Printer.  Seamstress.  Photograph taker.  Picture maker.  Self-taught chemist.  Business woman.  Advisor.  Teacher.  Gardener.  Pickler.  Chicken keeper.  One time bread baker.  Kayaker.  Birdwatcher, albeit late rising.  Reader.  Artist.  Citizen. 

“For me, studio work is like bird watching – guided by skill, graced by chance.”

See Alyssa’s Studio

processing cyanotype print

Smithsonian CraftOptimism April 22 to May 1, 2021

As Blue Skies Workroom, I was invited to participate in the Smithsonian's special Spring online craft show, CraftOptimism, featuring artists using sustainable practices in studio work, April 22- May 1, 2021.  For CraftOptimism, I designed and made several new bags and pillows that I hope to continue to produce in 2021 - and with care and luck, offer at a few in-person events soon.  Miss you.

Quirk Gallery Pop Up Sat. May 4

Saturday May 4 10am-5pm Quirk Gallery.  I'll be there as Blue Skies Workroom, debuting comfy screenprinted linen throw pillows.  Will have some large totes and handbound books as well.

Upcoming Workshops Spring/Summer 2019

  • Make a Pinafore - Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, Visual Arts Center, Richmond VA
  • Playing with Books - 6 Tuesday evenings starting Tuesday, June 18 - Visual Arts Center, Richmond VA
  • Zip It! (learn to make zippered pouches) - Sunday, July 27 - Visual Arts Center, Richmond VA
  • Bookmaking as Narrative - 4 Tuesday evenings starting Tuesday, August 6 - Visual Arts Center, Richmond VA

Creative Mornings & Making Money

"Art of Making Money" in

Alyssa Salomon, artist-in-residence at the VCU School of Business, ends her tenure with a talk about material exploration

Alyssa Salomon speaking on CRAFT for Creative Mornings RVA

Creative Mornings RVA

Craft - Alyssa Salomon
June 15, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT.
Hosted at Studio Two Three
                  part of a series on Craft

Trunk Show at Quirk Gallery Friday & Saturday June 8 & 9

Quirk Gallery hosts a special pop-up Blue Skies Workroom Trunk Show this Friday 11am-7pm & Saturday 11am-6pm featuring tote bags, small and midsized zippered pouches, aprons and hand-bound notebooks.
Blue Skies Workroom is my project of useful and joyful, handmade textile and paper goods for home, carrying, and giving.  Everything is printed with eco-friendly inks on fine fabrics; designed and made in my Studio Two Three and home studios.  I've introduced a few new patterns for summer including Flower Power on metallic silver linen and Ella on metallic foil knit jersey.  There are a fell color-filled books from Current Books still available plus new large journals with washable paper covers and thin notebook packs with risograph-printed covers.  Everything's bright, colorful, full of summer and of happiness.
Quirk Gallery is located at 207 West Broad Street, Richmond VA  23220.  I'll be there throughout the Trunk Show.  If you have a chance, come by, say hi, and check out Mary Holland's cyanotype exhibit that's on view too.