lot of lag time. Also, the workshop lasted from 9 am to 5 pm or, if you were me, from 10:30 am to 5 pm. That’s a long day. And we did not end exactly at 5. I think that we left at 5:30 and over half of the group hadn’t finished their boxes.

Last night I was calling my box a three-legged dog, cause I really did fuck it up in a few places. I could point them out, but I won’t. I sort of thought that I wouldn’t ever make another one of these things, cause it was a lot of work and I didn’t really think that my finished product was worth it.

When I got up this morning, however, and looked at my box (!), I really liked it. It’s pretty sturdy and the construction is just so neat. I love the colors that I chose (dark blue silk, silver cloth of some sort, and silver and blue paper). I want to make more (more, damn it, more!). I sent Brian, the instructor, an email, telling him of my newfound love of the box. He hasn’t responded yet, but I’m pretty sure he understands.

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