PCCAF 2011 MIDWEST INSTRUCTORS: DOREEN KASSEL

9 08 2011
Doreen creates her quirky creatures in her Hopewell, NJ studio/storefront.  Her work is inspired by love of E.H. Shepard, (The Wind in the Willows illustrator), William Holbrook Beard, anthropomorphism without sugar, vintage toys and all the old and wonderful books and beasts of her youth, lovingly given to her by her Grandma and Aunt.
Her creatures and stories have grown out of her many years of children’s book illustration and have taken off, almost on their own. She loves giving form to them and feels so fortunate to have such a passion for these small souls and the opportunity to spend every day working in her studio.
Doreen crafts each one out of polymer, imbuing them with attitude and emotion, getting the right turn of the head or rise of the cheek.  Animals who wear clothes clutter the studio and continue to multiply.  Right now her attention has turned to Story Tiles, Beastly Pendants, ornaments, small sculpture and all sorts of Uncommon Creatures.
Her images have been used for many books, magazines, toys, puzzles, greeting cards, Christmas ornaments and textiles. Her clientshave ranged from puzzle design for Unicef, poster illustration for HBO, Book illustration and toys for National Geographic.   See her website(s) for a more complete look at her work.  Doreen’s art has been selected for juried shows and has won awards in several international competitions.  She loves sharing her enthusiasm for creating and has a great time teaching in her Hopewell, New Jersey Studio/ storefront and in libraries and bookstores along the East Coast.
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CFCF 2011: Spotlight on Instructor Doreen Kassel

9 01 2011

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Doreen Kassel is a truly inspired artist and her work shows it.  Her whimsical creatures take me back to the days of childhood and the story of the three little pigs.  She comes from a background of children’s book illustration and was inspired by love of E.H. Shepard, (The Wind in the Willows illustrator), William Holbrook Beard, anthropomorphism without sugar, vintage toys and all the old and wonderful books and beasts of her youth, lovingly given to her by her Grandma and Aunt.  This year, she was selected as a NICHE award finalist with her piece called ‘Bear Hug’. The beast is part of a group called ‘The League of Uncommon Creatures’, with  this, their credo…

Sartorially splendid, well mannered & fair,

possessed of warm hearts & an elegant air.

Wry-humored, intelligent, merry & blessed,

unflinching & valiant when put to the test.

The Pig, the Fox, the Rabbit, the Bear,

seek beasts to apply, who are brave, true & rare.

Her CFCF 2011 pre-conference workshop is entitled “Vintage Texturing and Sculpting/ Tile Stories.’ In her workshop, you will learn to create the vintage looks that bring you back to the romance of old illustration, toys of a simpler era and the colors of pressed flowers.

Using a tile as a starting point we’ll sculpt in relief, use ‘undercutting’ to create deep linear definition, texturing for lighter variations in line. There are wonderful ‘accidents’ that turn into lovely surprises. I often add banners of text, adding more contrast & charm. We’ll back the tile with felt & add a pretty vintage-style ribbon for hanging.

The painting technique involves applying oil paint, rubbing, & wiping in several steps. The way the image emerges as the steps progress is truly exciting!

This is the first ever offering of this workshop…don’t miss it!  There’s still spaces available for you to attend her workshop.  For registration information and form, click here…time is running out!  Don’t miss your chance!








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