Carol Blackburn Christine Dumont
Carol Blackburn is a designer who works with polymer clay, beads, and tassels from her London based studio.
Carol founded the London Polymer Clay Group and is an active member of the International IPCA and American Polymer Clay Guilds and studied textiles at Manchester College of Art and the Royal College of Art.
Carol’s published book ' Making Polymer Clay Beads', demonstrates many polymer clay techniques with step-by-step colour photographs.
Carol’s encouraging persona will inspire all to build confidence in the design and making of polymer clay jewellery.
Ikat Beads and Baubles
Ikat is a style of weaving common to many world cultures. It is likely to be one of the oldest forms of textile decoration and is associated with silks and luxury fabrics.
Carol will show you how to adapt Ikat's distinctive patterns and graphic qualities to polymer clay and make beautiful beads and pendants.
Carol’s experience as a freelance designer of knitted fabrics adds excitement to the project!
Christine Dumont was born in Belgium and has travelled the world, having lived in the Middle East, Morocco, Canada and now in the UK.
Christine draws inspiration from the many cultural landscapes of her life, capturing art in the beauty of her unique organic forms.
Christine has won several awards for her work including an award in the prestigious Progress and Possibilities contest organised by the International Polymer Clay Association.
In addition to her awe-inspiring work, Christine is the creator of Voila, a web based community for artists to develop polymer, their voice and raise their game!
A version of the Butterfly Bead
Butterfly Beads are constructed to be physically light, requiring a sculptural approach that might be new and challenging to many.
When several beads are assembled, they produce stunning necklaces or bracelets as their fluted outlines create elegant negative space. In themselves, they carry enough drama to be a focal bead or a single-beaded pendant.
This workshop will be particularly appreciated by artists who want to explore sculpting as a new way of working.