Tolerant polymer

Heba Barazi, symbols of tolerance

The spectacular physical beauty of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque inspired Heba Bazari to create polymer art that celebrates islamic design elements. Fantastical flower designs are inlaid in the floor and the columns of the mosque.

The flower sculptures symbolize love, tolerance and mutual understanding and are a fitting feature for International Tolerance Day which is celebrated every November 16.

Heba Barazi on PCDaily

An American-Syrian artist Heba is a metalsmith and polymer clay artist with a Ph.D. in molecular biology. After living for thirty years in Virginia, she is currently an assistant professor of science working and living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Heba spoke at this year’s EuroSynergy in France and received the 2016 Crafthaus/Arrowmont scholarship. Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Strong polymer women

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With strong women so necessary these days, Debbie Jackson’s  striking portrait of a Nubian woman in polymer expresses the sentiment we’re looking for. Clearly defined, unabashed woman.

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The brooch is part of Debbie’s new mudcloth collection that she’ll unveil at the upcoming NOBO show in Ohio.

Women figure prominently in Debbie’s new series. You can sample it on Facebook.

Autumn leaves

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Moscow’s Natalia Leitman (madlen) gathers three translucent polymer leaves into a fall brooch.

The gently curved thin variegated pinks, reds, and oranges glow and show off the vein markings. See more of Natalia on Instagram and Flickr

Watch what you love

If you love tools and would like to forget about politics, join Craftcast’s Alison Lee and her panel of artists on tonight’s I LOVE TOOLS.

Tonight’s online show is the 10th in this popular series. It starts at 7:30 ET (Wednesday, October 19) and you can register for drawings here.

Splat and swash


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With her latest series of splats and swashes, Donna Kato indulges her love of colored pencils. She always liked the look and feel of pencils but didn’t feel she had the talent to become an illustrator. She always felt at home with polymer.

The Ribbon brooch is the newest iteration that combines the two processes. The Splat necklace continues a sunny spring version.

More and more polymer artists are coloring on both baked and unbaked polymer,

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creating gradations, textures and colors. A black edge enhances the contrast.

Donna has uploaded photos of her growing collection of bright hand-drawn designs on Facebook. Combining pencils, polymer and most recently, animal drawings hits a sweet spot for Donna. “This series really makes me happy, happy.” she says.

Would pencils brighten your day?

Bugs in galleries

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Wisconsin’s Joyce Fritz has been celebrating creepy crawlies in the most dramatic ways since 1993. You’ll see her Yipes polymer insects in crawling around the finest galleries and shops across the country.

That doesn’t leave her much time for online exposure so perhaps the best way to catch all her bugs in one spot is on Google or on her website. She’s worth tracking down. Her story is best told (and you get a better idea of the size of these critters) in this interview in her college alumni magazine.

This year’s crop of lightning bugs encouraged  me to shed more light on Joyce’s work.

Imitating agate

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The UK’s Claire Wallis intrigues us with another smoothly blended cane. This time her cane layers imitate a blue lace agate geode. Made into a small brooch, it cradles a small pocket of crystals in its heart.

Claire’s recent Water and Lightning canes were recently explained in a tutorial offered on CraftArtEdu. She shares her inspirations on Pinterest and more photos on Flickr.

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