These polymer clay earrings from Lindsay Locatelli (WazoDesigns) are all lines and angles and not quite matching in a thoroughly modern way.
Lindsay sometimes carves wood and her expertise shows. We usually think of faceting using triangular shapes. Here she cuts straight down to form rectangular planes. Her use of climbing ropes for stringing beads is another favorite departure for Lindsay.
Let me share Mari O’Dell’s holiday greeting that reminds us all to remember that: ..
If your blessing is wealth, share it. If your blessing is health, take care of it. If your blessings are people, love them. This season we see more clearly now we’re blessed by giving and receiving. We know deep down what matters most is family and friends.
Don’t be fooled by this little quilt-like image of Heather Campbell’s mixed media assemblage that includes much sculpted polymer. You must envision it full-sized – a 4-foot square!
And be sure to look at Heather’s in-process photos like the one below to get a better idea of the size and complexity of the piece.
The heavily encrusted circles and spirals join into one piece called Keep Circling. This story speaks about the need to, “Keep searching for that space and place that gives you meaning and purpose. You are the only one that can recognize and identify your center as home.” she explains.
Heather says that, “All my assemblage pieces have a story, and it’s so much more fulfilling to me to work on something with parts and pieces, and problem solving.”
Heather refers to her style as Bohemian Nouveau, combining the free spirited characteristics of the Bohemian lifestyle with the decorative motifs of the Art Nouveau movement. Learn much more on her sites on Pinterest, Artful Home and Artists of Utah.
North Carolina’s Patti Bannister considers herself a painter but when a tactile mood hits her she returns to polymer…and cats.
These mosaic pieces will make their way as jewelry on her Etsy site. See Patti’s whole range of work on Flickr. Patti’s example makes us appreciate our accommodating medium that allows us to stay flexible and switch gears whenever the mood strikes or the situation changes.
On the road again
We’re back on the road heading to family for Thanksgiving. Still itching from poison oak but happy to be driving east.
This March we looked at Bridget Derc’s polymer-covered bottle. This time the UK artist tackled a kleenex box, applying crisp stripes in punchy colors and geometric patterns that tease the eye. See more of her op-art polymer on Pinterest and Flickr and read about her on this gallery site.
Mojo tricks from the archives
Dayle Doroshow learned one of her favorite techniques from Kathy Amt at the 1996 Ravensdale conference. You can still see those collaged mokume gane steps in Dayle’s current work (as in this 4″ tile for the FIMO project).
She shares the instructions with the StudioMojo folks in a video this Saturday. Dayle also added a free Shoe Brooch video on her website.
There’s still time to join the StudioMojo fans for a look back at historic tricks that you might not be familiar with. Sign up now.
This new polymer batik tutorial from Lorraine Vogel (wiredorchid) makes my mouth water and takes me back to Bali without the jet lag.
You may have guessed some of the tools she uses to achieve these very fluid and fiber-like effects. Now Lorraine has gathered her well-researched techniques into a stunning and comprehensive tutorial. (No surprise that she’s a professional graphic artist.)
Lorraine responded to readers (PCD last featured her in June) with 15 pages of well written and beautifully photographed step-by-step examples.
When you’re tired of winter and the holiday frenzy, breathe in the tropics and summer with some imitative batik on polymer. There’s more on Facebook and Flickr.
Maine’s Bonnie Bishoff prepares for show season with new jewelry designs including these openwork Wireline pendants. if you look at her Pinterest page you’ll see that the polymer tubing is wire-filled and catch a glimpse of her inspirations.