Who are FN?
All about Natalie May
I am an established Paperarts teacher here in Australia and have now been teaching in this industry for coming up to ten years. Over the last 10 years, I have been teaching between 10-15 classes a month at Seriously Scrapbooking here in Adelaide plus regularly interstate and overseas. I have also taught in New Zealand alongside Paula Cheney, Frank Garcia, Nic Howard and Vicki Boutin plus more recently with Aida Domisiewicz and Gerry VanGent.
Here in Australia, I have been lucky enough to be a Guest Artist in Melbourne at the PaperArts fair, the Stitches & Craft Fair here in Adelaide and also in Melbourne and have taught at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft expo last year and will again this year. I have taught at numerous stores in Queensland and Western Australia, joined Alison Bevis in teaching on her Workshop Wonders Cruise last year plus have another cruise planned for November 2017, have taught at over 6 retreats and craft weekends plus I was a 2016 Scrapbooking Memories Master. It has been a busy few years! But in saying that, I love to teach – I wouldn’t have it any other way!
One of the things that keeps me interested and teaching is that I love to create in all styles. As much as this industry likes to ‘Pigeon Hole’ people, I believe I am a versatile artist – I regularly teach not only scrapbooking layouts but also Cards, Mixed Media Layouts, Paper based Layouts, Vintage & Ancestry Layouts, Beginners scrapbooking & card classes, Big Shot classes, Art Journaling, Abstract Canvas Art, Copic Beginners Classes plus Kids classes, Birthday parties and whatever else I can come up with.
As an Educator for Lindy Stamp Gang and a Brand Ambassador for Gel Press, I especially love to create with their products and educate people about mediums, textures and general products.
Working in a Scrapbook Shop has given me an extensive range of product knowledge and enabled me to be able to work with customers and clients who require help on family history through to wedding invitations.
I absolutely love what I do and believe that it shows when I teach as well ... Everything about this industry makes me soul shine. You can view more of my work at …www.happydaks.blogspot.com and find me on Instagram under happydaks and Facebook as well.
All about Fiona Paltridge
I am a self-confessed art-a-holic. I have always been an artistic person right from a very young age. I’ve been blessed my whole life to be surrounded by encouraging and inspiring artistic women including my mum and my grandma who were both amazing oil painters. I attribute my adventurous nature to their continuous encouragement and support.
I discovered scrapbooking more than15 years ago when my children were much smaller but only recently have I returned to developing a more expressive style in my art. I still love my scrapbooking but I really like to stretch my creative rubber band and delve into new artistic territory.
My style has developed over the last few years to incorporate the inclusion of my love of anything messy. All sorts of varying paints and sprays now adorn my creations and recently I've been experimenting with abstract designs and art journaling.
My busy line up currently consists of several design team commitments including 7 Dots Studio, Viva Las Vegastamps and Dusty Attic. I have also been blessed to be able to create my own stamp line with AALL and Create an online scrapbooking community based in London that reaches far across the globe and I am also currently designing new paper collections for 13 Arts and stencils for Donna Downey Studios as part of the 2017 Artist Gang that will be released very soon. These experiences are simply amazing and I am very thankful for the opportunities but the most rewarding experience has been the opportunities to develop beautiful friendships with friends from all around the world sharing our ideas and love of anything creative.
The most recent highlight for me has been the opportunity to teach in Paris at the Version Scrap Expo in April 2017. If you had of told me a couple of years ago that this opportunity would present itself to me, I would have thought you were insane!
Mostly I just like to create and I think it’s important that creation is a form of expression. I don’t aim to develop a certain style but rather look at new ways of representing my ideas in my work. My motivation to expand my skills and love of creating comes from the saying “The only artist you should compare yourself to is the one you were yesterday”. Each time I sit down to create, I ask myself “I wonder what I’ll discover today”.