A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT COLOUR –

3 06 2015

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Have you seen what Tracy Holmes has been up to? WOW!  She’s got a great article in the Summer issue of The Polymer Arts Magazine AND she will be debuting her new colour cards during her 2-day workshop at right here in Maryland during Master Class Camp in July.  Tracy’s color and Dan Cormier’s Matrix Cane workshop sounds like a terrific combination!

Register for Tracy’sn and Dan’s workshops here: https://creativeartsfests.wufoo.com/forms/znmjqnl176o6ft/





GRAPHIC PATTERNS EXTRAORDINAIRE – AND IN COLOR TOO!

22 05 2015

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Artist, author, and designer, Jana Lehmann, will be joining us at Master Class Camp for the first time in July.   I have been drooling over her work which used these graphic patterns in the most unusual ways.  Imagine this patchwork of graphic tiles in bright color blends!  WOW! Check out her Flickr site for more eye candy.

We want to make this a great experience for Jana and all instructors teaching, so if you haven’t registered yet, wait no longer.

Workshop information is available HERE and online registration is available HERE.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have them. See you in 1 1/2 months!





BUILDING YOUR WORK FROM POLYMER SCRAP AND METAL

19 05 2015

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STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR MASTER CLASS CAMP IN JULY.

Eugena Topina, originally from Russia, has used her science background in planning and creating new and innovative multi-functional tools for use with polymer and other media.  The stamps, created from scrap polymer and small strips of metal, are exquisitely detailed with simple, elegant lines.  She does not teach very often and we are lucky to have her living here in Maryland.

This will be her first time teaching at Master Class Camp and she is thrilled to be among some of the other talented instructors.  Take a look at some of her other work and you will see the value in learning from her.

Workshop descriptions can be found here and online registration can be done here.

 





GETTING YOUR WORK TO WHERE YOU WANT IT TO BE…ALWAYS LEARNING AND GROWING

15 05 2015

KASSEL – POUF necklace

We can see examples all over the internet of work from those who are just starting out (where we were all at one time) to those who have moved their work to the next level and above and are considered “professional” artists.  The Master Class Camp in July is not meant to intimidate, but to help you grow in your art.

One artist whose work I’ve seen grow and change so much over the last few years is Doreen Gay-Kassel.  She is my friend but also a very talented artist who has continued to amaze and surprise me with the extent of her work.  She will be teaching a 2-day workshop on this new technique in July. You can see more on her 2-day workshop here https://polymerclayfests.files.wordpress.com/…/mcc-2015… and REGISTER online herehttps://creativeartsfests.wufoo.com/forms/znmjqnl176o6ft/





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 METAL STRIPS 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.  For clarification: There is no wire involved in the making of my stamps. They are made using scrap polymer clay and metal strips. I will share the source of the materials and explain how to make the stamps during the class.

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! Updated workshop information is here.   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. Updated workshop information is here.  Online registration can be found here.








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