CFCF 2011: Spotlight on Instructor Laura Tabakman

14 01 2011

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Laura Tabakman was born in Argentina,and in 1989 moved with her family to USA. Although her background is in Architecture, she was always more inclined towards art. She’s been taking art and craft classes since she was a young girl.  She truly believes that adults have the same passions as a ten or twelve year old. Learning to weave at ten and working with clay and wire at twelve, Laura also loved going to her dad’s workshop to build stuff and is still amazed every time she creates something from nothing with her own hands.

Laura works in mixed media, fiber arts and polymer clay. She feels more comfortable working in three dimensions, using basic forms evocative of nature and primitive cultures. Time touches, alters and decays things. Seeing the marks of the passing of time moves her and she strives to incorporate these looks into the work. In the past years, she decided to merge her fiber and polymer clay interests creating mixed media sculptures and installations.

She is a studio artist and teacher; she exhibits and sells her work through galleries and juried art shows nationally and internationally. She recently won the Best of Show award at 2010 Progress and Possibilities, a Competition organized by the IPCA; and Best of Show at the 2009 Annual ART+TECH Exhibition – Pittsburgh Technology Council with a kinetic computerized polymer clay piece. See it here

Her work has been featured in several publications: 400 Polymer Clay Designs– Lark Books, Polymer Clay Creative Traditions by Judy Belcher, Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio, and two articles in Polymer CAFÉ magazineTwo Clay or not Two Clay article, Feb’ 09 issue and ReversibleTransfer Pendant article, Oct ’08 issue.

Laura Tabakman: Mixed Media Sculptures

In this class students will make three dimensional mixed media sculptures. We will use some molds as a starting point, but students will develop their own personal vision from there, with each finished piece showing her/his own personality and message. We will use polymer clay, wire, fibers, papers, beads, etc. Students are also encouraged to bring found objects or any material they would like to incorporate. This class is a great way of getting your creativity flowing and open new paths for your own work.

To register for Laura’s workshop and other CFCF classes, go to the registration form here.




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