Sunday, May 23, 2010

Creative Soul Retreat - Part 3 (final)

On the third day I did a journalling workshop with Jan.  I managed to get 2 more layouts done in my journal, which feels so good.  Here's some pictures.

My pages ... I wouldn't say I'm a journalling queen, but I'm happy to have done something.

The whole Journalling class

A picture of Sue Thiel and me ... it was great to get to see each other again..

Me, Jen Crossley & Nic Hohn ... a candid spur of the moment shot.

There were so many others I got to catch up with again at this year's retreat, but totally forgot to get some pictures.  Our trivia group (me, Sue, Kyla and Karin) won the final major prize ... we all received a product from Golden - to say I was thrilled is an understatement.

Kyla and I decided to stay in Melbourne an extra day so we didn't have to rush off to the airport.  There is so many different styles of "art" around the streets, it's just fantastic.  We walked, caught trams and walked some more, but it was fantastic to spend an extra day with Kyla, knowing that now we live in different States, it's not something we're going to be able to do every day.

(1) Statues on the Corner of Swanston & Bourke Streets; (2) Electrical or Phone Box with lovely paintings on each side.

There's plenty of graffiti art in many of Melbourne's alleyways.

Kyla sitting pretty at Chinese ... our hotel was right near China Town, very handy.

The Creative Soul Retreat, which has been running for the past 2 years has been cancelled now, which is such a shame because it's not everyday that us Aussies downunder get to do workshops with those talented tutors from the States.  I am so happy with all the people I met and the tutors I got to learn from ... hopefully there will be other opportunities to do workshops with these people again.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Creative Soul Retreat - Part 2

I'm sure you've been in suspense waiting for my next post on the Creative Soul Retreat, so I shall not keep you waiting any longer (ha, ha, ha).  On Days 2 and 4 of the retreat, I had the extreme pleasure of learning all about Polymer Clay from a fantastic teacher, Laurie Mika.  She is the most energetic and talented teacher, not to mention her assistant (sister) Leslie, who was such a hoot.  I spent two fabulous days with these girls and was so happy that I actually did the polymer clay classes.  In the first class we made 3D ATCs and the next one was wearable reliquaries (I'm not even sure I've spelt that right).  Anyway, here are some pictures of the things made:
Laurie showing us how flat our clay should be.
All our 3D ATC Masterpieces ... amazine huh!
I made 3 ATCs, one for Kyla, one for me and one for Pam. 
Our 3D ATC group.
Laurie and Me
The scalpel was a little sharp, luckily Laurie was on hand with her bacon band-aids.
Some of the group's reliquaries.
The last day's group - that's Laurie, me & Leslie at the front.
Here are all my little pieces from Day 4 and below some close ups.

The last post on CSR will show some of Journalling pages I created in class and some other things I've created since ... there's not much as working full-time and trying to get the new house we moved into in order is taking up so much of my time.

Hope you're all well ... until next time.