Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Meet Anni Hunt: The Many Faces of EncaustiCamp

Another edition in the continuing series designed to share with you the many faces of one of my favorite places to teach, EncaustiCamp. Held each summer in the Seattle area, this extraordinary retreat not only has captured many a student and teacher's heart, but also become the subject of a book featuring each of the instructors and a few of the camp VIPs. I hope to bounce around between teachers, vendors and former students (or "lifers" as they become affectionately known), throughout the series to give you a taste of the goodness from many perspectives. 

This week we are joined by another EncaustiCamp "lifer" (all students who have attended EncaustiCamp become lifers!) Anni Hunt. Anni shares with us how she came to realize that, in spite of having read camp leader Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's books and watching her DVD's, there was so much more to learn. So much more, in fact, that she will be attending camp for the second year in a row. A true camp lifer!
Encaustic Art by Anni Hunt
I was researching encaustics online and found Patricia Seggebruch's book on encaustics.
I worked through the whole book in one weekend and immediately ordered her DVD.
I was hooked.


Trish actually visited Vancouver (my home town) during the time I was exploring and I decided not to take her class as I thought I had done her intro/DVD stuff……….what a mistake that was when I heard all the things they did in the class. So I started looking at Trish’s website which led me to E-Camp. 
Encaustic Art by Anni Hunt
I had been working in Encaustics for about two years so I didn’t have to take the intro class and could dive straight into the wonderful selection of teachers and courses. Sue Stover was incorporating textiles into her work so it seemed such a perfect fit. Judy Wise was teaching printing on the hotplate and Trish was teaching dying boards before waxing; I couldn’t wait.
Encaustic Art by Anni Hunt
I think the most exciting thing about Encausticamp was the friendships that emerged from both the teachers and the students. I think this all came from nurturing leadership of all the teachers. It was a time for sharing and building relationships and I am definitely going back this year.
Encaustic Art by Anni Hunt
I will be taking classes from Crystal Neubauer this year and Judy Wise and Sue Stover once again. Can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to in the year between.
Bio
I’m a mixed media artist, and I work mainly with textiles, to create two- and three-dimensional art. I love to create texture! I love things that are old, decaying, and antiquated. I find my inspiration in nature and my West Coast surroundings.

I like to use text in my artwork, to draw the viewer’s attention in; to have them discover the words and symbols hidden in the details, which reveal the fine stitches and threads that have created the texture and text.

I love to play with microscopic and macro frames of reference in my artwork, where the viewer’s imagination is free to explore the larger apparent shapes, but they continue to find new details every with each subsequent encounter.

Recently, I’ve been incorporating encaustics with wax into my textiles, which gives the textile materials a translucent appearance, and I hope it creates a feeling of being embalmed or fossilized and aged.

Visit Anni's Website at: http://annihunt.com/
Visit Anni's Blog at: http://annihunt.com/blog/
Encaustic Art by Anni Hunt

Monday, June 09, 2014

2014/2015 Workshop Schedule and The Healing House Art Studio

Work in Progress by Crystal Neubauer
This weekend I've been hard at work on a dream I've had for nearly a decade; to have my studio connected to workshop space that is open to my community. There have been many potential locations over the years, but this dream has always involved the same consistent vision; one that invites connections to be made, conversations to begin, relationships to be built- to use art as an instrument of discovery, where old wounds and the lies that come from them can be laid to rest and one's true identity can emerge. Yes art can be that powerful.

Preparing to Paint the Classroom space at The Healing House Art Studio
I have so much to share with you, and soon enough I will, but today I return to the physical work of it, with new workshops just a few weeks away, there is plenty to do to get ready. Like my page on Facebook here for updates and check out my new workshop page here to register for 2014/2015 workshops and stay tuned for updates on The Healing House Art Studio!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Meet Becky Collins: The Many Faces of EncaustiCamp

Another edition in the continuing series designed to share with you the many faces of one of my favorite places to teach, EncaustiCamp. Held each summer in the Seattle area, this extraordinary retreat not only has captured many a student and teacher's heart, but also become the subject of a book featuring each of the instructors and a few of the camp VIPs. I hope to bounce around between teachers, vendors and former students (or "lifers" as they become affectionately known), throughout the series to give you a taste of the goodness from many perspectives. 

This week we are joined by EncaustiCamp Lifer Becky Collins (Attending EC even once gains you the title of "lifer" as once you've experienced camp you stay connected for life). The story of how Becky's husband surprised her with the trip to EncaustiCamp for their anniversary is a camp favorite. As an artist already, Becky gleaned much inspiration from the experience and returned home ready to move forward with her career. Read on as Becky shares her story...
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Encaustic Abstract by Becky Collins




























Where Art Began:
Becky Collins has wanted to be an artist for as long as she can remember! Her Aunt was an artist. And when Becky was 4 she painted Cinderella characters on her bedroom walls. When her Aunt was finished Becky told her that she wanted to be just like her when she grew up. And she is!!!! Becky has done something creatively artistic every day since.

The Winding Road: Becky was an award winning Decorative Finisher for 15 years in Cincinnati, Ohio and is still painting furniture and cabinetry. Two years ago she moved to Tryon, North Carolina where she moved her business. Beespoke Studio is in process of moving out of her home into her own studio store front in Landrum SC.

She found Encaustic through a Facebook friend who posted her class photo's. That sparked 6 months of research and play. Her first painting, made for her husband for their 18 year anniversary adorns the counter of their bathroom to this day. But in 2010 before any classes or official training she created Encaustic pieces in her kitchen while her husband was out of town. More research brought her to study with Heidi Franconi-Beal in Paso Robles, California.



Abstract Artwork by Becky Collins
Surprise! In 2012 Becky's Husband Steve surprised her with Encaustic Camp for their 20 year anniversary. Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch called her during dinner and told her the big surprise!! She couldn't stop crying! Her best friend then called to tell Becky that she was also coming with her. Brittany was unable to come in the end but Steve and their 3 kids are Becky's biggest cheerleaders, they believe in her and all the creative outlets she chooses to get involved in.

Leaving Inspired: Becky is a full time artist. She paints modern, abstract very organic work and has gone from painting walls with her faux work to Encaustic with painting cabinetry and furniture when commissioned by clients. Her focus for the past month has been Moving her home studio into a new store front studio. June 27, 2014 Beespoke Studio will have it's grand opening! Becky contributes it all to the breakthroughs she experienced at Encaustic Camp in 2012.
Original Abstract Art by Becky Collins


Looking Back: Her favorite memory of Encaustic Camp was the afternoon the instructors told the stories of their art lives. These stories spoke to her soul and with every instructor's story Becky heard her own and sobbed. The connection that was made that day was life changing and provided her with the courage to "just do it" and she is. For that encouragement she will always be greatful.

Summers Coming! Becky will be studying with Patricia, Michelle and Crystal this year. She can't wait to get off the plane and make more connections with classmates and soak up as much as these wonderful women are willing to share!!