Her training translates so easily into polymer that it’s often hard to identify what media she’s using. That’s the next step forward for our craft, isn’t it?
Our Into the Forest weekend keynote speaker, Brigitte Martin from Crafthaus, asked, “What comes after technique?”
The answers have to do with expression and a bigger vision of what your craft can do.
Aric’s steel, spray paint, tool dip and polymer necklace (actually it’s sculpture with a hole for your head) points one way to art. What happens when you walk out of the forest into the larger world?
Facebook is awash in photos from the grand weekend in Pittsburgh and some of the lovely gallery goers are pictured on Instagram.
Need a break from jewelry or have a bare spot on the wall that could use a spot of color? Cruise through the blog of Spain’s Fabi Perez (ConTusManos). There may be other uses for your favorite beads.
Fabi gathers fancy colorful polymer focals and builds them into bouquets mounted on painted wood. Some are featured in framed windows or made into knobs.
If a bowl or a box is more to your liking, she’s full of ideas. Here’s her Flickr.
Yes, Fabi makes great jewelry but she shows us how to branch out to decorative items for more variety.
These Table Totems from the UK designer Ashley Hicks look as refreshed and silly as I feel. One fan calls them glamorous shish kebabs. His variety of polymer shapes are stacked on rods and perched on painted wooden bases.
Here’s an in-process shot. He seems to relish the love/hate responses from his commenters.
I missed you PCD readers in October but our separation was a good thing and I’m happy to be back home.
Well-known California mosaic artist Susan Crocenzi says, “I am currently going through a major polymer clay bender. You wouldn’t believe how many tiles and doo-dads I’ve created over the past month!”
She sees polymer as an amazing material, especially for mosaic artists. “You can make tiles in the size, shape, and thickness you need! You can create super-flashy textured embellished colorific tiles, or quiet, flat, subtle ones. Seriously, this stuff’s flexibility will amaze you,” she gushes.
If mixing media makes your heart sing, the flash and sparkle of mosaic might be just what your polymer muse yearns for.
The spiky red petals on this polymer and silver Saxifraga become dramatic post earrings from France’s Celine Charuau (GrisBleu).
She continues her garden interpretation with a few more blossoms protruding from two flat white polymer disks that she joins as a pendant.
Celine includes Octotilla, Erythrina, Snow Flowers and other unusual species in this year’s garden of mixed media jewels on Flickr. How does your garden grow?