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.

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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.

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CFCF 2014: EARLY BIRD DEADLINE EXTENDED TIL NOV. 15!

2 11 2013
COUCH Faux Ribbon

COUCH Faux Ribbon

CFCF is just 3 1/2 months away and the Holidays are just around the corner, so as an early thank you, we are extending the early bird discount until November 15th and regular registration will continue until workshops are full.  Don’t forget to ask your family and friends for the trip you’ve been waiting for all year – join us at Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2014 in Maryland! More info here.

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Christian and Maureen hard at work

Registrations have been rolling in and we’ve been on the road again.  Spent a few days with Maureen Carlson and her family and friends at Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN.  If you’ve never been, you don’t know what you are missing. We met some of her local friends/artists who meet at Maureen’s every Friday for a gourmet pot luck dinner and some quality crafting time with friends.  Daughter, Renee, made some incredibly tasty crock pot oatmeal for breakfast and her husband, Dan, spent some time entertaining my son, Christian, when he wasn’t busy making Maureen’s face molds.   I’m hoping to schedule a retreat for me and some of my besties sometime in 2014.  Contact Maureen directly here to schedule your time for a little R and Arts!  And thank you, Maureen and family, for a wonderful visit.

Christian and the band

Christian and the band

We also attended my brother’s wedding in Minneapolis and had a memorable time with family. Dancing and much celebration and revelry going on.  It was a happy time for all and Christian became an official honorary member of the band.  He was awarded the best dancer of the evening award from the band’s lead singer.





CFCF 2014: REMEMBERING AN INNOVATOR – GWEN GIBSON

28 09 2013
Gwen Gibson 1934-2013

Gwen Gibson 1934-2013

As the Summer closes and Fall begins, I look back and think about why we are here. What happens as the seasons of our lives change?  Earlier this week, seasons changed in the polymer world as a true icon left us. Gwen Gibson (1934-2013) was truly an innovator, not only in the world of polymer, but in the world of the creative and inspiring spirit.  In her words, she had  “An appetite for fresh experience and the need to keep moving (to) take me places I would never have imagined beforehand. Because I find the unknown tempting, I’m often drawn to projects that have no predictable outcome…” We lost the physical person of Gwen this week on September 24 at 4PM PDT, but her spirit and influence will live on, driving many to experiment in their work and take the next step, not knowing where it will lead, but knowing that they will enjoy the journey getting there. With the approval of her husband, Jerry, we will be paying tribute to

Gwen Gibson - Kabuki Cuff photographer unknown

Gwen Gibson – Kabuki Cuff photographer unknown

Gwen during the CFCF 2014 evening celebration, including awarding a CFCF creative scholarship in Gwen’s honor.  Dayle Doroshow, Sarah Shriver, and some of Gwen’s other friends will share with us many good memories about her gentle spirit and creative genius.  In addition, attendees are invited to make Gwen-inspired beads to donate and trade. If you’d like to help us celebrate Gwen’s life and to join us for one, two or up to eight days of creative fun and celebration, click HERE to download the registration form and workshop descriptions.  Then, warm up your clay, put on your thinking cap and let your imagination take you to where you’ve never been before.





CFCF 2014: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – IT’S GONNA BE A GOOD ONE!

11 09 2013
SHRIVER Intricate Kaleidoscope

SHRIVER Intricate Kaleidoscope

First, I sincerely thank you all for your patience these past couple of months and in the months to come as I deal with some important family issues.  But, I have not forgotten about you…it’s just taking me a little longer these days to get the work done and out. The good news is we completed our first Master Class Camp in between trips to Wisconsin and it was a great success.  Dates are already set for MCC 2014 and whew, I’m exhausted! More good news is that I am certain that the wait for CFCF 2014 info will be worth it. First, we have two honorees this year for the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award.  Congratulations to Sarah Shriver and Elise Winters.  They have both, in their own way, contributed so much to the polymer community and we are excited to be able to recognize their contributions at the Awards Celebration on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 … more to come on this. Below is the line-up for CFCF 2014.  We’ve added a couple of pre-pre-conference workshops for those who like longer classes and our favorite 4-hour workshops for those who like to get the most from their travels.  Note:  workshops will be held simultaneously.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORMS AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Pre-Conference Instructors (1-2 day workshops) include:

