Ephimera, Dolls, Sacred Hearts & Art Journaling … what more could you ask for?

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Clarissa Callesen‘s art studio in Ferndale Washington. Inspiration and creativity was in abundance everywhere you looked!

I took a few photos to share the visual experience with you, but honestly the pics won’t do it justice!  Seeing her work in person has made me even more excited about the classes she will be teaching at our upcoming Spring Art Retreat in Harrison Hot Springs!

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This month her work is being featured in the Art Journaling magazine by Stampington & Company and a wonderful video about Clarissa and her doll creations has been released. Clarissa and her work are both magical!

Make sure you register by January 25th to join the fun experience of taking Clarissa’s and other fabulous Artists’ workshops at our Spring ‘Into the heART’ Art Retreat!

All SKILL levels welcome!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

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Have a wonderful day!

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What is she up to?

It’s time to check in with your workshop Instructor, Clarissa.

She cannot wait to meet you!Clarissa Callesen

Friday May 23, 2014

Saturday May 24, 2014

 

 

 

 

All SKILL levels welcome!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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Package price includes:

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • 3 nights accommodation at Harrison Hot Springs Resort, B.C. (May 22-25, 2014)
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the TRADES happen!
  • Breakfast each morning in the Lakeside Cafe
  • Lunch 2 days (Fri & Sat)
  • Dinner Friday evening
  • Two 6 hour classes (one on Friday & one on Saturday)
  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (located on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night in the Cascade Ballroom!
  • NIGHTLY creative gatherings to create, giggle & greet new and old friends.
  • all taxes and hotel staff gratuities

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Workshops:

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Saturday May 24, 2014workshops-SAT

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Show a lil’ love…..workshop # 11 is here!

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WORKSHOP “Our Sacred Heart” with Clarissa Callesen

Each and every one of us has a heart that is sacred. A heart that loves, cherishes, protects, and hurts. Join me in creating an assemblage shrine to our beautiful and perfectly flawed hearts. We will be covering lots of techniques to alter and age new wood. We will cover the myriad of different ways to connect objects for assemblages. Through sculpting, painting, and distressing you will take everyday objects and turn them into a beautiful reliquary to your heart. I believe in embracing the grunge and cherishing the haphazard. This is both a project and technique based class which you will leave witha unique piece of art as well as skills useful for many different projects.

BIO: Clarissa is the creator of Strange and Wonderful Things, which is truly the best description of her work. She is the rescuer of tacky dolls and forgotten trash, with lots of laughter, hard work, and magic those items are reborn. Through her eclectic, mysterious, and surreal work she tells stories about the joy and tribulations that is the human experience. Clarissa teaching style is down to earth and fun, believing there is always more than one solution to a problem. Embracing the grunge and cherishing the mistakes are two of her primary philosophies. Clarissa brings her diverse experiences as a tattoo artist, functional potter, and gallery owner to teaching and sharing her true love the world of Mixed Media art. She exhibits throughout the Pacific Northwest at art festivals and selective galleries. She has been published in Linda and Opie O’Brien’s book, Who’s Your DADA? Written several feature articles for Art Doll Quarterly, and has been published multiple times in Somerset Studio. For more information, check out her blog at  http://clarissacallesen.blogspot.com/

Supply List:

  • Heart shaped found objects: beads, frames, charms, valentines, etc
  • A backing board for your heart: and old piece of wood, a book cover, a shallow box, etc
  • Small amount of collage materials (text and patterns are my favorite)
  • Small tube of E6000
  • An assortment of Acrylic paints (reds, browns, oranges, pinks, black, and white)
  • Paint brushes make sure to include a detail brush.
  • A palette for paints and a water container
  • Extra buttons, charms, old jewelry, and misc found objects for embellishing your heart

Optional Supplies:

  • Dremel and extension cord if you own one
  • Extra or different sized wooden heart blanks
  • Heat gun and extension cord

Kit fee $10 includes:

  • One 5”x 5” wooden heart blank
  • 2 small wooden heart blanks
  • Apoxie sculpt
  • Walnut ink,
  • Gesso
  • Construction adhesive
  • Tools to share

  Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

My CANADA DAY interview with the whimsical Violette Clark…

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  • Which Artist inspires you the most & why?: I have been most inspired by Sark – she set me on a path over 20 years ago when I read her book “Creative Companion and Inspiration Sandwich”. It’s like she gave me permission to be myself and embrace all of my eccentricities, love of colour, passion for life. Unbeknownst to Sark she gave me permission to fly my freak flag!

  • What would you love to try next, creatively?: I would like to teach a Bootcamp on Self – Promotion for artists, musicians, writers and other creatives. I’d like to marry all of the skills that I have acquired over the years into one package – my love of teaching, inspiring, art, eccentric nature, public speaking and motivating. Putting together power point presentations, creating art, PDF booklet and later videos to accompany the course will utilize many of my creative abilities..

