Rocky Mountain cactus

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It may look like a photo from the desert, but it’s Kim Korringa’s display of her blooming polymer cacti. Each year our group has a swap and this year we’re swapping “totems”, big beads which will stack up and be displayed on rods as sculpture or garden art.

Everyone receives one big bead from each participant to remember our event. Kim scooped up some gravel from the path to display her charming totems. Come back later in the week to see the resulting wild mix of polymer art on a stick.

The network is weak in the mountains where our group meets and then my mail domain had issues. Things are conspiring for a light online week social media-wise but the creative ideas are flowing so stay tuned. 

Sculpture to wear

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Donna Greenberg shows us Blue Bird Biscuit choker, her version of twisted and sculpted polymer on a cord.

Donna includes work-in-progress photos that give you insight into her thinking for this series of organic, flowing shapes. More complex versions link with one another to form chains.

Donna and Christine Dumont and Ronna Sarvas Weltman offer a series of 5-week online creative design courses to enhance each student’s design skills and bring vitality and impact to the work while exploring what it takes to develop their own distinctive series.

The classes start in September. Read all about the courses here.

Twisted polymer

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In the original picture these knots and curls from Lindsay Locatelli (WazoDesigns) are photographed laid on top of an Art Jewelry Forum article on contemporary jewelry. Our medium’s sculptural flexibility and color possibilities place polymer squarely in the mix for the future.

Uninhibited gestures like these move us in new directions. They’re also reminiscent of macaroni necklaces that every kid makes.

Lindsay’s Instagram post got me thinking. You too?

See more of her recent mixed media pieces on Facebook.

Mentoring as Art

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Washington silversmith Sarah Wilbanks says that the jewelry in her current show contains the most polymer she’s ever used in her pieces. The backs of the silver bezels on her necklace of pods are as interesting as the polymer fronts.

Two other features kept me prowling through her Etsy, Facebook, and Pinterest pages — her series of carved translucent pieces (she documents her process in photos) and the title of her current show at Water Works Gallery in the San Juan Islands.

Called Mentoring as Art, the show highlights the artists who have studied in Micki Lipp’s studio over 27 years. It explores the role of mentor and mentee in the hopes of creating a new generation of mentors. What a smart idea!

Add drama with paint

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Polymer artists like Texas’ Shelley Atwood continue to show us what you can do with textures and paints. Shelley bends the textured ribbons of polymer for additional movement on these dangling earrings.

The red of the bottom medallions is a surprise. Gold paint unifies the look which is topped off with the big loops of the earwires.

Look at her Flickr pages to see how Shelley pumps up the drama of her work.

Complex simplicity

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Michigan’s Sandra Niese (DandyBeads) eases us into Monday with a simple pendant. On its own, the spiral would have been too simple.

By embedding those metal pins into the edge of the design, Sandra makes us stop and take in the texture and the metallic finish and ponder the piece.

The dance between complexity and simplicity is a tricky one. See more of Sandra’s organic and slightly grungy works on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.

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