Cascading polymer

Parshnikova on PolymerClayDaily.com

This Cascade necklace by Russia’s Tatiana Parshikova (seventh-heaven) is a feast of pattern and color. Eight strands of folded polymer beads are sumptuous and naturally eye-catching.

Tatiana has added the right mix of colors and patterns, a dash of sparkling crystal beads and touches of shimmering gold on the surfaces which take the piece to the next level.

I would not have chosen the blue of the model’s sweater but the color accentuates the beads perfectly. Tatiana has a knack for drama.

PCD featured her gold-flecked mokume gane bangle last year and it was one of the year’s most popular posts. You can catch up with her work on Instagram.  

Join us on Saturday’s StudioMojo for more sumptuous and delightful behind-the-scenes finds.

Off to Baltimore

Bishoff on PolymerClayDaily

Maine’s Bonnie Bishoff and JM Syron are off to this week’s ACC show in Baltimore. The wholesale/retail show begins on Wednesday and features more than 500 artists.

This necklace, called The Plenty is one of their new offerings. The smooth pieces are thin and glide over each easily. Though the beads are thin, they feel solid and elegant with a stunning array of colors and shapes. See the couple’s other new designs on Facebook.

Polymer is well represented at the Baltimore show. These are the artists I found. Let me know if you spot others. Let’s wish them a great show!

Mystery scrap

JScreations scrap idea on PolymerClayDaily.com

Johanna S (JS Creations) hits on all cylinders with this bright necklace that she calls Dust to Dawn. In the first place, the flat disks appear to have been cut from scrap clay (and we’re always chasing scrap clay ideas). And further, the colors are bright enough to warm the most wintry day.

So even though we don’t know who or where Johanna is, this simple necklace is a winner. She only shows up on Flickr. If you can unravel more of this mystery, let us know.

Meanwhile appreciate another cool use of leftovers.

Pared down heart designs

Dimitriadi pares down designs to their essence on PolymerClayDaily

These delicate polymer hearts on a strand of small beads give us a youthful, innocent view of hearts.

They’re from Eri Dimitriadi, a Greek architect and polymer artist. See her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Her spare, minimalist architectural sentiments merge with an attraction to smooth, curvy natural forms. She takes simple techniques and gives them power with spare and elegant design. Don’t miss her wall pieces featured on her Etsy site here.

Wrong side out is right

Miranda on PCDaily

Argentina’s Flavia Miranda puts flat cane slices (Cernit) together in an unusual way. As you fly through photos on the web, sometimes a simple, carefree piece stops your eye.

It’s her playful, unselfconscious construction that intrigues. Isn’t that wrong side out? Why is the thread showing? The disks overlap and bunch.

As you can see on Flavia’s Facebook pages here and here, bunching the beads and integrating the stringing materials are all part of her vibe. How great she looks wearing a similar piece in her profile picture.

When your eye yells Whoa!, it pays to stop and investigate.

 

 

Juxtaposition in polymer

Jeanine van der Linde's big angular beads, aluminum and polymer

The Netherlands’ Jeanine van der Linde (Argilo) makes her big dark polymer beads look warm next to the chunks of aluminum tube in her latest work.

The polymer has a rich mottled patina that contrasts with the hard aluminum spacers.

Is it the jaunty angles bumping into each other that gives the necklace its energy?

Go to Jeanine’s Flickr and Facebook pages to follow her. She likes to experiment.

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