Seattle Pike Place Market- Bubbles in the Wine: Lawrence Welk Improv show

Seattle Pike Place Market is celebrating The Lawrence Welk show with this wonderful, improvised musical show. Get your tickets now, and while you’re at the market, don’t forget to stop by the the craft booths, and pick up some special locally-made whimsical gifts at Paper Scissors Rock for the holidays for your loved ones.
happy hour magnets

Our decorative glass gem refrigerator magnets make a great stocking stuffer for everyone on your list.

Wednesday, October 30 2013 –
November 23, 2013


8:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Post Alley at the Gum Wall


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Friday, Nov 15, 2013 8:30pm Thank you, Thank you. This Thanksgiving season, journey back through laughter to the land of nostalgia to that golden era of television when bright young ladies flaunted huge-and-beautiful dresses, dashing men with perfect hair tipped their top hats, and everyone lived – and sang – in harmony. Honoring the style of “The Lawrence Welk Show” which ran from 1955-82 (plus re-runs!), the hilarious improvisers of Unexpected Productions will frolic, tap, warble, and waltz their way through a 100%-improvised song ‘n’ dance comedy review, complete with a fully-improvised orchestra led by Artistic Director Randy Dixon as Lawrence Welk, himself.

So gather up the grand-parents who loved the show and the grand-children who love dancing turkeys, and join us for this happy, hilarious, wholesome Thanksgiving celebration. WARNING: A bubble machine will be used in this performance. Also, an accordion.

Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 2:00pm Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 8:30pm Friday, Nov 22, 2013 8:30pm Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 8:30pm

How to be Alone video on Paper Scissors Rock blog

Struggling with the single life or some other kind of solitude? Check out this amazing video, How to Be Alone by poet Tanya Davis and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman.
I have also learned to love my alone time, as a self-employed artist for more than 25 years. Though I admit there are times I’ve enjoyed it less than others, mostly I have learned to appreciate the freedom of being by myself, the joy of the creative process, the contemplative time I have to reflect, and the comfort of self-care.

Inspiring, the way Tanya Davis phrases it:
“It’s okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you- for this, be relieved. Keeps things interesting, life’s magic things in reach.
And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected, that community’s not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. Take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it.”

Weird new science of how we see color

butterfly wall clock, whimsical clock, colorful art

My love of color compels me to create art, and a lot of the work I do involves playing with color,  using vivid combinations to express a joyful, creative mood.  You see that most of my wall clocks and other work involves a lot of bright colors, and I really enjoy doing the nightlights, experimenting with illuminating the color schemes.
So I was wowed to discover some of the fascinating science of how our cognitive perception of color is tied to emotions. Newer research suggests that the way we see colors is very individualized, but the way our brains reference them through different emotions, are the same. So you may be seeing the blue sky the way that I see the color purple, or yellow. As this scientist put it “Color is a private sensation.”
And we don’t even know how many possible colors there may be that our eyes don’t perceive.
Check out this full blog post that I linked to above for a new view on color. There are more fascinating facts to be discovered.
butterfy nightlight, owl nightlight, dog nightlight, colorful artwork, night lights

Crafts Report magazine: Pam Corwin home and studio

studio window view painting whimsical clocks
Just found this piece about my home and studio that was published in Crafts Report a while back, written by Nancy LaFever:

Artist Pam Corwin lives in Olympia, Washington and has a truly inspirational setting for her studio and home. Its a spot that offers the kind of seclusion that feeds and creative person’s spirit. Corwin shares “The first time I drove down the long wooded driveway with my real estate agent about half-way down I turned and said to her “I don’t care what’s at the end. I’m buying it.” I knew I would always be inspired if I woke up surrounded by deep green woods, perched on a hillside overlooking the Puget Sound.”

ladybug, travel alarm clock
“Every day the weather permits, I take breaks outside on the deck and have my morning coffee, stretch, eat lunch and visit with the deer, raccoons, and many birds that share my home. I get some of my best ideas on those breaks. The cottage is my meditation space.  had it built in that spot so it would have a view of the water, woods, awn, ad my home. I feel centered there and it is the sweet retreat where I renew my creative energy every morning.”

I will try to take some pics of the meditation cottage and post them to the blog soon!- Pam

Lisa Frank studio tour

So, recently I posted a tour of Paper Scissors Rock’s studio, and I mentioned that I am really intrigued by other artist’s workspaces and processes.
This week, Urban Outfitters posted this tour, of the elusive 1980’s craze designer Lisa Frank’s studio. Apparently she is very reclusive (wouldn’t show her face in the interview.) but she recently sold her designs to the company, and agreed to do this tour with them.
Wow. So weird and interesting, all of it! Her lifelong obsession with rainbows and glitz, her giant psychedelic teddy bears, the fire-proof vault containing all her original work… And so sweet how she kept all the letters from her kid fans over the years!