This Little Boat Brooch from Spain’s Iratxe Maruri will send you sailing through all her online shops and blogs. Iratxe is an illustrator and mixed media artist whose beach scenes and creatures have charm and childishness without seeming treacly sweet.
Polymer is looking more and more like textiles these days thanks to artists like Lynda Moseley. She’s not happy in her studio unless she’s experimenting, pushing the limits of what polymer can imitate.
Hang on, because I think there’s an ikat tutorial coming from Lynda. Look at all the pictures on her Flickr pages. Each ikat sample she posts looks more authentic and touchable.
You can be sure that Lynda won’t publish her instructions until she’s worked out all the kinks and can tell you how to avoid problems. She makes all the mistakes so that you don’t have to. Now that’s worth paying for. Happy weekend!
Alaska’s Katie Way (Bull’s Eye Studio) makes clever holders on which race runners can collect their number bibs. Katie embellishes the plaques with sayings stamped in polymer and clips that hold the runner’s reminders of past marathons.
Katie has a passion for both running and polymer and she manages to bring the two together. Now she’s reaching out to biking events, incorporating bike parts into her work.
Katie’s a stamp and texture girl and she’s developed some eye-catching techniques for decorative items that she sells after the sports season. Check her on Facebook and Flickr.
It feels like we’re off to the races with polymer this summer too and the pace is fast! Here are five events coming up quickly that I haven’t been able to tuck into PCD posts. I sure don’t want you to miss out:
IPCA is holding their retreat in Columbus, Ohio this August. Of course I’ll be there! Great classes and pre-conference workshops. Here’s the info on Facebook and their website. You can check the list of who’s coming and sign up online.
Helen Breil is the visiting artist at the IPCA retreat and she’s written a new ebook here.
Dan Cormier has been unveiling the 27 pins entered in the Broken Internet Project that he presented at EuroSynergy. The pin at the right by Dan is what got the ball rolling.
Each participant reintrepreted his design as it mutated from artist to artist.
Dan’s original concept referred to two landscapes, one rural and one urban, bisected by a bold zigzag. The jagged stripe represented energy as well as a split, maybe a broken heart. Several of the artists clearly picked up on the theme and some saw it differently. Read all about the project on Flickr and on their Facebook page.
Dan and Tracy will be teaching at Master Class Camp in Maryland in July. This mysterious piece is from the Form and Finish: Bare Essentials class.
No matter how long you study this smooth polymer belly-button shape, its construction looks impossible. Dan’s specific methods for finishing right from the start could make all the difference in your work. See the list of classes here.
No matter how sophisticated polymer art becomes, the color and simplicity of basic canes is still one of its most alluring and enduring charms. This week I stumbled upon this Fancy necklace from Pier Voulkos. It’s twenty-three years old and still fresh and, well, fancy! Note how she used plastic-coated telephone wire to unobtrusively attach the dangles into the composition.
The necklace now resides in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Botson (donated by Lindly Haunani).
Russia’s Ekaterina Zazybo makes polymer imitate ceramics, stone, enamels and other materials in new ways. Her pieces play with both roughness and precision.
The roughness comes from powders and texturing while the pigments and gilding on the tight designs are neatly rendered. The resulting effect is both ancient and other-worldly as her Cosmogony shop name suggests.
Her methods are mysterious and the Russian translation doesn’t help much. Thumb through her collection and tell me what you think.
Ohio’s Kimberly Arden was surprised when a gallery gobbled up all she had of her new summer design. We aren’t surprised. Kim’s design draws you in as she layers bullseye slices and leaf shapes over a scrap stripe background.
Some of the bullseyes and leaves are translucent which adds to the dense underwater garden illusion.The summer colors make this a design to dive into.
This carved flat polymer disk necklace from Staci Louise Smith is part of her winning entries in this year’s Bead Dreams contest at the Bead and Button show. Zen Circles took second place in the polymer category.
Staci’s carved and weathered polymer bead necklace, Sea Swept, took first place in the category.
PCD has followed her subtly carved shapes for years and it’s exciting to see her work recognized by others. This is the first year Staci entered the competition.