Creative Adventure with Christi Friesen!! 17-19 May 2019

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Christi Friesen is starting her 2019 European tour from Cyprus in May 2019! So if you are interested in twisting and cranking your creative disorders with her, start getting ready!!

The Creative Adventure begins on Friday, 17th of May with a Creative Juices Tour at the Kourion archaeological site.  We can study the mosaics at the house of Eustolios and get our creative juices running for Christi’s Mosaics workshop. Speaking of juices, we could also have some fun visiting a winery at Omodos village to taste some Cypriot vinos and a local tavern for some Cypriot treats!!

[The day will be finalised depending on the number of participants – additional fees may apply*]

Saturday, the 18th of May the adventure continues and we dive into the deep with a full day of Christi teaching her incredible class on Polymer and Mixed Media Mosaic Explorations.

And on the final day Sunday, 19th of May we will delve in the bizarre and creative world of Christi’s Artful Vessels.

At nights we will get all adventurous and excited for outings in the city of Limassol and enjoy the lovely atmosphere of the old town, the local cuisine and have lots of fun!

Class descriptions:

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Polymer & Mixed Media Mosaic exploration

In this workshop we will explore creating sculptural mosaics from polymer clay and incorporating those elements into a more traditional mosaic setting. You will create basic forms from polymer and cover it with hand-cut tiles made from polymer sheets and veneers. You will play with textures, surface treatments and other tricks to make your sculptural form intricate and sophisticated. You will combine the sculptural form with a mosaic composition where you will learn about substrates and adhesives and all the many things that can be added to make a rich and varied mixed media design.

  • This workshop is open to all skill levels.
  • Most materials will be provided.

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Artful Vessels

In this workshop we will explore creating art vessels from polymer clay using bases and armatures. You will learn how to create forms and extensions to add interest to your vibrant and original art vessel. Emphasis will be on design and form-building as well as creating clay blends, using surface treatments and textural elements as well as adding beads and other embellishments. You will combine sculptural techniques and decoration tricks to create a unique art piece.

  • This workshop is open to all skill levels.
  • Most materials will be provided.

For any additional tools or materials that might be needed you will be notified in advance.

Location

If you have not visited Cyprus yet, then this is your chance to see the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility… An island that has literally risen from the depths of the sea just like its goddess who protects it. A Mediterranean gem to many kings’ and queen’s crowns throughout its long history…

Limasol is the second biggest city on the island located on the southern coast. Known since the ancient times as the kingdom of Amathous. Located very near to Kolossi village, which is known as the place where the crusader knights had their commanding post and the ancient city of Kourion.

Be prepared to see a city full of diverse images of the old and the new combined! A city where the party runs through the blood of the inhabitants and the carnival is celebrated there as nowhere else on the island. A place where the Cypriot Filoxenia [filos=friend +xenos=foreigner] (hospitality) is evident and the cuisine is thriving!

The workshop will take place at the newly renovated Pefkos City Hotel in Limasol, Cyprus and at very good prices too!

Registration and Terms of Payment

The fees for the Creative Adventure with Christi Friesen will cost €260.00 per person. This fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, workshop instruction and materials.

If some of you can only attend one of the workshops, then the fee will cost €150.00 per person.

Also at the venue you will have the choice to either rent a pasta machine for €10.00 or buy a brand new one for €20.00

The cost for the Friday’s Creative Juices Tour will be announced according to the number of participants. Participation in the Tour should be paid by the end of March 2019. The price for the tour will approximately be €50,00 but it will include private bus transfer, entrance fees to the archaeological site, winery tour and lunch.

To participate at the event, it is necessary to complete the registration form. The number of seats is limited. Please send an email to register@creativedisorders.org to get your participation form.

Your registration for the event will be confirmed after the payment of the first instalment, 7 days after your registration form is submitted, by bank transfer.

Participation will be confirmed upon receipt of the total amount. The second instalment should be paid by 31 December 2018.

For registration at a single event the payment should be made in full in one instalment, 7 days after your registration form is submitted, by bank transfer.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price of the workshop. If you want to book a room you can call the “Pefkos City Hotel” (+357 25660066) and mention that you will participate in the “Creative Adventure 2019”; or you can use the online hotel booking site. They have reserved a special price for us, so if you are booking online please use the code “Creative Adventure 2019”. Please confirm your reservations by the end of February 2019

  Standard Room Superior Room
Single      €55,00      €65,00
Double      €33,00      €38,00
Triple      €31,00      €36,00

*bed & breakfast and all taxes included

If you will be visiting Cyprus with a person that does not want to attend to the workshops, but wants to join us for lunch, the additional price is €15.00 per person.

