Hello world! My name is Karen Michel & I’m a mixed media artist, author and designer. I have been a part of the behind the scenes ICE Resin® family for years helping design the website, product packaging, and collage papers. This year Susan & Jen invited me to come on board the 2016 Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Design Team sharing how I use ICE Resin® in my mixed media work.
I have used ICE Resin® for everything from filling bezel charms, finishing off collaged canvases, to sealing a 30-foot community outdoor mural. It’s definitely a staple in my work process, and I’m excited to share my creative experiences with you.
I am a full time artist & momma of two little boys; art is a part of our day to day experience. We live along the coast just outside of New York City, so my inspiration is fed by the salty air and tides and the vast cultural diversity of the area. The majority of my work is based on the concept of creating a sense of modern mystic ceremony: home/body adornments, art journaling as a daily creative practice, and using photography to capture the magic of everyday living. I’m looking forward to this journey with the ICE Resin® Design Team & I hope to inspire you to try some new techniques and get creative!
Hello, all you daydreamers out there. I’m Angelique, otherwise known as A. Marie, the artist behind From the Breath of Daydreams. I cannot even begin to express how excited and honored I am to be a part of the 2016 Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Design Team. It’s such a dream come true for me, and I look forward to soaking up every moment of the experience.
I call myself a “creative conjurer” mostly because I don’t believe creativity has limits. I’ve felt the inspiration to be creative from as young as I can remember, and I’ve explored and continue to explore a wide variety of mediums. In fact, as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize that I can be creative in everything that I do, and really see the world through inspired eyes. Life is a canvas just waiting to see what we’ll make of it.
I believe my “style” is pretty fluid. Because of my belief that creativity heals, I really try to always take into consideration who the client is, and what they need and enjoy. Then I do my best to tell a story within the framework I’m working in, and to concentrate on pouring as much positive energy into the pieces as I can. Creativity really is about healing to me. Being able to lose myself in something that I’m creating has been that one thing that has kept my spirits up during the roughest times of my life. In personally understanding the massive positive effect creativity can have on the soul, I am passionate about encouraging others to be creative and sharing what I’ve learned with anyone who is interested in embarking on their own creative journey. I really do believe that everyone has an artist inside them, they just have to find their medium and then give themselves permission to explore.
When creating for myself, I’m really inspired by the different myths and cultures from around the world. There’s a dance between the unseen and the mundane that sparks a fire within and dares the artist to listen to its secrets. I like weaving symbolism into all that I do, and I find great pleasure in combining the techniques I’ve acquired in various mediums and experimenting to see how they might work together to form a new whole. I’m constantly learning from those around me, and will forever be a student at heart. I hope to inspire others to create from the heart and to be fearless in exploring what moves them. It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I really began to understand the depth of beauty in imperfection and the serenity that can come from fully embracing the creative spirit. I plan on pushing myself with each challenge we’re given on the team, and I hope that in sharing the discoveries I make with you, maybe you’ll be inspired to push yourself as well. I really can’t wait to see what daydreams are lurking around the corner just waiting for me to take a breath. With ICE Resin® in hand, I have no doubt that this year is going to be one magical journey.
May your muse shine brightly.
Learn more about Angelique:
My State Fair Ribbon Winner – Deep in the Heart ICE Resin®
It was a thrill and a dream of a lifetime to be on the 2015 ICE Resin® Design Team!! And now to be on the 2016 Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Design Team is doubly thrilling, unbelievably exciting…how many superlatives can I write (at least one more)…Incredibly Thankful!!
Now I have the task, to introduce myself. This for me, as I wrote last year, is quite a daunting task. I want to share with you who I am without telling every detail of my life, in our family that is called TMI—too much information. So with that in mind, I thought that this year, I would share a little more about my artistic style and what seems to resonate with me through my life and my art.
With the ever-changing trends in life, home, art, even clothes (let’s leave the 80’s in the past), I try and embrace and blend the trend and yet in it all, I have found a style, that speaks to me. Composition that is pleasing, colors that compliment, not compete, sentiments that inspire and the joy that it was to create. I try and remember who my audience is….you! The reader, the paper crafter, the jewelry maker, the student, the client, each one of you comes with different expectations with my art. For the paper crafter, it is sharing the love of paper and bringing life to that project. For the reader, it’s sharing techniques and tips to make your creative journey easier. For the student, to learn and feel accomplished in your own efforts. For all, a sense of joy and inspiration!
Another element of my style is my background, my heritage, and where I love and live life. For me, my style is as big as Texas, as soft as the South and a little joie de vivre! You see, I was born and raised in the South; Texas is my home; and I am (very proudly) half French. My inspiring, talented mother is from Chaville, a little town near Versailles. To put it all together—my heritage is one of Southern hospitality and European style, but my heart is pure Texan!!
