Frida shrine/Helga Strauss
Frida suz shrine/Helga Strauss
geisha trunk/Helga Strauss
What an incredible experience! Iíve been a collage artist for many years but Iíve never gone beyond the flat surface except for a domino or two. I was afraid to take the class because I thought of all of the supplies I would need and all of the junk I would accumulate after I discovered a new art medium. Oh well, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it! 
Helga Strauss writes about the assemblage workshop with Janet Hofacker ( well known for her assemblage and collage work in Somerset Studio, see her "Shrines" in sept 2000 issue) Montreal Canada Agust 4-7,
Black & White Shrine/Helga Strauss
Frida suz shrine/Helga Strauss
Frida shrine/Helga Strauss
geisha trunk/Helga Strauss
Janet Hofacker is a fun, kind, thoughtful, sharing, and very talented woman. She taught tons of great techniques and really encouraged everyone to work beyond their potential. I produced 4 assemblages that Iím very happy with. A lot of people brought tons of supplies because they lived nearby. I flew all the way from Victoria, BC, so had very little with me. But Janet had a huge assortment of items to choose from and I was able to scour a construction site for rusty objects to add to my pieces. My mom took the workshop with me and relied on the dollar store nearby to create her beautiful assemblages. 

The general process for doing an assemblage is: Pick a theme and gather objects pertaining to your theme. Paint and/or collage a cigar box. Adhere items to box with E600 glue. And voila, youíve got your finished piece! 
black & white shrine
Painted, collaged and stamped torsos by Helga Strauss
Helga Strauss/torso collage
Helga Strauss\torso green
Helga Strauss/torso collage
Helga Strauss\torso bloom
Helga Strauss\torso green
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