Say it with polymer

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France’s Nadege Honey telegraphs messages through her Dots and Dashes jewelry. This necklace says “Life is beautiful.”

“I wanted to create jewelry with meaning, where the piece itself is not the main focus, but rather the message is,” says Nadege. Decipher the Morse code of Happy Birthday, Thank You and other phrases in her Etsy shop.

You don’t need to know Morse code to enjoy the clear colors and graphic combinations in Nadege’s pieces which are best seen on Instagram, PinterestFacebook and her site

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Here’s a springy page of brooches from her design journal.

Multi-talented

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The UK’s Fiona Abel-Smith moves between painting, mosaic and caning with ease. The dancing fish necklace is a recent creation. The curves and colors splash around the wearer’s neck.

Fiona started her large Tiger cane last October and worries that the fall-to-spring hiatus may have stiffened the clay and cause problems with reduction.

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One of the drawbacks of being multi-talented may be the distraction of ideas and projects but that hasn’t slowed Fiona down.

See the range of her works on her site, Facebook and Flickr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unbalanced teaching

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France’s Sylvie Peraud will be crossing the pond in June to teach her Unbalanced Necklace (shown here) and her Denim tricks at the Creative Arts Fest: Master Class Camp in Laurel, MD June 17-20.

I couldn’t resist that headline. Thought it might get your attention.

Sylvie likes dramatically balanced/unbalanced and cleverly constructed pieces. She’s already worked on rounds and squares and her almost triangular necklace was the next logical step. It’s completely made of polymer and the clasp is cleverly camouflaged.

Here are the registration details and the list of classes (an impressive line-up). Find out more about Sylvie on Facebook, Flickr and CraftArtEdu.

Curled polymer

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How can colorfully decorated curls on a cord make such a happy statement?

The patterns are splashed on with abandon and the colors meld into each other. It looks like Italy’s Cecilia Leonini treated both sides of the polymer and darkened the edges. Would you guess that she used pastels for the base colors? Go to FacebookFlickr, and Etsy to take a closer look.

Let’s hope Cecilia makes you giggle and smile on a day when giggles and smiles are very much needed.

Waxing colorful

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Lindly Haunani’s Crayon Lei in Oranges and Greens is one of eight polymer treasures in the Spectrum exhibit on view through July 10 at the Racine Art Museum. The lei was created in 1998 when Lindly was experimenting with inclusions.

Wax from crayon shavings were mixed into the polymer and melted off during baking. The residual pigment colored the translucent polymer in a mottled pattern. Color is a central element to all three of Lindly pieces in the show.

Lindly gave me a Crayon Lei as an engagement gift that same year so it’s especially near and dear to my heart and I’m pleased to share it with you. Read more about her process in this PAA feature.

Pieces from Pier Voulkos, Dan Cormier and Jeff Dever are also part of the RAM show which focuses on works that use color as a defining principle in form and design. Read more and see the rest of the polymer works in the exhibit on the PolymerArtArchive.

FIMO50 Tiles

A heap of 4″x4″ tiles for the FIMO50 World Project is mounding up in my studio. Here are the project details.

I’ll forward my pile of tiles to Germany in one batch after April 30. You still have time! US artists can forward entries to: Cynthia Tinapple, 1 Hartford Court, Worthington, OH 43085.

An Instagram page shows a selection of entries. If yours hasn’t shown up on there, email me a photo and I’ll add it.

Dottie McMillan

The polymer community was saddened by the loss of California’s Dottie McMillan. She was one of the first people I linked up with on the Prodigy bulletin board way back when. She was a writer, artist and good friend in the polymer community. Here’s an earlier PCD feature about her work.

Palm Beach weekend

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Thanks to Scotland’s Melanie Muir PCD readers hitched a ride to Palm Beach, Florida last weekend. Melanie was teaching and exhibiting at the Norton Museum’s Bijoux Show. Melanie’s show collection is cataloged here.

She caught up with Kathleen Dustin at Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. Melanie shares more than 20 snapshots of Kathleen’s new work including the pendant at left, part of her carved Tribal Queens series.

It seems that Melanie missed Deb Groover’s large polymer wall art at the show but you can see Deb’s work on her site and here on Facebook.

Thanks for the vicarious thrills, Melanie.

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