Look at Libby Mills’ latest work and you’d swear she had a retro soul. She handles a ripple blade like she was born to it. This extruded cane slice could have been swiped from a Mad Men set.

The Skinner blends she starts with are thoroughly modern, however. Browse through her Flickr pages to see how she’s been building subtle, soothing blends into patterns that delight the eye and take you back to the 1960s. Here’s her post about her process.

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  • reply Liz Hall ,

    I love Libby’s work, she is so creative and has such a wonderful sense of color! Her work was one of my motivations to start working with polymer.

    • reply Judy ,

      Love, Love, Love Libby’s work. I wish she would venture out and have a class – just to see how she makes her decisions about her work – inspiring!

      • reply Libby Mills ,

        Judy, you are too funny. I do teach from time to time, generally locally though. I’d love to travel and teach one of these days.

      • reply Libby Mills ,

        Thank you Cynthia. It is such a sweet surprise to be featured here. I am thoroughly addicted to the ripple blade at this point. Jody Bishel and Marie Segal are the real pioneers in this area. The joy of playing round with small changes in the colors or the thickness of the layers, not to mention using different types of ripple blades has me thoroughly enthralled.

        The retro style cane you are showing came about when I was playing around with what happens when you ripple cut a retro cane and the various bits of extrusions and colors just demanded to be combined into something else. I love when that happens.

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