TELL YOUR FRIENDS! EXCITING WORKSHOPS – CABIN FEVER REGISTRATION CONTINUES

1 12 2015

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Over the past 8 1/2 years, we have striven to bring you some of the best and brightest artist/instructors available to Cabin Fever and Master Class Camp.  Cabin Fever, in its 9th year is no different and once again, a premier event offering workshops from:  LISA PAVELKA, MAUREEN CARLSON, DAYLE DOROSHOW, NANCY ENNIS, LISA HANEY, LINDLY HAUNANI, ANKE HUMPERT, DOREEN KASSEL, ROBERT LIU, JANA LEHMANN, ANN and KAREN MITCHELL, NAN ROCHE, LYNNE ANN SCHWARZENBERG, and EUGENA TOPINA.  Registration continues for all attendees – click here to register.

Some have asked about the change in format.  The fact is, we listened to what our attendees were requesting – longer classes from more instructors.  The new format offers more full-day workshops and fewer 4-hour workshops with additional class time at a lower fee – bringing attendees more bang for their buck!  If you have questions about the format, just write us – we’ll answer your inquiries as quickly as possible.

Lisa Pavelka, who has brought the polymer community many useful tools and techniques, will be teaching several workshops and will be honored with the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award for her contributions over the years. Last year’s honoree, Maureen Carlson, will present the award and will also be teaching workshops at the event.  Click here to find out more on the workshops being offered.

 





CFCAF 2015: 4 DAYS TIL COLLABORATION – Artists working together

8 02 2015

Collaboration in many fields is the key to success.  So it is in our world as well.  This year, we have two collaborative teams to choose from.

Karen and Ann Mitchell

Karen and Ann Mitchell

Ann and Karen Mitchell are the first and  have been collaborating since they were children…they are sisters after all.  Together, they created ANKARA Designs over two decades ago and their success lies in their ability to create new work.  Their inspiration comes from all around them and they will be sharing their focus in two workshops at Cabin Fever next week.

The first is their full-day workshop on Friday, 13 Feb., is about Engineering and Design in Jewelry Construction. Together, they create each piece to be as unique as they are and they will share their tricks and tips with you on putting your components together into a spectacular piece.

Their second offering is a 2-hour mini-workshop on Monday night, Feb. 16, from 7-9.  In this brief time, Ann and Karen will talk with you about ways to get out of that creative rut and find your unique style and inspiration. Both workshops still have availability.  You can also register onsite for the 2-hour minis.

ROCHE - BAUHAUS

ROCHE – BAUHAUS

The second collaborative team we’d like to look at is Nan Roche and Marie Segal.  They’ve known each other for years, but it wasn’t until 2013 that they decided to collaborate on a teaching venture.  It worked!  So they are back again in 2015 teaching their polymer take on Bauhaus design on Friday, 13 Feb. I can guarantee never a dull moment in this workshop and so many ways to apply the technique.  Openings still available.





CFCAF 2015: MAUREEN CARLSON TO RECEIVE AWARD

2 02 2015

Maureen has been working with polymer for decades and chances are, one of the first face or foot molds you used were one of her designs.  If you’ve ever visited her studio, Maureen Carlson Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN, you’d see just how spirited she is – even down to the real faerie door in the tree by the creek!

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We are honored to present this year’s Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award to Maureen.  She has blazed the trail for many of us and created inspiration all around.  Her spirited work and thoughtful creative process has helped many focus on what’s important – just living.

If you are interested in attending or would like to send a congratulatory note, please email Kathryn at cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.





CFCAF 2015: FEB 12-18, RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A GIFT TO YOURSELF -YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS

1 01 2015

Happy New Year to you all!  Now that the holidays are over and the New Year has begun, it’s time to give your creative spirit a gift.  Join us for this one-of-a-kind event, now in it’s 8th year.

 Take advantage of an opportunity to fill your days with classes from a choice of 16 different instructors (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) and make new friends.  Take away skills and techniques to improve your work and develop a style all your own.

There are two things that set this even apart from any other:

First, CFCAF has the largest number of polymer instructors gathered in one location.  You have your choice of which classes you want to attend and have a 24-hour room to work in while not in class.  There is also an opportunity to show and sell your work to your peers.  Attendees of Cabin Fever range from novice to professional artists, some who have been attending since year one.

Second, the auction at CFCAF has each year benefited one or more charities including American Cancer Society, CERF, and Wounded Warriors Fund.  This year will be no different.

So, what are you waiting for?  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS  and register today.

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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 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: 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.

 





CFCF 2014: HAPPY NEW YEAR! REGISTRATIONS CONTINUE

4 01 2014
KASSEL Animal Angel Pendant

KASSEL Animal Angel Pendant

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Yes, I am still here and haven’t forgotten…we sometimes just have to roll with the punches and take things as we can.

The holidays may have come and gone, but the feelings of giving continue to linger.  This was the first Christmas without my Mom and her absence continues to leave a hole in my life.  But, she was always about giving, as was my Dad, to anyone in need and her charitable ways continue through her children.

I am sending warm wishes to each of you for the coming year and praying that it is a year of renewal and good changes for you. This past year hit many of us hard and was a year of big changes for me but I am looking for a brighter year in 2014 with so many possibilities.

Good news is, as we enter this new year, registrations for CFCF 2014 from Feb. 12-19 continue to come in even this close to the event and we still have availability in many of the workshops.  Availability is listed at the end of this post for those who are interested.

The supply lists, FAQs sheet, tribute form (Sarah Shriver and Elise Winters are the 2014 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award Recipients and we will be having a special tribute to Gwen Gibson) and auction donation documents are available.  Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions you may have.
A reminder: pre-conference workshops are stand-alone and can be taken independently.  We have just opened up the conference for “day-trippers” – fee is $170 and includes two 4-hour workshops and admittance to the Tuesday evening celebration.  Workshops do not need to be taken on the same day.
Be certain to follow us on our blog to get the latest on our upcoming events: www.polymerclayfests.wordpress.com
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AVAILABILITY (WED/THU, FRI, SAT, SUN)  REGISTRATION FORM IS HERE
  • Jeffrey Lloyd Dever  (FULL)
  • Robert Liu
  • Nan Roche and Marie Segal
  • Sarah Shriver
  • Cindy Silas
  • Heather Campbell
  • Doreen Kassel
  • Jana Roberts Benzon  (FULL)
  • Dayle Doroshow
  • Marie Segal

CONFERENCE 4-HOUR WORKSHOP AVAILABILITY:

SUN. Feb. 16    6:30PM

  • Doreen Kassel
  • Sharyn Neuwirth
  • Kathryn Jo Ottman

MON. Feb. 17   8:00AM

  • Jana Roberts Benzon  (FULL)
  • Louise Fischer Cozzi
  • Dayle Doroshow

MON. Feb. 17   1:00PM

  • Louise Fischer Cozzi
  • Marie Segal
  • Sarah Shriver  (FULL)

TUES. Feb. 18    8:00AM

  • Ann and Karen Mitchell
  • Marie Segal  (FULL)
  • Sarah Shriver

TUES. Feb. 18    1:00PM

  • Jana Roberts Benzon
  • Heather Campbell  (FULL)
  • Dayle Doroshow

WED. Feb. 19    8:00AM

  • Penni Jo Couch
  • Heather Campbell
  • Lindly Haunani

WED. Feb. 19    1:00PM

  • Penni Jo Couch
  • Lindly Haunani
  • Ann and Karen Mitchell







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