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Simple geometry

Bishoff on PCDaily

Bonnie Bishoff keeps expanding her polymer jewelry line (she and her husband, J.M. Syron, are also known for their furniture and functional art). Her designs have gotten both more simple and more complex.

These recent pieces are comprised of wonky polymer-covered circles that are linked and stacked. The striped patterns vary in size and change directions with dashes of color playing against the black and white. Bonnie says that these black and white designs take her back to her woodcut days.

Bishoff on PCDaily

The new designs on her gallery page were sold at holiday shows in Boston and Washington. This one with half-filled circles is my favorite but it was too complex to silhouette for PCDaily (I’m not that crazy). The gallery is full of geometry that draws you in for a closer look.

Here’s Bonnie on Facebook and her line of shawl pins.

Polymer flourish

Grigoryan on PCDaily

Barcelona’s Sona Grigoryan will bring in the new year with a Baroque flourish! Her polymer swash necklace combines architecture and drama.

Imagine the superpowers you could claim if you wore this on New Year’s Eve! Such strength and self-assurance. I’ll be wearing this…virtually.

Sona shares her bangle tutorial on YouTube as an end-of-the-year treat. Go soak up some of her vibe on her website and make a powerful entrance to 2015. More on Facebook and Pinterest.

Decorating for the holidays

Leonini on PCDaily

Cecilia Leonini’s necklace has a holiday air about it. Like a garland you might string around a tree.

The long Skinner blended tubes are matched by round beads of varying sizes. The balance appears haphazard but hangs in a most appealing way.

Cecelia has been working on balancing elements as you’ll see on Flickr and Facebook.

Anthropological polymer

Williamson on PCDaily

The trendy Pennsylvania-based store, Anthropologie, asked Genevieve Williamson for a line sheet in July and samples in November. Her polymer pieces are rough hewn, carved, textured and faceted in soft heathered colors. The retailer loved the samples. Now she waits.

Can you imagine being nervous that they’d say no and petrified that they’d say yes? That’s 2000 pieces and exposure in over 185 stores!

How brave is Genevieve to share her samples and her anxiety in a blog post? Will we think she failed if they turn her down? Not me! That takes guts. You go, girl. You make us proud.

I’m happy to say that you can read more about Genevieve in my book, Polymer Clay Global Perspectives. You can catch more of her vibe on Pinterest.

If you’d like to say, “I knew her when”, you can shop in her Etsy store now.

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