What I learned from Lindly

Beads made from the color blends I brought home from Lindly’s class

I did two workshops at CFCF 2012 with Lindly Haunani.  As is often the case, the biggest lesson for me had nothing to do with the actual workshop projects.

I spend lots of time developing a color theme, and then producing most of my work using that theme.   I love “Color Inspirations” by Lindly and Maggie Maggio, and I used some of the steps in the book to create the color theme I usually use.   So, walking into Lindly’s classes and being presented with 5 blocks of (donated) Premo filled me with anxiety. Black, white and 3 stark prime colors – something like this and no time to mix better ones. There was only one thing to do – Continue reading

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Cabin Fever Clay Festival

I was lucky enough to be able to attend Cabin Fever Clay Festival last month in Laurel, Maryland, as part of a holiday to the US.  After 20 years of teaching myself – initially from books, and later the web – it was very exciting to be in these workshops, to actually see the wonderful tutors in action – many of whom I have “known” for years through my collection of polymer clay books.

It was also great to be part of a wonderful, friendly group of people who were all excited about polymer clay!

The workshops have inspired me (at least for now!) to spend more time working with polymer clay – and to join the many people who share their polymer work, and start a blog.  I’m not sure how I will go with either.  I did consider calling my blog “polymer clay yearly” (in contrast to Cynthia Tinapple’s daily posts) but at this stage I’m a little more optimistic than that!