The problem is not your monitor, there really are bugs in the system and they’re polymer from Jana Lehmann. You can watch these beetle brooches escaping from their cute little boxes.
Jana’s work is consistently the most graphic and the tidiest I’ve encountered. There’s considerable sanding involved and lots of attention to detail.
Her polymer-covered pens always appeal to me with their shapely Skinner-blended bodies and their whimsical tops. Just for fun, I’m offering five of the wooden pen bases that Jana uses as a giveaway today. I ordered a bunch from the German supplier (Bettina Welker delivered them) and they’re fun to try.
Make a comment and you’re automatically entered. I’ll announce a winner tomorrow.
Big hole beads and flat disk beads are catching my eye. These red beauties are from Armenia on Silk from Armenia. I can’t tell you a thing about them except that they’re super textured and very cool. Good on you if you can figure out the site and tell us about them. (Check her info in the comments.)
Then Australia’s Wendy Moore shows up with these flat disks with decorated edges. She was inspired by Natalja Ivanková’s forget-me-not beads from last Tuesday’s post. Wendy made hers look like a version of Nepali Rai beads.
Hang on as we whirl from Russia to the US to Australia with a stop in Nepal. Put your own spin on this very wearable style.
You have helped the Samunnat ladies in Nepal raise $6,000 of the $10,000 they need for their building. Several guilds are holding fundraisers to keep the momentum going. Every bit helps and you can still donate any amount by clicking the donate button.
Julie Picarello sent out a spring newsletter filled with her updated palette of colors and mokume gane designs. Her book, Patterns in Polymer, is in its second printing and being translated into German. Customers swooped in to buy from her online shop so you’ll have to settle for just enjoying a look.
Wednesday night at 8:00 stop in at another popular and free I love tools party over at Craftcast. Patrik Kusek, Robert Dancik, Barbara Becker Simon, Christi Friesen and Robert Diamante will perform tricks with their favorite tools. Did I mention the prizes and coupons? Sign up here.
Some happy polymer colors from Kimberly Arden to start your week. In the summer Kim and her husband work with boisterous energy and sell with enthusiasm at shows all over the midwest as they work their way down to their winter home in Florida. Let the energy of these simple spirals spill over you. More colors on Pinterest here.
The Vancouver and Van Isle guilds have mounted an impressive month-long juried polymer show at Seymour Art Gallery. Even better, they’ve created a site for the show so that you can enjoy a virtual visit. Though the show is entitled Chameleon, referring to the versatility of polymer, the sea has a huge influence on the works of the artists in this coastal Canadian city.