No need to wipe your screen or clean your glasses. It’s not you. Polymer has gotten blurry.
There’s Wendy Jorre de St Jorre and her Hedges cane that’s a pointellist’s rendition of Australian trees and bushes, the 45th cane in her weekly series. This one started at 4 inches square.
Read the excellent interview on Blue Bottle Tree and you’ll understand her intensity. Wendy’s cane designs have become more impressionistic as they’ve gotten more complex. Prepare to be awed by her canes on Flickr, Pinterest and Facebook.
Then the UK’s Cate van Alphen (Fulgorine) put out what she’s calling her Spectrum beads with vibrant colors that move like an oil slick. They’re made with Fimo’s True Colors. The first batch was intriguing and successive offerings are more mystifying. Look at Flickr and Facebook.
Used to be we wanted crisp edges on our polymer designs and now we’ve gone all soft and blurry. Figuring out how is going to be fun.
It’s penguin season according to Scotland’s Ines Fonseca. “This is the time when most penguin species gather with their colonies to nest and it is amazing what they can endure for survival. Adelies gather on rocky areas where they can build their nests far from ice and they spend a lot of time going back to the sea for krill.” A colorful scarf can do a lot to improve your mood in the cold.
Ines’ says that playing with polymer is like being a kid again and her bugs, birds, fish and animals have a childlike quality that you can appreciate better on Flickr, Facebook and Etsy.
The UK’s Erica Sturla creates 3D colorful scenes from polymer clay setting her characters against painted canvas backgrounds.
Australian doll maker Shirley Dougan spotted Erica’s work and greeting cards in the gift shop at the British Museum in London and sent us the link. Small world, eh?
Here’s Erica on Facebook. Many of her works are commissions that celebrate special family events.
All you have to do is “Like” Polyform’s Facebook page and you’re entered in a raffle for a free ticket to the Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat in January. Click before November 30 and you could win!
Melanie Muir has upgraded her site just in time for her debut at the National Museum of Scotland in Endinburgh on November 29 and 30. Her tools, coaching, and workshops are easily accessible in one neat presentation on the updated site.
Melanie was selected as one of a handful of artists to share her techniques, processes and inspirations by Craft Scotland for their Meet Your Maker events.
The selected makers will talk informally to the public, demonstrate their work and show working pieces. Melanie will also teach a workshop at the museum.
“I am constantly inspired by the colours and patterns that surround me at my coastal home in Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands,” Melanie says. This cuff is part of her Rock series and is entitled Beach Net.