Curled polymer

Laryushkina on PCDaily

Alisa Laryushkina’s (LiskaFlower) flowers and birds are made of delicately shaped curls of polymer in pastel colors. Her process combines aspects of paper quilling and braided soutache (traditional decorative braid or passementerie).

Alisa learned all kinds of embroidery as she grew up in Russia. She spent years creating flowers and then poured what she’d learned into her own polymer style.

The jewelry that Alisa has recently created updates the color, decoration and traditional parts of her heritage into a trendy and fashionable variation.

These two-tone post earrings are my favorite. Which of her works do you prefer? Refer to Etsy, Instagram and Pinterest to see all her styles.

Hunting and gathering

Girodon on PCDaily

These 3″ x 4″ polymer bowls from France’s Sonya Girodon are loaded with rough texture, dark color and curious details. They wobble and fold over and let the light in. They beg to be examined.

Even their names, Give some, take some (left) and ForNever (right) make you stop and look again.

Gidiron on PCDaily

Sonya says that her bowl experiments were prompted by Melanie Muir’s recent series in the London Design Fair. Perhaps the hunter-gather impulse still stirs us in the fall.

Shifting polymer perceptions


Meeting the artists whose work you only knew online previously requires some adjustment. You will know Jana Lehmann of Stuttgart from photos of her meticulously crafted pens and jewelry on Flickr and Facebook.

Here’s a new necklace of hers that sold immediately at the FIMO Symposium in Germany. Jana told me about the project books she’s written for FIMO (they don’t come up on your U.S. Amazon) and her venture into teaching in the U.S.

We chatted about how she might combine the caretaking path she’s considering with the art and teaching at which she excels.

In each FIMO50 class, islands of translation spontaneously appeared as multi-lingual students bridged the gaps between artists and we got to know each other. (Leila Bidler shows lots of photos on Facebook.)

Topped tubes

Halvorsen on PCDaily

Kristin Halvorsen’s newest beads from the Hooked on Polymer Facebook page match my FIMO50 party mood.

Kristin’s from Norway and her tube beads are formed from a wild patchwork of bright cane slices. The beads are are made uniform with color-matched metal grommets baked into each of their ends. Here’s Kristin on Pinterest.

The Symposium classes have started and I’m suffering from FIMO FOMO with the rest of you because I’m still adventuring in the city. I’ll join the festivities in earnest on Friday. Meanwhile check the great pictures all over Facebook.

What is FIMO FOMO? It’s the Fear Of Missing Out on the party. But fear not, there’s more coverage to come. 

Turning colors


Joan Israel gives us a reminder to look around for surprise color in the leaves at this time of year. She mounts her own variety of polymer leaves onto a black canvas background for a dramatic effect.

When we slow down and take the time to look, we discover Joan’s vision of jewel-tone foliage all around us. See more on Instagram, Flickr and her site.

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