Best of Show

Sweet! Laura Balombini's polymer art took "best of show" in our big summer arts festival. Laura was modestly explaining to me her very zen-like response to those who copy her work when the prize police came up with a ribbon and $2,000. Karma? Or the just reward for really fine work?

Amist all the potters, painters and jewelers, it's nice to see one of our fellow polymer artists receive this outstanding recognition.

Laura says she freshens her web site with new photos after every major show so visit frequently.

And speaking of the ethics of copying, have you read about Dale Chihuly's  hard-edged legal fight in federal court over the distinctiveness of his creations and, more fundamentally, who owns artistic expression in the glass art world. It'll be an interesting story to follow.

Flora Filigree

This looks like fun. New Mexico's Barbara Fajardo calls them organic sculpted lentils and Christi Friesen combines them into all sorts of elaborate jewelry. Groups are beginning to call the technique "Flora Filigree." These little sculptures tempt you to start rolling and patting teensy bits of clay.

Barbara is adept at quilt canes too. I especially like her "all-polymer" approach to jewelry-making, using polymer as bezels and bead caps. Be sure to check out the series of photos in her pillow bead tutorial. Thanks to Kim Cavender for the link. Have a super weekend.

Seminole

The Seminole tribe's strip pieced quilting translates wonderfully into polymer. Kim Cavender builds canes using this method.

(I have used this method to build flat sheets of pattern for inlay in wooden bowls. See my demo from years back.)

Kim's web site is just a placeholder at the moment (sigh). Her work is simple yet exquisitely precise. You'll have to take a look at her recent book which illustrates some wonderful projects.

Kim's also teaching a class in her techniques June 24-25 in Livonia, Michigan with the Detroit Guild. They'd love to have you join them.

Gone Fishin’

Having seen the "Inconvenient Truth" environmental movie in NYC, I'm slightly freaked out by our unseasonably hot weather. I can't seem to buckle down. My brain's gone fishing.

And look at these great fish that Susan Hyde sent from Seattle. Now that she's retired she's vowed to create more and to show herself off on a web site. In the meanwhile, here are a couple more recent works.

Fear not…tomorrow our biggest outdoor art show of the season begins and I've already spotted some great polymer folks in the mix.

Polymer Rockwell

The polymer tableaux by Sharon Mohler depict very homey, American scenes which seem appropriate for this holiday weekend.

"I am self, and life taught. I am probably thought of as an outsider artist, or a raw artist, though I call myself a folk artist. The truth is, I fit no category," says Sharon.

For a bit of lovely nostalgic polymer-meets-Norman Rockwell inspiration, browse through Sharon's "Stories Without Boxes" site and read her stories. Note that she's a home-grown Ohioan from Yellow Springs! And thanks to Susan Rose for the tip.

I'll be on vacation tomorrow and Monday. Depending on what I discover enroute and how close I am to a computer, I may or may not post. I'll be back Tuesday with news from NYC. Have a delightful weekend.

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  • I'm Cynthia Tinapple, an artist, curator, and leader in the polymer clay community for over 20 years.

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