Lastly, my style speaks to the love of a creative life. As long as I can remember, there has always been a needle and thread, a hook and yarn, bead and wire, fabric and scissors, paper and glue in my hand; of course, not at the same time. I love to bring together many mediums and incorporate them into a finished art piece, whether jewelry, home décor, accessories or just adding a creative touch to the everyday.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I hope in the upcoming months as I share a little bit more of me through these ICE Resin® Design Team projects, you will feel inspired and ready to create a style, all your own.
Chantal Johnson, a mixed media artist and teacher, lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, three dogs, and five sweet little hens. You will find her most days creating in her studio that her husband had built for her, teaching the joys of living a creative life and spending time with her family. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, and GreenCraft. She was on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team as well. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly via email. Connect with Chantal online, see her latest inspirations, and celebrate the joy in daily living at:
Hi! I am Dizzy Di, and I am a member of the 2016 Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Design Team. I have been happily teaching, making and designing jewellery for the last 30+ years.
I live in the London Borough of Havering, in the UK, with my wonderful, patient husband Pete, who can often be seen with me at bead shows. We have five kids between us, but more importantly, I have a tribe of eight grandchildren so far, with four more joining the tribe soon.
In 2008, I took the amazing step to be full time jewellery tutor and glass artist. I teach two weekly classes in Havering, and each week I teach a different project. I also travel around the UK teaching at shops and beading groups. Teaching and learning is a passion of mine, in particular ICE Resin®, bead weaving, lampwork beads, and wire work.
I have been making jewellery since 1980, and discovered lampworking in 2001 by watching Martin Tuffnell at the Epsom (UK) Show; boy, did he make it look easy. Away I went, starter kit in hand, and totally addicted. My Hot Head torch and propane bottles took over my downstairs lounge, before I moved into a series of studios, culminating with the opening of Dizzy Di’s Bead Shop and School of Jewellery in the Romford Shopping Hall.
In 2010, I was runner-up in the Advanced Lampworker category at Flame Off GBUK (Glass Beads UK) with “Ladies Day,” a set of lampwork hats. I also came in third place in the British Bead Awards for my lampwork beads “Sand Storm,” and was a finalist in wire work with a chain mail bracelet. In 2012, I won the Independent Trader award in the Havering Business competition.
In order to focus on teaching, writing, and designing new products for the craft industry, I closed my bead shop in November 2014.
January 2015 was life-changing for me. I got on a plane and went to the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) show in Anaheim, California to learn more jewellery-making skills, and look for new and innovative ideas to bring back to the UK. One of my first classes was with Suze Miller Weinberg, learning ICE Resin®. After that workshop, not only was I addicted to ICE Resin®, but I had gotten to meet Susan Lenart Kazmer, Jen Cushman, and several other ICE Resin® artists. My fabulous journey with ICE Resin® had begun.
My jewellery has many influences, from the environment around me and the UK’s History, to a love of the River Thames, and collecting cockle shells, butterflies and poppies. Where my work goes in 2016 who knows? The journey is just beginning.
Please join me on the journey of 2016 by following me on my social networks.
Facebook: Dizzy Di
Hello! My name is Brooke Bock. I am delighted to be a member of the 2016 Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Design Team. By day I am a kindergarten teacher. I have been teaching for over 25 years, and love spending my days with young children. Their enthusiasm and curiosity inspires me.
I have always loved creating. As a child, I made things with whatever we had on hand. I used everything from pine cones and twigs, to paper and fabric scraps. I sewed them together, or used glue or string to bind them. I collected and bought lovely art supplies at flea markets, and had some very good quality materials to experiment with. I took a few art classes in school. Once I graduated from college and got married, I made many things for our first apartments and home.
After our daughter was born, I started to create more regularly. I enjoyed it, and made crafts to sell. The goal was to make enough money to be able to continue to buy supplies. I experimented with many techniques and materials including painting, sewing, candle making, making potpourri, primitive crafts, machine embroidery, and felting. I made thousands of pins. They were small bits of wearable art. I learned many lessons about production, and refined many skills during those years.
A few years ago I became entranced with the Stampington publications. This led to a love affair with jewelry making that continues today. I love to experiment with found objects and a variety of materials to create unexpected pieces. Maps, books, ICE Resin®, hardware, fibers, wire, game pieces, vintage jewelry, and natural elements are all saved in vintage mason jars in my studio cupboards and await use in new designs.
One of my very favorite materials to work with is polymer clay. I love to form it into primitive shapes and rustic beads and then play with new ways to finish them.
I think one of the reasons I so enjoy polymer clay is that it has provided me with whatever beads I want right at my fingertips. I tend to save special supplies, but with the clay beads, I use them, knowing I can make more when I want to. I love to combine clay, wire, leather, and silk in many of my designs. I enjoy the freedom art offers to try new materials and styles. I embrace everything from shabby romantic to primitive mixed materials.
I have been honored and blessed to have been published in many Stampington titles, such as Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Prims, GreenCraft, Haute Handbags, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio and more.
Becoming a member of the ICE Resin® Design Team is an unbelievable honor. I am still pinching myself to see if it is true.
Follow the chronicle of many of my artistic pursuits online.keep looking »