CFCAF 2015: IT’S A ME-TREAT, MUCH MORE THAN ANY RETREAT

23 11 2014
KETZEL - SCARABS

KETZEL – SCARABS

KETZEL - FAUX DRIFTWOOD

KETZEL – FAUX DRIFTWOOD

Just a little reminder to those thinking about attending Cabin Fever – this not a retreat – it’s a well-deserved ME-TREAT for yourself.  There are many retreats sponsored by polymer guilds around the country, but CFCAF is not that.  It is an opportunity to connect with friends, old and new, and treat yourself to a few days of learning from some of the best and brightest in the community.  Reaffirm your reasons for doing what you do.  CFCAF is the ONLY International event on the East Coast where you can choose from nearly 24 workshops and over one dozen instructors.  Yes, there are plenty of guild retreats out there, but only at Cabin Fever will you get the brightest and the best all in one location!

Randee Ketzel’s book, “Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception“, co-written with Kim Schlinke, has been one of the top sellers in craft books on Amazon.com.  Randee will be teaching one full-day workshop on faux driftwood, and another 4-hour workshop on polymer scarabs.  Don’t miss your chance to learn from Randee at CFCAF:

click here for the registration form and workshop descriptions.

As registration for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest continues, I’d like to remind potential attendees of several things.  Maureen Carlson will be the honoree for 2015…help us honor her contributions over the last 2 decades.  We have instructors and attendees who come from across the country and over the seas…it’s not just a local event. Our supporters are many and are very generous so don’t miss out.





CFCAF 2015: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? INSPIRATION ABOUNDS!

10 11 2014

We, as artists, crafters, creators, draw inspiration for our art from all around us. Some of us are tactile, others more visceral. Some see lines and shapes while others see colors that inspire them.

No matter, we all draw from different places, but need that something to ignite that “creative spark.”  Each year, as I plan for Cabin Fever, I consider carefully the mix of instructors who will be teaching.  The variety of instruction offered is important – most are not coming just to learn from one instructor, but several.  What is it that draws you to their work?  How do you connect with it?

Let’s face it, we don’t all want to do just caning, or just sculpture, or just surface treatments.  So, who will inspire you this year?  Let’s begin with sculpture:

CARLSON - TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

CARLSON – TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

Maureen Carlson, with storytelling adventures and development of whimsical her characters?

DOROSHOW - GARDEN BOOK3

DOROSHOW – GARDEN BOOK3

Dayle Doroshow, with her tales of France, fields of flowers and images of simpler times?

FRIESEN - DRAMATIC ADORNMENTS

FRIESEN – DRAMATIC ADORNMENTS

Or Christi Friesen with her dramatic flowing creations and gentle waves of color?

Cabin Fever has it all – you just need to pick and choose carefully.

****** CFCF 2015 Registration Form and Workshop Descriptions ******

 





CFCAF 2015: A TRADITION CONTINUES – ARE YOU IN and WILL YOU HELP??

6 11 2014

There are two things that happen each year at Cabin Fever that make it unique over any other Creative Arts event out there.  First, we honor one or more of those in our community who have paved the way for many. In 2015, we hope you will join us to help honor Maureen Carlson of WeeFolk and Maureen Carlson’s Center for the Arts in Jordan, MN as she received the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award for 2015.  Since 2009, we’ve been honoring some of these pioneers in the polymer world, those who came before many of us and tested the waters and the medium, bringing good and bad results to the forefront so the rest of us can learn from their triumphs and mistakes.  Maureen designed many of the face molds that we began using for doll-making, etc.  Maureen will be teaching a two-day workshop in addition to two 4-hour workshops.  Her creative wit and reflection as she inspires others is worth its weight in gold.  You can read more about her story in an upcoming post.

The second happening at Cabin Fever is the ability to participate in the auction which raises funds for non-profit organizations close to our heart.  In 2015, we will be raising funds for two charities that will benefit some in our own community.  The  first is the Prison Project – organized by Cynthia Tinapple, and raising funds for childhood cancer patients, including Baby Cullen, Kim Cavender’s grandson who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the highlights you will be part of when you REGISTER HERE.

1. You will help us to celebrate our 8th year of bringing you not one, not two, not even three guest artists, but 17 instructors from around the country and around the world.  Yes, CFCAF has been an international event from our very first year!

2. You will have your choice of full-day workshops or half-day workshops or better yet, BOTH – the best of both worlds.  Who are the instructors?    Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 Instructors include: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Ann and Karen Mitchell, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

3. Be one of the first 50 to register and receive a commemorative canvas goody bag filled with lots of treats from suppliers and organizers.

DON’T WAIT AND BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD – REGISTER HERE NOW!





CFCAF 2015: REGISTRATION OPENS WITH A BANG!

30 10 2014
HUMPERT - GRAFFITI BRACELETS

HUMPERT – GRAFFITI BRACELETS

Ok, ok, so probably not the best idea to write and post at 4AM, but hey, I had the time just then.  Should have realized that a mistake was inevitable.  So, dates now correct and moving onward.

