CONTEMPORARY CRAFT RETREAT

Metal clay, Polymer clay,               
Air Dry clay,Paverpol,                    
Doll Art & Mixed Media.                 
 
 OCTOBER 23rd to 26th, 2020       

 Greenhills Conference Centre       
 Cotter Road, Canberra, Australia

WORKSHOP DETAILS

FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER  1.30 to 5.30 & 7 to 9pm


POLYMER CLAY VENEER BOOKLET  with Pam Annesley

Explore making unique polymer clay veneers which are then constructed into several two sided triangle veneers, these are sewn together to form - a book or a puzzle or a coffee table focal piece.



KIT DETAILS:-

Kit $20

which includes:-


4 x 57grms Polymer clay, needle, threads, wax



PLEASE BRING:-

Scrap clay (approx. 100gm)

Polymer clay tools

pasta machine

ruler

paper

scissors

Posca paint pen 1mm - white & black (Officeworks) optional


>>>>>>>>CLASS FULL >>>>>>>>


QUIRKY BIRD with Linda Misa























This is a 1-day class to sculpt a whimsical bird with a human face. You will learn about clay sculpting, mold/texture plates use, building a base form and working on capturing an expression.

If you are totally new to clay, that is fine, this clay is wonderful to work with. We are going to be using a face mask that I have sculpted for you and turn that into a head, then attach to a bird body you have made and patterned. It is a layered approach right the through to the painting and lots of fun to do.

You will end up with your own unique Quirky Bird and skills to develop your own ideas later.






KIT DETAILS:-

$40 class materials fee includes

  • Air dry clay
  • 1 face mask
  • Styrofoam form.
  • 16-gauge tie wire
  • Clay sculpting tools will be available to use – small shaping and cutting type
  • Clay preparation medium
  • Seed pods
  • Metallic specialty paints
  • I will have some Texture plates/molds suitable for clay for students to use.


PLEASE BRING:-

  • White craft glue – PVA (like Aleen’s Tacky glue)
  • Small roll of aluminium foil
  • Small retractable cutting blade
  • Basic Clay sculpting tools including rolling pin
  • Very fine finishing grade sandpapers or sanding sticks (nail files will work)
  • Acrylic paint – artist quality paints please if you can. Set of primary colours (Red, Yellow, blue) plus black and white and a skin tone (Jo Sonya skin tone base)
  • Very small fine round tip paintbrush (size 0 or 00), size 2 round, Size 6 and 12 flat paintbrushes (approximately as a size guide.)
  • Water container
  • Any adornments/embellishments like beads, charms/jewellery you might like to add.
  • Texture plates suitable for clay if you have some or any mark making tool like stamps, lace fabric, stencils etc. I will have some for you to use as well.
  • Matt varnish and gloss varnish suitable for acrylic paints – can be done later so only bring if you have some.


<<<<<<<<<<CLASS FULL >>>>>>>>>>>>

LIQUID POLYMER CLAY with Lara Le Reveur



KIT DETAILS:-

Drip it…Drip it Real Good!


In this fun and relaxed class we will explore some of the techniques that you can use with liquid polymer clay.

You will learn how to get the best results from your liquid clay, using moulds to create a pair of filigree earrings. 

There will be plenty of play time as well to explore. From embellishing beads and larger objects to making delicate and lightweight stand-alone focals. 

There is something for everyone!

KIT COST :- $40


WHICH INCLUDES:-


Three bottles of Glam Metallic Sculpey liquid Polymer clay

Silicone Mandala mould

Earring kit

Use of pigments for tinting



PLEASE BRING:-

Work surface and 2 small heatproof tiles (12x12 cm)

Satay skewers

Clean, dry paint brush, size 0

Stiff, dry paint brush

Some baked, plain polymer clay beads, or polymer clay of your choice; scrap etc is fine.

Fine craft knife or nail scissors

400 grit sandpaper

Wipes, cleaner

Any heat proof (silicone) moulds that you would like to use


If you wish to bring a glass or metal vessel to cover in class and embellish, keep it small.







