Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Save the DATE, Sept.21-23, 2012!

Create all of these gypsy treasures in 3 classes!

Gypsy pendant taught by Janet Schultz

gypsy treasure charm bracelet

Robin's gypsy treasure charm bracelet

Learn how to make this EXCLUSIVE charm bracelet!
TO REGISTER CALL 909-866-8081
Hello creative gypsy travelers!  Janet and I have been working hard to arrange our 2nd annual Gypsy Art Retreat in Big Bear California and we are pleased to announce registration in open!  AND we are so excited to add another accomplished artist to our weekend gathering, Theresa Bondurant!  Fresh air, peace and quiet, pine trees, art making, costume contest, TREASURE HUNT,  home cooked food, SHOPPING,  CREATING WITHOUT INTERUPTIONS!  Who wouldn't want that?  You will love it!  Sign up's start March 1, 2012 and we are very limited in our space and accommodations so sign up early!  Limited space means more individual attention to YOU!   SAVE THE DATES:
                 SAVE THE DATE:    SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2012.  

Here is a taste of what to expect:
  Come join us for our second annual retreat, Celebrate the Gypsy in
You: 2012: A Gypsy Caravan, at Inspirations in Big Bear Lake!
Celebrate the gypsy in you with wild abandon, color and spice in a weekend
you will not forget! Come out and play with three well known,
sought after art instructors to bring out your wild side in this fun filled
weekend of creative exploration! Bring out your alter-gypsy ego and embody
her into an amazing colorful gypsy art doll pin and purse with lots
of embellishments, fibers and more with doll artist, Janet Schultz! Then
let your inner gypsy jingle and make some noise as you are guided into
making a very eclectic gypsy treasure bracelet with soldered charms,
mixed media and other simple techniques with the multi talented mixed
media jewelry artist, Robin Dudley-Howes! And to finish our gypsy
weekend, we have invited the very talented, multi-media fiber artist,
Theresa Bondurant, to teach a beautiful embellished “miniature” art quilt
to add to our gypsy carpet bag/purse! This will be a lovely fall weekend in
the mountains for creating, sharing with other creative souls, and relaxing
while exploring new techniques and media. This weekend is all about
YOU and expressing your creativity with wild abandon including a
gypsy charm swap, costume contest and a gypsy treasure hunt! We have limited enrollment
so register today!  Payment plans available!
A $100 deposit holds your space until July 30.  Full payment is due after that date.

$405*-$5o5 per person
 2-night accommodations
 All meals
 Snacks and non-alcoholic
 2 1/2 days of classes taught
by Robin , Theresa and
 Off site activities
 24-hour use of the project
 Gifts and surprises

Kits for all projects are an
additional cost of $40. That means for ALL 3 classes you'll get most all the supplies you need for only $40 to make all 3 projects!
There will be a minimal
additional supply list for some tools and any personal ephemera you will add to your projects.
Creative Weekend Retreat
Big Bear Lake
September 21-23, 2012
Space is
For more information:
Lorraine (owner of the facility) 909-866-8081
email me:
See the beautiful facility here:

 Janet Schultz
Janet Schultz, Dollmaker and Fabric Lover of All Things
Janet’s creative journey began as a teenager-making her own clothes! Currently, she is involved in a variety of creative activities but her primary passion lies in making cloth dolls. While she loves making primitives and folk art dolls as they bring back memories of childhood, her recent exploration in making art quilts has inspired her to create more colorful dolls including her new patterns and designs for A Modern Annie, the Gypsy, and Dance to the Rhythm of Life. She loves experimenting with different mediums and is constantly learning new techniques to incorporate into her dolls.

While living in Ohio, she had the opportunity to teach and sell her dolls, so when she moved to Southern California, she continued teaching, showing, and selling her dolls. She teaches at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa and The Paper Clip in Big Bear Lake where she currently lives, and at her studio amongst the eleven pine trees. Her dolls are available at the Village Quilt Shop and Paper Clip in Big Bear Lake as well as by special order. Her “Best Friends” challenge doll was published in Art Doll Quarterly. Her mantra is simple-every moment is an opportunity to “paint” your best life. The tools-play, believe, laugh, dance, care, understand, patience, try, imagine, dream, and love-do these everyday
Theresa Bondurant
Theresa Bondurant
Theresa Bondurant Mixed Media Fiber Artist
I have been creating all my life.  I began sewing as a young child.  My great-grandmother taught me to sew and embroider.  I have always loved the feel of textures so fabric has always been my first love.

My passion, in addition to the creative magical process itself, lies in using recycled materials.  I am inspired by the humble simplicity of the use of re-purposed materials and wonder what stories these materials hold.  Thrift shops, garage sales and ETSY offer a wide selection on wonderful, dreamy fabrics at a price I cannot turn away from.

Over the years I have taught a variety of classes such as pearl restringing and beaded earrings.  A few years ago I turned to making art quilts and felt this was the area of art I have been looking for.  With all the rusty bits, trinkets, ribbons and laces…..I knew I was home.

I am currently teaching classes in art quilting, art shrines and creative embellishments.  I truly feel blessed to have been given the gift of creativity and feel I am living the life I was meant to live.  My motto is CREATE EVERY DAY and this will keep my soul happy!

 Robin Dudley-Howes

Robin Dudley-Howes
 Robin Dudley-Howes mixed media artist
Robin has been a creative free spirit since the age of 5.   Currently her passion lies in creating and teaching mixed media jewelry, tassels, assemblage and Santos cage dolls.  Her style is an eclectic blend of Bohemian Chic channeling Mata Hari, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Frida Khalo with a dash of glitter!  Her work is the epitome of mixed media using paper, metal, fibers, paint, beads, wax, rust, ribbon, collage, fabric, polymer clay and lots of recycled ephemera inspire her creations. Her work has been published in over 15 issues of Somerset Studio (twice as featured artist), The Gallery, Stampers Sampler, 3 books and just recently in Jewelry Affaire, 2011.   Look out for her feature article on her Santos cage doll this fall (2012) in Cloth,Paper, Scissors.   She conducts fun and energetic workshops at her art studio in Southern California, Gilding the Lily in Fullerton, Garden of Beaden Upland, Whimzy Irvine and other Southern California establishments as well as online classes with AforArtistic.  She has also had the privilege of teaching at national art retreats such as Cloth,Paper, Scissors CREATE in S.California, Art Unraveled in Arizona and Teesha Moores Art Fiber Fest in Washington.  
For more of Robin's work: