If you're a polymer clayer in Australia, unless you were hiding under a rock, you would know that the extremely talented, wonderfully quirky, US clay artist Christi Friesen has just wrapped up her tour here in Australia. Christi visited Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide as well as our studio here in Healesville, Victoria.
Last month, in addition to our monthly newsletter, I also sent out a short survey to my customers. Thank you so much to those of you that participated. It has given me a bit of an idea about where to go from here, what you all like and what you'd like to see happen in the future.
At the beginning of the year I presented my students from various venues with a challenge. Beginning a new year, I think we all lack a little direction and sometimes a little motivation as we wonder what the year will bring, so I gave my students the option to participate in this challenge as a way to combat these issues.
The theme for this challenge was 'Dreamscape'. Students were asked to interpret this theme as they saw fit. Entries could be wearable or sculptural with the only limitation being that they must contain at least 75% polymer clay. Other materials could be whatever the student chose - glass, acrylic, wood, found items......you get the idea!
This year, The Whimsical Bead is not only supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, we are also collecting funds for this worthy charity.
This appeal is one that is close to my heart and something that we have always supported on a personal level, but this year I wanted to get the business involved as well. Even though the Royal Children’s Hospital has recently moved into it’s new premises, there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot more specialist equipment that needs to be purchased. You can read about this on their website www.goodfridayappeal.com.au
Those of you who receive our newsletter will know that we held a competition in February. Each person that made an order online during the month of February received an entry to win a copy of the latest The Polymer Arts magazine due to arrive in store any day now.
Well......in this case it was 'not so little' flowers to start with!! Yesterday I held a polymer clay flower caning workshop here at the studio. Everyone spent the afternoon creating their own pretty flower canes which started off quite large and then were reduced down to an appropriate size for bead making. I was amazing by the variation in each student's cane - each was beautiful in it's own way. Each student had a variety of experience - from 'almost' beginners to students who have been claying for a few years now. No matter what skill level, each student finished the lesson with their own gorgeous flower cane.
I thought I would share with you some great new products that have made their way into our store. Something completely different........Stamps!! I have purchased a range of Kaiser Craft clear, acrylic, unmounted stamps which are a high quality brand of stamp with a beautiful range of designs.
Yesterday we had our fortnightly 'Clay Play' here at the Healesville studio. We had a full class which was great - everyone was able to feed off and encourage each other. We had those who had been claying for awhile and some who are just starting out.
Christi works in mixed media, combining polymer clay, glass, acrylic, found objects, gemstones and semi-precious stones, glass beads, pearls, precious metals, and pigments to make her unique sculptures and art jewellery.
Christi’s pieces are all little works of art and her unique style is known throughout the world. You can see more of her work at www.cforiginals.net .
Here at The Whimsical Bead we would like to wish all our customers and students a safe and joyous festive season.
We hope that your Christmas is filled wtih love and laughter and the year to follow brings happiness, good health and of course, lots of creativity!
We would like to thank you for your business this year. Without your support and loyalty, The Whimsical Bead woud not be where it is today. We really do appreciate your custom and hope that you will return in 2012!
We look forward to helping inspire your inner artist and fuel your creative spirit!