Last weekend I took Julia and her friend Bridget to the Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum. It was the beginning of the birthday celebration for The Caterpillar's 40th Birthday and Eric's 80th Birthday. There's always something fun to do there. They have started a project that everyone can participate in - even you who live far away.
They are collecting butterflies that kids make and hanging them on the beautiful glass walls of the museum. There were quite a few already hanging but I can envision thousands more. The next day, Julia and her friends Matthew and Bridget and I worked on this project. We used oil pastels (like Craypas) and made colored papers in the style of Eric Carle. We used colored construction paper as the base and the kids had a great time layering colors on top of each other. Then we did a little smearing and scratching with knitting needle.
They were about done after the paper making paper so I took directions from them and did the fine cutting and gluing. It was a fun project and we're going to drop the butterflies off in Amherst within the next week.
If you want to participate, send your butterflies to:
Batches of Butterflies
The Eric Carle Museum
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.