Athens’ Anarina Anar (oops, that’s Angeliki Karamanlaki) challenges what we think about beads with this two-faced necklace.
She shows us how beads can be flat and connected with different colors on the front and back. See how she links them into long chains and dangles them as earrings. She knows how to build drama with strips of polymer in vibrant colors. This one’s for sale in her Etsy shop.
Let’s start the week with some polymer glamor from Russia’s Olga Permyakova
Friday’s PCDaily looked at how Jan Geisen makes shapes work together. Olga hooks her shapes together tightly with rings and wires, sometimes linking an entire framed construction of polymer pieces.
See Olga’s Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection in this Facebook album and find it for sale here.
One more day one the road! Days in the car make me feel anything but glamorous and if you’re waiting for an email from me, please be patient. We’ll be back soon.
These polymer pieces from Russia’s Victoria Mkhitarian are probably extruded strings. Either way, you’re going to enjoy a trip through her Flickr site to see her earthy colors tinged with an updated ethnic vibe.
In her Polymer with Spices necklace Victoria makes a Natasha bead look like a folk museum piece. Natasha beads are fun but they are rarely put to such good use.
Wednesday extrusions class
Only one more day of my rant about extrusions. There’s so much to pack into one online Craftcast class that I had to enlist the help of friends to give a bunch of techniques a try.
I had no idea that these longtime polymer artists were extruder newbies and it was fun to watch them “get it.” Still time to reserve a good seat (and of course you can download and watch later too).
Sandra Trachsel’s works will have you squinting and scratching your head. How is that kind of precision possible?
Sandra (ST-art-clay) explains that she combined an illusion quilt pattern from Caryl Bryer Fallert and Dan Cormier’s matrix cane idea. For her mud cloth bracelet, she credits Donna Kato for the cane ideas and Dan Cormier for the forms.
A trip through Sandra’s recent work shows that while she’s been inspired by great teachers, she’s veering off on her own path which we’ll happily follow.