  • Where do you find your muse/inspiration?: Nature, looking at other people’s art, art books, magazines, walking, chatting with people, listening to their problems and trying to find creative solutions. I also find inspiration in overhearing snippets of conversations from passerby’s and fashioning a journal page from that.Violette-bohemian-bliss-1

  • I like to teach because: I love imparting what I know to others as well as my enthusiasm for art as a healing tool. I love to teach art journaling or inspire others to begin because it has helped me tremendously on my path to healing. It’s also brought much joy into my life which I am a fanatic about sharing since I’d like others to experience the same joy as I have.

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  • Who do you creatively relate with? I.E. Who does your work remind you of?: I’m not sure who my work reminds me of – it’s pretty different than any other work. My art journal pages are quite unique. Some of the techniques in the pages such as the backgrounds may be familiar to many art journalers however the people and sayings I use are quite different. Often my work has a narrative quality to it and outlines what I have experienced such as hearing loss, the desire to be unique and screw the rules, an upset about a certain person etc.

  • The best part of living a creative life is: Being able to work in my jammies and sleep in a little bit. I also like to set my own hours, go for a walk in the middle of the day and meet a friend for coffee or an occasional lunch. I like the fact that I can go outside in my backyard on a sunny day and draw or write there. The thought of having to clock in on a regular basis in a boring beige building would be a death knell for me. I like to create any time of day or night. I love living in a purple magic cottage where every room is painted in a riot of colours – it inspires me and informs my work. I enjoy taking a day off a week to babysit and visit my grandchildren. What a lucky girl am I! Violette dragonfly house

  • What is the worst part of living a creative life?: The money can be pretty challenging – making a decent living is challenging. Having to constantly market/network rather than spending time creating is also a challenge. Having to keep on top of the tech world – Social Media, blogging etc. is very challenging and crazy making. I have ADHD and when I have too many things going at once I tend to drop balls and get overwhelmed.

  • What advice would you like to share?: If the advice is for another artist just starting out I’d suggest they start a blog and begin posting images of their work and try and find a community online. If the person is more of a one on one kind of character I suggest posting notices on bulletin boards in the community, starting a meetup group or take out an ad in the local papers. They could always start an art journaling group like I have done in the local community café. This is a great way to meet other creatives and journal together. You’ll learn new techniques and develop new artsy friendships. If you want to sell your work you’ll need to develop an online presence so begin blogging. Technique wise? I’d say try a variety of different art forms and see what works for you. Take some live workshops, online classes and buy books and try different techniques. You’ll eventually find something which turns you on and lights you up! You’ll discover what gives you juice by trying a variety of things.

  • The best advice I have ever received is : I didn’t receive it directly but “Follow your Bliss” a saying from Joseph Campbell, Anthropologist, Mythologist, writer and lecturer has inspired me for over 25 years. It’s the best advice I have ever adopted/received..

  • ‘Being creative’ means : Being creative to me means using your creativity in all aspects of your life – how you dress, how you decorate your home, how you create art, write and show up in the world. It’s also about blogging and what you post on facebook – it’s the whole shebang!

  • Name your favorite book of all time?: Well I guess I have several favourite books – The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Inspiration Sandwich by Sark, Succulent Wild Woman by Sark, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

  • What was your scariest creative adventure?: About 11 or 12 years ago I took my van and art and travelled throughout several States in the U.S. by myself trying to sell my art, show it to galleries etc. I met lots of lovely people, showed my art to folks, visited galleries, received advice from galleries. I had a couple of harrowing experiences but on the whole it was a pretty exciting adventure. One of the silliest things I did was land in Berkley California home of Celestial Arts publishing (they published Sark’s first books) and call up the company and exclaimed “I’m your next Sark!”. Well the silly thing is I didn’t have a book written or anything I simply had a few art pieces. Needless to say the secretary on the end of the line laughed at me! I eventually did get a book published – ‘Journal Bliss’ 8 years later but not by that company . Violette-bohemian-bliss-3b

  • The thing I love most about my life is : That I live my life out loud in a purple magic cottage, I’m surrounded by family, my boyfriend and supportive friends. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world – B.C. Canada and am surrounded by forests and beaches!

  • What makes your heart swell with joy?: Witnessing acts of kindness and being in nature. Kayaking is one of my favourite activities that brings me great joy! And of course creating art brings me great joy!

  • Three words to describe my work are: Whimsical, inspirational and eccentric

  • What creative tool can you not live without (so-to-speak)? Micron pens

  • My favorite ‘pretend’ curse word is : I’m not sure this is a curse word or not but it’s “Oh Crap!” I say that quite a lot unfortunately .

Thanks so much for interviewing me Nicci!

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