  • 2/12-2/13  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever  – Robert Liu  (select one)
  • 2/14  Nan Roche – Sarah Shriver – Cindy Silas  (select one)
  • 2/15  Heather Campbell – Doreen Kassel – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/16  Jana Roberts Benzon – Dayle Doroshow – Marie Segal   (select one)

Conference Instructors (4-hour workshops) include:

  • 2/16 6:30PM Doreen Kassel – Sharyn Neuwirth – Kathryn Ottman (select one)
  • 2/17 8:00AM  Jana Roberts Benzon – Louise Fischer Cozzi – Dayle Doroshow  (select one)
  • 2/17 1:00PM Louise Fischer Cozzi – Marie Segal – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/18 8:00AM  Ann and Karen Mitchell – Marie Segal – Sarah Shriver  (select one)
  • 2/18 1:00PM  Jana Roberts Benzon – Heather Campbell – Dayle Doroshow  (select one)
  • 2/19 8:00AM  Penni Jo Couch – Heather Campbell – Lindly Haunani  (select one)
  • 2/19 1:00PM  Penni Jo Couch – Lindly Haunani – Ann and Karen Mitchell (select one)

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MCC 2013: DISS THE CREATIVE FUNK – $40 DISCOUNT STILL AVAILABLE

30 05 2013

PENTAX ImageThat’s right…time to diss that funk.  If you are in a creative slump and have some spare time available in July, come join the Master instructors in Laurel, MD and give that funk the bunk!

I feel like I have been in a creative funk for over three years – could have something to do with my almost three-year-old son, but my mind has been focused on toys and books and not on what I can create next.  However, a few weeks ago I attended the Baltimore Bead Society meeting to see a presentation by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.  Jeff  modified the presentation he had given in Atlanta about using everyday and found objects to make art.  His work was incredibly intriguing and seductive.  I hoped that I could get just a fraction of his creative spark.  Then a few days ago, I picked up some interesting children’s books and started looking at the construction of my son’s toy trucks and BAMMM! the light bulb went on.  I jotted my ideas down on paper – now to find the time to actually sit down and work them through is another story.

The gist is – if you look all around you and keep an open mind the ideas will come.  The MCC has classes for everyone — sculpting, caning, construction, and a unique class on heat forming bamboo.  Let the Masters help you and GROW those ideas into something exceptional.

Spaces still available in all classes (except Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.)  Check out class info and registration form HERE.





MCC 2013: SPOTLIGHT ON INSTRUCTOR CAROL SIMMONS

24 05 2013

Carol Simmons VeneersCarol Simmons has fast become one of the experts in the community for conceptualizing and developing beautiful kaleidoscope canes.  We are fortunate to have her join us to teach at the Master Class Camp in Laurel, Maryland July 28-29, 2013.  She will present an intensive 2-day version of: Covering Uncovered: Exploring Kaleidoscope Cane Veneers.  

According to Carol, her fascination with polymer clay began in 1995 when she purchased a Fimo Clay assortment gift for a niece and Carol herself couldn’t stop playing with it. It’s no surprise that she love’s color and the process of mixing colors. She challenges herself  to develop new color combinations outside her comfort zone.  These self-induced challenges have lead her to create some undeniably beautiful canes and win her some awards.

She is passionate about bringing the versatility of polymer to others and enjoys teaching as much as creating – even as a young girl she organized a neighborhood Arts and Crafts club so she could teach.  Her teaching has taken her across the country and all over the world.  She is coming to the Washington, DC area for the first time…don’t miss this opportunity. CLS-pic

To register for Carol’s workshop, Covering Uncovered: Exploring Kaleidoscope Cane Veneers,  download the workshop info and registration form here.








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