General Session: Into the Forest

Inspiration to Installation – The Making of a Global Collaboration

In this presentation, Laura Tabakman, Emily Squires Levine and Julie Eakes take you on their journey as the inspiration of an Aspen forest high in the Rocky Mountains led from an informal collaboration involving experimentation to an installation, to a call for the participation of polymer artists worldwide, and ultimately to the realization of “Into the Forest.”

Our discussion will cover the whole process, from the inspiration from nature; the promise and perils of collaboration and developing a shared vision while respecting the nuts and bolts of putting an installation together.

There will be an opportunity for you to participate. Make a new leaf with us and be part of our Forest!

Leaves by Arlene Finocchiaro


Monday, August 14 – Morning General Session

Presenters

Laura Tabakman

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Laura Tabakman

Bio

Although my background is in Architecture, I was always more inclined towards art. After exploring several media including photography, I discovered Fiber Arts. I took courses in tapestry weaving and a variety of surface design techniques. Working with fibers has always appealed to me because of its tactile quality, variety of textures and colors.

In 1995 I started working with polymer clay, making jewelry. What attract me to this material are the vivid colors, its dimensionality and the diversity of effects I can accomplish with it.

My work ranges from jewelry and sculptures to installations. I feel more comfortable working in three dimensions, using basic forms evocative of nature and primitive cultures. I’m moved by the marks time leaves behind, how it touches, alters and decays matter and I try to incorporate that feeling into my work. In the past years, I began integrating my fiber, photography and polymer clay interests into mixed media pieces and installations.

I am a studio artist and teacher; who exhibits and sells my work through galleries and juried art shows nationally and internationally.

Contact

http://www.lauratabakman.com

lauratabakman@yahoo.com

Emily Squires Levine

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Emily Squires Levine

Bio

Emily Squires Levine designs and creates one-of-a-kind accent tiles, bowls, and eggs. Using a sophisticated color palette, she fashions uniquely patterned canes to form eye-popping works of decorative art. Emily’s work has been acknowledged with several national and international awards.

Contact

http://www.emilysquireslevine.com

emily@emilysquireslevine.com

Julie Eakes

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Julie Eakes

Bio

I have been a polymer clay artist for several years. I live in Charlotte, NC and love playing with clay and its endless possibilities. Julie specializes in face canes and the variety of ways of presenting the image in canework. Examples of her work can be found in Lisa Pavelka’s book, The Complete Book of Polymer Clay. Julie teaches her face cane classes around the country, and writes her thoughts and displays her newest work on her blog.

Contact

http://JulieEakes.blogspot.com

juliee@carolina.rr.com

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  • Online Registration: January 9, 2017
  • On-Site Registration: August 13, 2017
  • Conference: August 13 (evening) to August 16, 2017
  • Pre and Post-Conference Workshops: August 13, 17, and 18, 2017

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