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Announcing T/3

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Countdown to TRICKS AND TREATS for our members!

T/3, IPCA’s first Members' only Peer-to-Peer forum is about to launch! A permanent place for our members to share and find Tutorials, Tools and Tips! Every two weeks, we’ll post fresh, curated contributions from fellow members eager to share their techniques, favorite tools or tricks with you. Between posts, we encourage you to follow the comments as the conversations expand, and contribute your own advice or experience! Best of all, the posts will be searchable by keywords so that over time, we’ll have an exclusive, secure, wide-ranging resource at our fingertips, a benefit only IPCA members can access.

When: October 31, 2019

Where: www.theipca.org

What: free tutorials, favorite tools and how we use them, tricks we’ve discovered and want to share.

Why: to enable our members to get to know each other and their work, to learn from and help each other, to directly benefit from the network of international artists that is the IPCA! If you have not yet joined the IPCA or have let your membership lapse, please select the JOIN tab above

Announcing our New Vice President of the Americas

BethWestWe are thrilled to announce Beth West as the newest member of our Executive Board! 

Beth has happily stepped into the role of Vice President of the Americas and we are excited for the energy she brings with her. She has been working with polymer clay all her life and her love this medium runs deep. She has been an active IPCA member for many years and has also been serving as the Vice President of the Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild.

Please join us in giving her a warm welcome...

Welcome aboard Beth!

Announcing the 2019-21 IPCA Board of Directors

Per the IPCA Bylaws, approved by the membership a few weeks ago, offices for which there are only a single nominee do not require a vote by the membership. The IPCA is pleased to announce the IPCA Board of Directors for the 2019-21 Term:

  • President - Barbara Forbes-Lyons
  • VP Education - Kathryn Corbin
  • VP Membership - Beth Petricoin
  • VP Rest of the World - Maria Alexandrou
  • VP Americas - Beth West
  • VP Communications - Ann Hlavach
  • Treasurer - Scott Cooper
  • Secretary - Maureen Tees
Updated Bylaws

The final version of the bylaws is ready and linked here.  At the next Board meeting we will be addressing a couple of issues through amendments:

  • Voting status of corporate members
  • Defining the standing committees

In Gratitude

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Elise Winters, a Personal Reflection

Polymer artist and icon Elise Winters passed away on January 1, 2019. The IPCA will continue to be a supporter of The Polymer Project and is grateful for her years of support and service to the polymer community.


Elise Winters, October 2014Elise Winters, Racine Art Museum Polymer Symposium October 2014
Photo Credit: Ann Duncan Hlavach
The first time I met Elise Winters was in February 2008 and I was a nervous wreck. The polymer community had converged on Baltimore, Maryland for the first-ever Synergy Conference and I’d just finished my presentation on websites for artists. On the way out of the room, Elise stopped me to introduce herself and to ask if I had some time during the conference to talk about her website plans.

That small request blossomed into a business relationship and then a personal relationship. I remember a call from her one day to talk about this project she’d been working on – to get polymer into a museum permanent collection. Oh, and there would be another website and did I know Rachel Carren? At Synergy2 I was honored to introduce her and Bruce Pepich as they kicked off what she and Rachel called The Polymer Project.

Over the course of the next ten years we talked websites, polymer, and so much more. We talked health issues – her cancer, my husband’s diverticulitis and later, a foot wound that refused to heal, my son’s diagnosis with a rare sleep disorder. We shared pictures of trips – mine to Malta for EuroSynergy, her trip to France with Woody. Menus – brisket or a turkey for Rosh Hashanah, and what do you put in your charoset for Passover? The call from Pearl Paint in Miami to tell Elise that they had a stash of the (recently discontinued) FIMO Classic and what colors did she need?

Elise was a driving force in the arts and in the polymer community. Ann Duncan Hlavach recalls Elise’s comments at the second Polymer Symposium in October 2014:

“I was at RAM for both symposiums and each time I left deeply affected by her words. She said “what will you do to further polymer” to the entire session and it imprinted on me like a branding iron. I hope to make her proud. I hope we all make her proud.”

Postings on social media and other online platforms are a testament to her and how she will be remembered. Without any doubt, her memory will always be a blessing.

Barbara

Barbara Forbes-Lyons
IPCA Executive President

Exhibit at American Handcrafted Orlando

Apply to exhibit at the launch of Amercan Handcrafted Orlando. They are presently looking for vendors for the exposition to be held Sept 6-8, 2018 at the Orlando Convention Center.

For more information click here.

IPCA Charitable Giving Page

At this time of annual giving to your favorite non-profits, our US members might like to consider a tax-deductible gift to the IPCA in support of its new and enhanced initiatives on behalf of the polymer community.
As individual artists, you will soon be able to participate in member only peer-to-peer forums moderated by international artists, and enjoy many new member benefits including a new bi-monthly publication, annual “Tips and Tutes” e-book, and more.
With your help, the IPCA Board hopes to be able to start developing curriculum for school programs, grants to individual artists and guilds, as well begin outreach to Museum curators, galleries and publications in the larger art world to increase awareness of the medium and become a point of contact for inquires about artists in the field for potential exhibitions, etc.
We hope you will consider including IPCA in your charitable giving this year. Happy Holidays and a Healthy and Creative New Year to all our members,

The IPCA Executive Board

To donate to the IPCA, please click here.