Event Workshops

Cassandra VanCuren

Cassandra VanCuren is a "moi enseigné" artist residing in sunny Florida. She is currently working from her studio at home while enjoying the opportunity to spend time with her son, Dylan. Cassandra has had the pleasure of supporting her eclectic art style by the popularity of her online store, Cassi's Creations.

She has been published in many of the Somerset Studio magazines, including Somerset's Digital Studio magazine, Sew Somerset, Somerset Gallery and  the Holidays & Celebrations publication.  In February of 2011 Cassandra hosted Marie’s Danse des Fleurs.  A four day art event full of decadent food, inspiring classes, and over the top luxuries fit for a queen.

Cassandra will be presenting  a " Love and Lace Tote Bag"
This messenger style tote bag is shabby sweet!  Tattered laces, vintage buttons, and elegant flowers give it a romantic feel.  Casual enough for your flea market trips, or pair it with a sweetheart dress.

This class focuses on the floral embellishments and layering process of the bag.  The bags will be supplied to each lady for embellishing.  There will be two fabric options for the inside of your bag.  The floral print in the sample photo provided, or a red striped french ticking fabric.

For more information on Cassandra VanCuren and her artful adventures.  Please visit her at http://anartfuladventure.typepad.com/an_artful_adventure//, or Etsy shop.

Brigitte Chavaillaz

Brigitte likes to work and create with paper and vintage items such as: old photos, boxes, antique books, sheets of music, ribbons, lace, buttons, etc. When you admire her work you can tell that details are very important to her. Her favorite colors are shades of white, cream, gray and a touch of metallic, shimmer or glitter. She often uses imprints of  molds (from her country Switzerland ) to add dimension to her projects. She is a self-taught artist. Nature, birds, botanicals are often parts of her work as they provide her much inspiration.

Brigitte will be presenting “The Valentines Fairy Queen”

Using lovely vintage book pages, whimsical stamps, regal embellishments, and vintage items you will make a royalty sweet Valentines Fairy Queen that can be used to display and enjoy year after year.

For more information on Brigitte Chavaillaz or her business Past & Presents Home Décor and Gifts you can visit her website, or her blog at http://papier-velours.blogspot.com/

Sharon Hershkowitz

Sharon has always loved creating!  Dabbled in many mediums including knitting, pottery, macrame, sewing, needlepoint.  During the last 20 years Sharon has collected a large ephemera and lovely chipped china collection.  These treasured vintage collections are used for her wonderful mosaics and collage projects.  She is an avid hunter! Much of her pieces are found at flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales.  Sharon's passion for this art has helped her developed her own unique style of making mosaics.  

"I am excited to share my techniques with you as we create your own Heart Wall Pocket."

Sharon Hershkowitz will be presenting a "Mosaic Heart Wall Pocket"

Everything you need will be provided to create your very own sweet mosaic heart pocket.

For more information on Sharon Hershkowitz please visit her blog http://www.sharonhershkowitz.typepad.com/

 Molly Knox

Molly Knox is a mixed media artist who loves to create vintage inspired accessories and home décor.  Molly has been making art for as long as she can remember.  From an early age she found ways to use whatever she had around to create what she imagined.  Since childhood she has enjoyed scouring flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops for treasures to turn into art.  Today Molly enjoys collecting and working with decorative papers, vintage trims, fabric and millinery. Molly lives in Tampa, Florida with her wonderful husband Doug, their precious daughter Lilly and her adorable West Highland Terrier “Ellie Belle”.

Molly Knox will be presenting a "Royal Sweetheart Wreath"

In this class you will create a romantic, heart-shaped wreath that any queen would love to have hanging in her palace!  We will begin by covering a heart-shaped form with hand-dyed coffee filters.  Then, we will embellish the wreath with silk roses, millinery, glittered leaves, luxurious ribbons, lace and glitter. All of these supplies will be provided, but you may also bring any of your own embellishments such as vintage jewels, millinery, or special ribbons and laces to personalize your wreath.

For more information on Molly Knox, please visit her blog at http://lillycakes.blogspot.com/

Judy Stafford

 Judy Stafford is a self taught artist who loves all mediums of creating! Her business called "Twinkle Toes" boasts a full line of "bling embellished" shoes featuring the finest of crystals and laces.  The love of this work, and of all things vintage, extended her art into custom jewelry and finery of all kinds!

Judy Stafford will be presenting "On the Wings of Love"

Love will flutter into your home  with this beautiful creamy lace and pearl embellished crown.  Centered with a beautiful crystal butterfly, this crown can be used with a pillar candle in the center to create the ambiance of LOVE for your Valentines table, or Judy will show you how you can turn this piece into a hanging "Crowndelier!"

 Michelle Duke

 Michelle Duke is a versatile artist!  Her range of artistic talent includes everything from jewelry, to faux finishing and interior design.  She is a master scrapbook artist as well,  and her finished books are truly family heirlooms.  Michelle is creating the surprise signature "Queens of Art" necklace each attendee will receive! She will share with us the basics about how to design the necklace and will provide you with some findings so you may create another necklace in the future.

Visit Michelle's blog at  www.friendsfauxever.blogspot.com