METAL CLAY and ENAMEL NECKLACE
with Sara Feeny Marks



This year we’ll be creating a fabulous necklace and earring set using mixed media; copper metal clay, enamels and some makins clay beads (along with some fabulous paints, guilders paste and UV resin).  






KIT DETAILS:-

COST :- $ TBA

Which includes:-

Copper Metal Clay 
 Enamelling Powder (Choice of colours)
Makin's Clay 
 Findings and Chain
Cling Wrap
 Sanding Papers


PLEASE BRING:-

* Paint Brushes (fine)

* Paint mixing palette or small pots ( small lids will do)

* Burnisher (straight & curved).... Available from Jen at www.metalclay.com.au

* Jewellery Tools ( Round nosed pliers, Chain Nosed pliers, Bent nosed pliers , side cutters) , I will have a couple of sets available.

* Small cookie/clay cutters ( I have lots, or bring your own).

* Cutting Mat ( not essential, but good if you have one. I will have a couple to share

 * Teflon or Silpat non-stick sheet ( I have a couple to share)

* Small wire brush available at Bunnings, Josco 3 piece Hand Wire Brush Kit.

 * Texture mats or stamps (I have lots.... or bring your own).










SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER     9am to 5.30pm

<<<<<<<<<< CLASS FULL >>>>>>>>
BIRDS of a FEATHER with Linda Misa

This is a 1-day class to make a small bird or 2 on a creative upcycled base. You will learn about clay sculpting, mold/texture plates use, building a base form, balance and capturing a sense of an expression.

Your bird can be as real as you like or just out of your imagination. Please bring images either printed or on your phone if you have a particular bird you want to create.

If you are totally new to air dry clay, that is fine, this clay is wonderful to work with regardless of your level of practice.

This form of sculpture is a very layered approach, right the through to the painting and lots of fun to do. You will end up with your own unique sculpture and skills to develop your own ideas later.





BLEACH and ACRYLICS with Michelle De Groot

Painting and Bleaching



WIRE WRAPPED PENDANT with Christen Jo Stone

Grab a Cab and Rap it, Wrap it good.

Wire Wrapping


Using square and half round copper wire, after a few fun warm up exercises (with wire, no yoga required) we will harness a cabochon (stone or glass) looking at how to keep it neat and secure and finding fascinating ways to lock in all those wire ends to create your own unique design.





When you have the basics covered you can lash out with something more free form and experimental if you wish, unleashing your wild side, expressing yourself.











Wire work can employ many shapes and sizes and types of wire, but  the techniques used basically fall into two categories :

Wire Wrapping (wrapping bundles of wire to secure them, shaping them around stones etc.) and

Wire Weaving (weaving in and out of sets of wires in patterns, also commonly including coiling)

Some designs may contain both wrapping and weaving.


Reasonably dexterous hands but not unreasonable strength required.


            

KIT DETAILS:-

$30 class materials fee includes

  • Air dry clay
  • Styrofoam form.
  • 16-gauge tie wire
  • Clay sculpting tools will be available to use – small shaping and cutting type
  • Clay preparation medium
  • Texture plates/molds suitable for clay for students to use.


PLEASE BRING:-

  • White craft glue – PVA (like Aleen’s Tacky glue)
  • Images of any specific bird you want to make – or just your imagination!
  • Some form of a sturdy base to attach your bird to – eg, rusty metal pegs, wooden blocks, ceramic ball. If the item can be drilled into, have wire wrapped around or inserted into it – anything could work. Upcycling/recycling is what I am thinking!
  • Small roll of aluminium foil
  • Small retractable cutting blade
  • Basic Clay sculpting tools, including rolling pin
  • Acrylic paint – artist quality paints please if you can. Set of primary colours (Red, Yellow, blue) plus black and white.
  • Very small fine round tip paintbrush (size 0 or 00), size 2 round, Size 6 and 12 flat paintbrushes (approximately as a size guide.)
  • Water container
  • Texture plates/molds suitable for clay or any mark making tools like stamps, lace fabric, stencils etc. I will have some for you to use as well.
  • Matt varnish and gloss varnish suitable for acrylic paints – can be done later so only bring if you have some.













