Last week, I taught a series of craft classes for our local library system’s Staff Day. This is a day when they close all the branches and all 500+ library staffers convene for a day of fun and educational workshops.
This is one of the classes we did. I call them “Workspace Guardians,” which strikes me now as jolly ponderous. They’re meant to brighten your cubicle or bulletin board. Here’s how the idea works:
I made a cardstock template of body parts, including these mix-and-match arms, of which I was quite proud. You can install them palm-up or palm-down, depending on the look you want!
Then, I went to good old Google Image Search and found portraits of authors – since the project was for library staff, it seemed appropriate. I compiled them all on a page, and sized them up and down until they were more or less consistent.
I brought a mountain of fancy paper, and a lot of little collagey gewgaws. The group then cut out the template pieces, covered them with paper, and embellished away.
We installed the arms (and optional wings) with brads, so they could swing up and down . . . mostly because I thought that was funny.
I wish I had pictures of all the wild, extravagant figures people made. They make mine look hopelessly simple. People really seemed to love this project – and I think that had a lot to do with the personalities of the authors and people’s associations with them. All those energies really seemed to bring these little guys to life. (Some pretty funny liberties were taken with F. Scott Fitzgerald here.)
The cool thing is, you could do this with all kinds of groups – every group has its own heroes. A group of scientists could use faces of Einstein and Copernicus. A group of chefs could use Julia Child and James Beard. And so on.
(In case you were wondering, mine are, from left to right: Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf.)