Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
When the economy downshifted in 2008 and life threw her some curveballs, Kathy looked around her big city life and realized she would rather be living and working in a more outdoorsy area. In August 2009 she moved from Chicago to a small artist community in Northern California, where her home studio is nestled in an adorable garden cottage. In years past Kathy has shown her sculptural wire jewelry at up to 30 art fairs a year, but now her work is carried by more than 60 galleries and museum shops so she is reducing her traveling lifestyle to 10-15 shows a year. This allows more time to teach workshops based around her 2007 book "Elegant Wire Jewelry," published by Lark Books, and focus on new design directions. And, as her big move dictates, when she's not in the studio you can find her practicing yoga, rock climbing, hiking, or simply enjoying a glass of wine over a meal cooked with friends. You can follow her adventures on her
"Taming the Tangle" blog (http://www.kathyfrey.typepad.com)
Artful Home: https://www.artfulhome.com/artist/Kathy-Frey/8048
Wow! Enjoy the work of Kathy Frey!
It has a ton of inspirational photos of polymer pieces...and there are a few of mine in there too!
Check it out!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Lauren has been fascinated with realism and Trompe L’oeil for most of her long career as an artist. Originally a graphic illustrator and designer, she learned to do faux finishes and to paint Trompe L’oeil and used it to design a line of furniture that was wholesaled to galleries and catalogs for over ten years.. She took some time off to go back to art school for a year at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her focus shifted to still life paintings on canvas, but she continued to teach faux finishes and Trompe L’oeil for several years.
In the last few years she’s developed an interest in working with polymer clay, . She had worked with ceramic clay but polymer is a whole different and exciting medium. Lauren will combine her love of painting with this new medium and see where that takes her.
I've always loved and wished I could paint trompe l'oeil. Lauren's work is stunning - if I could paint like this, no piece of furniture or flat space in my house would be safe! Take a look at Lauren's classes at CraftEdu.com!
Friday, April 9, 2010
After years of toiling as a corporate accountant, Judy put those math and business skills to work in a joyfilled career as an artist working with polymer clay. Her work has been juried into several national exhibits and is sold in retail galleries across the US. Authoring “Polymer Clay Creative Traditions” and releasing an instructional DVD entitled “Millefiori Story” fulfilled her desire to do research on this incredibly versatile medium and share that enthusiasm with others.
Judy has co-authored three other books and appeared on television shows, including The Carol Duvall Show, Beads, Baubles and Jewels and Shop-at-Home. Giving back to the community that has fed my creative soul led her to her current position as Past-President of the International Polymer Clay Guild.
She is also the West Virginia state representative for the American Craft Council/SE and has been involved in planning numerous conferences for that organization. Her home and studio are in West Virginia, a state whose commitment to its artisans is unrivalled. She has contributed to their mission by serving a term on the artisan advisory board for Tamarack, the premier juried artisan venue for the state. Judy teaches workshops, nationally and internationally, and speaks around the country sharing her fascination with and enthusiasm for polymer clay.
Judy is one of those equally right and left brained artists - she can produce wonderful work and she can actually get around to pricing it. She isn't a "tool loser"! An organized artist, capable of conceiving a conference like Synergy and then making it happen. And, she's a very good friend, too.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Her love for beautiful jewelry and a life long passion to create brought Marcia to beads in the early 1990’s. Marcia designs colorful and fun to wear jewelry and shares her designs through teaching and publications.
Marcia lives with her husband Mark in their San Diego Art Deco. Mark’s encouragement led Marcia to pursue her career as a fulltime bead artist.
Marcia teaches national and international workshops specializing in designs using right angle weave.
Her work has been published in Carol Wilcox Wells the Art and Elegance of Beadweaving and she was recently one of the showcased artist in Masters:Beadweaving. Marcia is also a 2009 ‘Designer of the Year’ in Beadwork magazine.
Marcia is a legend! If you beads, you know Marcia. Even if you don't know beads, you know Marcia! An extraordinary bead artist. You know, I believe all our Bead Artists are extraordinarily talented, generous, encouraging and dedicated teachers. What a team.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
So Jeo takes great pride in her original designs that come from her life experiences and imagination. Nature is one of her greatest inspirations and you will often see flowers, birds and other beautiful elements that are found right from her own backyard. Her art conveys the intensity, passion and dedication that she puts into each wondrous pysanka.
Her eggs have been sold to private galleries and collections in Canada, the US and Australia. So Jeo is an active member of the International Egg Art Guild (IEAG) and has had photos of her eggs published in “A Showcase of Decorated Eggs” as well as a self-published photo album of some of her earlier works. In 2008 she had the honour of being the Featured Artist in the Egg Artistry Guild of Australia Inc., Quarterly Magazine and this year she was the Featured Artist in the International Egg Art Guild Magazine's April issue.