General Session: Creativity Takes Courage

Henri Matisse said ‘It has bothered me all my life that I don’t paint like everybody else.’

Following your own creative path can be daunting, lonely and downright scary. How do we know our authentic path and how do we find the courage to keep going?

Doreen and Donna’s Excellent Adventure

Translating Your Environment into Your Inspiration

You are invited to follow artists Doreen Kassel and Donna Greenberg as they spend a year trekking through NYC and it’s environs, absorbing design and inspiration through the lens of this unique city.

In this presentation, the artists will share their collective insights and observations about their beloved city through conversations, sketchbooks,  paintings,  photos , videos and of course many great meals. They eagerly expect that time spent together will inform their collaboration and push them to new directions in polymer.

It’s All About Horses

In Sweden, polymer clay is mostly considered as something for children, not as art material. I will present the very small Scandinavian polymer clay community and talk about my personal development as a Swedish polymer clay artist, showing my sources of inspiration and how I created some of my pieces of art.

Taking a Low Material High

Working in materials that would normally end up in a landfill Kathleen Nowak Tucci has built a jewelry business that is represented in high end boutiques and galleries. Her work has also been featured in many fashion magazines such as the cover of Vogue Italia and featured in Marie Claire.

Polymer clay was first marketed to children. Kathleen will discuss how to lift this low material to the level of high fashion and design. The session will cover:

Collaborative Vision—Inspiration, Challenges, & Trust

Several years ago I was invited by Judy Belcher and Tammy Honaman to work with several pairs of artists who were asked to, over the course of a week, produce a collaborative piece of work at the intersection of their combined styles and aesthetics. I served as a facilitator to consult and help focus the teams’ work toward their stated goals and finished pieces.

Turning a New Leaf: Global Brooch Design Challenge

“Typically leaves are broad, flat and thin (dorsiventrally flattened), thereby maximising the surface area directly exposed to light and enabling the light to penetrate the tissues and reach the chloroplast, thus promoting photosynthesis.“

Leaves are also an excellent source of artistic inspiration when designing a brooch.

General Session: Magical Mokume Gane – Exploring the Universe of Possibilities

When I was new to polymer, I became intrigued with applying the ancient metal technique, mokumé gané, to this wonderful, colorful and versatile medium. Nine years later, I am still fascinated! In this presentation I want to share what I have learned along the way and to show some new techniques that, I think, push mokumé gané in an exciting new direction.

Finishing – It starts before you even begin

When do you know a piece is finished? What is a good finish? Why can’t you seem to get that professional, finished look in your work? Why can’t you finish anything you start? This tricky word “Finish” has so many meanings. And yet, it plagues the artist every time she… well… wants to finish a piece.

General Session: Polymer Clay Wunderkammer

Wun·der·kam·mer ˈvo͝ondərˌkämər/ noun
noun: Wunderkammer; plural noun: Wunderkammern
a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited.
I feel polymer is the perfect material for translating the methods of the great silversmiths and goldsmiths from the past.

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  • Online Registration: January 9 - August 6, 2017
  • Check-in: August 13, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
    August 14, 15, 16 @ 8 AM daily
  • Conference: August 13 (evening) to August 16, 2017
  • Pre and Post-Conference Workshops: August 13, 17, and 18, 2017

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