Rebecca picks up the subtle colors, designs, and shapes of this fiber artist for Camilla’s commission. Even the findings could have been washed up onshore. It’s a combination of ancient coasts, quiet colors and modern patterns.
Explore the two artists’ sites to see how their aesthetics mesh.
France’s Valérie Bodino-Nazet hits the spot with this mix-and-match segmented bangle to wrap up the week.
Black and white stripes are a no-fail pattern to break up the tiny flowered pattern, the black and white leaf-like section, and the graphic black and white piece with just a splash of florals. Here on Instagram.
It’s hard to tell if this is one solid bangle or if the bracelet is in three sections of tubes that stretch apart at the stripes. No matter, it’s a playful and slightly wobbly Friday treat.
If you’re in the mood for more treats, join us over at StudioMojo where the value of a playful approach to polymer art is one of the big keys to success. Come join us.
Vermont’s Christine Damm worked and re-worked strips of bright summery veneer with layers of paint and crackle and whatever media suited her fancy.
She liked the resulting sheet of designs so much that before she adhered the polymer to this brass cuff, she scanned the image into her computer so that she could print the successful design onto scarves, pillows or any number of other items.
Go to ShopVida.com to see how one veneer translates into many items on demand.
Spain’s Cristina García Alvarez (espiralarte) gives us a window into her journey through a 100-day project on Instagram.
On day 20 she took a turn that you may like when she paired Skinner blends with Bettina Welker-like retro canes. She added quirky textures and sped along with variations on the days that followed. Cristina gives us a window into her world as she continues to explore these designs. Click through her days and watch her progress.
We’ll be looking at how artists grow and change in the StudioMojo weekend newsletter this Saturday. Instead of sulking about how I haven’t participated in 100-day efforts like Cristina’s, I’ve decided to celebrate that StudioMojo has been perking along for 408 weeks. Yikes! It’s my own kind of long-running project that you can join at any time!
Maryland’s Mickey Kunkle straddles the worlds of fiber and polymer in her jewelry. At Clayathon in New Jersey, Mickey was working on designing a woven polymer bracelet using a kind of loom she made by drilling holes in a round base. It’s a hybrid of fiber and polymer influences.
Mickey extruded round pegs that she cured and inserted into the holes in the base. She then extruded long strings to weave around the pegs to form a bracelet. Her prototype is strong and colorful and wearable. She’s still in the “Whatify” stage.
In her gallery video, Mickey explains her struggles as an artist and how she has learned to combine her talents to suit herself. Can’t decide between your favorite artforms? Maybe you don’t have to.
To Carol Beal (BeadUnsupervised) there is no such thing as scrap. She follows some powerful inner radar to assemble this Big Bead Bracelet, mixing media and colors, precious and preposterous for a vibrant combination of shapes, and materials.
Her devil-may-care approach and high voltage colors require more chutzpah than most of us can muster which makes her unsupervised mashup exciting.
Look closely and you’ll see some polymer scrap beads — a little Stroppel cane, a bit of Barenholtz textile treatment. Wouldn’t it be fun to dive head first into a project like Carol does? On Flickr, her site, and Etsy.