 Important

By completing this form, you acknowledge that you attend the event at your own risk and that any personal details you provide will only be used for the purposes of contacting you for the Creative Adventure event.

The organisers of this workshop cannot be held liable for transport delays, nonattendance, personal accidents or loss of property. We will hold your registration details electronically; they will only be used for the event and will not be disclosed to any third party.

The Creative Adventure 2019 will be held provided there is a minimum number of 15 participants. If not more than 15 participants express interest by the 20th of December 2018, you will be refunded in full of the received payment. We reserve the right to make changes on the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

For more information please contact us at info@creativedisorders.org

 

Until next time

Be good to one another

M.

 

Polymer Clay News from Cyprus!

Well I have to make a new post as I am on the verge of revealing it all…

She will be coming to Cyprus next May!! Who “she” is??  She is travelled, funny and amazing! oh and she looooves chocolate too! And that is all I have to say as this gessing game begins!

So start getting ready to visit Cyprus next Spiring! May 2019 is not that far away and we are preparing an exchiting tree day Adventure for you!!

Stay tuned for the reveal by the end of this week!!

 

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Ok just one clue… the event will be by the sea of Limasol 🙂

Untill the next time

Be good to one another

M.

 

 

Their homes are taken, their future not!

Yes, my dear friends you guessed it right, another Erasmus+ program for me! This time I traveled to the island of Chios, Greece for a program developed by the Greek NGO ‘Horizons for Youth’.  Participating countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lithuania,  Spain and Turkey.

“Their homes are taken, their futures not” was the title of the program and its subject matter was about the refugee crisis. The Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea are a station for refugees and migrants wanting to reach the rest of the continental Europe. Chios was a perfect place to observe and discuss the situation.

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Καλώς Ήρθατε στη Χίο! = Welcome to Chios island!

We discussed the conditions in each of our respective countries and the history of refugees in our countries. The legalities of obtaining a refugee status. How the laws restrict these people from wanting to reach one country and flee the other. The combination of the economic crisis and the refugee crisis and how that affects the local economies and tourism. The European agreements about refugees. The Christian vs Muslim issue. And so many more subjects as they arose as days went by…

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On the island we met both sites. Refugees traveling through the war zones of Syria, rough terrain, and wild seas to get to safety. Refugees or rather migrants (from Algeria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) travelling through terrible conditions and giving all their life’s savings to smugglers in order to get to Europe and to a better life. Last but not least we met the islanders, Chios’ original residents. All living together on an island filled with conflicted feelings!

Understanding, fear, resentment, empathy, anger, compassion, sympathy, bitterness, consideration, annoyance, appreciation, irritation, displeasure, relief, love and hate…

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Souda Camp: Refugees in waiting for their asylum petitions to be investigated by authorities and the Court are in a status of stasis from 1 month to 1 year… Not being allowed to work (the conditions after Greece’s economic crisis don’t support that either for residents nor refugees), they stay all day in the camp or wonder around the city streets, sitting in the parks… Some don’t like to stay idle and they volunteer for the NGOs in the camps, they go fishing, they do sports…  Life in waiting is very hard!

We had the chance to visit the refugee camp at Souda, the smallest of the two on the island and also the unaccompanied children’s house. Moreover, we talked to the residents of the camp about their journeys and hardships, about their lives then and now and their future hopes.We also had the chance to meet with the managing NGO and the vice Mayor of Chios and discuss with them. Additionally, according to the project’s activities we had to talk to locals and interview them about the situation on the island, the problems they face, their fears and hopes and also the ways they face the future.

But in these youth exchange projects we also need to get to know each other. So we organized cultural nights with food and drinks from our respective countries. We chatted with each other during lunches and coffee brakes and partied together all through the nights… And lastly we had some free time to visit the beauties of the Island of Mastiha, the incredible Chios!!

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Now, back at home my thoughts and feelings are in a chaotic status… Glad to be back with my own people, sad to have left behind all the new and wonderful friends, hopeful that the refugee crisis will resolve, sad about the condition of the human spirit…

As humans we find it difficult to accept the unknown, the strange, the different… even if we have been in the same condition in the past… even if at heart we really want to help, after some time has passed it is easy to get used to the bad things around us, adapt and start complaining! This is the human condition and it has been such since the beginning and it will continue to be exactly the same in the future. Let us just hope that the examples that confirm this condition will be more and more over time… that people who don’t look each other as colour, as religion, as place of birth, as economic status will become in time the majority…

I hope that HUMANITY will prevail the Human Condition!

