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  1. WeekendMiniaturist

    IGMA Guild School 2018

    Yesterday, pre-registration was due, and referencing our membership email the photos are up for 2018! I know there are at least 12 classes at the top of my list! Here is a link for your viewing pleasure. http://www.igma.org/guild_school/2018/48_hour_classes.html When you break it down, and look at the fact that shared dorm room accommodations and meals are included, and you add a priceless week of creating miniatures with friends and learning from some of the finest miniature artisans - it is in an incredible value! Need answers on a roadblock that is impeding your scale modeling success?? This is the event to attend!
  2. I have just finished my Queen Anne Writing Chair from my Guild School class with Elga Koster. She is a wonderfully talented teacher and a master at making jigs that help students achieve results! I finished my chair with Watco Danish Oil and then a coat of Briwax, which I have used frequently on real size furniture. The cushion is a Bargello pattern adapted from an Annelle Ferguson Pomegranate pattern. I adapted it by shortening the stitches to go over 2 threads to make the pattern a bit smaller. The support tape on the bottom of the seat was woven on a Greta loom in a Guild School seminar by Bonni Backe. (I could not post the picture of the underside of the cushion.) ;( This chair will be the desk chair in my Louisiana Plantaion bedroom at Aragon. The room is circa 1850, with a few "modern" upgrades in electricity. Martha in Louisiana
  3. Is going to Guild School high on your dream miniature adventures list? please consider submitting your application. Apply for next years' Guild School Scholarship The application for the 2017 Guild School scholarship is now available. It is due August 1, 2017. Download the application now and send to: The Guild School Scholarship ProgramPeggy Bugg, Chairperson 1917 Vilas AvenueMadison WI 53711plbugg@juno.com608-257-7453
  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    Deadline for Submission for 2018 Scholarship

    Is Guild School on your bucket list? Here is a link to the Guild's webpage for details about scholarships. http://www.igma.org/guild_school/scholarship.html The scholarship includes 36 hours of unforgettable opportunity to learn to make miniatures from some of the finest, most accomplished artisans specializing in miniature fine art. The tuition includes instruction, and room & board. Recipients provide their own transportation, material fees for classes and evening seminars. We hope to see your smiling face in June 2018! Details to submit the application are available on the Guild's website.
  5. It is exciting to see the class photos on the IGMA website today. I have been so fortunate to travel to various miniature shows, conventions, and museums across the US for the last two decades. I have been a general member of the IGMA for a while - I think I joined in 2003. Guild School seems to fall somewhere in those first 2 weeks of June, and by far, it has been one of my best miniature experiences. The symbiotic relationship between student / teacher / friends / collectors / artisans reaches the highest plane of learning new skills during this week in June. Oh, what is really, really cool, is that we, the students, get to give our opinions about the classes for the following year. The Artisan's and Fellows post pictures of class proposals. (That is like a 12 on my list on a scale of 1-10! ) The entire event is well organized, I don't think I've ever noticed that anything is amiss. Staff is also accommodating, and the kitchen staff has always been kind to me, when I'm fussing about my food. (I'm not allergic, just fussy about what I eat in my old age and not once have they ever been unkind about my questions.) I realize it may cost a lot of moola to catch an airplane, and to find your way to Castine, Maine, but if you want the ultimate miniature learning experience, please consider Guild School. I've started this topic, in case you have questions about anything Guild School related. Scholarships for 2016 are due on August 1, 2015, and covers your tuition. (Travel to and from is the responsibility of the Scholarship recipient.) go to www.igma.org, see the links at the top, click on GUILD SCHOOL, then go down to the Scholarship page. For our members who have attended Guild School in the past, as student, teacher or both, what does attending Guild School mean to you? I know there are a lot of members in the forum who have a lot more knowledge about the Guild School experience, so if you have any questions, please ask. And remember, make sure you keep "ATTEND GUILD SCHOOL" on your bucket list! Tamra / Indiana (Mods, please move this topic to the correct place. I don't know where I should post this.)
  6. Hi Everyone! I just recently joined IGMA (this morning, in fact) and am eager to meet and become part of a larger miniatures audience. This past June, I was privileged to have won a scholarship to the Guild School and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took Deb Mackie's saddlebags class because while I could already make English and Western saddles, I did not know how to tool leather so it was just the perfect class for me. I also took Ann High's enclosed armchair class where I learned how to carve wood. Are you sensing a theme here? I didn't realise I'd done that until afterwards. It was a tough choice picking my classes as I would also love to take Jon Almeda's raku class. It'll have to wait till I can scrounge enough money to return to Guild School. Living in Nova Scotia, there is a vibrant miniature community here, although we have no retail stores at all in the entire province. We have to rely on Camp Mini Ha Ha which takes place at the end of September to get our retail fix. And that works for only the people who sign up for it. I have been going ever since I heard of it, six years ago and this will be my seventh year. I will put the website here for anyone who is interested in learning more about it. http://www.campminihaha.com/ It was at Camp and through the other Nova Scotian miniaturists that I learned about IGMA and miniatures in general as an art form. I have been making miniatures since I was a kid, using milk cartons and scraps. Then I graduated to making saddles for my plastic Barbie horse because I didn't like the saddle it had come with. After university, I started taking pottery classes because I'd always wanted to learn how. After I came across a book in the library about miniature pottery, I started miniaturising mine. I also enjoyed building furniture out of wood, not from kits as designing it was half the fun! There was a bit of a hiatus as real life got in the way and except for some miniature pottery making, I really didn't make a lot. Instead, I connected with a group of artists and got into sculpting in full size. Working at a bronze foundry was an eye opening experience and I sculpted mostly horses in bronze to sell. I still do that though the selling part has always been a challenge. It was only after I moved back to Nova Scotia that I've really gotten seriously into miniatures, even completing some room boxes, thanks to Camp Mini Ha Ha. I've always liked making the things that go into rooms rather than the rooms themselves. So I have a wide range of interests because I like to make as much of the furnishings and accessories as I can. Among my fellow clubmates, I have a reputation for details and accuracy. Well, I try! I hope to post some pictures soon of some of the items I've made. The other reason I wanted to join is to learn how to market my work and maybe make my passion my main income. Thanks for welcoming me and I hope to connect to you all very soon! Jo-Ann
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