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AnKara Projects

Background:

  • Established costume jewelry company AnKara Designs in January of 1991
  • Have worked in polymer clay for 26 years, professionally for 24 years, specializing in mixed media applications
  • Have developed new techniques in liquid polymer clay for 16 years (since its introduction to the general crafts community)
  • Appeared regularly on the Carol Duvall Show on HGTV and Do-It-Yourself Jewelry Making on DIY
  • Appeared on several episodes of Craft Lab on DIY
  • Projects appear regularly in numerous magazines including Bead and Button, Polymer CAFÉ, The Polymer Arts, Bead Designs Studio (formerly Bead Unique), Simply Beads, Jewelry Crafts, Expression, and more

Published Books:

  • Bead Jewelry 101 by Karen Mitchell and Ann Mitchell, Creative Publishing International, first edition- July 2009, second edition with DVD- September 2011
  • Liquid Polymer Clay: Fabulous New Techniques for Making Jewelry and Home Accents by Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell, Krause Publications, June 2003

Published Articles and Projects:

  • "Purple Leaf Necklace" and "Magma" necklace set- Volume 2, 2017 issue of "Just Mixed Media!" magazine
  • Wrote FAQ sheet and two projects on liquid polymer for Staedtler Noerth America web site
  • "Micromosaic Necklace" appeared in Staedler national ad in PolymerCafe magazine, August, 2016
  • "The Watchful Eye", Egptian revival style polymer necklace appears in Polymer Journeys 2016: The Art and Craft of Polymer, published by Sage Bray, April 2016
  • "Sparkling Watch Band", Mixed-Media Magic", and "Exotic Inlay" project articles, "Just Jewelry" magazine, Volume 2, 2015
  • "A Small World: Adventures in Micromosaics", The Polymer Arts, Fall 2015
  • Contributed to article titled "Material Diversity", The Polymer Arts, Spring 2015
  • "Blue Deco Necklace" project article, From Polymer to Art (Dutch magazine), Number 3-2014 issue
  • "Clay Ombre Necklace" and "Clay Flower Necklace", downloadable projects at JoAnn.com, made for Staedtler, in-store project sheet and poster, Spring 2014
  • Interview by Trina Williams and project article "Snow Flurry Earrings", PolymerCafe Magazine, January/February 2014
  • “Mixed Media Polymer Hats: Brimming with Possibilities”, The Polymer Arts, Summer 2013
  • Coral project for JoAnn Fabric and Craft Spring 2013 Media Press Kit
  • “Snow and Ice Necklace”, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Dec/Jan/Feb 2013
  • “Art Deco Evening Bag and Bracelet” (cover article), PolymerCafe Magazine, December 2012
  • “FIMO Pumpkin Cane Hair Accessories”, project for Michael’s web site, Fall 2012
  • “Mayan Headdress”, PolymerCafe Magazine, August 2012
  • “Simply Sorbet” (seen on cover), PolymerCafe Magazine, February 2012
  • “Magnificant Malachite” (cover article), PolymerCafe Magazine, February 2011
  •  “Simply Delicious Noodle Filigree” (cover article), PolymerCafe Magazine, August 2010
  • “Flower Ring” (cover article), PolymerCafe Magazine, December 2009
  • “Leaf Embellished Wine Glass” for JoAnn Fabric and Craft web site, spring 2009
  • “Tiled Picture Frame with Efaplast Microwave Clay” for Staedtler web site, spring 2009 “Urban Edge”, Simply Beads Magazine, February 2007
  •  “Cleopatra Necklace”, Bead Unique Magazine, Winter 2006/2007
  • The Bead Bugle, featured columnists “Adventures with Polymer Clay”, online beading magazine, January 2005-2008
  • “Sunken Treasure Medallion Necklace”, project for Michael’s web site, May 2004
  • “Translucent Liquid Sculpey Techniques”, tips sheet for Michael’s web site, May 2004
  • “Clay Cloisonné”, Expression Magazine, May/June 2004
  • “Marbling Magic with Liquid Polymer Clay”, Bead and Button magazine, April 2004
  • “Sheer, Sparkling Inlay with Liquid Polymer Clay”, PolymerCAFE magazine, holiday issue 2003
  • “Holiday Hostess Brooch with Liquid Polymer Clay” (shown on cover), Jewelry Crafts magazine, holiday issue 2003
  • “Impression Glazing with Liquid Polymer Clay”, Expression magazine, November/December 2003
  • “Sheer Effects with Liquid Polymer Clay”, Expression magazine,        September/October 2003
  • “In the Studio with Ann and Karen Mitchell”, PolymerCAFÉ magazine, Summer 2003
  • “Fiorato Beads with Liquid Sculpey” by Ann and Karen Mitchell, Jewelry Crafts magazine, August 2000
  • “Liquid Sculpey Mosaics” by Ann and Karen Mitchell, Jewelry Crafts magazine, February 2000