Untill the next time

Be good to one another

M.

March report!

Hey dear friends!

I haven’t been posting at all lately but let me tell you I have been very busy indeed!! As I mentioned in my “about me” section I don’t love my job but it sustains my living and passions… Well this time it offered to me an experience of a lifetime!

I was presented with the opportunity to visit Brussels through an Erasmus+ program for Public Administration. It was a full two-week program with presentations from various EU organizations and European Commission DG’s. It also included the group’s visit to Luxembourg and the Court of Justice of the EU and the Court of Auditors and of course the grand visit to Strasbourg and the amazing building of the parliament!

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A blast of information, images, faces, names, places… and don’t let me forget about the lovely food and the chocolate, the waffles… and the beers, don’t forget the beers… This program gave me the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from all over Europe and perhaps made friends for a lifetime… An overall once in a lifetime experience that the universe blessed me with!

And for my luck in weather conditions, while the program lasted we enjoyed brilliant, sunny, spring days in Brussels where in Cyprus the weather was gloomy and raining!!

I also had the chance to visit some museums and exhibitions and enjoy the local architecture and food culture!

I love multicultural groups, and cities like Brussels can offer that and more. Being in multicultural environments is what pushed me to involve myself on a volunteer base with the N.G.O. PlanBe, plan it be it and work with youth programs.  But let me tell you the Erasmus+ umbrella covers programs for all ages and purposes. As European citizens, we should all at least once involve ourselves in the process and participate. It is a unique and rewarding experience for all…

Next step Erasmus+ programs for adults…

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Until the next time… Be good to one another!

M.

#HeartArt Attack!!

Love conquers all… All you need is Love… Love is Blind… Love is unselfish… Love does not judge… Love is crazy, mad, wonderful… Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

In our case Love is creative!! Today I decided to keep up with my artist of this month, my dear Christi Friesen and I will prompt you all to visit the Christi’s Creative Neighborhood group on Facebook and febwhatshapningenjoy the most creative Heart Attack ever!! So many talented creators, artists, makers! All of this inspiration and love for polymer!

Back in The Circle (the paid membership side of the Neighborhood) the theme of February is “All You Need is Love” and so Christi decided she would announce a contest!

And the contest goes like this: Go to the Neighborhood (on FB) and post a picture of any kind of HEART ART  made by any kind of  material  and at the end of the month THREE random lucky ones will win one of Christi’s texture sheets named ‘HeartZ‘!!

So go post your own image on the page of Christi’s Creative Neighborhood group on Facebook and add the #heartArt. Using the # hashtag helps others find your work!

Here is a small sample of some of the posts and their creators!!

Firstly some of Christi’s own creations! Artful and whimsical, baroque and steampunk, romantic and stylish however you call them they are but just beautiful! I am the proud owner of two of her hearts and I adore them!!

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How about  these gorgeous heart pendants, made of  resin  by Leila Bidler? It is a series of six in rainbow colours. Don’t they look fantastic?

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Don’t tell me there is someone of you polymer clayers out there that doesn’t love the mokume gane technique!  This is Dani Rapinett of The Whimsical Bead all the way from “down under” with these loving beads in purple pink and gold!

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This colourful translucent trio is the creation of the Oklahoma based Michele Hinchey. Her favorite quote is about love of course!

“Love look not with the eyes but with the mind and therefor is winged Cupid painted blind” Shakespeare

On the other hand, Lilian George makes voodoo dolls from recycled materials called “Gnarfles” and they also inspire her line of valentine cards! Now tell me how cute are these little dudes?

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Rita Hammock calls this piece ‘Where do broken hearts go, Well they go over the rainbow’ it is worked with wool strips. She worked on this piece while working through her grief over the terrible event of ‘The Pulse’ nightclub shooting.

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Now let’s get real with the work of Amy K Hucks, literally!

She made this hand sculpted heart from pictures. It was made for a hard surgeon… of course!

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How about some wall art?

This is the work of the italian Ilenia Moreni!

With a bit of ‘love and devotion’, polymer clay, some Swellegant, linen fabric and brass chains this heart is ready!!

She is also a fellow blogger!

And here is where I am going to put an end to this post! Any more hearts and I will get a #HeartArt Attack! 🙂  Now go to Christi’s Creative Neighborhood group and get your own!

Until the next time, be good to one another!

M.

