Friday, March 28, 2014

EXCITING events in the horizon!!!!

I am getting so excited, no ECSTATIC, about being able to attend the following classes!!!

Anne Hesse is coming to town and we are making dolls!  Anne Hesse, who I am proud and honored to call my friend, is a nationally known artist and doll maker!

Annie's donation to Locks of Love

Here is a brief biography from her webpage.
"...After dabbling in a variety of art forms, Anne made her mark in the  field of contemporaty basketry, teaching and creating innovative approaches to construction.  She consistently pushed the nickel and her work is included in many private and corporate collections.  In the late 1980's Anne's focus turned to creating figures and that is here her passioon has remained.  She has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, was commissioned to create a 3 1/2 foot doll for the televisionn series "Central Park West", had a small piece purchased for the film "Grumpier Old Men" and has twice been invited to participate in the White House Christmas Collection of American artists, 1992 and 1999.  Anne's work can be seen in Susanna Oroyan's books, "Anatomy of a Doll", "Designing the Doll", and "Finishing the Doll".

Anne's work is also represented in 2 of Patti Culea's books, and in Martha Le Van's "Making Creative Cloth Dolls".  Anne was the featured doll artist in the Spring, 2006, issue of Art Doll Quarterly, in a wonderful 10 page segment.  Currently, Anne is collaborating with Pattie Culea and Laura McCabe in co-authoring a new book, "Beading for Cloth Dolls".............."

Annie will be teaching a doll making class at Beads and Baubles in Fort Pierce, Florida, on April 6 & 7, 2014!

 These are the wonderful swatches that my doll is going to be made with.

Can't wait to see the final doll.  We are going to be beading and completing the head (maybe doing the skirt embellishments?) and Beads and Baubles will be closed for both of these days so there are no interruptions in the class.  

If you are interested in attending this class and meeting Annie, call Susan at Beads and Baubles at (772) 468-0207!  Spaces are limited!  Here is a sampling of Annie's WONDERFUL dolls!

Make sure you check out Annie and her work on her webpage, Annie Dolls and at Etsy and you can also follow her on Facebook!

ALSO, in the horizon are classes with Patrick Duggan of Australia!!!

Initially, I was unable to attend his classes and meet Patrick because it coincides with my 35th high school class reunion.  You can't imagine how close the scales were tipping not to attend my class reunion!!!  BUT, Patrick added an additional day and YES, I got a spot for both classes that day!!!!!

Patrick is such a wonderful inspiration in hand-beaded jewelry!  His artistry is amazing and colors are breathtaking!!!

Patrick will be traveling to the States from his home in Australia to attend the 2014 Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, WI, and then will continue his travels to Florida with Anne Hesse to teach a series of classes at the Bead Society of Central Florida from June 12-15.  Anne has graciously opened her home to Catherine King and I while we attend these classes and will also be hosting Patrick.

Here are the classes I will be taking from Patrick!


Diamond Kiss

These are the other classes Patrick will be teaching that weekend!

Green Dagger Pendant (so wanted to do this one!!!)

Antoinette 2 Bracelet

Again, these classes are limited, so contact the Bead Society of Central Florida, if you are interested in any of these classes!

Here are a few photos from Patrick's gallery!  It astounds me what beautiful beadwork this MAN can do!!!  Do I sound jealous?  YES!!!!!!!!!!!


You can check out more of Patrick's wonderful work at Bead Mavens blog, his personal blog, his Etsy Store and Artfire.  You can also follow Patrick on Facebook!

I will be leaving directly from Patrick's classes to drive to South Carolina, for the 35th Lexington High School Reunion!  I moved to Florida in 1990 and haven't seen any classmates in a long, long time!  I was the very geeky unpopular girl and I hope I will remember a few friendly faces!  Go, WILDCATS!!!

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