The 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival will showcase crafts created by artists in the United States. This event takes place March 8 & 9, 2014. We hope you take the time to explore the world of craft and especially look at Lorraine Vogel‘s jewelry which is created with polymer clay. The Rickie Report shares some background about this medium which continues to grow in popularity, produces fascinating forms and sophisticated accessories for home and body.
18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival
March 8 – 9, Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
A1A and Commercial Boulevard
Navigational Address: 4400 North Ocean Drive,
Lauderdale By Sea, FL 33308
To Support the Arts and the Local Community
Free and open to the public
The finest crafters in the country will descend upon this South Florida community when Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns March 8 – 9, 2014. The show will take place in its original location in downtown, just a short distance from the beach. The displays, with a wide variety of original and affordable crafts, will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce hosts this two-day annual tradition. Admission is free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
- Juried outdoor craft showcase
- Original crafts – Handmade in America
- Unique and affordable gift items
- 150 crafters from 30 different states
- Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
- Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
- All crafters on site for duration of festival
One medium that is becoming more popular is polymer clay. The color ranges are as open as your imagination! Polymer clay is, as the name implies, a bendable polymer compound for artists and crafters. It’s not true clay (which is fine particles of silicate suspended in water) but is pliable like clay. Polymer clay is comprised of fine particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in plasticizer.
What makes polymer clay special is its versatility. It comes in dozens of colors, and you can blend clays together like paints to make your own colors. Since the color is inherent in the particles, you can also work two or more colors together without blending them to create special effects such as cane working and marbling. The clay’s pliability and ductility let you use techniques from glasswork, textile arts, and sculpture. Because polymer clay doesn’t dry out, it can be sculpted and formed it without worrying about a time limit. It is baked to cure or harden the clay. (courtesy of www.dickblick.com)
Lorraine Vogel, a fine crafter from Delray Beach, creates one-of-a-kind polymer clay jewelry pieces. She tells The Rickie Report, “Because my background is in the graphic arts, my jewelry designs are clean and bold with a tropical flair.” It is important to point out that these designs are not painted, but created through painstaking layering, shaping, cutting and melding the polymer clay strata.
Lorraine uses an ancient Japanese metalworking technique called Mokume Gane and incorporates stamping to create my pieces. Her creations have a consistent South Florida tropical feel. Mokume Gane (pronounced moe-koo-may-GAHN-ay) is a Japanese term for “woodgrained metal”. In polymer clay terms, it is a method of stacking, constructing and layering polymer clay, which is then impressed , or in Lorraine’s case, stamped and then cut in various ways to achieve a myriad of interesting and beautiful designs.
For more information about Lorraine’s designs please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WiredOrchidJewelry/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav
For more information about polymer clay please contact the Southeast Florida Polymer Clay Guild at sefpcg.com
About American Craft Endeavors:
American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.
For additional information on the 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.
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