CFCF 2012: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR SHANNON NELSON

17 10 2011

We welcome Shannon for her first time teaching at CFCF.  She has a BA in Graphic Design from the American University and a MA in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore. She has been a Graphic Designer for 30 years and presently works as a Lead Designer at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.  She has also taught Corporate Branding at Georgetown University.

She’s won many awards in graphic design and is most proud of the International Award of Merit from the Society of Technical Communication in the technical art category for the to-scale design of the Near Satellite Paper Model.

She’s been working in beading and polymer clay for many years.  As a member of the Baltimore Bead Society, she teaches various classes  in spiral rope, right-angle weave, peyote stitch, beaded beads and toggles and kumihimo. She has also taught for the Baltimore Polymer Clay Guild. Her specialty is color and she is sought after at bead shows for advice on her color combinations.

When she is not beading, Shannon spends time with her Doxies (miniature Dachshunds), and absolutely loves bead shows, kayaking, music and dancing.

NELSON – Beaded Kumihimo (4-hour workshop)

Kumihimo is a type of Japanese braiding and is often combined with beads to make beautiful jewelry. It’s become very popular with jewelry artists in the last few years and Shannon is bringing us our first taste of it to CFCF 2012.  The term Kumihimo in the Japanese language literally translates to (kumi) ”coming together” of (himo) “threads”.

In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of creating a beautiful strand of kumihimo with beads added to the strand for a bracelet.  The technique can also be used to make necklaces, lariats, etc. which pair nicely with polymer clay pendants and beads.  Join us for this exciting new addition to our line-up. NOTE: This workshop will only be taught once during CFCF 2012. To register for Shannon’s workshop, download registration form here.

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