Origins

What we take with us in life are our life stories. The ones that had the biggest impact on our psyches are the ones that created our characters and gave us all the graces and complexes we carry around. What were your origins? When this bug of creation did first overcame you? Who was the instigator or the benefactor of your addiction to making? How this creative disorder did began for each and every one of us? And wouldn’t you like to know the origins’ story of one of our favorite artist, instructor and inspiration? Today I give you Christi Friesen!

Here,  the amazing Christi Friesen is sharing her story on an inspiring monologue video by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads called Behind the Clay published on Nov 2, 2015. The editor prologues the video with the following statement: “Christi Friesen is driven by an enjoyment of creativity. She considers herself lucky to make a living amusing herself and others with polymer creations. This is her, speaking about how she managed to focus her artistic excitement”.

cfaboutphotoChristi Friesen is a world known artist in mixed media. Polymer clay has given her a way of speaking her own language and creating her own magical worlds! Her work has been showcased in exhibitions and publications. She is an author on her own right too! With a fluent and humoristic way, she helps you move through the pages of her books wide-eyed. She is positive and fun and hilarious! And also remember, she adorrrrrres chocolate!

I haven’t had the chance to attend one of her workshops yet! But I have met her at the first Euro Synergy in Malta back in 2014. She gave me a one to one demo of her tools and also she walked me through the use of her product called Swellegant©. Anyone can meet her on her workshops, as she travels the world spreading her joy of life and amuses us through her work.

But you see she is not just an incredible artist and a fun, chocolate loving creature she is also a giver and sharer. She saw her own need of great tools that did not exist for all the polymer clayers that like to sculpt and she created them! She made all the effort and research and she found the right people to work with and made the tools. Her “Bestest Sculpting Tools Ever” are made of stainless steel, are hand finished and well balanced. Everything that we all needed and we all want, I assure you!

What’s more her fascination with nature, which we can see in all of her work, stirred her mind into materials like silver and iron and copper. She studied their natural properties and she imagined them combined with clay and other materials that don’t possess such properties. And that’s what Swellegant© is, a line of metal coatings, patinas and Dye Oxides(colorings) that will transform your creations into old, rusted, metal ones!

On her side you can also find an eclectic selection of products and tools, either her own brand or by other artists and affiliated companies that are not always easy to find. Also check out the “On Sale” because you can always find brilliant deals!

Last but not least I have to make a reference to the Neighborhood! Christi’s Creative Neighborhood is a place that each month all the members explore a new idea, enjoy her creative nudgings and meet another artist that collaborates with her. Also all the members benefit from special bargains on the Neighborhood shop.

For more inspiration by Christi take a stroll on her Archive Pinterest board with a selection from her body of work.

What a character she is! I promise you her videos are addictive, just because she is so funny and giving and extravagant!

So ’till the next time, be good to one another!

M.

 

Favorite Low Fat Cake Recipe

OK people, this is my first article for the year and I thought of starting it with something sweet! Something yummy that will not add to that holiday fat around our bellies…This is my favorite cake recipe, tried and tested and sooo fast!

A few years back, when I first moved into my own flat, I started searching for recipes, just so that I would be able to make something easy and fast if a friend dropped by… Yes OK I am totally Cypriot! But that is how I was raised as a child, to offer food and drinks to everyone entering your home, be welcoming to all!

And what would that be?

Well after a lot of research I decided to go with something not savory but not too sweet either… Not very fatty and something that everyone would like… and who doesn’t like a fruity cake? Especially if the fruits in question are blueberries, full of antioxidants and all those good-for-you properties? How about some added lemony tartness?

 

I found the answer I was looking for in the Low Fat Lemon Blueberry Loaf on the About.com page by Fiona Haynes. And here is the recipe for you to try yourselves! You don’t even need to use a mixer!

Low Fat Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 1 hour   Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 180 °C  (350 °F ).

In a small bowl, combine oil, lemon juice, eggs and milk. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring until just moist. Fold in lemon zest and blueberries. Empty batter into loaf pan and bake for an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Per Slice: Calories 169, Calories from Fat 49, Total Fat 5.5g (sat 0.6g), Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 293mg, Carbohydrate 27.1g, Fiber 0.7g, Protein 3g

Now why don’t you call a friend, make a pot of coffee or tea and enjoy this cake together?

Till the next time, be good to one another!

M.

PS: I have also tried variations by adding orange juice and zest instead of lemon juice and zest. It also works brilliantly with the Bergamot Orange!!

PS2:Plus point if you change the blueberries with mixed berries or with peaches you are in for a tasty surprise! 

PS3:Moreover if you alter sugar with some brown raw sugar you will get an added taste of caramel and a somewhat more dark-colored cake.