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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jean Bernard & Sherry Goshon

Better yet what are the
They are a curious civilization that withstood the destruction of the dinosaurs and live quietly today.  Unseen by humans they hold a special “key” protecting the earth form outside forces. 
They are creations of Jean Bernard and Sherry Goshon.  They promise to reveal more in the first published book of the Nardz.
"We are very excited to find out that the Nardz will be debuting at the Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay convention", said Jean.  

The Nardz were born!

Nardz, Keepers of the key all began last year. 

Jean was doodling with some clay and a face appeared.  After bantering back and forth with Sherry they decided to combine both of their personalities and create a fantasy world of beings and critters.  The Nardz were born.

Jean Bernard and Sherry Goshon are both teaching at AFICC 2015
You can read more about them on AFICC Web Site.  If you are not signed up for the convention it is not too late! 

If you are not signed up as a student please visit us as a guest:
Visitors are welcome to see the Nardz Exhibit display along with other vendors, Artist dolls for sale  and exhibits.
Vendors Art Supplies for Sale
Treasures of the Gypsy's
Dollmaker's Journey
Gahanna Bead Studio
The Black Sheep
Elizabeth Vernon Antiques
Artist Art Dolls for Sale
Christine Shively-Benjamin
Cyndy Sieving
Dawn Schiller
Debbie Jackson
Debra Klopp
Dot Lewallen
Jean Bernard
Jody Miller
Kathryn Walmsley
Natalie Hamade
Roxanna Maria
Sherry Goshon
Trish Randal
Just for Fun
Picture This - challenge
AFICC 10 year History of Dolls 2003 -2013

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fly Away with Debbie Jackson


A Polymer Clay
Debbie Jackson

Debbie Jackson has broken rules and pushed the boundaries when it comes to artistic innovation and polymer clay.  Her techniques are extraordinarily unique. The delicate hand lends itself to nature natural blend when it comes to color. 

You can see how the exquisite colors in these brooches and pendants seem bright, full of cheer and yes nature’s natural brilliance. 

We are so very fortunate to have Debbie teaching classes at AFICC.  She really brings clay to life.  Many figurative artist work in polymer but they have not dived into the world of colored clays.  I ask you to throw caution to the wind and jump, because Debbie has so much to offer you will think in living color and how you can use these techniques to create footwear, bags, clothing, fantasy creatures and much more. 

3 Years in the making.
The clay looks like fabric!

 For those that are eager to shop at the instructors tables student or visitor you will be delighted to  know she is going to be selling these beautiful Shibori Textile art dolls that can be made to hang on the wall or mounted in a shadow box.  They are 10 inches tall and absolutely gorgeous.  It has taken 3 years of study and experimenting to develop this particular technique.  Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay Artist Market place will be one of the first places they will be sold. 


These are African dolls.  All the faces are the exact type of laser face transfer techniques used in the Fly Girl class that is being taught at Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay. 

Take a chance! Take the plunge! Expand your artistic techniques as an Artist – learn from an original! Master of color and clay Debbie Jackson is the Name!

Debbie Jackson workshop Opportunities are open to you now Click here to see this class and more!

Art class "Fly Girls"
AFICC one of two classes.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Girl's Can Can

Mike Sieving
Teach Girls
It’s my pleasure to introduce a few of the instructors from the April 23 – 26, 2015 Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay convention.  The event is held every other year.  The 23rd of April is kicked off of the 3 day event.  This extravaganza is designed for art doll artist and enthusiast. The workshops are chosen with much care.  Each instructor has their own style and appeal.  One thing I am very particular about is to make sure there is something for everyone.  Each class is unique with plenty of techniques for students to add to their bag of tricks.


 This next class is no exception. It is not clay and it is not cloth.  It is something that we all need to learn the basics of.  How build, use tools and how to use a rotary tools. This one tool can drill, sand, slice and dice.  It can carve and burrow.  Mike is going to have his students build this stage.  After the project your world opens up to building platforms, alters, stages and arena to show case your art projects

 One day class at AFICC read all about it Click Here


Girls Can Can is all made from wood.  This workshop has a double meaning.   Las Vegas girls are doing the Can Can!  The true meaning is Girls Can Can use tools you only need to be shown how.  This is why we have invited Mike Sieving to AFICC to teach a one day class for those that want to become comfortable with simple rotary tools.  If you are like me you have to find something that fits your need in which can be adapted to a platform.  That is until I just bit the bullet and learned how to use my Dremel tools.  Mike is all about putting you at easy.  He grew up using tools.  By the time you finish cutting, sanding and shaping your project you will say Gee Whiz what was so intimidating about that.