 KIT DETAILS :-

COST $15   Pay on the day !!

Square of cotton fabric x 2
Wadding square
Pattern for class
Resist and Bleach

Use of teachers paints


PLEASE BRING:-

Pencil, notepad, eraser
Gloves

Hairdryer



                                 

                                   



KIT DETAILS:-


KIT PRICE: $40


WHICH INCLUDES......

Tools, wire and embellishments will be supplied for in class use.

21g Square, half hard or dead soft, bare copper wire

18g Half Round, dead soft,  bare copper wire

2 cabochons or large flat beads.

You are welcome to bring some of your own embellishments also.

Shared equipment

You are encouraged to bring some of your own tools  (named) if you have them.

for example:

Ring Mandrel, dowel or the like.

Jewellers flush cut side cutters

Chain nose (those pointy ones) or bent nose pliers, smooth jaw, no grip

Flat nose pliers, smooth jaw, no grip

Round nose pliers

Nylon jaw pliers

Plastic coated soft garden wire

Liver of Sulphur to oxidize metal



PLEASE BRING

Permanent fine tip marker

Narrow blue painter’s masking tape

Plastic coated clamp or ring clamp if you have one (to hold wires)

Scissors

Paper and pencil, pen

Ruler

Magnifying glasses: just discount store reading glasses that are a greater magnification then you might use for average reading. I use #3 or #4


$$$ for extra supplies, credit card available for larger purchases.

Camera to record your brilliant work


Some quality Stainless Steel pliers and some wire and embellishments will be available for purchase in class. (First in policy!)


Set of 4 stainless steel pliers in zip case $50 (may be purchased before the event if you wish, limited sets available)





>>>>>>>>>> CLASS FULL <<<<<<<<<<<

SCREEN PRINTING with Gaye Nieuwenhof

Simple Screenprinting onto Fabric and Paper using handmade stencils and masks.





Using simple paper cutouts, create wonderful patterns onto fabric and paper, by layering and the use of water-based media, take the prints to another level. Repeat patterns can be easily achieved. Lots of fun.
















<<<<<<<<<CLASS FULL>>>>>>>>>>>

COSCLAY with Lara Le Reveur

Bearded Dragon Dreaming.


In this class we will work on small scale sculptures with a dragon twist....... Well, bend.


The sculptures can be worn or hung, depending on your whim. Please note that this is a concept photo of the basic project and has been done using using Fimo Professional Doll. We’ll be sculpting entirely with the new Cosclay to create flexible components and will be able to add much more dimension, and extended details that will be much less prone to break and definitely more comfortable to wear. So that we can make longer sculptures, we will work in sections and we will create polymer pin hinges to link them together. (Update will come after my clay arrives!)





Cosclay® is a specialized, hybrid, plastic/rubber polymer clay that will retain flexibility after curing. Unlike other polymer clays, Cosclay®s’ unique flexibility imparts a durable and resilient quality that is suitable for endless applications. This includes stop-motion characters, posable figures and much, much more! The possibilities are truly endless.















PAVERPOL with Bronny Stuart
( PAVERPOL AUSTRALIA)

Add a dash of Paverpol

Paverpol is a versatile non-toxic product used as a stand-alone art product as well as an enhancement for other mediums.

Come and try this simple sculpture and see how Paverpol might be useful for your art works.

We will be making a frame from polystyrene, skewers, wire and aluminium foil. 

To give our sculptures some life we fashion a face out of Apoxie sculpt clay using a mold and to adorn our creations we can use fabric and found organic or inorganic objects to create an individual sculpture.




Students work can be as minimalist or detailed as desired





KIT DETAILS :-

COST; $65

Silk screen 30x 25cm
squeegee
calico
interfacing
paper
freezer paper


TO SHARE:
Screen Printing Inks/ Paints
and
Water-Based Media





KIT DETAILS :-

COST :- $12....  plus Clay, TBC

The workshop kits contain the basic armature materials...

