Getting to know Lulu

lulu-profileThe wonderful Lulu is teaching two very fun workshops at our upcoming Fall Art Retreat at Loon Lake Lodge – Maple Ridge, BC!

Tuesday Sep 17th ~ ‘Shadow Box Dollhouse’

Wednesday Sep 18th ~ ‘All Bottled Up’

  • Which Artist inspires you the most & why?: Oh, so many inspiring artists! I think Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo are way up there because of their portraits that are filled with emotion. Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Katie Kendrick, and Jill Mayberg because of their way with line, pattern, color, and playfulness.
  • What would you love to try next, creatively?: I want to do some larger sculptural pieces with gut. I know it sounds icky, but I’ve done some small pieces with it and I just love the potential it has. I also want to get back into doing art quilts.Lulu-shadowbox-2
  • Where do you find your muse/inspiration?: I love folkwear and folk art, nature, and people watching – faces! Fairy tales and kids’ books. Fabric stores.
  • I like to teach because: It’s really fun to show people that yes, they can be creative and express themselves! It’s also just so much fun to get together to make art, to experiment, and to inspire one another.
  • Who do you creatively relate with? I.E. Who does your work remind you of?: Hmm… It depends on which work we’re talking about because I dabble in a variety of styles. I think I’m still at a stage of being influenced by a lot of other artists. In general,I guess I would say that my work reminds me of Mexican folk art – colorful and fun.
  • The best part of living a creative life is: Trying lots of different things and playing with materials – being surprised a lot – and happy!

    Lulu's 'All Bottled Up'

    Lulu’s ‘All Bottled Up’ workshop

  • What is the worst part of living a creative life?: I love materials so much that I have too much stuff. I’m always thinking, “Oh, I might be able to use that in a piece!” It would be nice to have way less clutter.
  • What advice would you like to share?: Give yourself permission to make mistakes, and even to make ugly art. It’s all a process. With practice your work will eventually start to look like what you envision – or you will follow the trail that the “mistakes” take you on and find something even more exciting!
  • The best advice I have ever received is: “Let go and dance with it.” A painting teacher said this to me. It took about 28 years for me to follow this advice. (I just didn’t draw or paint for all that time because I didn’t think I was any good at it. Then I followed my own advice above, and now I can follow his advice!)Lulu-shadowbox-1
  • ‘Being creative’ means: You are receptive to seeing or hearing something that inspires you to act upon it in some way. I know a lot of non-artists who are very creative in other endeavors – teaching, inventing, experimenting scientifically… We just need to be open to new ways of thinking about things. “What would happen if I did this…?”
  • Name your favorite book of all time?: Is it even possible to name just one? How about Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman, by Maira Kalman? I love all her kids’ books – I think they’re hilarious. There’s also In and Out of the Garden, by Sara Midda. It’s a beautiful watercolor garden journal. Also, The Courage to Create by Rollo May. Good stuff.
  • What was your scariest creative adventure?: My scariest would have to be my Bachelor of Fine Arts final project. It took over a year and a lot of experimentation to be able to do what I wanted to do, but the scariest part of it was that it was very autobiographical and psychologically dark. Of course, a lot of viewers didn’t even realize any of that, and some even described it as really fun. But I had to give a presentation to my fellow art students in the textiles department, and I bared it all. I felt really shaky after delivering that presentation, but a lot of people told me how much they appreciated my honesty.
  • The thing I love most about my life is: That I am following my heart. Creativity is my passion, and I am so blessed right now to have this time to be creative.
  • What makes your heart swell with joy?: That I was lucky enough to find someone who could love me for who I really am, and who supports my artistic endeavors and knows the importance of following one’s heart.
  • Three words to describe my work are: Colorful, playful, humorous.
  • What creative tool can you not live without (so-to-speak)?: My eyes – to take in color and form. I would be so sad if I couldn’t see color.
  • My favorite ‘pretend’ curse word is: Rassn-frassn-riff-raff, dang it, and rats.

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A focus on STEAMPUNK Madness & it’s INSTRuCTOR!


A class in the art of Steampunk…where Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Victorian style meet.

Make a necklace, earring set and a pin. Incorporate keys, cogs, robots and watch parts into your own style of Steampunk Mayhem and Madness..!!!

Age and patina metals to include in your pieces. Work in antique bronze and silver lead-free base metals to achieve you own unique style.

Kits of parts and pieces included…additional items will be available for purchase from the teacher for future projects. Bring your favourite jewelry pliers and tools…all other items will be supplied.


