Artists

Plugged in polymer

Johnson on PCDaily

If you feel at home online, you may appreciate Jake Johnson’s Professor Poindexter, a 16 3/4″ x 9 1/2″ polymer, wood and wire sculpture that he’s airbrushed and hand painted with acrylics.

Jake is a sci-fi, horror, fantasy kind of guy and he calls his Etsy shop Dr. Sculptenstein’s Laboratory. His sculptures make the most sense on Mondays when we’re all trying to get our signals straight.

Like the mad professor, I like being wired. After weeks of conferences and travel, it’s good to be plugged in again.

Happy Labor Day and welcome to fall.

Polymer puzzler

3 inch squares for puzzle

What could all these 3″ polymer tiles add up to? There are no rules other than to follow the pattern you’re given and maintain a high contrast between the elements.

puzzle building

Tonight we find out what picture will be built from 25 of these beauties. It doesn’t really matter because they each reflect the personality of the maker. Take a closer look at tile 1, tile 2, tile 3, tile 4 and tile 5.

Then have a look at the whole shebang. Julie Eakes excels at creating these visual puzzles, a group-building exercise that some lucky winner will take home as a memento.

Hola senorita

Eakes on PCDaily

Julie Eakes is getting in touch with her inner Spaniard as she prepares for EuroClay Carnival in Madrid in September. This cane was initially designed to be an inchie!

Inspired by Adam Thomas Rees’ multi-part cane, Julie built her flamenco dancer as two 4″x4″ squares (top and bottom) which she reduced separately.

On her blog Julie explains the troubles she encountered with this senorita and how she turned flaws into features.

The filigree and beaded touches inserted into the bottom of the pendant add additional flair. See more of Julie on Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.

Collaborative gardens in polymer

Simmons on PCDaily

Carol Simmons has been working on this breath-taking modular Wearable Gardenseries for months. This photo is of a box of her components. She’s been shaping and stacking the caned polymer blossoms into fantastical organic creations that can be worn as brooches or pendants.

Carol feels at home with complex pattern but struggles with three dimensions.

Sculptor Maureen Carlson saw Carol’s flowers and thought the heads would take on new life if they were perched on stalks. She envisioned the pieces as sculpture, wall pieces, terrariums, habitats.

Simmons and Carlson on PCDaily

Both artists had been to the Chihuly exhibit in Denver. Maureen felt that the blossoms could be at home in the Avatar or Epic movies.

Carol and Maureen’s collaboration on this Woodland Garden led to plans for a couple of possible separate workshops, each taking a different approach.

You can look over their shoulders as they work here and here.

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