Digging up artists

Repsiene on PCDaily

Margarita Repsiene (from Lithuania now in Singapore) developed her own batik methods for the sea urchin earrings and on the fabric-like belt buckle on the right.

Batik is definitely on the rise again and this version bounced around the world and landed in my lap via Irena Lapasinskaite, Margarita’s friend.

You’ll find a whole bunch of intriguing items on her Flickr, Etsy, Pinterest and Facebook pages. I studied them and kept asking myself, “How is she doing that?”

Repsiene on PCDaily

If you dig up a polymer artist who rings your chimes or piques your curiosity, please send her/his name to PCD. You readers are my eyes and ears in the crazy, huge internet/social media world. I can’t possibly keep up on my own and I count on you. Thanks!

Polymer pocketmen

Samrdzic on PCDaily

Could you use a friend in your pocket this Monday? Serbia’s Milos Samardzic (Tramps and Glams) creates polymer Pocketmen that he markets on Etsy. He’s been recreating silent movie stars, circus performers and book characters into offbeat polymer and wire sculptures since 2008.

The eyes and hands of the 1 1/2″ x 3″ brooches are designed to peek over the edge of your shirt pocket. “They can be shy, they can be silly, they can even be grumpy at times, but they are always devoted and honest friends,” says Milos.

See the whole cast of characters on his blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Patriotic polymer

Kassel on PCdaily

Uh-oh, my holiday picnic got started early. So let me quickly send you to Doreen Kassel’s Lady Liberty for your Independence Day polymer fix.

You simply must see this FB video (starring Dan Kassel) to get the full star-spangled effect.

Sure, Doreen’s Uncommon Creatures are on Etsy, Flickr, and her blog. But if you really want to see what ornaments she’s creating and what classes she’s teaching, you’ll have to try her on Facebook and Instagram. Have a happy fourth and a great weekend.

Polymer color confidence

Holmes on PCDaily

Tracy Holmes’ BreakThrough Colour (BTC) Kickstarter campaign has blown past its original goal and proved that polymer artists are hungry for better color control.

Backers quickly pledged over $32,000 to get first crack at the printed version of this useful and practical system that’s aimed to appeal to both sides of your brain. A full spectrum 216-card color deck helps you choose your palette and then coded numbers assure accurate color mixing.

The BTC Colour Basics cube shown above is the simpler 3x3x3 color model that Tracy used for her article in The Polymer Arts magazine. The BTC Mini Cube below shows 152 hues, tints, and shades on the outside plus 64 tones on the inside.

Tracy says that the first print run will fulfill the pre-orders that come from the Kickstarter campaign which wraps up at noon (Mountain Time) on Saturday, July 18. “Beyond that, I haven’t made firm plans about when and where BTC will be available,” says Tracy.

For those wanting either the Colour Basics Deck or the 216 BreakThroughColour Deck, the first and fastest place to obtain them is via Kickstarter.

Holmes on PCDaily

Tracy will teach at Maryland’s Master Class Camp 2015 July 8 and 9. “We will make a polymer cube like this one. Then we’ll explore the colors and combos in the bigger model including color mixing experiments. We’ll investigate what we like and why we like it. And we’ll work with the newest clays and colors coming from generous sponsors.”

BTC looks like a great way to improve your color confidence. Read more about Tracy and other Cutting Edge products on Facebook.

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