Vid #236: As I create for others, I think about the joy of knowing them. With that there is absolutely no room for thoughts about pain, illness, fears… ~Michele Effing
If you’re new around here and don’t know what the heck a Fifth Friday is… not to worry. Just watch the video at this Studio Tour link, and all will become crystal clear.
Now to set the stage for today’s Fifth Friday “Book Launch” video, please read the following excerpt from a dear member of the community. Her kind and insightful words are a wonderful intro for what I discuss in the video posted further down on this page.
Hi Cindy, my addiction to clay started about a year ago after I was diagnosed with MS and went from a career girl to staying at home going nuts trying to find something to do.
It is funny, but my goal was to network more online and actually talk to the people who share my new passion. Discovering my creative side has had a huge impact on how I deal with my health issues.
Formerly, I was a nurse, so I know all the positive medical aspects of having a “hobby”. But, without sounding corny here, it is more than a hobby to me now.
When I am creating my mind turns to the beauty in life; and as I create for others, I think about the joy of knowing them. With that there is absolutely no room for thoughts about pain, illness, fears of the future.
I tell you, I suggest to everyone to find an art medium now – of course I talk about polymer clay!
I spent much time researching, reading, investing in books, etc. and your lessons by far have been the best tutorials – everything is broken down and made simplistic. And you even incorporate wire work – it is a great, inspiring site! If only I had signed up with you FIRST, the 20lb bag of scrap clay I have would be much, much smaller!
Sorry, this is a long response but I must tell you quickly – I love flower canes! Followed instructions to “T” from books published by other well known polymer clay artists – and they would always look horrible!
So, I recently purchased a back issue of yours, the flower petal cane, turned out perfect – especially your tip on the packing!
This sounds silly, but it is a little exciting – you are famous in my house, I call you my Art Professor! Keep it up! Thanks.
Next week we’ll get back to the regular Friday programming, starting with the first video tutorial in Volume-044… AND A BRAND NEW YEAR!!!
But before then, be sure to leave a comment below about how polymer clay has changed your life or that of someone you know.
And for some additional reading, here is a link to where our Polymer Art Therapy Book has been discussed in another thread here at the blog: Beads of Courage
It’s been a wonderful 2011 and I know 2012 is going to be even better!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!