1 FIMO Symposium, 4 Teachers, 70 Students and 140 half Hemispheres - The 1st FIMO Inspiration Symposium in Staedtler's headquarters
How often do you spend 72 hours with 12 nations polymer clay artists and play with clay?
|Students Brocade Collection Purses|
Play with clay? we sure did, and we got behind the scenes tours to see FIMO production line, writing instruments and it was beyond my expectations.
Staedtler's team - Mr. Nils Henssen and Mrs. Gerlinde Karg along with dedicated Staedtler's people put together an amazing event. No other words can describe it.
|Staedtler's main room|
A warm (and tasty) welcome and off we went to our intensive 3 in 1: One day - Three tours.
|Glass display cubes showing teacher's work|
The first stop was Staedtler's pencils production line, did you know That Staedtler people play with canes in their pencils?
Going through endless colored and graphite pencils, markers and pens - makes you want to grab several and do some drawings!
|Big storage warehouses|
Huge machines, micro technology, smart production are only a part of this fascinating process (sorry, no photos were allowed...).
Packaging is brilliant as well, we've been inside huge warehouses where computers are running all stocks, building a box of all "ingredients" of an order starting from 1 item to thousands.
At this age where writing is done with our keyboard and printers, its great to see that colored pencils and pencils are still so popular, important and valuable, the look of all these colorful pencils immediately made me want to sketch.
|Guided tour in production factories|
We could not resist not to touch the endless clay piles and got ourselves small leftovers to play with while walking around.
|Old City of Nurnberg|
Last tour was a "medieval style" city tour in old Nurnberg, walking around the old city at night and listening to ancient stories about battles, Napoleon and old ages celebrities.
We ended up the day in a lovely restaurant eating traditional cuisine and headed to bed to have our beauty sleep just before we start a new day.
|Evening dinner at the|
Museum of Industrial Culture
Staedler's team did everything they possibly can to make us feel comfortable, gave their full attention to every detail, made sure we are enjoying good food, music and an entertaining show.
|Teachers Pens Sets - Auctioned|
Did I say already I enjoyed every minute?
I had an amazing weekend, met lots of new and old friends and what's important, enjoyed seeing my students smiley face when they finished their cute little purses, some of them already placed them on their bag as a decoration.
There is something about the "together" atmosphere that fills your heart with joy forgetting for a minute all the laundry, dishes and sleepless nights.
Saskia Veltenaar and Marjon Donker
from the Netherlands
|Having fun :)|
|Staedtler's Main Courses Room|
|Teaching (with a smile)|
More photos are posted in my facebook, you are welcome to take a look.