Nina Nightingale's Charm School is in session.
From silhouette portraits and hair reliquaries to postage stamp flirtation and suffragette tea parties, join curiosity artist and host Nina Nightingale in exploring history's most fascinating disciplines and their hidden origins! During each hour-long virtual live show, Nina will guide you through the basics of a specific craft, tell you about its often surprising importance in the cultural landscape, and take any questions that might come up along the way. Part Home Ec, part AP History, Nina Nightingale’s Charm School won't teach you how to be more genteel, but you’ll learn why crafting was never that polite anyway.
We have artifacts showing that humans have been creating vessels to store and carry items since 8000 BCE, and before pottery or stone carving, there was basket weaving. Explorers traded and transported goods in basketry, allowing different styles and techniques to be one of the first cultural elements to cross from place to place. In this episode of Charm School, we’ll look at some of these different styles from various cultures and time periods and then use one of the techniques to create our own baskets from recycled and household materials!
Class Supplies (if you wish to work along):
newspaper, junk mail, magazines, or other paper
a glue stick or other quick-drying glue
a skewer or knitting needle
bulldog/binder clips or clothespins
clear coat or sealant
Hello! My name is Nina Nightingale and I am a professional fine artist practicing the very rare art of SILHOUETTE PORTRAITURE, in which I cut your likeness from paper with no writing instruments—simply freehand drawing with scissors. This art of "shadow cutting" was popular before photography was made affordable. Silhouette portraiture is one part history and one part how-does-she-do-it?
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