Accessories in Print:

  • Six photos: 2 necklaces, a bracelet, a brooch, a pendant, and a display rack featured in “Just Steampunk 2!” Magazine, Scott Publications, November 2012
  • Necklace and bracelet featured in “Just Steampunk!” Magazine, December 2011
  • Multiple jewelry projects for print advertisements appearing in numerous national craft magazines for American Art Clay Company, 2007
  • Polymer Pizzazz: The Best of Bead and Button Magazine, “Modern Marbling”, Kalmbach Trade Press, November 2006
  • Polymer Clay Creative Traditions: Techniques and projects Inspired by Fine and   Decorative Arts, By Judy Belcher, Watson-Guptill Publications, January 2006
  • Dazzling Bead and Wire Projects, edited by Mickey Baskett, Sterling Publications, Fall 2005
  • Two polymer mixed-media masks featured in the "Marvelous Mask Challenge", PolymerCafe Magazine, Summer 2005
  • “Introduction to Clay Beading”, 6 project brochure for Polyform Products, Spring 2005
  • 400 Polymer Clay Designs: A Collection of Dynamic and Colorful Contemporary Work, edited by Suzanne Tourtillot, Lark Books, Fall 2004
  • Leather Crafting in an Afternoon by Mickey Baskett, Sterling Publications, March 2004
  • Creative Stamping in Polymer Clay by Barbara A. McGuire, North Light Books, F & W Publications, 2002
  • Wire in Design-Modern Wire Art and Mixed Media by Barbara A. McGuire, Krause Publications, 2001
  • “Metal Effects on Polymer” by Esther Anderson, Jewelry Crafts magazine, February 2000
  • Polyform Products Sculpey III advertisement, 2001-2002
  • Polyform Products Translucent Liquid Sculpey brochure, 2001- 2002
  • Polyform Products advertisements, Translucent Liquid Sculpey 2001- 2002
  • “Polymer Clay 2000”, a juried calendar by Trudy Schwartz-Burrill, 2000
  • Foundations in Polymer Clay Design by Barbara A. McGuire, Krause Publications, 1999
  • CD album cover, “Give Yourself Away” by rock guitarist Racquel Zonte, Fall 1999
  • “A Complete Guide to Gold Plating” by Esther Anderson, Jewelry Crafts magazine, December 1999
  • “The PMC Challenge” by Esther Anderson, Jewelry Crafts magazine, October 1999
  • Back book cover jewelry, Recipes For Hot Sex by Dr. Joan Irvine and Jeanne Ernst, Spring 1998
  • Christmas Cookie Edition, Better Homes and Gardens magazine, article featuring Annamarie Mitchell by Peg Rahn, December 1997
  • Harvest Festival advertisements and brochures, 1996-Present
  • “Visions of the New Millennium”, a juried date book by Trudy Schwartz-Burrill, pending publication

Television Craft Demonstration: Carol Duvall Episodes-Home and Garden Television Network (all with liquid polymer clay):

  • CDS- 1864: Umbrella Table Planter
  • CDS- 1816: Frame Necklace Rack
  • CDS- 1757: Stained Glass Vase
  • CDS- 1728: Clay Fabric Purse
  • CDS- 1643: Window Transfer Candle Lamp
  • CDS- 1634: Mosaic Candlestick
  • CDS- 1512: Polymer Clay Woven Belt
  • CDS- 1502: Polymer Clay Plant Hanger
  • CDS- 1413: Leopard Print License Plate Frame: CDS-1360: Bow Tie Link Necklace
  • CDS-1329: Embossed Garden Tin
  • CDS-1256: Clay Fabric Lampshade
  • CDS-1212: Clay Ribbon Rose Hand Mirror
  • CDS-1146: Polymer Clay Cloisonné Memory Book
  • CDS-1106: Double-Sided Terra Cotta Bead Bracelet
  • CDS-1029: Terra Cotta Tiles
  • CDS-952: Leaf Votive (also listed as DIC-227 for DIY Crafts show)
  • CDS-942: Clay and Fabric Bookmarks
  • CDS-813: Liquid Clay Mosaic Box