Registration is now officially open for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015, now in our 8th year, and boy, did we have a great start!  We had more hits than ever on our blog  for one day- nearly 900.  Pretty impressive everyone!  Thanks for the support and encouragement to keep this event going.

I also can’t say enough about the quality of instructors we’ve had over the years, from the seasoned professionals to the aspiring instructors, they have all delivered their very best for you, our audience and supporters.  This year will not disappoint.  Take a look at the offerings and email me with any questions you may have.  Don’t miss your chance to join us.

Just CLICK ON THIS LINK to take you to the registration form.

 





CFCAF 2015: REGISTRATION IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN!

30 10 2014
HUMPERT - TRANSPARENT LEAVES EARRINGS

HUMPERT – TRANSPARENT LEAVES EARRINGS

Whew – it’s finally done!  Registration is now officially opened for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015! (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORMS AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS.)  We’ve got a great line-up and there is no other polymer event of this type, in the US or abroad, that brings you the opportunity to select from so many instructors and classes.  The goal is to change it up a bit each year to make it interesting and in most cases, the instructors are teaching new workshops – cutting edge workshops – so your time is now to take advantage.

Thank you to everyone who has been patient with me  getting this up and running while I worked some things out and dealt with life issues.

Here are just a couple of things you need to know:

1. Maureen Peck Carlson is the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipient for 2015.  Maureen has been instrumental and influential in so many ways in the polymer world and her warm spirited nature and kindness just adds to the novelty of her skills as a teacher and friend.  I hope that everyone reading this post will take a moment to send me a quick note of congrats to Maureen and how she may have influenced your world/life.  Send to cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com.

2. Some may notice that the name of the event has been changed from Cabin Fever CLAY Festival to Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest.  This was done for several reasons, but most importantly, to be more inclusive of the Arts Community as a whole.  Those of us who have been around this microcosm of polymer know that there are many different mediums that marry well with polymer.  Fiber arts, metal clay, beading, wire working, etc. all have involvement in some way with many working with polymer.  I felt it appropriate to include them all, although these other arts may not be included in every CFCAF event.

3. The workshop fees are still reasonably priced, although a $30 registration fee has been added on to each registration to better cover incidental costs (purchasing new ovens!) and includes admittance for each attendee to the Tuesday evening celebration and silent auction.  After careful consideration and 7 years experience with this event, this seemed the logical way to ensure all costs are covered.

4. The silent auction will benefit two different charities. While I can’t reveal them just yet, I know that most people, whether attending or just sending in a contribution for the auction, will be more than willing to participate and help. More on this at a later date, once everything is set in place.

5. Please make certain to share the information about this event with as many of your polymer friends, guilds, etc. as possible.  The event is run on a shoestring, so it’s important to get the word out on social media and through any networks available.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

6. I had hoped to get the registration completely up online, but being less than tech-savvy, have been unable to accomplish this task so far.  I am still working on it and hope to get some form up before long.  But if I don’t, please don’t hold it against me.  I’m just a single, middle-aged mother of a wonderfully curious and extremely active 4-year-old who requires more attention than I ever dreamed of, but I am so glad of it.  My motto has become, “I know it’s important and I’ll get around to it when I can … or not.”

On that note, registrations will start coming in very quickly and classes will fill.  Don’t wait – if you want to attend, select the workshops you want to take, start saving and send in your deposit to hold your spot. Hope to see you in February,

 





CFCAF 2015: REGISTRATION TO OPEN TODAY…BUT

28 10 2014
TOPINA - OPENWORK

TOPINA – OPENWORK

Hello, my friends.  Please forgive my absence, but it’s been a long, challenging few months – I am looking forward to seeing the bright side of things very soon.  My intention was to get the registration for CFCAF 2015 up by midnight, 10/28, but I ran into a few snafus and just couldn’t get it done.  So, I will take my leave now and get some sleep in anticipation of succeeding with my task tomorrow (today!)  I guarantee  you that you will not be disappointed!  Get ready to send in your registrations…the first 50 people to register and pay in full will receive a special commemorative bag!  And, payment plan will still apply for those who need a little extra time to gather funds.

The line-up of instructors is incredible and I feel very fortunate to have them joining us.  Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 Instructors include: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Ann and Karen Mitchell, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

Just a couple of picture to give you an idea of what I’ve been dealing with since I returned home from Master Class Camp in late July.  I have been unable to use my kitchen and hall bathroom since then.  We are well, but exhausted. Looking forward to finally getting my home back.100_4979 100_5098





CFCAF 2015: MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW – FEB. 12-18, 2015

21 08 2014

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Mark your calendar now to attend the 8th year of Cabin Fever!  CFCAF 2015 dates are February 12 – 18, 2015 at the Holiday Inn West, Laurel, Maryland.  Each year, we try to bring a great mix of instructors as we also honor one of the pioneers in the field.  2015 will be no different.  We’ve got a great line-up of instructors in addition to a well-deserving honoree, Maureen Peck Carlson.

2015 Instructors include: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

Once again, we will have full-day pre-conference workshops and 4-hour conference workshops, allowing you to get a “taste” of what more instructors have to offer.  Above is a sampling of photos of some of the workshops that will be offered.  Be certain to stay tuned to be one of the first to register.

 








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