Derivative Fun

ct canes

I'm working with clay this week on vacation! I'd forgotten what fun it is to try something new. Much as I shy away from featuring my own work, I just had to show you this.

I have kept printouts from fiber artist Liz Alpert Fay in my idea book and decided to build a cane similar to her "Compass Variations" hooked rug as an exercise in pattern deconstruction and cane building.

CT  Liz Fay imitation

I'm not so sure they work as beads but the flat cane slices are spot on the original pattern. I've got to hand it to Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio. Had it not been for their color coaching over the years, I'd never have been able to do this. And many thanks to Liz Alpert Fay for her great rugs, pillows and inspirations.


These lovely little alien creatures (very marshmallowy) have been taking shape beside me in the hands of Dayle Doroshow. Not only are they tactile and and playful, they also glow with a hint of glitter (hard to capture here).

I always thought that Fimo's glitter clay had little use and found its color range too limiting. Dayle thought so too until she started mixing it into her usual palette. The resulting colors are delicious.

It's such fun to make these discoveries (I can resurrect that old glitter clay) when you're just playing around and leaning over talented friends' shoulders.

Karma and Kuskin

Judy Kuskin 11/06

The computer gods are toying with me while I'm on vacation. They've decided to teach me patience by offering only a dial-up connection. How cruel is that?

Check out the photos of Judy Kuskin's lovely new works on her updated site.

Inspired by China

Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron made this mahogany-and-polymer-clay-veneered "Sea and Sky Altar Coffer," for "Inspired by China, Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions," an exhibit which brings together 29 stellar examples of historic Chinese furniture, with 28 works made specifically for the exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

There's a great companion web site that tells all about the show. It's exciting to hear Bonnie talk about her technique in the "Voices of the Makers" section. You'll find her talking in the "The Journey" video section and it's worth a listen.

The exhibition is filled with diverse interpretations of Chinese culture and tradition. It opened November 11 in Salem, Massachusetts and travels to the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Nov. 30, 2007 until March 31, 2008.


Indiana's Camille Young is today's discovery by way of Naama Zamir in Israel. Small world.

Not only is Camille new to me (she's 25 and recently moved from Arizona to Indiana) but I was also unfamiliar with the Lumina clay which she uses. Camille says, "The clay comes only in transparent white so I mixed in acrylic paints to get all the different colors."

I'm absolutely tongue-tied about her work. Rather than try to explain it, you'll have to go look for yourself. Camille is a talent we'll want to watch closely. She's got lots of work on the web to see at Flickr, her own site and some art sites. Many thanks to Naama for the link.

And don't miss the short video on her blog (it's the first post under "blog"). 

Calm and balanced

Last I looked at Susan Waddington, I focussed in on her dogs painted on polymer. This time as I whipped through her site, I caught a glimpse of her pendants and bracelets.

She's got a nice way of combining companion pieces in balanced and eye-pleasing ways. And her colors are soothing. Take a look.

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