Television Craft Demonstration: DIY Jewelry Making episodes- Do It Yourself Network:

  • DJMK- 609: Butterfly Hair Holder
  • DJMK- 606: Shell Necklace
  • DJMK- 602: Ladybug Baby Headband
  • DJMK- 507: Dragonfly Hair Clip
  • DJMK- 402:  Leopard Print Choker
  • DJMK- 106: Braided Leather Choker
  • DJMK- 102:  Crystal Chandelier Style Earrings

Television Craft Demonstration: DIY Craft Lab episodes- Do It Yourself Network

  • DCLB-240: Polymer Clay Molds
  • DCLB-229: Metallic Clay Effects/ Sun Mirror/ Polymer Clay Sequins

Additional Television/Online/Print Appearances

  • Interviewed for article “Art Show Warriors”, The Polymer Arts magazine, Winter 2012
  • Interview by Liam Mayclem, “Eye on the Bay”, November 2012
  • “When Creativity Knocks” with Ana Araujo,  online craft show taped at Ventura Harvest Festival, October 2010: Polymer clay demonstration on Good Day Sacramento, November 2008
  • Craft demonstration and interview- mosaic star pin, “In the Spotlight” hosted by Kari Michaelsen, KADY television, Camarillo, CA, September 2003
  • Craft demonstration and interview- magnetic clay picture frame, Ann Mitchell: “Today in L.A. Weekend” (NBC), weekend news program, May 2003
  • Interview and clay demonstration, Ann and Karen Mitchell, Good Day Sacramento,            
  • Morning news program, November 2002
  • Interview, Ann and Karen Mitchell, “Periscope”, cable television talk show hosted by Sam Coleman, November 2000
  • Interview, Karen Mitchell, “Inland Empire Alive!” cable talk show hosted by Diane Abbott, November 1997

Accessories on Television and Film

  • “Killer Pad”, horror /comedy feature film directed by Robert Englund, specialized accessories, 2006
  • “Voodoo Moon”, drama/horror film on FX channel with Eric Mabius and Charisma   Carpenter, specialized and fashion accessories,  2005
  • “The Haunted Mansion”, Disney feature film starring Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Tilly, period accessories, November 2003
  • “Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail”, made for television film for PAX cable station with Daphne Zuniga and Jack Wagner, dog themed accessories, January 2003
  • “Red Zone”, independent feature film with Freddy Rodriguez, Hip Films, themed men’s jewelry, December 2002
  • Fashion segment, “Live with Regis”, television talk show, ABC, 2000
  • Fashion segment, “KTLA Morning News”, television news program, Los Angeles, 2000
  • Fashion segment, “Good Day Philadelphia”, television news program, Philadelphia, 2000
  • Fashion segment, “Good Morning Texas”, television news program, Houston, 2000
  • Fashion segment, “Fox Thing in the Morning”, television news program, Chicago, 2000
  • Music Video, ‘Can’t Be Me’ by rock guitarist Racquel Zonte, album- “Give Yourself Away”, Spring 2000
  • “Forever Love”, made for television film with Reba McEntire, 1998
  • “You Wish”, television situation comedy, ABC, Fall 1997
  • “Ink”, television situation comedy starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, CBS, Fall 1996
  • “All My Children”, television daytime drama, ABC, 1992, 1994
  • “Innocent Obsession”, independent film, 1992

Accessories in Theatrical Productions:

  • “Peter Pan”, Opera a la Carte, Spring 1996
  • “The Gondolier”, Opera a la Carte, Spring 1995
  • “King of the City: An Evening with Al Capone”, Scottish theatre festival, 1995

Exhibitions,Competitions and Awards:

