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So nice, so sweet: Pantone trend colours of the year 2016

You're sure to have noticed whilst flicking through catalogues, strolling past shop windows or surfing the internet: Subtle shades are all the rage. Whether fashion, beauty or home deco, they are to be found all over. Pastel blends are simply irresistible and look good enough to melt in your mouth! What's more, we can look forward to a continuation of this trend.

The Pantone Colour Institute has selected its trend colour of the year 2016:
In first place is pink. Or, to be precise, PANTONE 13-1520 rose quartz, a delicate, very light version. And that's not all: This year, for the first time ever, there's a second trend colour: Serenity is the name of this airy light blue.

Make a statement

They turn any outfit into a real eye-catcher and look especially impressive when worn together with plain, unicoloured blouses and tops.

Statement necklaces. These pieces of jewellery cause quite a stir with their striking colours and patterns – like the necklace made by artist and polymer clay art pioneer Sarah Shriver which was created using the kaleidoscope technique.

#MyFIMO

You're more than welcome to come and join us on our #MyFIMO pin board on Pinterest. 

To share your works of art with the #MyFIMO community, all you need to do is to sign up for Pinterest, follow us and send us an email to online-marketing(at)staedtler.com together with your Pinterest user name. 

We will then activate your account, leaving you free to starting pinning right away.


True Colours

STAEDTLER FIMO professional True Colours

Whether for modelling techniques like mokume gane and Skinner blend or for filigree canes with a kaleidoscope or millefiori pattern: FIMO professional is the ideal material for detailed works of art and sophisticated patterns. FIMO professional's core range comprises 24 colours, but that's not all: The newly developed FIMO professional ‘True Colours’ ensure perfect blending results.

Available in pure yellow, pure red, pure magenta, pure green and pure blue, the True Colours possess pure colour pigments for the creation of truly brilliant blends. Developed in line with high scientific standards, the FIMO professional colour wheel not only shows at a glance the 175 different shades that can be created using FIMO professional True Colours but the respective mixing ratios too.

The FIMO professional colour mixing system is based on seven colours: The five True Colours and black and white. These make it possible to create a rainbow spectrum of a total of 168 harmonising shades. All of which are blended using the five True Colours and then gradated using either black or white. Each and every colour is defined by an exact mixing formula.

To achieve the desired shade, the two True Colours to be blended need to be rolled out to two uniformly thick sheets in the clay machine. Next, a shaped cutter is used to cut pieces out of the individual sheets in line with the mixing formula. These are then kneaded together until a uniform colour is achieved.

STAEDTLER FIMO professional True Colours

The FIMO professional colour mixing system is based on the LAB colour wheel. The basis for this colour model is provided by Ewald Hering's opponent colour theory which embraces all colours visible to the human eye.

FIMO professional is available in two versions: 85 grammes and 350 grammes. The new block size is of particular advantage to artists who work with FIMO a lot.

The FIMO professional blocks are resealable which means that modelling clay that has already been opened can be stored in its original packaging, clean and safe from dirt and dust until next use.

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Bettina Welker
Lisa Pavelka

Arts & Design

Tutorial by Roger Watt

1: Introduction

It’s natural for every artist’s way of working to evolve in its own unique way, so this tutorial is not about how you should draw but simply about how I draw. There is no right way or wrong way but every artist can benefit from continually keeping him or herself open to new ideas.

Continue reading the tutorial here ...

Business Tips

Use the social networks

Social networks

You should show your loveliest creations and prettiest pieces of jewellery to as many people as possible. What is the point of an artwork that everybody has perhaps been waiting for for years if it can’t be displayed in the largest shop window in the world? Let the world see what you can do. 

For sales to be successful it is important that you and your products are talked about. This is where social networks like Facebook and Twitter offer a range of possibilities. For if you present your products appropriately and in an interesting way you will achieve enormous coverage.  

Make sure you don’t just describe your products as an advertiser would. It’s best to write as if you were presenting your newest creation to a good friend. Quite often it’s also helpful to awaken the interest of fans and Facebook friends or Twitter followers with small activities such as questionnaires, pointers about events or even little competitions.

It is not hard to imagine that the role of facebook, twitter, Pinterest & Co. will only increase - these sites can be great ways to spread the word about your artworks!

 

Your own shop on Etsy

Your own shop on Etsy

Very few artists have their own online shop. Many artists and FIMO creatives use special portals that offer a shop as a service. 

Etsy is by far the best portal globally for handmade art. As an artist you can set up your own individual shop in just a few steps. 

You can introduce yourself briefly, define your own terms of business, present your creations entirely as you wish and set out your desired terms of payment. You will also benefit from a high level of security for payments as Etsy offers you seller protection.   

Your shop will receive its own internet address with the name you have chosen. You can then pass on this address very simply as a link to your fans, friends and followers on your social networks. 

Take a closer look at Etsy here: www.etsy.com


Artists in the spotlight

  • Sarah Shriver

    1983 Sarah Nelson Shriver graduated from the University of California at Davis  with a bachelor’s degree in art.
    1986 she was employed in a fabric and art supply store in San Francisco where she first began working with polymer clay (FIMO). 
    Since 1989 she has been working full time out of her home/studio in San Rafael using the Millefiori or Caning technique to make intricately patterned beads, buttons, and jewelry. Her background in textiles is evident in her designs, which were described in an Ornament Magazine review as "meticulous, delicate, and elegant".

