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Hey! Remember I told you that Suz Humphreys and I are teaching at the BADFA convention this year? Well I forgot to tell you that non-members are welcome … AND … that there is Earlybird discount for those who book before 19 February.

Suz will be doing her Peacock Feather on Friday morning (31 March), and a FolkIt Candle in the afternoon.

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And I will be running my mixed media art journal cover all day on Saturday (1 April).

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Full details and booking form on the BADFA site. Get on over there and book!

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All you BADFA members – the August issue is out! It should be in your inboxes … waiting. images-2

If it’s not there, check your spam folder or your trash – if you still can’t find it, check your membership. It’s for members only, and we announce some exciting news about our 2017 convention.

If it wasn’t so secret I could tell you …

… I’ll tell you any way – we have booked Peggy Harris from near Nashville, Tennessee! She’ll be with us for two days in May.

Of course, as a member you’ll have the chance to book your seat at a special price. If you are not a member – assuming there are spaces left – you’ll have to pay full price.

And those who were there this year will know about the full-on BADFA experience that lasts the whole weekend … want to join? More news next month, and full details as soon as everything is finalised.

Just saying.

Just back home from a great weekend in Rugby at the BADFA annual convention. Probably our best event so far, with Karen Hubbard from Oregon, US teaching classes on all three days. BADFAblack

The day’s painting was supported by evening events, a ‘fun factory’ on Friday, and a ‘paint ’til late’ on Saturday – the evening events in turn supported by the bar staff!

New friendships were made, and old ones refreshed, and strengthened. Thanks to everyone for making it a great do!

Photos and full details to follow.

After a great weekend in Coventry with the Ministry of Mixology, it’s back to more pressing stuff. One of my tasks this year is to get the delegate IMG_0529badges done.

Traditionally we paint the badges, and the last time I did it, was in 2014 for the 20th birthday of BADFA. I got volunteered again this year. There are still some special commemorative ones from 2104 – 50p each, a bargain I reckon.

Anyway, I’ve had such a productive day that they are all done! The design is a secret until the first day of convention. As an experiment, to see how the delegates react, I’ve finished the badges with DecoArt Media Soft Touch Varnish. This gives a lovely soft and ‘touchable’ finish to your piece and adds another dimension to any piece that is going to be handled.

CDs with the BADFA News back issues have been burned (… as in files added, not ceremonially torched!), and a special picture, commissioned for the chairman, has been painted. Sorry, have to keep it under wraps to await the big reveal at the venue.

The next few days I will concentrate on making sure everything is packed ready for a late departure on Thursday night.

It should be quite an event. If you haven’t booked your place (it’s too late now) you can still drop in for a coffee and a chat, and may be do a make’n’take, or browse the traders stands. Looking forward to a fun weekend!

BADFA Convention 2015

Posted: April 27, 2015 in AGM, BADFA, convention, Lydiard House

It’s convention time!

I’m waiting …

All BADFA members have received their invites and booking forms (and those non-technophobic ones, their newsletter, too) and should be busy filling them in and rushing off to the pillar box, so that they can get those rooms and classes booked. It’s a cracking good deal!

To see what’s on offer at the convention click on BADFA’s blog – badfablog.blogspot.com – it’s gonna be a great weekend.

Julie and I will be there, and have booked our classes – spaces are limited, don’t hang around.

(May 23/24 at Lydiard House Conference Centre, near Swindon – be there!)

The run up to Christmas seems be going faster than ever, this year! I haven’t got any presents sorted out, all my organisation has gone to pot!

I’m putting the finishing touches to the next newsletter, as well as trying to be useful in the arrangements for next year’s BADFA convention. The convention will be at Lydiard House Conference Centre near Swindon. it is a beautiful listed building set in park land. An ideal place to be inspired. It will be on the weekend of 23/24 May. Full details will be in the newsletter.

I might even put forward a project for the members’ delectation!

This edition of the newsletter will be in a different format. I will be using Joomag’s publishing site which should give the readers a better ‘page turning’ experience.

More to follow – but I must get Christmas sorted!

Somehow I got volunteered to produce the badges for those who go to the convention this year. Traditionally they have always been hand made – well, you would expect that from a bunch of talented artists, wouldn’t you. Well this year it’s me and I’ve got to get 120 dome before the end of May.

Tempus Fugit – Time flys

Actually I’m not doing too bad. I’ve got 80 done, so it’s all downhill from here. It’s a secret design, so you’ll have to be there to find out what they look like.

Have you heard? There are a couple of places left in some of the classes, and if there are some non-members out there, who would like to spend the day with Andy Skinner, there is a chance you could pick up a place for a special, birthday price. Contact BADFA for more information.