Sometimes a simple sensual curve and a hollow spot add to the allure of a piece. Here a mokume gane veneer drapes gently over a flat back layer and a cord slides easily through the middle of the resulting pendant.
One benefit of teaching is what the students teach you. Look at this imaginative Miro-like polymer inlay from Florida’s Lynn Yuhr (TheFlyingSquirrelStudio).
My class in Georgia focused on making polymer art for the domestic environment. Students quickly embraced the concepts and happily dressed up sticks, covered paper forms, and drilled holes in whatever wood they could find to inlay. You could see their attitudes change as the possibilities expanded.
Lynn brought wooden jewelry components with her to our class. She and her Florida friends at Banyan Bay are tinkering with wooden beads that can be inlaid. While they were originally thinking of designs for bead weavers, Lynn urged them to consider polymer inlay as well. The new products should be available soon.
Once you enter the land of what if, a whole new world of possibilities opens up.
These tiny maple leaf earrings by Michigan’s Sue Screws called to me every time I walked by this display during my weekend class at Creative Journey Studio in Georgia.
Sue made these delicate cutouts for a number of types of trees in fall colors with intricate veining and realistic colors. I couldn’t resist wearing these on my long drive back to Ohio.
Who better than illustrator/artist Wendy Wallin Malinow to remind us of the approaching spooky season with her mixed media Goblins?
She resurrects a cigar box and fills it with her distinctive painting and polymer. Go in close for a look at the details.
Are there monsters and ghosts lurking in your studio?
Indiana’s Ponsawan Sila is a whiz with wire. Moved by Sonya Girodon’s recent polymer bowls, Ponsawan wanted to try her own version.
“I always get inspired by Sonya’s works and the way she pushes us to think, dig deep into our souls and elevate our creativity to the next level,” says Ponsawan.
Ponsawan passes on the inspiration with these wire-edged fall flowers formed into a bowl that is both delicate and strong.
Seems everyone is trying out vessels and wall art in autumn colors lately. This 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ wire and polymer piece is from Arkansas’ Betty Jo Hendershott. Can’t you imagine an empty space in your home that could use a dash of polymer color?
Are we nesting in anticipation of winter?
Yesterday it was acorns we were gathering for winter. Be sure to see the Melissa Terlizzi version of acorn decor on her Facebook page.
“We’re all a bunch of nuts sharing the same small bowl. It’d be a lot easier if we were all kind to one another,” Melissa says.