  • Received "Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award" for work in liquid polymer and polymer jewelry design techniques, given by Kathry Ottman, Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fests, February 2017
  • Honorable mention (art nouveau style floral necklace by Ann), “Liquid Clay Challenge”, Polymer Café Magazine, August 2010
  • Winning entry: Mixed Media Award for “Bottles of Hope” competition sponsored by the American Art Clay Company, January 2007- bottle was donated to Elizabeth Edwards
  • Winning entry: honorable mention in “Your Design Rocks” competition, polymer clay category, sponsored by Rings and Things, January 2007
  • Exhibition, “The Rave,” Ravensdale Polymer Clay Conference, Issaquah, WA, August 2006
  • Winners, first and second place, invitational exhibition and competition, “The Leather Challenge”, sponsored by the Leather Factory, February 2004
  • Invitational Instructors Exhibition, Ravensdale Polymer Clay Conference, Issaquah WA, August 2003
  • Juried exhibition, “Red, White, and Blue”, The Old School Gallery, Louisiana, Missouri, July 2003
  • Invitational slide show exhibition for the British Polymer Clay Guild at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, hosted by Sue Heaser, April 2002
  • Invitational exhibition and competition, “The Leather Challenge”, sponsored by the Leather Factory, January 2002
  • Exhibition, “Illuminating a Medium: A Retrospective of Polymer Clay” at the ‘Courting the Muse’ conference sponsored by the National Polymer Clay Guild, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, June 2001
  • Winning entry, “Transparent Liquid Sculpey Creativity Challenge” at the ‘Courting the Muse’ conference, June 2001
  • Exhibition, Polymer Clay Haven, Louisville, Kentucky, 2000
  • Exhibition, “Incredible Clay: Feats of Polymer”, the Bead Museum, Glendale, Arizona, 2000
  • Exhibition, “The Rave 2000”, Ravensdale Conference, Northwest Polymer Clay Guild, August 2000
  • Exhibition, “Polymer Clay 2000”, SoHo Gallery, Pensecola, Florida, Fall 1999
  • Exhibition, costumes from the film “Elizabeth” and other regal garments, sponsored by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Beverly Hills, California, Fall 1998
  • Winning entry, “Most Delicious Sweet” in polymer clay, sponsored by Accent Import/Export, Inc., Ravensdale Conference, Northwest Polymer Clay Guild, August 1998
  • Winners, Harvest Festival Direct Mail Contest, out of 900+ exhibitors participating in show circuit, AnKara Designs brings in the highest number of customers based on coupons counted at gate (spring and fall seasons), 1997-Present

Classes and Demonstrations:

  • Taught "Creating Personal Treasures" retreat in polymer and jewelry making techniques at La Cascade in Durfort, France, May 2017
  • Taught three one-day workshops on liquid polymer and polymer jewelry construction original techniques at Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fests 2017
  • Offered workshop "Textured Leaf Mosaic Necklace Set"  for online retreat "Polymer Clay Adventure 2017", January-December 2017
  • Invited to present "Polymer Jewelry Construction: Inside Out" at the EuroSynergy 2 Conference in Bordeaux, France, sponsored by the International Polymer Clay Association, July 2016
  • Taught two one-day workshops with original jewelry construction techniques at Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest in Laurel, MD, February 2016
  • Taught two one-day workshops with original liquid polymer clay and jewelry construction techniques for the Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild, March 2015
  • Taught two workshops with original liquid polymer clay and jewelry construction techniques at Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest in Laurel, MD, February 2015
  • Taught two workshops and did one demonstration, all with original liquid polymer clay techniques at Cabin Fever Clay Fest in Laurel, MD, February 2014
  • Polymer Clay Basics class for summer art program, Altadena, CA, July 2012
  • Craft class for Webelos/Cub Scout den at Polytechnic School teaching leather stamping, card making, and basic polymer clay skills for the Craftsman Badge, 2012
  • Flower cane polymer clay pendant project with 44 Girl Scouts for “Art-rageous” camp program, Girl Scouts of Los Angeles, July 2011
  • Marbled pendant demonstration and project with 100 Girl Scouts and Brownies ages 5-8, Girl Scouts of Los Angeles “Polymer Fun” event, February 2011
  • Taught polymer clay jewelry classes quarterly at Brea Bead Works in Brea, CA, 2007-2012
  • Demonstrated FIMO polymer clay, pens, pencils, and Mastercarve carving blocks and tools for Craft and Hobby Association Show, January 2009
  • Taught workshop with Mastercarve carving blocks and tools, brush-tip pens, and FIMO polymer clay for Staedtler at Craft and Hobby Association Show, January 2009
  • Demonstration of FIMO polymer clay for Staedtler, presented to art teachers of the San Diego Unified School District, September 2008
  • Demonstrated FIMO Polymer clay for Staedtler at Craft and Hobby Association Show, February 2008
  • Demonstrated Friendly Plastic for the American Art Clay Company at Craft and Hobby Association Show, February 2008
  • Demonstrated Create-a-Block acrylic boxes for Rayson Arts and Crafts at Craft and Hobby Association Show, February 2008:
  • Taught workshop on Friendly Plastic for American Art Clay Company at Craft and Hobby Association Show, February 2008
  • Taught two seminars at the “Synergy Conference” sponsored by the National Polymer Clay Guild in Baltimore, MD, February 2008
  • Guest Speaker (Karen) on jewelry design for Educator’s Luncheon at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, February 2008
  • Quarterly classes at Brea Bead Works, Brea, CA March 2007-present
  • Craft and Hobby Association, demonstrations, project samples, workshops and video production for Staedtler, AMACO, and Rayson, Inc., February 2007, 2008
  • Ravensdale Polymer Clay Conference sponsored by the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild, Issaquah, Washington (2 single day classes, 1 2-day workshop, 2 demonstrations) liquid and solid polymer clay, August 2000
  • Lecture and slide show, 1 1/2 day comprehensive liquid polymer clay class, Fresno Fiber Arts Guild, February 2006
  • Demonstration on Liquid Polymer Clay Techniques, Arizona Polymer Clay Guild, January 2005
  • Hobby Industries Association Show, demonstrations: liquid polymer clay- Polyform Products; leather- The Leather Factory, February 2004
  • Ravensdale Polymer Clay Conference sponsored by the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild, Issaquah, Washington (2-day/12 hour comprehensive liquid polymer clay class), August 2003
  • ACCI Conference, Liquid polymer clay workshop, Chicago, IL, July 2003
  • Classes, jewelry design, solid and liquid polymer clay, AnKara Designs studio, 2001-present, ongoing
  • Classes, Liquid Sculpey and Jewelry Design, “ Courting the Muse” conference sponsored by the National Polymer Clay Guild, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, June 2001
  • Demonstrations, Greater Los Angeles Polymer Clay Guild, August 2002- present
  • Demonstration, Polymer clay, Huntington Library Bookstore, December 1998

