Vacation time

dali timer

Some nameless fellow vacationer mistook the timer for the oven thermometer resulting in this homage to Dali. Thanks for all your kind comments and link tips this week. The dialup connection is keeping me from exploring too far or responding quickly.

I did take a quick browse of the sushi clock link from Susan Rose and the "Studio Lockdown" (what a concept) site from Sam (Samantha) Parcels. They all make me smile and I thought you might enjoy them too.

Derivative Fun

ct canes

I'm working with clay this week on vacation! I'd forgotten what fun it is to try something new. Much as I shy away from featuring my own work, I just had to show you this.

I have kept printouts from fiber artist Liz Alpert Fay in my idea book and decided to build a cane similar to her "Compass Variations" hooked rug as an exercise in pattern deconstruction and cane building.

CT  Liz Fay imitation

I'm not so sure they work as beads but the flat cane slices are spot on the original pattern. I've got to hand it to Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio. Had it not been for their color coaching over the years, I'd never have been able to do this. And many thanks to Liz Alpert Fay for her great rugs, pillows and inspirations.

Doroshow

These lovely little alien creatures (very marshmallowy) have been taking shape beside me in the hands of Dayle Doroshow. Not only are they tactile and and playful, they also glow with a hint of glitter (hard to capture here).

I always thought that Fimo's glitter clay had little use and found its color range too limiting. Dayle thought so too until she started mixing it into her usual palette. The resulting colors are delicious.

It's such fun to make these discoveries (I can resurrect that old glitter clay) when you're just playing around and leaning over talented friends' shoulders.

Inspired by China

Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron made this mahogany-and-polymer-clay-veneered "Sea and Sky Altar Coffer," for "Inspired by China, Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions," an exhibit which brings together 29 stellar examples of historic Chinese furniture, with 28 works made specifically for the exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

There's a great companion web site that tells all about the show. It's exciting to hear Bonnie talk about her technique in the "Voices of the Makers" section. You'll find her talking in the "The Journey" video section and it's worth a listen.

The exhibition is filled with diverse interpretations of Chinese culture and tradition. It opened November 11 in Salem, Massachusetts and travels to the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Nov. 30, 2007 until March 31, 2008.

Luminous


Indiana's Camille Young is today's discovery by way of Naama Zamir in Israel. Small world.

Not only is Camille new to me (she's 25 and recently moved from Arizona to Indiana) but I was also unfamiliar with the Lumina clay which she uses. Camille says, "The clay comes only in transparent white so I mixed in acrylic paints to get all the different colors."

I'm absolutely tongue-tied about her work. Rather than try to explain it, you'll have to go look for yourself. Camille is a talent we'll want to watch closely. She's got lots of work on the web to see at Flickr, her own site and some art sites. Many thanks to Naama for the link.

And don't miss the short video on her blog (it's the first post under "blog"). 

Calm and balanced

Last I looked at Susan Waddington, I focussed in on her dogs painted on polymer. This time as I whipped through her site, I caught a glimpse of her pendants and bracelets.

She's got a nice way of combining companion pieces in balanced and eye-pleasing ways. And her colors are soothing. Take a look.

Neutrality

Election day and I'm on pins and needles. For relief let's head to some place neutral. How about Switzerland? Yes!

I just love the jewelry at the Essor Gallery. No polymer here but lots of ideas.

And for your polymer clay fix today try this MTV claymation. It cracks me up. I'll be calmer tomorrow.

Where does truth lie?

I live in Ohio for heaven's sake and of course I'm nervous about tomorrow's election. I need a distraction. I've got just the whacko thing for a whacko Monday.

This video (see the MySpace link below) of Seattle's Michael Leavitt's polymer clay poseable action art figures is wonderfully entertaining. To the left you see his Van Gogh with detachable ear and starry night palette.

According to Leavitt, "Truth lies in pure entertainment and simple beauty." Take a look and then spend some time on his web site. Pure entertainment, for sure.

Bay Area Show

Grant Diffendaffer sent word today that he'd be in this weekend's BABE Show (that's Bay Area Bead Extravaganza in Oakland, CA).

While you may not be able to get to California so quickly, you can rummage through the BABE Show links. I see that Christi Friesen, Janet Farris, Klew and others are in the show. And lots of suppliers are listed for those who want to shop.

Looks like Janet has added a great new Kabuki cane on her web site along with some terrific new mosaics and other treats. Watch her build the cane in a series of pictures. Very educational. Enjoy the weekend.