* wires for making links,

* loops and hinges,

* plus chain.

 *Basic basecoat paints will be available to use before assembling, *The fine detailing is best done after the piece is constructed but will probably need to be completed after the class.

*A jewellery kit will also be available for purchase on the day if you wish to add a clasp and make complimentary earrings,

 or BYO findings.


PLEASE BRING:-

Sculpting tools

Work surface and a small tile

Jewellery cutters and pliers (if you own any)

Baby wipes and hand sanitiser

Dingles, dangles, inclusions, small glass bead/eyes if you want to have your dragon day-dreaming. Larger focal beads if you wish to incorporate them (all must be oven-proof).

Findings (also available on the day)

Your favourite paint brushes


Close-up showing detail.





KIT DETAILS :-

COST $20

More detail soon


SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER, 9am to 5.30pm



SILK SCARF PAINTING with Michelle De Groot

Painting silk.


<<<<< CLASS FULL >>>>>>
WIRE WEAVING with Christen Jo Stone


Weaving in and out, spiralling around about.

Wire Weaving


Using just two gauges of wire, simple tools and an active imagination there are endless patterns and textures possible in woven wire.


Starter:

Get weaving right away with some patterns and textures, make some coils and manipulate it all into a twisted wire pendant masterpiece.


Starting with a woven bale capture a drilled flat feature stone, large bead or stone donut to show off your work.

If you are rocketing along with these wonderful weaves, choose another feature bead/stone or more and let go of your inhibitions and experiment with different weaves, coils, twists and turns.


Wirework can employ many shapes and sizes of and types of wire, but the techniques used basically fall into two categories:

Wire Wrapping (wrapping bundles of wire to secure them, shaping them around stones etc.) and

Wire Weaving (weaving in and out of sets of wires in patterns, also commonly including coiling)


Some designs may contain both wrapping and weaving.


Reasonably dextrous hands but not unreasonable strength required.





<<<<<<<CLASS FULL>>>>>>>>>
POLYMER DOUBLE -D LADIES with Wendy Moore

 

Double D Icons

We creators need to be Double D girls: Dreamers AND Doers.  This is a class for dreaming and doing.  Create your Double D icon, connect with your inner Carnivale queen and discover your Rio roots. Learn lots of polymer skills on the way.  I have always been fascinated by reliquaries, shrines and iconography and have discovered that this form of art exists in many different traditions and cultures.


 Making these icons is A LOT OF FUN and will give you a chance to combine creative expression with reflection about values, intentions and having fun!  In my case making these also helps me deal with my latent desire for bigger, perkier boobs. 



We will NOT be making a face cane but each participant will receive a slice of one made expressly for this class.  If you have made your own face cane (say in my class a couple of years ago), do bring it along.  We will try to match skin colours.  





I will bring plenty of embellishment canes but this is a terrific project for using up butt ends of beloved canes if you have them.  Participants will receive extensive notes and my 40 Fantastic Canes Flow chart.



For those among you who are partial to the Iris Apfel philosophy of jewellery and adornment,  I will bring, nay wear, my Double D goddess necklace. Too much was certainly not enough. 








KIT DETAILS :-

COST $25   Pay on the day !!!


Includes:-


 Silk Scarf

 Resist

Pattern for the class supplied

Use of teachers silk paints



PLEASE BRING :-

 Hair Dryer


                                         






























KIT DETAILS :-

KIT PRICE $50

WHICH INCLUDES.....


18g and 28g round bare copper wire

Beads with min 1mm hole

3 feature stones.

copper beads

other beads and stones as needed (do bring some of your own).

All tools to share for in class use.

You are encouraged to bring some of your own tools  (named) if you have them.

for example:

Tools, wire and embellishments supplied for use in class.  

Liver of Sulphur for oxydizing metal.

You are encouraged to also bring some of your own supplies  (named) if you have them.

for example:

Ring Mandrel, small dowel or the like.

