Western Easter

Margaret Regan's polymer eggs

Montana’s Margaret Regan is one of the pioneers of polymer. If you’ve ever made a bangle bracelet on elastic, you can thank her for the idea.

These polymer covered eggs look so like my vacation terrain that I just had to add them. Margaret’s been making them for years and the raven cane is one of her signatures.

Her web site hasn’t changed much and she doesn’t promote herself much so you may have missed these treasures. Her work continues to be impeccably precise.

Sedona stones

Tinapple Sedona stones bracelet

My Sedona stones polymer bracelet is part of a continuing fascination with rocks, this time with flat shapes and western red rock colors. My petroglyphs, based on the ones we saw at nearby ruins, aren’t quite ready for display.

You’ll understand my obsession better when you look at the pictures from our hikes through the local canyons and along the rivers. Sedona is a rock lover’s paradise. Allowing your surroundings to influence your art is an immersive experience.

I was pleased to see the works of Barb Fajardo, Tish Collins and Gwen Pena in one gallery in town. Three in one gallery! Excellent!

Quilted polymer

Dumauvobleu polymer pendant

Because my vacation mates are serging and sewing I’m drawn to France’s Cathy (Dumauvobleu) whose pendants resemble quilted and collaged fabrics. Here’s her Etsy shop.

Cathy textures layered and collaged canes and strips of colors to achieve a sunny mix that blends into a cohesive design.

The link comes to us from Betsy Baker. Betsy’s published some new work and a couple of tutorials that you’ll want to examine.

Dubious Denim

Peraud's polymer denim

Several of us examined the photos of Sylvie Peraud’s new denim line, skeptical that the fabric could be made from polymer clay. We were forced to run the text through the translation from French which says, “Contrary to what your eyes tell you, there is no fabric here.”

Sylvie promises that she will reveal all her denim secrets on Donna Kato’s upcoming CraftEdu.com site. Meanwhile, marvel at her sleight of hand. We can’t figure it out.

The link first came to us from Randee Ketzel. Have an incredible weekend.

Spanish Samba

Ortiz de la Torre's ribbon necklace

Silvia Ortiz de la Torre, another Madrid artist, has a Flickr site bulging with juicy experiments and designs like this polymer Samba collar. I’m a real fan of simple designs done in dynamite color palettes.

The Flickr pages allow us to follow the progress of her development and watch her work out new designs. Fascinating. Silvia is new to us via a link from France’s Eva Menager.

Navarro’s Nurbs

Navarro's polymer clay "Nurbs"

Madrid’s Chama Navarro gives us a break from colors and flowers with her new minimalist line of white, textured polymer clay.

Chama calls the collection her “Nurbs” and says she was inspired by the computer-generated mathematical models of the same name which are commonly used to represent freeform surfaces like aerospace exterior surfaces and car bodies.

Charma’s Nurbs look like organic forms trapped under a blanket begging to be touched. If you need color,  visit the Flickr photos of her 2010 work.

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