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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FREE video series!

Hi!  I have been making time everyday at 10a to listen to a FREE video series for creative people from successful creative people and their insight into making a living with their art (writers, painters etc.) and I thought I would share it with you!  It started on Monday but you can still hear the clips if you hurry!  Of late I have been enamored with Kelly Rae Roberts and her totally inspiring story of making her creativity work for her in a super successful, monetary way!  I found out about this video series from her blog so check it out:

Have fun and see you there!

Oh, here is my latest obsession....paper clay doll making!  Stay tuned for more and little tuts on some of their accessories!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Santo de Estrella cage doll Class

Well after several requests to teach this and finding the perfect setting I am happy to announce a rare invitation to you for this 3 day fun filled workshop! Seating is limited so sign up now! Here are the details:

SANTO DE ESTRELLA (Holy Star)~ A 3 day creative exploration with Robin Dudley-Howes!
March 15,16 & 17 2013
Newport Beach,Ca
Hosted by Lisa Sarvak Heaney
Cost: $300 plus $95 kit for 3 days ($395 total)
all levels welcome

My love for this art form started several years ago from an article in Los Angeles magazine.  I still have the pictures and have been intrigued ever since.  Basically, Santos (Spanish name for “Saints”) cage dolls as I understand them, were hand carved in the 17th and 18th century by priests in Spain and Portugal for religious ceremonies, processions and home alters.  They took the place of a church or priest in times of war when travel was restricted or if the local church was too far and the cage was utilized as a space for sacred objects and offerings.  As I created my own version of this Santos I wanted to convey a sense of beauty, peace and whimsical sweetness but still keep the general integrity and shape of the original antique cage dolls that I had studied.    The process of sculpting and refining the details started in June 2011 using polymer clay.  My first prototype burned but luckily I was able to make a mold from it!  From the ashes (so to speak) there was further refinement and finally the finished product which I am sharing with you.  This is a time intensive project and will take a full 3 days.  In this class you will learn:  Day 1: Basics of sculpting head, arms and hands.  Day 2: armature construction, faux wood surface techniques using molding paste, paints and dyes,  how to paint eyes using a template, assembling the cage to the torso with solder and decorative elements.  Day 3:   Of course we need to make fun items to accessorize her like a banner, crepe paper collar, earrings, crown and a necklace that can be converted into your own personal bracelet.  The “bracelet” techniques will include simple jewelry construction and my own “faux” swivel clasp technique to add several charms.  A full 3 days of techniques and fun for sure!  You should finish and leave with your very own Santo de Estrella art piece! 

The kit Includes most everything to make your beautiful Santo:  enough pre-conditioned polymer clay to sculpt the head, arms and hands, heavy armature wire, paper mache’ torso, pre-cut wood, filigrees, crown material, glass glitter, vintage crepe paper, use of dyes, gel flux, fire proof surface, molding paste, 2 part epoxy puddy & paints, copper foil and sheet.  You will also receive supplies for the Peace banner and crown, rhinestones for her earrings, chain, beads/pearls and wire for her necklace which can be used as a bracelet for you.  I will provide molds and resources on how to make them, pasta machine to condition clay, oven to cure the clay.  If you do not have a soldering iron I will have some available to rent for $5.  Lease let me know ahead it you will need soldering equipment.

Please bring: 
Potluck dish to share
Needle and thread (white)
Scissors (for paper)
Jewelry pliers (chain nose, small round nose and wire cutters)
1 Empty (or full) baby bell, Laughing Cow cheese container (this will be used for the cage bottom).  I know this is a weird request, so email me if you have questions.
**Soldering iron (with bevel ¼ inch tip, no cone tips) with stand and sponge
charms for your bracelet

Please email me with questions   
Excepted forms of payment : paypal, credit card, money order, check.  Please email  me your preference or... 
 Make checks/money orders payable to :
Robin Dudley-Howes
1321 Engracia Ave
Torrance, Ca.  90501

Payment arrangements can be made if need be, just contact me. A deposit of $150 will hold your seat.   All final payments in full for the total amount of $395 must be made by March 5, 2013.  No refunds.  All payments are final.