Dalliance

Talking about France yesterday got me in a traveling mood so I took a mini-vacation to France via the web. Madeleine Songe's site shows her polymer jewelry that reflects the romantic abandon that I enjoy in French designs.

Following Madeleine's links (liens) feels like a trip down a quaint back alley. The links take you to her community of friends.

I'm a bit anxious today and this was the perfect dalliance…a look at the larger world to make me look beyond my small one.

Teamwork

Sarajane Helm and Judith Skinner put out the word that they needed quilt canes for their upcoming book, "Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay".

To illustrate the book they were were building a miniature quilt store to be stocked with polymer quilt fabrics. Among those who responded to the call for help were the artists at the national guild retreat at Shrine Mont who sent well over a hundred "bolts". Nice teamwork!

If you scroll down Sarajane's page you can watch the shop fill up with fabrics. The book is due out this fall.

 

Back and Front

I love it when polymer clay pieces are as interesting on the back as they are on the front and these new pieces from Judy Belcher don't disappoint. Hollie Mion brought these gems and lots of pictures home from the national Shrine Mont conference.

Judy doesn't have a web page so I've put a few pictures on a temporary page for her. She says she's working on a new book with Ranger Industries that features projects using their inks and embossing powders with polymer. It'll be out in July.

Trade Beads

These faux African trade beads by Debbie Jackson are the best I've seen. And they're right in my backyard!

Debbie's a local (Columbus, Ohio) artist who recently created a web page to show some of her ethnic flavored pieces and her book.

I hadn't seen Debbie's page until Robin Johnston from Texas alerted me. Debbie is particularly adept at integrating cowry shells and other natural objects into her pieces.

Bead Dreams

"People's Choice" voting has begun on the Bead Dreams competition held in conjunction with the Bead and Button Conference next week. This work by Karen Swiech is entry 21 in the polymer section. I used this picture to see if anyone can tell me more about Karen Swiech. Anyone?

Winners will be announced during the conference. Thanks to Ronna Weltman for the heads-up.

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