Meet the tutor -Marlene van Niekirk
I was born in South Africa and emigrated to the Netherlands in 20o2 after marrying my DUTCH husband. We have 2 lovely teenagers, Charlize and Fabian. Together we live in a small coastal town in the northern part of The Netherlands. I am a mixed media Artist, Art JOurnaler and Product Designer. I am a signature designer for different craft companies : Studio Light, The Crafters Workshop, Artfoamies and Grafixarts. I just love making designs that people can use in their art! Art journaling is something I do daily and in my experience, it brightens up the darkest day. I try to work in several art styles, not limiting myself to man set borders. I believe that it is part of my creative freedom to explore all styles that I like and that it broadens not only my view of art, but the all over experience too. My artistic trademark is my use of bright & happy colours , my Whimsical style and the decorative details I use. My work is full of layers, movement, vibrant colors and lots of contrast! Having worked exclusively as an acrylic artist for several years before entering The arts & Crafts world, My art can be found in Private collections in England, south africa, australia, argentina, u.s.a, canada, germany, namibie, kuwait, u.a.e. and Holland.
Meet the Tutor - Kelly Klapstein -Nov/Dec 2019
Kelly Klapstein, the author of The Art of Brush Lettering, is an artist who is passionate about sharing her love of letters and enjoys teaching workshops around the world, helping people relax and learn the techniques of calligraphy and hand lettering. Kelly is well-known for her calming, methodical teaching style and has developed her own brand of "Kelly Creates" lettering products with American Crafts. When I picked up a brush pen for the first time a few years ago, I never imagined it would take me on an incredible artistic journey. Drawing letters has become a meditation for me. When I sit down with a pen and paper, I feel a calm and joy that remains with me throughout the day. Calligraphy has become a way I share peace and love in the world, by teaching workshops and producing short videos that many people find calming to watch. I live in northern Canada with my family and dog Finn, who is usually chewing my pens and sitting in my chair. When I’m not traveling and teaching workshops around the world, I am happily working from home, drinking tea, going for walks, and playing with watercolour paints. I hope my lettering products inspire your creativity
I really had a blast, a massive thank you to our fabulous teachers Dyan en Dina for all the techniques you have taught us and for your big sense of humor and a massive thank you to Ben too. It has been so well organized and the food was delicious.
And to all the attendees, it was awesome to see you all.
I had the time of my life, enjoyed every minute/ second.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Miranda
I learned so much from Marlene. She’s such a lovely lady who’s willing to share all of her tips and techniques. I felt that I took away so much from this weekend. There was everything we needed plus a delicious lunch. I will definitely book on to another lovedreamcreate event.Maxine Boot