Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Workshops are starting...

This Weekend! I'm teaching a polymer clay basics and beginner's caning workshop on Sunday at Island Blue Print in Victoria. I have a follow up caning workshop called 'Spirals, Stripes, and more' in March 28th. For more info, go to the Island Blue website.

In between these workshops is the Vancouver Polymer Clay Guild's first 'Horizons' retreat. I'll be teaching a workshop called 'Complex Cane Made Easy', which is a companion to Gera Scott Chandler's 'Leggy Bowl' workshop. I'm excited to be participating in this upcoming retreat...sounds like there's alot of fun to be had. If any of you have some free time in February, you may be interested in coming up for this fun retreat!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One World~One Heart

When I saw this post made by Tina Holden that she is participating in this virtual giveaway, I thought it was a grand idea! What a way to connect with others and have a chance in winning wonderful handcrafted wares!

This wonderful giveaway is the brainchild of Lisa Swifka(A Whimsical Bohemian). What a way to bring artists from around the world closer.
I'm offering a one of a kind business card holder made especially for this giveaway.

How to enter:
-Leave a comment under this post. One post per person only. Leave either your blog or email so that I can contact you if you're the winner.
-The giveaway will be drawn on February 12, 2009 and the winner will be posted here in my blog and will be contacted.

So far there's over 350 artisans participating in this, so please click on the 'One World~One Heart' logo above to check the Gypsy Caravan out. Feel free to enter as many as you want!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Creativity revealed!

I decided to show you how an idea for a teapot is created. I have had the idea of combining two of my loves, orchids and frogs for about a year now. I finally starting working on it this past weekend. Through my process, I decided on putting the design on a teapot. I've chosen my teapot and now I reveal some of the background work I do before I even start applying any detailing on the actual teapot.

Since majority of my teapot detailing are caned, I still have alot of canes to maked before I even start working on it. Just thought you may like a sneak peek into my creative process.

New Year Start!

After every christmas production season, I do a major clean up in my studio. I finally got rid of an apartment fridge to make room for a storage unit. Loving the extra storage!

And can you believe my table not covered in cane slices....yet!

Monday, January 12, 2009

First Victoria Craft Show!

I was so excited that I premiered myself as a local artist in Victoria...finally! I participated in the IAA's Gifts to Myself and Others Show last November. It was an intimate little show (under 30 artisans) with very loyal clienteles. I had a great time and will hopefully be able to attend it next year.

Perfume Project

The second time I participated in Filberg Festival, I met a wonderful aromatherapist/perfumier, Anita Kalnay of Flying Colors Aromatherapy. She approached me about a project where I could design containers for her custom perfumes based on the scents. I found the idea very intriguing because I strongly believe in the experiences through all levels of our senses.

Finally this past fall, the project was executed. Anita sent me a beautiful fruity blend for me to draw my creativity. I envisioned colours of peaches and visions of peach blossoms swirling around as I held the scent to my nose. I find it fascinating how I can see these imageries just from the smell of something. I was pleased with the final product and so was Anita. We're hoping this is just the beginning of an interesting collaboration!

Happy New Year!

Hello's been awhile. I guess if I was to make a resolution, it's to write on my blog a bit more...but I don't make resolutions. ;)