Hip


Carrotbox first showed these polymer clay rings by Mary and Lou Ann which are sunnier than other recent works from this duo. That led me to StyleHive…and trouble. Don’t go there unless you’re a serious voyeur. It’s designer heaven.

I’m a bit daunted by the "communities" and "hive it" jive but I’ll go back and catch on when I need a shot of shopping. This one deserves some quality time. The Etsy folks were there way ahead of me. Being hip is so hard.

Gracing the Cover

The graceful polymer clay designs of Ohio’s Grace Stokes are featured on the cover of the September issue of Art Jewelry Magazine. "Less is more sophisticated," says the table of contents, "Spare lines and contemporary materials rejuvenate a traditional brooch motif."

Along with the article, Grace has unveiled her web site which is full of her works which mix polymer clay with precious metal, pearls, seed beads and other materials. Her delicate lines have a very up-to-date design feel.

Definitive Color

After ten years of teaching polymer clay color, Maggie Maggio and Lindly Haunani are writing the book. They’re looking for your previously unpublished images to illustrate their pages. See all the details on the NPCG site. The deadline is November 1.

Udell Unearthed

Primitives and meditative polymer clay art has surfaced as the theme this week so we’ll end the week with these faux ivory pieces from Luann Udell.

It was a roundabout trip to Luann. I read her comment on craft marketer Bruce Baker’s site about how his tapes had helped her. "Your tape enabled me to really think about why I make crafts and to convey that feeling to my customers. You have taken the angst out of selling and made it enjoyable," she said, and I wanted to see what Luann was up to.

Take a look (don’t miss her little movie) and have an enjoyable weekend.

Loads of Pix

I was all set to send you to some mouthwatering polymer clay photos (like this "Spondylosis" from Maryland’s Rachel Gourley) when I realized that they were from a Lark’s 400 Polymer Clay Designs volume. Someone had simply scanned the book and put the pictures on her own photo site. Very tacky, very copyright sticky. Let’s not go there.

So instead, I found a stash of photos from the book on Google Books site which looks to be a legit use. Not only can you look at lots of pictures from this book, but you can thumb through pages and pages of information from many polymer clay books and get a very good idea of what a book’s about before you invest.

Perhaps I’m the last one to figure out this Google Books thing, but I’ve been having such fun here that I just had to share.

Sue Ossenberg recommends Fetchbook for the serious book shopper.

PCAGOE

There’s a freshness and energy in the Polymer Clay Artist’s Guild of Etsy. They’re a "street team," a grass-roots group actively engaged in getting the word out about Etsy.com and the value of buying handmade goods directly from the maker.

Each member must have at least five polymer clay items listed in his/her Etsy shop at all times. Its membership is geographically and philosophically diverse.

Check out the current featured Etsy artist, Marcia Palmer from Georgia whose work displays a wide range of styles and techniques. She uses rubber stamps in unusual ways that reflect a strong sense of style and message. Keep your eye on these folks.

Meditative Art

North Carolina’s Bobby Wells incorporates themes based on her own spiritual and meditative practices into her polymer clay altar pieces and jewelry.

She mixes gold leaf and semi precious stones into works that reflect the beauty of her Appalachian Mountain surroundings. The setting for her long studio career sounds idyllic and we can thank Nadja Fuenfsinn (from Switzerland) for sending us the link.

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