Mud cloth Monday

Kathleen DeQuence Anderson's polymer mud cloth on PolymerClayDaily.com

These mud cloth pattern Bogolanfini polymer bangles strike a balance between tribal and contemporary jewelry. The colors are perfect and the patterns are purposely loose and energetic.

Each bracelet is formed from two curved mud cloth-patterned tube beads and four spacers joined with a twist. Another version joins over a wider cuff.

They’re from Massachusetts’ Kathleen de Quince Anderson and she sells some of her polymer creations at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. See her signature heart box and most current works on Instagram.

Sleek spare looks

Girodon on PolymerClayDaily.com

One more look at the sleek, scratched, sgraffito pieces that take an engineered, minimalist turn. They give us our last bit of winter’s gray and they’re both from France.

Sonya Girodon’s flat resin Wildfang bangle is embedded with horsehair and accented with two slotted polymer beads that slide on adding more shapes and a touch of bright yellow.

The horsehair looks like scratches floating in the clear resin. If you look at her Flickr page you’ll see how productive the winter has been for Sonya. 

Charuau on PolymerClayDaily.com

Céline Charuau’s (grisbleu) faceted and scratched gray dangles are complemented by white beads wired securely to the larger surfaces. Look more closely on Flickr.

These designs have power in their sparseness and prepare us for spring’s exuberance.

 

Frothy polymer

Benzon on PCDaily

Jana Roberts Benzon continues to unlock the texture secrets of polymer. She’s ruffled, crumpled and cut her pieces with laser-like precision. Still she felt compelled to push farther.

Now she’s whipped up frothy layers that undulate around this new bangle. Here she is on Facebook and Flickr.

Jana jots her ideas in marker on her glass work surface as she experiments. She uses her phone to take a picture of each step before she erases the writing and moves on.

Benzon on PCDaily

No more lost steps or mystery processes. Documentation like this is a must if you’re an avid experimenter like Jana.

 

Denim and ruffles in polymer

Bragina on PCDaily

You may not usually envision denim with ruffles but Russia’s Anna Bragina combines these two concepts quite nicely in her new Denim polymer bangle.

The rough-edged pieces (I’m guessing some extrusion was involved) stack up tightly next to each other in a rich selection of blues. Some strips fold back and forth to form ruffles. The contrast of tight/loose, rough/ruffled, makes me start thinking about how I could build an outfit around this. And getting the viewer/customer involved is what our art is all about, isn’t it?

See more of Anna’s solid and sophisticated pieces on Flickr and on Facebook.

Out of shape

Brockstedt on PCDaily

Germany’s Cornelia Brockstedt was trained as a goldsmith and she’s run a design agency for 17 years. Her training is evident in her cleanly designed and impeccably finished polymer art like this new Winter Blues brooch.

Conny is fond of irregular and surprising shapes. She challenges herself with what seem impossible constructions like her entry in this year’s IPCA awards. Skinner-blended extruded strands wove through a central structure to create a complex geometric pendant.

Brockstedt on PCDaily

She’ll be teaching her Wave minimalist 3-part bangle at a post-conference Synergy workshop. See the whole range of Conny’s experiments and discoveries on Flickr and Facebook.

Carving out a plan

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Lindsay Locatelli (Wazodesigns) has a background in wood so carving’s not new to her and it shows on this polymer bangle.

Once she gets the feel of the tool and the rhythm of the cut, she takes off!

Lindsay’s latest venture is joining Artful Home where her work will appear in the Spring online catalog. More cut-ups on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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