Assemblage at The Collage cafe

I joined the Grown*UP Girls Club this year at The Collage Cafe and I am loving it. While I have my own studio where I can create, there is something about gathering around women, being in a different space, and having someone else prescribe a project that soothes the soul and takes me out of my head.

This month we did assemblage art. We started with a small chunky canvas to embellish with anything we wished.

The Collage Cafe owner Lindy Stockton has gathered numerous objects over the years, from buttons, ribbons, vintage clothespins, paper scraps, game pieces, puzzles to metal objects like washers and rivets, chunky safety pins, keys and a plethora of other things.

Clearly making a mess is part of the inspirational process. I found a lovely pencil that had to be mine, and gathered a variety of other embellishments that spoke to me.

I put a layer of acrylic paint on mine for starters.

Then I added scraps of decorative paper from a scrapbook paper stack.

With glue guns and drills and super-powerful glue we had a blast making our pieces.

Waiting for paint and glue to dry was the hardest part, but gave an opportunity to walk around and see what everyone else was working on.

It is such fun to see what people pick and how they use it in the end.

I snapped this picture as inspiration, and saw the piece being used by someone else.

I am really happy with how mine turned out, especially since I had no vision at all in the beginning.

Sometimes not knowing what could or should be is very freeing, and leads to results you don’t expect.

Playing with dimension is such fun.

The front addresses the writer in me.

The back clearly needed to sparkle.

You can catch a glimpse of the other pieces here.

Go check out this lovely play space and get your inner creatrix going!

Grown*UP Girls Club

Remember when I introduced The Collage Cafe? This Sunday I got to join the Grown*UP Girls Club for a creative session.

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This gathering is Lindy’s brainchild of creating a haven for women to leave all the day-to-day behind and spend some time playing, creating and getting to know other ladies.

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The group meets on the second Sunday of the month and includes annual members, drop-ins, and another tier of membership Lindy can tell you about.

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Some considered themselves uncreative and bravely stepped out of their comfort zone, and others had dabbled in various artistic ventures.

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After introductions we were given a blank canvas and instructed to write positive things on it, in order to set the intention for the class.

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Then we selected paint colors to cover our words with.

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After a few layers we started cutting out papers. In addition to the two sheets provided we were allowed to peruse numerous art materials in the studio, and it was lovely seeing what the participants gravitated toward.

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Washi tape became a popular embellishment, and how can it not with this amazing variety?

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We chatted while we snipped and pasted, making for a lovely afternoon of kindredness.

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There were two birthdays so we were treated to Sacher Torte in addition to other nibbles.

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We also got to try new teas that were refilled regularly.

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Some snacks looked ready for a painting.

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It was lovely to step out of my regular medium and get back to my collage roots. Some people experimented with rubber stamps and added dimensional embellishments to their pieces.

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Mine may get wire-wrapped in the future, but I am pleased with how much was completed in the session.

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I cannot distinguish between the creative and ‘non-creative’ collages, can you? Each of these is worthy of an open studios exhibit!

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Want to be part of the fun? Check out The Collage Cafe’s upcoming workshops!

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You can also visit my bangles and pendants, and peruse a plethora of lovely gift items that are bound to spark your joy.

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The Collage Cafe is located at 912 Sherman Avenue in Evanston IL 60202, near the corner of Main and Sherman.

Evanston’s new Collage Cafe

There’s a new cafe in town, The Collage Cafe!

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Lindy Stockton opened the storefront for a sneak peek during Open Studios Evanston.

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Since then, she has carefully curated gift items and creativity-inspiring products for adults to celebrate our inner artist.

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The store has a plethora of greeting cards, pendants, wall decor, candles and decorative household items to cheer yourself or your loved ones up.

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The Collage Cafe formally opened in September and has since hosted numerous workshops, including book binding and journal cover making.

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Hopefully Q1 slows down enough for me to take advantage of this nearby workshop space.

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Lindy founded the Grown-up Girls Club that allows women to gather every second Sunday of the month for an afternoon of creativity and inspiration.

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From 1 to 4 pm, Lindy arranges for a project and provides a fun place to get away from daily chores and spend some quality creative time among like-minded women.

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Private parties are welcomed by Lindy, just give her a call or pop into her store to make arrangements.

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I’ve already gifted the lovely deck of inspirational cards Lindy created, and am making a wish list for the holidays.

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I also have a few of my bangles and pendants in the store.

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Those bangles garnered a commission, which was so much fun to create.

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So go check out the Collage Cafe, around the corner from Vogue Fabrics at 912 Sherman Ave, Evanston.

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Check out the store hours and upcoming workshops and drop-in classes at the web site.

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It’s inspiring to see artists open up storefronts and I am excited that Main Street has so many new businesses popping up. It’s an affirmation that I live in the right community of like-minded people.

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I’m also impressed by the clear vision Lindy communicates through the aesthetics in her store. Her color-palette and product selection indicates a strong sense of her brand, which my inner marketer appreciates and values.

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