The year 2020 is now underway, which is a nice occasion to look both forward and back. What were last year’s main highlights, and what will the new year bring? For Conzentric, the second question is easy: this year will bring another two CZT-Europe Seminars!
CZT-Europe #3 from April 16 – 19 has been open for registration for awhile; now the date for CZT-Europa #4 is also set for Oktober 2 – 5 and is also open for registration. If one of these dates works for you, the links below will take to you the online registration:
CZT-Europe 3 from April 16-19, 2020
CZT-Europe 4 from October 2-5, 2020
We ask for written feedback after each seminar, and in these forms, our attendees have told us that in addition to being certified so that they can teach the Zentangle method to others, they especially enjoy the intense tangling experience and being able to meet and connect with other Zentangle enthusiasts.
These two things are connected of course. During class – many hours throughout the day – we tangle extensively and thoroughly (see above photo). And after class and during the breaks, attendees get to know each other personally, tell each other their tangling story, show their artwwrk and share knowledge and tips on techniques and material (see below photo). This is of course so interesting that many conversations that start in the evening last until late into to night!
As with both 2019 seminars, we expect people from all over the world at our 2020 seminars. We teach in German, but because everything is translated simultaneously into English, people from across Europe, and even from Asia, the Americas, and Africa can – and have – come to our seminars and follow everything.
Of course you will connect with others from your own culture and who speak the same language. These are valuable connections and they are particularly easy to pursue after seminar. But at CZT-Europe seminars you also have the lovely opportunity to personally get to know tanglers who come from other countries, some of which are very far away. The passion for Zentagle overcomes boundaries of country, culture and language with ease.
Perhaps you have already read about the opportunity of applying for a scholarship to help make attending the seminar easier. Conzentric is offering a partial scholarship for the 2020 seminars and we have extended the deadline for submitting applications – you can apply until February 6, 2020. Find the details here.
Well, that was pretty exciting – first CZT-Europe seminars resulting in about 150 new CZTS, Rick and Maria as guest teachers both times, bringing Molly and Martha with them the second time, and concluding it all with a one-day CZT event with 100 CZTs from Europe and the world! 2019 was a very busy year for Conzentric – and a very wonderful year as well.
This event was completely full far in advance, and requests kept coming in. So we were thrilled when we found a seminar location at the nearby Hotel Le Meridien that had room for over 100 people. We quickly decided to change locations, re-open registration for the event, and in the end we in fact had 100 attendees!
Our wonderful project for CZT-Day & Reunion was the “Zentangle Compass Rose”. I am sure you’ve seen some of these gorgous creations on an Opus tile in social media or on the Zentangle Mosaic App. Katharina and I also finished our compass roses:
And what about Ela’s compass rose, you ask? Well, it accidentally got packed into a box that was shipped off to America! Seriously – these things can happen when packing up after a seminar with 100 participants and 7 teachers! Maybe it will resurface one day, or maybe Ela will tangle a new one, we’ll just have to see.
However, I can show you something that has a lot do with Ela: the mosaic of the tiles we sent to everyone in advance. Ela designed and prepared this beautiful and unique mosaic.
This mosaic is not only exceptionally lovely. Ela had an equally lovely idea about this mosaic, which she wrote down. They are the perfect words with which to close this blog entry.
The mosaic is a work of art in which the star of each artist shines individually, but also contributes to the whole, making it shine even brighter. This means that even if one star fades for awhile, it is still brightened by the glow from the other stars.
If each tile is taken individually, the work consists of separate parts. But pieced together, the tiles create a larger picture that supports itself and sticks together. In this way, this wonderful mosaic is an illustration of the individual and collaborative creativity of the Zentangle community.