Fingers flying, heads bowed, the women in the room are working at a table laden with paper, scissors, glue, ink and hordes of other paper crafting tools. Step closer and you see that these participants are working on a project designed by local artist Irina Blount, and it is hard to take your eyes off of the amazing artwork that is pouring from the table.
Blount, who came to San Jose from Belarus, helps the women complete projects she has designed, her golden curls bouncing as she travels around the table offering helpful hints. Scattered around the room are more tables, each with stacks of paper and other elements for more workshop projects which await the workshop participants.
Welcome to the world of Blount, a woman with endless energy and an eye for design that will take your breath away. Blount, who has a degree in Fashion Design, is a local paper crafting instructor who has started her own stamp company, La-La Land Crafts, which features stamps that Blount has designed herself.
The workshops offered by Blount are by invitation only, to garner an invitation you will need to send her an email and she will add your name to the list. Workshops cost $105 (money well spent), are located in San Jose and last eight hours. Almost all supplies are included in the cost of the workshop, Blount will send an email with the list of supplies you will need to bring (adhesives, scissors, ink and a few other items).
These workshops are designed for experienced paper crafters, if you want to learn more about the fundamentals of paper crafting Blount also teaches classes that will prepare you for her workshops. Blount’s class offerings including Copic coloring, card making and much, much more.
You can view Blount’s artwork by visiting her blog, “Everything Paper Crafts,” projects on her blog include cards, altered books, paper craft projects and more. Blount also has a number of videos on her blog which allow the viewer to get a more in depth look at her posted projects.
The store blog can be found here, and contains amazing projects from the design team Each week there are new challenges which you can enter to win a prize at the end of the month.
To sign up for her workshops or classes visit her personal blog where you will find Blount’s email address on the right and the class calendar at the bottom of the front page (scroll all the way down past the last blog post).