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File Aug 17 1 07 42 PM 345x450 - A Gala ViewLast night was the last night of a whirlwind four days of polymer-centric conversation and intensive immersion in polymer art and design. These events are so immensely energizing and inspiring … my mind is full of great new ideas for the magazine, the blog, and especially my own work table. These events, even more so than workshops or retreats, are a serious recharge of one’s creative batteries. They are also the best way to meet all those folks you spend time chatting with online and to see so much of the wonderful polymer craft we normally only get to admire from afar. As busy as this year has been, this is the one thing I would never miss out on.

The last night of the event is a dinner gala with an inspiring talk or two and a raucous auction. Last night we got to hear the whole story of Ron Lehocky’s journey with the Heart Project   I wish had been warned–I would have brought the tissues! It was heart-warming and inspiring to see what the money her raises does for the kids at the center he works through. It was followed by the very funny Christi Friesen and not a few very animated audience participants in the shenanigans that kept us laughing for a couple of hours while we raised money for the IPCA.

There were also a lot of photos being taken of people’s chests. Well, the jewelry thereon. I will share a few of these next week but I will leave you with a photo of the fabulous fringe like arrangement created and worn by Debbie Jackson. Sorry for the lighting. I tried to get rid of all the pink neon so it’s close, I think. But you can see the lovely work and arrangement of the piece.

Well, I must run. Working my way back to Los Angeles so I can prepare for the release of the Fall issue this Saturday! Keep any eye on your inboxes and your mailboxes or jump over to the website to order your copy or get your subscription so we can get your copy mailed out to you when it arrives.

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Into the Forest S4 1 350x263 - Creative Conversation in the Forest forest floor s4 338x450 - Creative Conversation in the Forest  ivana pods 338x450 - Creative Conversation in the ForestMy few days here at Synergy 4 have been extremely full … mostly full of conversation. We may be heavily visual people but we sure do like to talk! The conversations at these events are really, I think, the big draw. Ideas are flying around like pigeons at a park. Everywhere you go, you are in a room full of creativity and innovative thoughts. It is immensely energizing. I know a lot of people would prefer to just sit and play with clay but I can’t imagine anyone not getting caught up in the intensity of the conversation and the ideas that come out of these types of gatherings.

This morning’s talk by Ellen Prophater was a generous sharing of a treasure trove of her secrets for working in mokume gane. Yesterday I sat transfixed in a session with Melanie West talking about finishing in terms of both her philosophy and her process.   And earlier in the day we were all immensely entertained by the ladies of the Into the Forest project, Laura Tabakman, Emily Squires Levine and Julie Eakes, as they relayed their trials, tribulations , discoveries,  excitement, and gratitude for the work and the connections they have made in the process of wrestling this project into shape. They brought more than just stories and slides though. They brought an actual sampling of the project and installed it in our general session room so I thought I’d share a few images of what they brought for those of you who couldn’t make it.

Now they are pushing to run off to the next talk about Lindly’s Leaf Brooch project (which we hope to have more news about, and many  images for, in a future issue). I will post more on Thursday!

 

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img 0221 1 338x450 - On my way to Synergy!Off to catch a plane but wanted to give you a heads up. Since I am at Synergy all week I’m going to be visiting you with pictures from the event as there will be no time to research online. Not sure exactly what the posts will be, and it might just be twice this week with a nice recap on the weekend, but I hope to get photos of some eye candy and fun people to send your way.

Here is one of my older pieces coming with me to the show. Not sure why I stopped wearing it so pulled it out dusted it off, and we’ll see if it is up to snuff. There always so many beautiful pieces at these events!

Soon to be reporting from the trenches… over and out for now.

 

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