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Posted on December 21, 2012 in 2013 Friesen Project by Katie Oskin
Yesterday I introduced a massive endeavor for clayers around the world. An opportunity for you (no matter where you are) to spend 52 weeks getting to play with clay and learn some of the basics of the Christi Friesen design and style elements. So now it’s time to let you in on the details of this project. So let me begin with The Friesen Project Overview so you know what to expect for 2013.
Today will be the first of many, Friesen Fridays! Why Friesen Fridays you ask? Because on Fridays is when our weekly posts on Christi Friesen and her design ideas, projects, & tutorials will run.
Over the course of 2013 you and I (along with the help of the awesome Christi Friesen) will be taking a journey through the published works of the polymer clay artist herself. Christi’s books have sold hundreds of copies all over the world and are in the hands of beginning to advanced clay artists. Perhaps you’re one of those who has her books sitting on your shelf and you have never taken the time to make any of the things in them. Well … 2013 is your opportunity because we are going to do it together.
The first Friday of every month I am going to do a full book review for the book that we will be working through together during that month. This will happen every time we crack the spine of one of Christi’s fabulous new books. Sometime during that week, you will need to get a copy of that book from Christi and have it delivered to your home if you don’t have it already. Because of copyright infringement, I can not post her detailed instructions contained in the book on my blog, but I can post the photographs of the steps I took to make my creatures, even when they deviate slightly from Christi’s instructions.
The following week of the month (week 2) while your book is arriving or being read and reviewed by you, I will showcase your project for that week on Friesen Fridays. It will use a project from the current book we are working on and I will showcase my process and my finished piece. Sometime before the following Friday, you need to get into your studio and do your project for the week. I will choose to showcase a finished project on my blog for the following week (week 3)! In addition on the following week (week 3) I will post your next project and my finished example for that week.
So, all in all during 2013 here on this blog, you will read 10 book reviews and have 40 or more projects as our time together allows. This also means that YOU will be reading all 10 of Christi’s books and doing 40 of her projects yourself in your studio at home. Sounds like fun right? It will be!
I have created a FaceBook Group specifically for the purposes of getting to know each other and showing off our progress. Not to mention chatting between Friesen Fridays.
GROUP RULES: These are pretty basic. This is not to show off your polymer clay work. This is a place to show off the pieces you have made specifically for this project. If you post photographs of projects that The Friesen Project is not currently working on, those posts will be removed.
CLICK HERE to join the FaceBook group now.
Here’s the best part…for those of you who are taking this journey with me you’re probably wondering where you get to show off your pieces. Well, I have put together a collaboration board on Pinterest that will feature the posts from this blog, the projects, as well as allowing YOU the opportunity to post your finished challenge pieces directly to the board! So…if you want to be added to this board, just email me through the form at the end of this post (not through the comments section however please)!
But Katie, what if I forget to come to your blog to get my project? Not a problem! In fact, that’s no worry at all. Why? Because you can simply sign up to get your project delivered directly into your email. This email includes my weekly polymer clay tip or trick, so you are all set!
Are you trying to sell something? Nope! I’m not going to sell you anything. I’m taking an entire year of my life and dedicating it not only to clay, but to claying Christi Friesen style!
Does Christi Friesen know about this? Yes she does (insert appropriate chants, clapping, dancing, and any other celebratory gesture here). What’s more is that she may even stop by to say hi and to join us! Now isn’t that exciting to know that the polymer clay diva herself thinks this project is “awesome.” (Her words by the way, not mine!)
What About Copyright & Selling My Pieces? Another great question, thank you for asking! I will not be detailing Christi’s process in any way. This is largely a self-guided series where we will come alongside each other and create using Christi’s style. This being said, Christi asks in all of her books that when something has been made using her tutorials or style, that she maintains credit for the style. For example, placing “Gideon, inspired by Christi Friesen” is 100% appropriate. Likewise “Gideon, inspired by Christi Friesen for the 2013 The Friesen Project” are also acceptable. As in all forms of art, please give credit where credit is due. The polymer clay community is one of the most sharing artistic communities out there, let’s not ruin that by tramping on each others toes. Okay? Okay.
Which of Christi’s books will I need? You will need to purchase Books 1-7 in her CF Sculpture Series. These books are available direct from her website. Please note that after speaking with Christi earlier this week, Book #1 “Dragons” and Book #2 “Welcome to the Jungle” have less than 100 copies each left in print. Please buy direct from Christi Friesen’s website. She’s super nice and friendly and on average I received my books (the ones I still needed) in 3 days too! Right now she is running a sale on a few of her books, so now is also a good time to buy them.
What Happens When a Book in Unavailable: As of the decision to do this project, Book 6 “Birds of a Feather” is the only book that is out of print and unavailable for regular retail sale. However, you can still find it on eBay and sometimes on Amazon. As you can see from the asking and selling prices, Christi’s books have a very high value, so please get all the books in the series while they are available. When a book is unavailable, two projects will be run simultaneously during those weeks. The project will be either a free download from her website or a project from her Polymer Clay and Mixed Media: Together at Last book which is still available for purchase on her website.
Will you be using Christi Friesen’s newest book? That’s a great question! Yes, in November or December 2013 we will be giving you projects from Christi’s newest & highly anticipated book, Flourish. You can preorder this book right now from her website.
Are you getting paid to do this? I am not affiliated with Christi Friesen or compensated by her in any way for this project. I am simply a polymer clay artist who loves and adores playing with clay. I also find Christi’s unique & highly identifiable style refreshing, fun, & relaxing.
How Much Will This Cost Me? There is no charge from me to participate in this year long endeavor. (Cheering is appropriate here please!!) However, in order to do the projects, you will have to purchase the CF Sculpture Series Books, the Steampunkery book, Polymer Clay & Mixed Media book, & Flourish book. In total the cost is less than approximately $120.00 for the books only if you buy them all right now. Please remember that I am doing ONE BOOK a month, so you can order them one at a time in order to spread your payments out. You will also need to purchase polymer clay which varies from $1 a block to $4 a block. With the exception of a few projects, each project will use approximately 1/2 – 1 full block of clay. You can use all different colors for your pieces if you choose, or each piece can be made with one solid color. You will also need a tube a acrylic paint that we will be using to antique the projects. You will also need beads of various sizes, though this element is optional as each piece can be completed without it. Your cost per month (approximated) is around $22 per month for the book & 4 bars of clay for the first seven months. After this the cost increases slightly to around $30 per month as the cost of the books increase.
If you are planning on joining this year long project and want to be added to the Pinterest Board or the FaceBook Group to CLICK at right and follow the instructions.
The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen. All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission. Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here. If you would like to join the project, feel free to sign up here.