Charming polymer

Stroppel on PCDaily

Florida’s Alice Stroppel has a high energy style that keeps evolving. She’s moved into her own gallery and set up classes. She upcycles furniture and adds polymer that turns flea market finds into fantasy.

Here’s she’s shifted into a minimalist groove, maybe in reaction to all the hubbub and excitement around her.

For her charms she slices thick slabs of square canes, embedding buna loops and dangling dabs of pattern. The palette is distinctively hers and the treatment is slimmed down, fresh and fun for her new gallery site.

Alice added more to the tea set we looked at last month. Here’s the video.

Spring leaf cane

Shvat on PCDaily

Spring makes us look more closely at leaves and Israel’s Tami Shvat gives us a lovely interpretation in polymer to study.

She prepares a cane of variegated greens (sort of like camouflage) and then adds black veins that feel just right. Tami intends to mix these leaves with flowers for a larger millefiori cane but the leaf cane stands on its own.

Tami thinks like a caner (she has a cane brain) and brings her watercolor sensibility to polymer. Go see what she’s done on Etsy, Flickr and Facebook.

Facing yourself with polymer

Moore on PCDaily

Australia’s Wendy Moore sat herself down and had a talk. She’d been neglecting her creative self as she traveled and dealt with various worthy projects (you’ll know her name from the Nepali Samunnat project).

When Wendy finally gave her creative side some quality time, this wonderful face cane materialized.

The face cane was inspired by Argentinian artist Graciela Fuenzalida who draws wild women portraits on leather purses and bags.

Dressed up with earrings and hairstyles, Wendy’s face turned into a whole sorority of happy creative selves.

This may also remind you of Pier Voulkos’ early faces. There’s a face cane video here if you need a quick start. Let your creative self pick up some clay and face the week together.

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