MCC 2015: BASKETS AND MATRIX – COMPLEXITIES SIMPLIFIED

1 05 2015

I am so very excited to have two of the leading men in the polymer world, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever and Dan Cormier, joining us again for Master Class Camp.  These two have mastered their look and feel – in other words, their work is easily recognizable.

Hope from Heart of Darkness

DEVER – HOPE FROM HEART OF DARKNESS

Jeff is a full-time business man, heading up a graphic design business with his wife, Kay.  He is an award winning artist and has his work displayed in museums and galleries around the country.  He returns to MCC and brings us his miniature baskets combined with hollow ware  for jewelry.  The detail is exquisite and the colors pop!  He doesn’t teach often, so get him while you can!   Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Jeffrey’s workshop here.

CORMIER - MATRIX CANE

CORMIER – MATRIX CANE

Dan Cormier is another master.  He has been working in polymer for decades and has become known as a perfectionist – and his work shows it.  He will be visiting us once again all the way from Mexico and if we are lucky, we’ll have a chance to visit with his son, Griffin.  Dan has taken his Matrix cane technique to the max and I am very excited to see what he does this year using his signature templates, dies, and cutter.   Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Dan’s workshop here.





MCC 2015: USING WIRE TO CREATE IMPRESSIONS AND SCRAP TO CREATE ART

29 04 2015
TOPINA - STAMP-ALL POSSIBILITIES

TOPINA – STAMP-ALL POSSIBILITIES

How many stamps to you have in your collection? I have so many, unfortunately scattered in different places – it would be difficult to count them all.  However, we all know that stamps can be used in a multitude of ways when working with polymer.  They are not only used for making an impression on a piece of paper. They can be used for mokume gane, Sutton Slice, and faux enamel techniques.

If’ you are at all an experimenter, then taking Eugena Topina’s workshop is one you may want to consider.  Look closely at the photo above and you will see that she’s used the same stamp for each sample – just amazing!   She’s worked years to perfect it and if her work is any example, she’s done it well.  Making handmade designer stamps, including extensive detail, has become one of her signature trademarks. Join her and begin making your own unique one-of-a-kind stamps.  Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Eugena’s workshop here.

BENZON - TRASH-TO-TREASURE PENDANT

BENZON – TRASH-TO-TREASURE PENDANT

Jana Roberts Benzon has been in high demand and has traveled the world, teaching her graphic caning and organic techniques to many.  She comes full circle at MCC 2015 and will be teaching how to take your abundance of colorful scraps and turn them into beautiful treasures.  She, too, has worked many hours to perfect this technique for her students and is looking forward to sharing another innovative find.   Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Jana’s workshop here.





MCC 2015: FOR EXPLORATION AND THE COLOR INQUISITIVE

23 04 2015

I’ve experimented with color since childhood, whether with crayons, paints, and in the last 15 years – polymer.  However, I know that there is always more to learn and and many techniques used to achieve the final rainbow of colors.

HAUNANI - EDIBLE COLORS

HAUNANI – EDIBLE COLORS

At MCC 2015, you will have two workshops specifically designed to test and explore your personal color palletes.  Lindly Haunani is one of the best in the polymer world for working out your color spectrum.  Her new workshop, Incredible Almost Edible Color, will take you to from zero to sixty in your color pallete.  These luscious colors can make many hungry to taste test their own recipes. Thanks to Cynthia Tinapple at PCD yesterday, Lindly’s workshop is filling fast.  If you want in, register today!   Online registration can be found here.

HOLMES - PICK-A-COLOUR

HOLMES – PICK-A-COLOUR

Tracy Holmes, partner to Dan Cormier, is not new to polymer, but she is new to teaching at Master Class Camp.  I was intrigued last summer when Tracy taught an impromptu mini-color workshop at MCC 2014, so I asked her to expand on it and invited her to teach this year.  Tracy and Dan have been working for years to develop different color palletes that marry nicely with his bead shapes.  They have certainly accomplished that.  Join Tracy and learn another way to experiment with color.  Online registration can be found here.





MASTER CLASS CAMP 2015: ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS WITH A BANG!

22 04 2015

Yes, as you can see we are finally moving into the 21st Century with online registration – and so far, so good.  This year’s event brings us two talented instructors from Germany – Anke Humpert and Jana Lehmann.

HUMPERT - FUNGUS

HUMPERT – FUNGUS

Anke’s offering is a new direction for her.  She had two new pieces with her when she taught at Cabin Fever in February and I admired them both. As a matter of fact, I took one of them home with me as the auction winner.  The other, the Hungry Fungus, went home with Nan Roche.  Needless to say, she received raves about both pieces, so I asked her to teach a 2-day class at MCC 2015.  Online registration can be found here.

LEHMANN - GRAPHIC CANES

LEHMANN – GRAPHIC CANES

Jana Lehmann is a master caner.  I’ve admired her work for sometime.  Her bright colors and crisp lines have intrigued me and I am so pleased to have her join the ranks with us at MCC.  Not much info that I can find on a website, but go to her Flickr and Pinterest pages and find lots of eye candy.  Online registration can be found here.





MASTER CLASS CAMP 2015 – REGISTRATION OPENS TOMORROW!

21 04 2015

Get ready for another six days of intensive instruction from some of the best.  Details coming tomorrow – but in the meantime, enjoy these luscious photos of the projects/techniques you can learn!

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MASTER CLASS CAMP 2015: MARK YOUR CALENDARS! – JULY 8-13, 2015

6 03 2015

Humpert  Mark your calendars now to attend the 2015 Creative Arts Fest Master Class Camp, July 9- 12, 2015 in Laurel, Maryland.  Instructors include: Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes, Jana Roberts Benzon, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Jana Lehmann, and Eugena Topina. Registration to open soon so watch for the announcement!





CFCAF 2015: MASSAGING THE INNER ARTIST

13 02 2015

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Creating under pressure can often be stressful.  But I realize each year as we begin Cabin Fever, that attending for some is their get-away, a time for relaxing and allowing their inner artist (many are doctors, nurses, IT people with a lot of daily pressure) to come out to play and be massaged.

We had an exciting first day of Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 and the rooms were abuzz!  And, goody bags overflowing – but it’s just the beginning.  We have 6 more days of immersing ourselves into our art and absorbing what we can from the over-abundance of creative talent.

Nan Roche, Marie Segal, and Eugena Topina were our first instructors up and they didn’t disappoint.  Today, Nan and Marie come back for their collaborative workshop on Bauhaus design, the Mitchell sisters bring on their engineering and design expertise, Robert Dancik shows us how concrete is not just for sidewalks any more and Christi Friesen shares how to dramatically adorn ourselves.

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Tonight also begins the first of two nights of our newly added mini-workshops which are open to public registration.  Maureen Carlson, Anke Humpert, and Mags Bonham join us for tonight.  Cost is $35 and you can register onsite. Can not wait!

 








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