Head South…it’s cold in Ohio

These nicely shaped swirls from patsy monk at the Tampa Bay's September meeting caught my eye. 

Makes me wanna go Skinner and swirl.

If you're heading south this winter, you might want to check out the Florida calendar of events. Dayle Doroshow will teach Niches, Shrines and Secret Places, a one day workshop, on Wednesday March 15, 2006 in Clearwater Florida. For more info, go to the guild's web site.

Then March 16-19 Dayle presents two workshops at the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Conference in Leesburg, Florida in March. Ancient Cultures and New Frontiers explore the versatile, exciting, and playful possibilities of polymer clay, as it is used to create artifacts, jewelry, and embellishments. Maggie Maggio will teach Smashing Color Theory for Dyers at the same conference.

Scribbler

Connecticut’s Libby Mills calls it "textural glazing" or scribbling with liquid clay. I call it fun. The colors in her Blue Split Silver are yummy and a great way to integrate techniques she learned from Kathleen Dustin into her work. Take a look.

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More Than One Fish

It’s a big sea of polymer out there and I’ve snagged another one. Judy Dunn caught word of the site and sent me a link to her work. You’ll want to be sure to take a look. If you know of some polymer artist whose work has gone unrecognized, send me a link and we’ll reel ’em in.

And today, Judy’s sent me three new links I would never have discovered. It feels like Christmas came early…what a gift! I’ll let you open them, one at a time (slowly…just like my mother doled out presents) in the next few days.

More Humbugs

We’ve been dealing with our late cat’s legacy….fleas. I suppose that’s why I’ve been drawn to all the polymer bugs. Luckily it’s winter and my red-spotted legs are hidden from view. How inhospitable is it to have fleas during the holiday season? The charmers on the left are from Karen Kozak.

Jody Bishel (right) has some great ones on her photo album site too. It’s a shame they’re so darkly printed and hard to see on the web, they’re really wonderful.

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Scrapbooking Mystery


I am sometimes mystified in the scrapbooking aisles at the crafts stores. "What is all this stuff for?" I wonder. "And why?"

I was pleased to see Geraldine Newfry’s use of these bookplate frames. She’s part of the altered books crowd that makes great combinations of altered books and polymer. Take a look at her site.

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Darkside Dolls

In my web exploration I came upon some young dark artwork, Darkside Dolls. I loved the energy of this cat by Michelle Steele and think her sculptures are terrific.

After travelling halfway round the world to locate new works, turns out that Michelle is from right here in Ohio.

Sort of a Christmas Grinchy-looking cat, right? Very Leslie Blackford/MoodyWoods-ish. Michelle says she’s putting some new polymer work on her site soon.

Beautiful to Crunch

I spent a good bit of time over the weekend browsing through the online photo sites, flickr and pbase and such. After slogging through a ton of typical polymer work, I happened on some fresh foreign designs.

I ran a young French designer’s site through Altavista Babelfish for translation. What a hoot that was. Many of Magali Thiébaud’s pieces look like candies. The idiom translations are very rough.

"My jewels point out candies, the chocolate, the liquorice and of other sugar refineries. To carry a Croquezmoicreation jewel is to be beautiful to crunch."

Late at night with a glass of wine it’s a surreal experience. I found some interesting Portugese things too. Nothing like other cultures to shake you out of your own design rut and widen your horizons.

I’ve written to Magali Thiébaud to get details about her work but there’s no response yet. Visit Croquezmoicreation.com.

Her Flickr albums contain her most interesting work. Be warned, it’s easy to get lost in the maze of these monster sites and there’s a lot of stuff to wade through. Let me show you the way. Try this page.

Cleaning out…looking ahead

It felt good to take a whole box of unused materials to the guild’s tag sale. End of year cleanout to a good cause. Next year I resolve not to buy the same things over again…glitters and paints and colors that don’t suit me but I might use some day.

I dumped some unsuccessful projects into the trash as well. I remember Kathy Amt telling a class that it was good to empty your studio of discarded projects. These projects nag you and induce guilt. It’s good to get rid of them. Her only rule is that you must know why the project failed before you toss it.

I learn from others’ fine work and I’ve been finding it in the most unlikely places….like this bracelet by Donna Kato that was photographed by Florida’s Nancy Welsh at a workshop earlier this year. Leaf through Nancy’s album of pictures.

Pretty in Pink

Primitive and pretty. Primitive and pink. Ronna Weltman has taken a new tack. (Her new photos might not have gotten posted on her site yet.) This light delicate look is a nice departure from the heavier designs we’re used to in polymer work.

I guess I’m already in the mood for spring.

Judy Belcher’s new book arrived from Amazon yesterday. I’ll feature a few things to entice you in the coming days. It’s filled with pictures that will inspire you. I’m sure the text is informative too but like most of you, I’m hung up on the photos.

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