Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello! Artists Pamela Huntington and Lorri Scott's Wayward Blooms

Last post, we met Pamela Huntington on the blog. Now we are featuring Wayward Blooms by Pamela and our amazing instructor Lorri Scott. Lorri and Pamela are such talented artists who can manipulate fabrics to create stunning pieces. It's truly amazing what these ladies can transform in a short period of time! This one day class will have you producing beautiful silk blooms in no time! Check out this one day class for the Art Retreat in the Desert.

Lori's Classes at Art Retreat in the Desert

Lorri Scott is a fiber artist and designer from Los Gatos, CA. Lorri magically transforms undyed silk fabrics, ribbons, and garments into fabulous colors using shibori, resist, vat dye and dye printing techniques.  She is a self taught weaver, dyer, and clothing designer whose art has shown in numerous publications and juried shows. She is the feature designer in the summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire showcasing her vintage upcycled clothing aka as “wayward threads” 
Lorri has taught and vended at many national shows and is happy to add Art @ Prairie to her resume!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hello! Artist and Graphic Designer Pamela Huntington

Every once in a while I find myself staring at a project with such great intrigue and allure that I feel hypnotized. Our Art Retreat in the Desert Artist and Graphic Designer Pamela Huntington's work will do this to you. Simply look at her personal website and you can see what I mean. When strolling through her pages of work, I've been transported in my mind to childhood memories from the big-top circus to family holiday traditions. That's a pretty amazing feat if I do say so myself! Pamela is teaching a few classes in the Desert, so this video gem features her Gathered Relics Mica Book. Enjoy!

Pamela's full class schedule for Art Retreat in the Desert 2015

Pamela Huntington is a full time artist, graphic designer and workshop instructor living in the woods of New England. Whimsical digital collage, assemblage, one of a kind custom books and fabric arts are all part of her mixed media background.
She has taught at Artfest, Paper Cowgirl, Art and Soul, Art is You, Art-Unraveled, and New England Scrapbook in Connecticut.  Published in Somerset Studio publications as well as Cloth Paper Scissor and local newspaper and magazines.

Monday, September 8, 2014

I practiced such shopper's restraint this past week in Tucson at the bead and gem shows! This is all I bought! 

Now, it may look like quite a stash to you, but I’ve been known to buy many, many more (and heavy!) bags of beads and baubles in the past! I’m pretty proud of my restraint this time!

The mushroom druzy’s will make beautiful rings or pendants!

I love the fossilized bivalve clams, don't you!

I apparently am having a love affair with pyrite at the moment!

But who could pass up pyrite Druzy's? 

And pyrite ovals?

And bone - but I already knew about that addiction! I’ll save that for a separate post!

What are your favorite stones and elements to work with?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello! Artist Riki Schumacher

Sometimes there are people who really leave an impression on you for no particular reason at all. The moment you meet Riki, you feel a warmth of sunshine beaming on your face and a spark of inspiration in your head and heart. Artist and Art Retreat in the Desert Instructor, Riki Schumacher, is truly one sweet gal. We love having her teach our students and be a part of the Vivi Magoo Presents Family. Watch Riki's new view to see what she's up to for February 2015!

Take a sprinkling of Kansas, throw in a Toto doggie and Prince Charming, a beautiful cabin in the woods and a beach house. This is Riki's life.  Born in Kansas, she splits her time between two paradises; one in Washington state, and the other in California on the Central Coast. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, and is a dog mom to her Havanese,  Maddie.  After putting in 20 years as a professional advertising executive, she had the opportunity to live her dream, retire and start her own jewelry business.  That was 15 years ago.  She has been published numerous times in Stampington's magazines, and other publications, and has traveled the world to learn new mixed media and jewelry techniques.  Her next stage of exploration has been teaching, which has been incredibly positive. She says, "teaching is the most rewarding experience.  It allows you to share your knowledge with those who want to change their lives in some small way. What a wonderful gift, to help make that happen".  Try to catch up with Riki at one of her workshops somewhere in the U.S.  Share in her enthusiasm, have fun, and learn at the same time...we're not in Kansas anymore Toto!
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