Polymer and math and meditation

A little quiet time in the studio got me thinking about how meditative working with polymer can be. These earrings from None of the Above are a perfect example.

In Daniel Torres’ class at Synergy he explained how repeating patterns like these appeal to us because they are found in nature – Fibonnaci numbers, fractals and such. Anybody have their class notes handy?

None of the Above knows nature’s math and she calculates with perfectly arranged dots of clay. Fascinating and mesmerizing work on Etsy.

Speaking of numbers, tomorrow’s post marks a special one for me. 2000! Maybe that’s why I’ve been contemplative! Whew!

 

 

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  • reply Abigail Smycken Handmade ,

    It is very relaxing to work with polymer clay and other types of clay; sometimes it makes me feel closer to nature because I am doing something with my hands, I am making something just like my ancestors did, without using a machine. I love clay, it also makes me feel like I can really listen to my thoughts and that’s a true therapy. I have a degree in Psychology and this is definitely the best relaxation technique I know. Congrats on your no 2000 post.

    • reply Sandra ,

      Wow! That’s about all I can say about this beautiful work. Oh! And a huge congratulations on this, your 1999th post today!

      • reply Pam McClung ,

        Yes, Cynthia, 2,000 is a BIG landmark! As a designer I know how much work putting posts together can be. Those of us (like me) who enjoy the eye candy and interesting stories every day may sometimes take for granted that these gems will be in our inbox everyday. So take a bow and remind yourself how many people you are bringing joy to with all that hard work!

        • reply Jeanne Dumond ,

          Congratulations Cynthia on reaching #2,000! I am sure I have read everyone of them too! The value of what you do every week for the polymer community is invaluable, thank you for all of us.

          • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

            Congrats on the big 2k! And thanks for pointing out this artist’s work–mesmerizing is most definitely the word–almost too much to choose from. What a marvelous concept, and original voice.

            • reply PiperPixieDesigns ,

              The repetitive patterns found in nature tid bit is fascinating!

              • reply Susan aka Noneoftheabove ,

                Thank you so much for featuring my work 😀 And thank you all for the compliments. It’s funny, I actually loathe math in real life and try to avoid it as much as possible (I actually picked one career path over another because one involved no math and the other did). Is it ironic that it manifests itself in my jewelry? 😉

                • reply Sarah ,

                  Wow!! I don’t know which astonishes me more – the amazing detail in all the work in None of the Above’s Etsy shop, or the fact that you’re reaching 2000 posts tomorrow! Congrats!!! 🙂

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