The Friesen Project is 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. Here’s what you can expect over the course of the next year with Christi & myself.
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.
How It Works – The Friesen Project Overview:
Over the course of the next year, 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. .
The first Friday of every month I am going to do a 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 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. The process continues for each and every week … until it’s time to start the next book.
So, all in all during the course of the next year, 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!
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.
Are you trying to sell something? There may be links within the email to new tutorials, projects, or other blog material I’ve released or new things related to what Christi is doing as well. Please understand that both Christi & I are full time artists, so we do “showcase our stuff” from time to time. However, this project is FREE. You do NOT have to buy anything to participate in this project.
Does Christi Friesen know about this? Yes she does (insert appropriate chants, clapping, dancing, and any other celebratory gesture here). Christi Friesen helped in the concept of the original 2013 Project and continues to support it’s regular continuance here at KatersAcres.
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, Flourish: Flora, Steampunkery, & Polymer Clay and Mixed Media Together at Last (available on Kindle). All of these books can be purchased on Amazon (which also come direct from Christi). Or these books are available direct 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. Yes, I adore Christi and consider her a polymer clay mentor and friend; I am not paid or affiliated with her in any way.
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.
Please remember that not only is Christi Friesen talented, but there is a wealth of information in her books that you will use for years to come! Your talent, skills, & building your polymer clay library are well worth this investment.
The Friesen Project
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.