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.

 

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.