Mountain collaboration

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Thank you for your patience as I unhooked myself from the blogisphere last week. This wall art collaborative collage by Ann Kruglak and Nan Roche reflects the calming colors and dramatic textures that surrounded us in the mountains.

The piece combines branches and a rock from nature. The deeply weathered wood and other elements were molded and replicated in polymer.

The duo’s love of nature speaks strongly. Ann works tirelessly, selling her work to benefit the rainforests with 100% of her proceeds going to a land conservancy charity.

Nan, widely heralded as a seminal figure in the polymer community and author of The New Clay (first published in 1991), is now dipping her toe into the social media pool and heading toward her studio after a long hiatus. You’ll find her on Facebook and Pinterest for now.

If you’d like to learn more about Nan, join StudioMojo, the weekend newsletter, where she chats candidly in a video interview in Saturday’s edition.

Whirling polymer

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Petra Nemravova’s brooch is a whirl of words surrounded by spinning hologram beads. The motion and energy of this piece resonate with me as I pack and prepare for a summer break. Check in on Petra on Facebook and her site.

Summer break

Can’t say how much I’ll post during my weeklong break. We’ll leave it to chance, mood and weather. If you miss your daily dose, browse the PCD archives in the column at the right (10 years worth this month) and pop over to Instagram for pictures. Have a great weekend.

Back-to-school polymer

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Tamara Shea’s Pile O’ Books necklace kicks off the back-to-school season (and there’s a sale at her Etsy shop).

Tamara’s Block Party Press business has grown steadily since she first jumped online seven years ago when her sons were young and she wanted to find a way to stay at home with them.

She draws her own designs, carves her stamps, and cuts out her polymer components. Then she paints and distresses them.

Tamara’s moved her newsy updates to Facebook and opened a second online shop as her boys have grown and her art interests expanded. She shares her inspirations and photos on Instagram.

Coincidental polymer art

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Rebecca Watkins simplifies our Wednesday and reminds us that it’s still possible to create colorful, cheery, fashionable art by stringing big round polymer balls on a cable.

Artybecca’s beads are colored with dots of shared colors and textured with circles. A dark wash of paint brings out the lines.

The colors are “coincidental” (as she explains on her blog) and happen to match everything in her closet. She wears them here.

Nothing forced or fussy about this necklace. No laborious techniques. A smooth finish and a nice polish and they’re good to go.

Take a deep breath, lighten up on the expectations, and have some fun. See more of Rebecca on Facebook and Flickr. You may enjoy reading about how she “blew up” a perfectly good cane to get back to the big patterns she prefers.

Wise polymer

Phamova on PCDaily

The Czech Republic’s young Dana Phamova (Fruitensse) greets you with a charming little owl. Dana’s always been a whiz with color and now she’s totally taken with texture.

You’ll see that she works like most of us, in the few remaining uncluttered inches on our work surfaces. She blames the owl for her messy desk.

You may want to study Dana’s heavily textured earrings and her shimmering series of dangles. She updates most regularly on Facebook and you can also find her on Flickr.

Read about how Dana founded the online Polymer Clay Heaven, a series of 18 tutorials by Czech artists.

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