Nov 18, 2009

2 Days with Julie Picarello

I finally get to write about the fabulous 2 day Polymer Clay Workshop that I spent in Vancouver amongst old and new friends and the fabulous Ms. Julie Picarello. You'll probably recognize her style...

I love Julie's style, not only her wonderful mokume gane work and jewelry, but also her style of teaching. I absorbed as much as I could. I actually got into trouble with Julie when 'someone told on me'! that I'm a sanding rebel! She had to have a word with me about that and I promised sheepishly that I would sand. Well, it really didn't help that most of my usual work is of such nature that it doesn't require sanding. Pebbles, anyone? lol Ok...seriously...I don't really need any convincing that the mokume gane would benefit from some sanding. It really makes it 'finished' and of course do I want my pieces to look finished (when they get finished, haha). What I loved about this workshop, there was a lot of laughter! (we all got to wear our comfy slippers and Julie had chocolates on her table that we got to munch on!...mmm...)


Julie taught us her particular style of mokume gane with imprint and incorporating interesting bits of funky metals, drilling, sanding, copper tube bails and intriguingly patterned lizard tails...Thank you for a great weekend, Julie. (Sorry about the pic...I should have aimed a little different...no folks, Julie is not wearing a hair barrette...oops)

Julie instructing and intent listeners...

Well, those are some of my 'colors' and then I made this...

 I think it was a nice surprise. Ok, ok...not finished yet. I'll show you later, I still have to sand! lol


Julie's fabulous jewelry.




and interesting 'lizard' tails...I see a lot of potential!


Group Photo...we all fit in!!
That shot took some maneuvering on a ladder, lol. A very Big Thanks to Linda ( third up from bottom left with her hand on my shoulder). Linda was our wonderful Hostess for this Retreat. Those of us that chose to stay with Linda got comfy beds, yummy goodies for breakfast and lunch and a great atmosphere in a wonderful home. Check out Linda's blog for any upcoming workshops or happenings in the Vancouver area...

I want to do this again...asap!!

5 comments:

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Looks like you girls had yourself a wonderful time! I met Julie, Linda and JuLee, just before the weekend started for you all as they passed through my area. What a happy and delightful group! I bet it wasn't quiet there for one minute! Still would like to meet you in person Tina. Feels like I know you after all the internet interaction. One of these days...

Tina Holden said...

Actually, there was a quiet moment, at 6:30 am when I woke up and snuck downstairs to make coffee and start claying, lol. But during the claying times, oh ya...chattering and laughter non-stop...fun of course.
Am sure one of these days we get to meet, would be great!

Pat Sernyk said...

Hey Teenie...
I took a that class in Tucson from the very same person last February. I agree that the workshop was incredibly fun...although we got the 'crash course' incorporated two days into one instensive day. Not as much time to 'lollygag' but nevertheless we did have a chance to munch on a chocolate or two...
I should find my pieces that I made. Since then, I have done a few similar ones. Also made lots of lizard tails. Even made some of them into entire geckos when I was in Arizona. The neighbours next door got treated to them every so often...as little surprises.

More common experiences. How fun!

Linda Gross said...

Reading your post Tina brings back a whole flood of memories - what a fun weekend that was!
Aside from learning tons and laughing my face off, I loved the fact that we united so many people that are geographically spread out.
With the ladies from the Seattle-area, you and your gang from the Island, Carolyn and Cheryl from the interior of the province and others from all over the Mainland - I love how our common love for polymer clay brings out the best in us all!
It was a grand weekend and all that much better because of you - thank you for travelling all the way from Tofino, I know it isn't for you to get away.
I'm busy planning the next one - stay tuned!!

fabfab said...

hello,
j'ai eue le grand plaisir de faire classe avec julie pendant le polymère clay carnaval europe en france à ORBIEUX c'était extra....en vous voyant toutes !!!!
yes cela a été super aussi
fabfab

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