    For just over 20 years, Sarah Shriver has been making jewelry and teaching techniques in polymer clay. She has been recognized as a pioneer and master of her craft and has participated in a number of juried and invitational exhibits and shows. Her work can be found on line at www.sarahshriver.com and in a lot of books and periodicals. At Play: Polymer Clay Jewelry Art show, at the Facere Gallery in Seattle WA, 2006. She is juror for the 2008 National Polymer Clay Guild’s “Progress and Possibilities” competition.

    • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival “Award of Excellence” Mill Valley, CA - 2008
    • Marin county Fair, Second Place in “Fine Arts and Crafts” San Rafael, CA -200 
    • First place in “Gleaming Treasures” Polymer Clay, Sacramento, CA -1998
    • First Runner Up “Gleaming Treasures” overall, Sacramento, CA -1998

    Sarah says: “The Millefiori process done in polymer clay (FIMO) gives me a tool to work with amazing pattern complexity. I love the intricate patterns I’m able to achieve using these incredible 3-D colors. I find infinite possibilities in my work with polymer clay (FIMO)

    I like traveling and teaching and connecting with people all over the globe, but maybe most of all I feel really happy about finding a medium that I understand well enough to express myself sincerely.” 


Events

4 artists – 4 days fun with clay!

At long last – it's nearly time for the 6th FIMO Symposium in Italy.

From 13.09. - 17.09.2017, 4 clay-packed days in Monza, Italy await you. We are looking forward to working with the internationally renowned artists

  • Donna Greenberg
  • Loretta Lam
  • Cecilia Leonini
  • Monica Resta

Bella Italia and inspiration on different levels

Inspiration for your own art can have many different sources: whether architecture, moods, fashion, pictures or music. This year we would like to try to offer you these different sources of inspiration. This year's symposium takes place under the theme "Bella Italia and musical highlights".

Italy stands for summer, sun, temperament and passion. This is also reflected in the music. The emotions, which are transported by music and the voice, simply stir along. Italy has a long musical tradition and is the land of musical high culture. What could be closer than to incorporate the inspiration of Italian music from the various epochs into the workshops and to feel the mood that is transported by the music?

Hotel de la Ville in Monza

Let yourself be inspired in a noble ambience!

With the Hotel de la Ville in Monza, you will find a fantastic location and culinary highlights. This small, 4* luxurious hotel is situated in a unique location, directly opposite the Monza Villa Reale, with its beautiful park and only a few steps from the historical centre of Monza. This award-winning boutique hotel combines luxury, excellent hospitality and Italian haute-cuisine and hosts the stars of the Formula 1 during the grand prix. All in all, this four-star luxury hotel offers a stylish atmosphere and excellent service. https://hoteldelaville.com/en/


Schedule

 

Wednesday 13.09.17:
  • Individual arrival
  • 6pm – 7pm Opening ceremony including finger food
  • Evening: free time at your disposal
Thursday 14.09.17:
  • Course programme
  • Dinner
Friday 15.09.17:
  •  Course programme
  • „Notte Italiana“ – Italian night with surprise program and dinner
Saturday 16.09.17:
  • Course programme
  • Closing ceremony and presentation of certificates
Sunday 17.09.17:
  • Individual departure
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The Package

The workshop fee per person is 299,-€.

The Hotel de la Ville in Monza is booked exclusively for 4 days for the symposium and its participants. Room reservations can be made exclusively via STAEDTLER. Booking a room at the Hotel de Ville is obligatory for the participation at the symposium. The accommodation fee and the course fee have to be paid in advance to STAEDTLER.

You can choose between single rooms, large single rooms (double rooms for single use) or double rooms:

Prices per room from 13.9 - 17.9. (4 nights) incl. breakfast and VAT:

Single room484,-€
Large single room  (double room for single use)616,-€
Double room792,-€
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Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements.

The package includes:

  • Food and drinks on the course days
  • Evening events
  • FIMO material
  • Accommodation for 4 nights incl. breakfast

NOT included in the price are:

  • Travel costs
  • Other non-STAEDTLER course material

Hotel de la Ville  
Viale Regina Margherita di Savoia, 15
20900 Monza MB
Italy
Telephone: +39 039 39421
Email: info(at)hoteldelaville.com

The workshops

When it comes to shape, colour and surface design, FIMO offers unlimited creative possibilities. The FIMO Symposium's 2 full-day and 2 half-day courses provide you with an opportunity to experience this for yourself. 'Claytime fun all day long' will be the motto for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Participants will be divided into three groups so that everyone has the chance to take part in all four workshops:

  1. Full-day workshop with Donna Greenberg: „Melting Colors/ Dancing Waves Technique“
  2. Full-day workshop with Loretta Lam: „Sculpted Foliage“
  3. Half-day workshop with Cecilia Leonini: “Paplito´s Technique”
  4. Half-day workshop with Monica Resta: “Canvas Technique”

ATTENTION: The workshops are being held in english!

There is a maximum of 78 places available for the workshops. Should more participants than that register, there will be a waiting list.

We kindly ask you to bring any supplementary material required for the respective courses along with you to the event.
Click here to download the material list for the individual workshops. (pdf)