Jewellery flush cut side cutters

Chain nose (those pointy ones) or bent nose pliers, smooth jaw, no grip

Flat nose pliers, smooth jaw, no grip

Round nose pliers

Nylon jaw pliers

Bale pliers



PLEASE BRING:-

Permanent fine tip marker

Narrow blue painter’s masking tape

Plastic coated clamp or ring clamp if you have one (to hold wires)

Scissors

Paper and pencil, pen

Ruler

Magnifying glasses: just discount store reading glasses that are a greater magnification then you might use for average reading. I use #3 or #4

$$$ for extra supplies, credit card available for larger purchases.

Camera to record your brilliant work

Some quality Stainless Steel pliers and some wire and embellishments will be available for purchase  in class. (First in policy!)

Set of 4 stainless steel pliers in zip case $50 (may be purchased before the event if you wish, limited sets available).
























                                                                                             
       KIT DETAILS

                                                Kit Cost $45


All clay and liquid clay required

Various purpose made canes

Slice of face cane

Bling and matchsticks

Extensive notes!

Templates

And, as I say each year, lots of other stuff I can't possibly think of this far in advance!!



PLEASE BRING:

Pasta machine if you have one

Canes you can use for embellishment (optional)

Any other tiny things you might like to adorn your icon with e.g. feathers. beads. buttons, fabric etc.

Roller

Paper towel

Tissue blade (optional)




>>>>>>>>>  CLASS FULL  >>>>>>>>>>>>

MERMAID, Sculpting in Apoxie Sculpt and Makin's Clay

with Lex Sorrentino

Learn to sculpt a face and torso using Apoxie Sculpt, then dress the figure using Makins Clay. 

(A face mould will be available if you prefer to use one).


With Apoxie Sculpt you achieve amazing detail and Makins Clay has flexibility so you can "go to town" with your creativity.



There will be 3 options....

1/  BUST TO HIPS with no arms...Beginners.

2/  BUST TO HIPS with arms.

3/ FULL BODY  (head to tail)..... Experienced students. ( Beginners may take this option if they feel confident to cover/ create a tail at home).


 

PLEASE NOTE: It is likely a full body will not be completed in this workshop, but its easy to create a tail !!    



(I will run a sculpting Workshop on the Tuesday after the Retreat if you wish to complete your Mermaid).


NB: Sculpture in pic is not yet painted.... you will paint yours at home!!!





KIT DETAILS:-


1/ BUST ... TO HIPS no arms      $60 
2/ BUST ... TO HIPS with arms  $61
3/ FULL BODY  (head to tail)     $68

Which Includes:-
*1lb Apoxie Sculpt $45
( there will be leftover clay with the bust option).
*250gm Makins Clay $12.50
* Wire
*Rod 
*Wooden Base/ weights
Glad wrap
Saucer and sponge provided





PLEASE BRING:-
Sculpting tools (if you have them)
An extruder (if you have one)
Wipes
Pasta Machine ( if you have one .... for Makins Clay)
....... or Roller
 Al. foil
 Small Scissors
Scalpel










METAL CLAY,
 Seashore Inspirations with GOLD ACCENTS
with Pam Annesley
















Come and make your own solid silver jewellery inspired by the seashore in this fun and informal workshop. We will be using natural forms such as found shells, leaves and flowers to make moulds and texture the silver clay. The silver pieces can be earrings, pendants or bracelet charms.


We will make reusable moulds and create texture mats using shells, plants and leaves.
Then use the moulds and textures to create a pendant, earrings or some charms.

We will add 22 carat gold accents to the fired silver pieces for an extra highlighted finish.





KIT DETAILS:-


COST: $70

 which includes:-
 Embeddable findings
Silicon Moulding Compound
15gm PMC Flex
Aura 22 paste

PLEASE BRING:-
Silver Clay Tools
Small textures
 Shells



GREEN MAN WALL PLAQUE in Air Dry Clay

with Bobbi Oliver

Come join Bobbi and make this Greenman plaque.  20x15cm

Working with air dry clay over an armature, Bobbi will work with you to create the male facial anatomy using the classical sculpting rules thumb technique and help you explore the versatile medium of air dry clays.

