Young Things


IRK jewelry is vintage German glass but doesn’t it look like polymer? See more of it at greengrass design.

I surf the young NY designers looking for what’s next in jewelry and accessories. I can’t say that I understand or appreciate what these youngsters are making and buying but I know it’s important to look and get a sense of where things are headed.

Missed my return trip to Winterfair. Rescheduled it for tomorrow.

The Season’s Bounty

Our Winterfair had only three polymer exhibitors, down a couple from last year. Today I shopped a bit, tomorrow I go back with a camera and get serious.

I limit myself to shopping on one day and devote another to photographing work, examining displays and noting salesmanship, ambience, etc. In my experience, shopping and studying can’t be done at the same time. The ornaments here are again from Columbus’ Sharon Sahl.

Hyde out of hiding

Seattle’s Susan Hyde makes the most wonderful polymer fabrics to dress her sassy blondes. Susan is one of those polymer artists who lurks in the background. She’s rarely in shows and sells only locally. You’ll see her work in many books, however.

I’ll hound her to get better pictures so that you can witness the colorful detail in her work.

Perhaps when she retires from her day job in the spring we can coax her into showing us more. In the meanwhile, you’ll have to email her to get in touch.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Humbug…no shopping for me. I’m going to stay home and work on my polymer clay projects. For my money there’s nothing better than a handmade, heartfelt gift. These beautiful bugs are from Babs Young in Michigan.

I’ll admit that I look forward to the holiday art shows (our Winterfair starts later this week) to see what’s new. Let me know what you spot at your local shows….remember to take your camera along.

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Cross-pollination

While browsing through reports from the Philadelphia Craft Show, I came across this link to a great felt artist. Looks an awful lot like polymer, doesn’t it? See more below. Felt seems to be the new polymer this season.

Below is a picture of felt ornaments from another artist…quilling meets felt which could be polymer. The cross-pollination is great.

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