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Next Guest Instructor…Laurie Mika July 24, 2009

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We’re anxiously awaiting the amazing and talented Laurie Mika who will join us on August 22 & 23 teaching a Mixed-Media Shadowbox Shrine Class.


Laurie Mika is a mixed-media artist with a passion for combining and overlapping a variety of mediums creating an original style of mixed-media mosaics using handmade polymer clay tile. Laurie’s background in painting is evident in her mixed-media works influenced by medieval and Renaissance art.

Join us for this inspiring weekend experience you won’t want to miss!

August 22:  5-9pm
August 23:  10am-5pm
Cost:  $195
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Halloween Shrines with Julee Herman on October 5th September 18, 2008

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Julee Herman is coming to teach at A Work of Heart!

Spooooooky TINY SHRINES!!! Oct. 5th
Reliquaries were historically used to hold various fragments of saints, the Buddha, the Christ. The fragments ranged from bits of bone, hair or flesh to snips of garments or pieces of the crucification cross. Some reliquaries are clear so that the bones of the person could be viewed. Some reliquaries that I saw while at the Vatican were inserted into the staff of the Pope at the time.

Reliquaries are sometimes decorative as in a brooch or pendant, but are often a simple box or coffin shape. In Victorian era reliquaries you could find a lock of hair of a loved one sealed into an item of jewelery.

My particular enjoyment of these tiny treasures is in the placement of odd items. I start with tiny collages for a background and then begin making a scene as in a diorama and then adding that element of surprise. They can also go in the direction of the macabre in which case employing the shape of a coffin is definitely in order!

Reliquaries range in size from teeny to life size coffins, but mine tend to stay in the range of quite small. I like to use mica to enclose the scene to give it a Victorian feeling and then I solder the entire piece. They are a rewarding project because they just come out SO COOL! This is a rewarding class because you get to make a few cool reliquaries AND you get to learn the skill of soldering.

Please bring any of your own special relics, images, favorite glues, scissors, glitters or paints. Any small items from nature are also encouraged – tiny wings are cool, bits of lichen look neat.

I will provide all supplies for soldering, but if you have your own soldering equipment please bring that with you – not required but certainly appreciated.

Can’t wait to get started… mark your calendars for

October 5th 3:00 – 6:00pm at A Work of Heart in San Jose

Example of Reliquaries