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Your Time: Kusudama workshop, Westhampton Public Library

  • Paper flower by Amber Ladley —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Suzy Shure —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Mulvehill paper flower —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Amber Ladley, Christine Guyette —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Amanda Hernandez —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mary Cleary, Candi Christenson —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Candi Christenson —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Molly Butler —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Colleen Basile, Mary Cleary —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Christine Guyette —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Lara Ramsey —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • 1. Nora Mulvehill 2. From left, Colleen Cleary, Mary Cleary, Gerry Nolan 3. Paper flower by Amber Ladley 4. Amanda Hernandez 5. Colleen Basile, Mary Cleary 6. Suzy Shure 7. Candi Christenson 8. Amber Ladley, Christine Guyette 9. Molly Butler 10. Lara Ramsey 1. Nora Mulvehill 2. From left, Colleen Cleary, Mary Cleary, Gerry Nolan 3. Paper flower by Amber Ladley 4. Amanda Hernandez 5. Colleen Basile, Mary Cleary 6. Suzy Shure 7. Candi Christenson 8. Amber Ladley, Christine Guyette 9. Molly Butler 10. Lara Ramsey

  • Amber Ladley —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Mulvehill —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Colleen Cleary, Mary Cleary, Gerry Nolan —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Suzy Shure —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Photos and text by Jerrey Roberts

Everyday waste materials, like newspapers, magazines, sheet music, calendars and discarded book pages, were given new life last week during a workshop using the Japanese paper art of kusudama, given by Amber Ladley of South Hadley, at the Westhampton Public Library.

At the workshop, 15 women crafted flowers, picking from a wide range of stock brought by Ladley to create the petals. They added bamboo sticks or straws to fashion a stem, and finished their flowers with a shank button or bottle cap to represent the stigma.

A web designer by trade, Ladley has been crafting since childhood and started giving upcycling workshops about four years ago. She co-founded Knack, the Art of Clever Reuse, a store in the Eastworks Building in Easthampton.

She said she enjoys the community aspect of the workshops and has taught young children the art, which, she says, is more forgiving than origami.

"I'm hoping it makes people more mindful of things they're throwing in the garbage," Ladley said.

Suzy Shure of Chesterfield said it's challenging at first, but she enjoyed the departure from daily digital influences. "It's a joy to use your hands to create something," she said.

Lara Ramsey of Westhampton said she doesn't think she pursues artistic endeavors enough, so she was glad the workshop was close to her home, “at a library I love."