Special Collections:

  • Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA 2005- 2007
  • The Gold Rush Gallery, Graeagle, CA, 2004- present
  • Huntington Library Bookstore, 1997- 2002
  • Fashion Institute Museum Gallery Gift Store, 2001
  • Smart Museum of Art, pieces in museum store in conjunction with Archibald Knox exhibit, Chicago, Spring 1998

Unusual Projects:

  • Painting basketball awards, the Miami Heat, 1996- Present, includes balls for Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, gift for Bruce Springsteen, and many other players
  • Made booth display figurines for Staedtler, North America of their children's FIMO clay kits, January 2016
  • Created stone and polymer necklace, bracelet, and earring set for a fundraising auction for the Lassen Park Foundation (national park), September 2015
  • Created two nature-themed necklaces fora fundraising auction for the Lassen Park Foundation (national park), September 2014
  • Created mosaic polymer clay and wood candlesticks for a fundraising auction for the Lassen Park Foundation (national park), July 2013
  • Created a necklace set and a decorative box with Sierra theme for a fundraising auction for the Lassen Park Foundation (national park), November 2012
  • Made a Steampunk style necklace and display stand from an alarm clock for fundraising auction for Monrovia Association of Fine Arts, March 2012
  • Painting basketball awards, The Phoenix Suns, 2009
  • Painting basketball awards, the Washington Wizards, 2008
  • Painting basketball awards, Converse, 2005
  • Painting basketball awards, the Charlotte Bobcats, 2005
  • Collaborative project, patriotic ribbons in polymer clay for limited edition glass clown sculptures by Abelman Art Glass, Spring 2002
  • Painted basketball awards, the Los Angeles Clippers, 1993-1996
  • Custom designed accessories for professional dancers: ballroom, flamenco, swing, belly; ongoing projects

Professional Organizations:

  • Certified Professional Demonstrators, Craft and Hobby Association
  • President, Greater Los Angeles Polymer Clay Guild (Karen)
  • Members, Monrovia Association of Fine Arts
  • Member, International Polymer Clay Association
  • Member, Craft and Hobby Association
  • Member, American Crafts Council
  • Member, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
  • Founding Member, Women Inspired Networking Group (W.I.N.G.s) (Ann)
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    Established in 1991, handcrafted in U.S.A. Original and affordable fashion jewelry, custom designs, costume jewelry repair, restringing, and redesign,  classes, project and product development.

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    AnKara Designs
    2323 Pinecrest Drive
    Altadena, CA 91001
    626.798.8491
    ankara@ankaradesigns.com

     

     

     

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    2323 Pinecrest Drive
    Altadena, CA 91001
    626-798-8491
    ankara@ankaradesigns.com
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