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Member Spotlight: Claudia McCabe

Claudia McCabe once worked at a fabric store in Plano called Fabrique and found the company of women sewing and being creative to be so soulful. When the fabric store closed, her sewing room transitioned to an art studio that easily works two people. Later, with a little help from her friends, she changed the old travel agency she owed into an encaustic studio that will hold 4-6. She likes to have the extra space to have more company.

Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. Kept molton on a heated surface, applied to a wood surface, and then fused with a heat gun or heater. The method goes back to 300AD. The word comes from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning to “burn in”.

She likes working with old photographs and turning them into something treasured. She feels so bad when she sees them in an antique shop, so she takes them home to give them a new life! She also inherited many going back to the early 1800’s. She stated, “Collage, alcohol ink, rust, sculpture. There is no end to what you can do!”

Her Instagram account is @4twistedsisters and Twitter is #byclod.

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