And now to meet Carolyn:

  • Which Artist inspires you the most & why?  Len Castle – Potter – New Zealand Icon – very down to Earth, supreme Creative!
  • What would you love to try next, creatively?  Soldering.
  • Where do you find your muse/inspiration?   Everywhere… can’t turn it off.
  • I like to teach because:    I want others to have as much fun as I am!
  • Who do you creatively relate with? I.E. Who does your work remind you of?   A Mad Scientist … some days.
  • The best part of living a creative life is:   Fun is at your fingertips everyday.
  • What is the worst part of living a creative life?  Chaos surrounds you – As creatives are not as a rule tidy or organized – well not this one!
  • What advice would you like to share? Always PUSH yourself to take the new leap of faith.
  • The best advice I have ever received is: Just do it ~ Don’t over analyze it.
  • ‘Being creative’ means: Not being afraid to be different in all avenues of your life.
  • Name your favorite book of all time? Millions and Millions of Cats
  • What was your scariest creative adventure? The great New Zealand Craft Show (like Circle Craft)
  • The thing I love most about my life is: It is finally taking shape.
  • What makes your heart swell with joy?Watching people smile when they look at my work.
  • Three words to describe my work are: Original ~ Off the Wall ~ Evolving
  • What creative tool can you not live without (so-to-speak)?  My warped brain
  • My favorite ‘pretend’ curse word is :  ‘BUGGER’!

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What more could you ask for?

drink-coffee-art-retreatCLICK HERE to register! (printable pdf file)

CFE welcomes OPUS as our latest ART RETREAT sponsor!

We are over the moon to have OPUS Art Supplies as our latest sponsor for our Fall 2013 ‘Into the heART’ ART RETREAT !

They are spoiling our wonderful students with a bag filled with juicy art supply goodies!  Make sure you sign up soon, as you definitely do not want to miss out on obtaining one of the 100 art goody bags and sitting in on our wonderful workshops!!!

OPUS has 6 retail locations in British Columbia as well as offering a great online shopping experience! I visited the Langley location recently and took some photos to show you some of the large variety of supplies they offer.

Travelling into the heART of the matter

At the centre point of everything in life, the heart if you will, lies creativity.add-intotheheart

We are all creative! If we weren’t, we would not have the almighty wheel, texting (aka the new age telegram), cars, roadways, homes, music, dancing, delicious food, a name, even family members for that matter? Where would we be?

Sometimes along our personal journey we get creatively stuck and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

Nicci Battilana invites you to do just that. She has organized an event where you may to take a short time out from the ‘norm’, close to home. For most of you that means no plane rides, no passports, and no customs lines.

Nicci has gathered a wide array of talented unique individuals to offer workshops ranging from finding your own muse, to doll making, to art journaling, to playing with wax as an art medium and to creating your own business plan, among others.

Join them on the first annual Creative Pilgrimage!

CLICK HERE to register (printable pdf file).

Once we have the LOGO for our latest SPONSOR, we will share the excitement right here with you!!!   Sooooo excited!

Drum roll please…..


Good Morning all you lovely creative souls,

The winner of our Early Bird Registration $200 cdn discount on the Fall 2013 ‘Into the heART’ ART RETREAT is the one and only lovely Satira Brunnemer!!!



… and the WINNER is

… from our early bird registration CONTEST……. 2013-RETREAT-wiiner



CF is a Triple Threat this year!!!


We are so excited to be hosting our 7th annual Marketplace, 2nd annual Studio Tour & 1st annual Art Retreat !!!printable-triple-threat sample

New printable advert sheet now available!

CLICK HERE for the printable TRIPLE THREAT advert sheet (pdf)

We look forward to seeing you at our events!

from Nicci & the CF Team


Violette is having a Giveaway to celebrate …

It was four years ago this week that Violette’s first book, Journal Bliss, hit the bookstore shelves!

Visit her BLOG to enter her CONTEST! Good Luck !

We are so pleased to have her teaching at this years ‘Into the heART’ Art Retreat !!!

VIOLETTE 'Journal Bliss' contest

A sneak peak into the WORLD of ART RETREATS

Here are some of my favorite pics from the last Annual ARTFEST Art Retreat (2012) in Port Townsend, hosted by the great Teesha Moore!

The large group photos were taken by Kate Daniel, who will be the on site Photographer for our first annual Into the heART Art Retreat here in Western Canada!

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CLICK HERE : BLOG POST from my art website regarding my experience at Artfest. I posted this right after returning home. (April 7, 2012)

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