Pramila and Sharmila are the “eyes” behind the polymer beads in this promo shot. They were two of the early artists in the Samunnat Nepal project begun 14 years ago and supported by polymer artists around the world. Both women have tested positive.
Without vaccines and good healthcare, the country is ravaged by COVID. So far Pramila and Sharmila have not required hospitalization but the situation is perilous for all the women.
While we slowly and happily return to normal, consider those in countries where the prospect of normal is a long way off. Keep these polymer sisters in your thoughts and prayers.
A late report from Wendy Moore: Sharmila seems to be recovering but Pramila is still getting very bad headaches.
It costs NRS 1000 ($8.39) to get tested and so Samunnat is paying for all the close contacts to get tested. The centre is more than half an hour away so we are paying for transport too. We have closed the studio until we see how things are.
We had been meeting at least weekly with Kathleen (Dustin) and the girls were so positive about this. And as we speak, a parcel of prototypes is heading to her.
California’s Sarah Shriver sounds tentative when she talks about her new collection of painted circle necklaces. She’s been a polymer artist for decades and this minimalist style is a departure. One admirer said the circles reminded her of tiddlywinks, the kids’ game.
Sarah’s complex cane work and signature color palette have been distinctive. But the past year and now fear of wildfire have shifted her thinking. She has to be able to move at a moment’s notice. She’s pared down.
These circles painted with layers of Genesis and strung on silk thread contain Sarah’s same rich and luscious colors but with a nod to efficiency and minimalism.
She’s also been refining mobiles and hollow translucent beads and more. Her new directions reflect the smart, adaptive strategy that our times require.
These creations from Texas’ Lisa Renner made me chuckle at her clever solution to our shared problem.
They’re the latest additions to Lisa’s “All in Her Head” tool caddies formed from polymer sculpted over 4” tin cans. Finally, a perfect place to park your readers where they can’t be missed.
Whimsical noses can keep several pairs of glasses in place while adding a bit of humor to your office, studio, bathroom, or bedroom.
The tin additionally serves as a container for art tools, pens, pencils, markers, even make-up brushes. Or, as the title suggests, a receptacle for more of your spectacles! They’re nearly sold out on her Etsy shop.