Today is the last day of the week long mixed-media art retreat in my hometown of Phoenix called Art Unraveled. I’ve been teaching three workshops and checking in with Misty Grosse, booth manager for ICE Resin, each day as she’s been running the on site jewelry store for AU and doing such a great job!. I’ve also been catching up and spending a few moments here and there with my amazing mixed-media artist friends – Seth Apter, Kari McKnight Holbrook, Pam Carriker, Leighanna Light, Thomas Ashman, Lesley Riley, Joanne Sharpe, Richard Salley, Mary Beth Shaw, Deryn Mentock, Kathy Cano Murillo, Laurie Mika, JoAnnA Pierotti, Diane Cook, Dina Wakley, Jane LaFazio, Claudine Hellmuth, Pamela Huntington, Andrea Matus DeMeng and Michael DeMeng, Jane Eileen just to name a few of my favorite peeps! The first night of the Meet the Artists events, Seth moderated a panel discussion with artists from his books The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed Media Artist, which is available now for preorder. I’m thrilled to say I’m one of the Featured Artists in Seth’s new book. Yippee!
Susan Lenart Kazmer, my business partner, taught three amazing mixed media jewelry classes and the things the students made were, indeed, drool-worthy. My journey with ICE Resin has taken me in so many wonderful directions, and my love of mixed-media art has ensured that I have a tribe of people who’re as enthusiastic and passionate about creating/educating our industry as much as I am.
I’ve taught Cold Enameling and metalwork this week. Today, I’m teaching wire wrapping and how to make findings. I love teaching this particular class because I can show how inexpensive it is to make one’s own jewelry findings just out of a spool of wire and some great technique. Save your $$$ for ICE Resin and beautiful beads and excellent tools, rather than jump rings and clasps and chains. Plus, wireworking is a way to definitely include the what I call the “hand of the artist” in all of your work.
Unfortunately, the week was such a whirlwind that I didn’t get to snap as many pics as I wanted to and I’m having technical difficulties getting them from my iphone camera and onto this post before class begins. However, if you “like” my Facebook page, you can click over to JenCushmanArtist to take a peek if you have a few minutes. For more Art Unraveled wrap up pics visit Seth’s blog to see some great Polaroid shots of the week.
I hope you are all having a very Artful day! — Jen