Tribal echoes

Shelley Atwoods' tribal echoes on

The stitching marks on Shelley Atwood’s earrings contain echoes of Kanta stitching, embroidery from South Asia that’s quite popular. The red beads on the edge provide a wonderful contrast.

Much of Shelley’s work has a tribal and fabric look that’s both powerful and fashionable. Go to her site and Facebook to get the full effect.

Contrarian polymer

Lela Todua's bright mixes tell a story on PolymerClayDaily

The slicker and more commercial the holiday frenzy gets, the more I appreciate roughly handmade, Bohemian, tribal, rustic, gypsy, hippie, ethnic designs like this pendant from Ukraine’s Lela Todua (Leland Jewelry).

Lela’s techniques and patterns follow her own whims. She pulls the mix of various textures together with color themes and accents of paint.

I realize that PCD featured Lela’s butterflies just recently. Once my eye locks onto a vibe, I find myself visiting and revisiting a collection to soak it up. Lela builds compelling stories as she picks and chooses an assortment of related components.

Follow her story on Etsy and Instagram.

Spring finery in polymer

Dustin on

New polymer purses for spring from Kathleen Dustin appeared just in time for the Smithsonian Craft Show April 26-30. See the other new additions on her Instagram and Facebook. (David Forlano and Steven Ford will also be at the Smithsonian show.)

These designs continue a couple of Kathleen’s series. At the left is her Tribal Circus Purse that continues a combination of carved areas with bands of textile-like patterns.

Dustin on

Below is her Scratch Purse that has a more painterly feel with areas of sgrafitto and panels of patterns.

If you want a closer look at how Kathleen explores and experiments, sign up for her class at Metalwerx (Boston) in May or CreativeArtsFest (Laurel, MD) in June.

Orlowski’s fashion boost

Orlowski's tribal necklace in polymer clay

Ontario’s Wendy Orlowski brings us a bit of green and glamor today. She tagged along on a fashion photo shoot and the results give her new tribal design an added boost.

It’s amazing how a good photographer and a young neck can send work to a whole new level.

Wendy details the progress of these pieces and demonstrates how she uses grommets. And for those who are tutorial-hungry, there’s a neat little texture tool tip here.

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