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For nearly 30 years Marsha Shaw has been collecting weird stuff to use as mark-making tools in her artwork. In this workshop, Marsha will share her collection, and show you how to use non-traditional objects to design and decorate paper and fabric. Materials will be available so that students can make their own stamping tools and they are encouraged to go scavenger hunt, in their home, garage, recycling bin, thrift store or on walks, and collect weird things to use as unconventional tools to make extra- ordinary surfaces. Students will explore how to print on fabric and will make a sewn accordion book, inspired by a Japanese mending stitch, using their beautiful hand-made papers.

Feel free to bring any of your own favorite or special materials and unconventional tools. Otherwise all materials will be provided. This workshop is open to any skill level and would be great for educators, parents and teenagers, artists, and designers.

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Instructor: Marsha Shaw

Marsha Shaw is a printmaker and book artist living in San Luis Obispo.  She received an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Painting from California State University Northridge. Shaw was the studio manager at Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio for 10 years, at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where she taught printmaking workshops.