Bring your favourite sculpting tools or Bobbi will have tools you can borrow. Everything will be supplied that you need to complete this piece. You may need to take home to paint as drying completely might not be achieved. It will firm up enough to transport though.














A bit of history about Greenman.

An An enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history.  Permeating various religious faiths and cultures, the Green Man has survived countless transformations and cultural diversities, enduring in the same relative physical form to this day.  Although specifics about his beginnings and his worship are not fully known, due in large part to how far back and to what initial cultures he can be traced to, it is a testament to the widespread reach of his character that he is still remembered and worshipped to this day. 

The Green Man is most highly believed to have begun as a pre-Christian entity, a spirit of nature personified as a man.  His earliest images have been dated long before the coming of the Christian religion, depictions dating back before the days of the Roman Empire.  However, it is with the coming of the empire that his images are noted as spanning religions, as he has been found both within the empire and at its borders, and then similar versions in other far reaching cultures such as India. Despite the range in locations of artifacts of the Green Man, he is most often associated with the society of the Celts, sequestered particularly in today's Britain and France, because of the high number of images found in these regions and the stylized way in which he has been portrayed.  enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history.  








KIT DETAILS :-

COST: $50

Includes complete instructions on how to form your armature for future relief sculptures.



MONDAY 9am to 12 noon


>>>>>>>>CLASS FULL <<<<<<<

GEL PRINTED SMALL POCKET JOURNAL
with
Gaye Nieuwenhof



In this workshop make one or several of these pocket journals from Gel plate prints, plain paper, glue, thread, a bead, and washi tape.



KIT DETAILS:-

COST: $60

6" x 6" gel press
Paper Cutter
 Craft Envelopes
Quality smooth paper
Stencil set
Shirring Elastic
 Cord

TO SHARE:
Brayers
 Paint
Glue
Needles and Thread
Washi tape
Various papers
Buttons/Beads



<<<<<<<  CLASS FULL  >>>>>>>
Enamel Painting GLASS PENDANT
(using a microwave Kiln)
with Janice Laurent


Learn free hand, stencilling and fluid painting techniques with enamels on float glass.

All pendants shapes will be pre cut to save time and get the most out of 3 hours.

You will be making 3 small pendants each using using UGC enamel powders.

The pendents will then be baked in a microwave kiln.



This workshop will be an introduction to the delights of Glass fusing and creating something unique.


It's designed for those who haven't used a microwave kiln before or those who have and want to extend their knowledge beyond the basic fusing of glass.








KIT DETAILS:-

COST: $15  (Sign up now and Pay on the Day)

Pre-cut Float glass for 3 pendants
UGC Powder for class use
Flow medium for mixing
 Stencil


XMAS CRACKER & STICKY NOTE BOOK with Jane Lambert   
                           KIT DETAILS:-

Come join Jane and make these great little gifts!
Your kit will include every thing you need to make one of these beautiful reusable Christmas Crackers. You fill with all your own treats for a unique Christmas lunch gift for your guests.....  or the Christmas cracker can be used as a table decoration. 

It’s made with a combination of paper, fabric and Christmas embellishments. 

This little book has a sticky note pad inside and can be refilled. It’s a great stocking filler or just a nice gift for someone special.

This workshop will supply all you need in your kit  to create one of each of these projects, with full printed instruction.

                         COST : $20.00 sign up but pay on the day!


                         This workshop will supply all you need in your kit  

                         to create one of each of these projects, 

                         with full printed instruction. 


                              Please bring a pair of scissors if you can! 



POLYMER KALEIDOSCOPE CANES   with Pam Annesley
                                                               KIT DETAILS:-



Using skinner blends and easy canes explore the possibilities making a polymer clay cane that can easily be made into a variety of kaleidoscope pendants or veneers.


COST: $20

4 x 57grms Polymer clay


PLEASE BRING:

Polymer clay tools, pasta machine.