Our master class with Lindly Haunani exhilarated us to exhaustion. She wraps color theory and head-slapping tricks and her years of experience into a two-day blitz of information and exercises.
This piece from Ohio’s Sue Wartell is a lovely one of many examples created by students in the last couple hours of class. But more importantly, we understood the how and why of what we were doing. It’s no wonder that many students in the class were back for a second time. Learning from a polymer master is a heady experience.
My heart did a little flip for the colors, the simplicity, the beauty of this piece that she’ll be offering at the ACC show in Baltimore this weekend. It seems to promise that spring is on the way. Don’t you want to brush your fingertips over the buds?
On StudioMojo we’ll be discovering other polymer artists in the ACC show. The emerging artist award went to a polymer artist who’s new to PCD. Come on over and see all the exciting stuff that doesn’t quite fit into the daily posts.
You didn’t think PCD would get through Valentines Day without featuring Ron Lehocky, did you? Nope!
The problem was picking one. Ron has photos of his avid collecters bedecked in his pins. They make perfect gifts for any occasion.
This heart is just emerging from a great collaged sheet of veneer.
For those of you who don’t know Ron, he’s a Kentucky physician/teacher/author who has been creating heart pins for sale with all proceeds going to Louisville’s Kids Center since 2005. He’s aiming to hit 50,000 hearts in his fundraising effort. He’s the undisputed king of hearts and this is his day.
France’s Odile Marchais uses techniques she learned from Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan to make these stylized springy brooches. Nik teaches a surprisingly simple way to fill unusual shapes with air, keeping them light yet strong.
The childlike design of spring Odile’s flowers reminds us of the spring flowers we’re forcing to bloom at this time of year.
In Nikolina’s most recent post, she shows how to make use of those “inchies” that lots of us have collected from various classes and events. She picks out a few favorites and gathers them into a great looking pin.
In 2018 we said goodbye to Tory Hughes, one of the polymer community’s true pioneers. This piece entitled The Path from Nothing to Something hints at the ethereal, celestial themes that appeared in Tory’s works.
To close out the year, enjoy one more walk through her Santa Fe studio and savor the richness of her work. We will miss her.
California’s Meisha Barbee began this brooch with a slice of stripes in her wonderful colors. I might have stopped there but she wanted to push on.
She was fond of her silicone trivet with a bubble pattern (strange in-process shot) so she made a mold of it and used that mold to create a mokume gane pattern on top of the stripes which looked weird to my eye.
Meisha kept going and added random balls with her Etch ‘n Pearl tools. Better, but I wasn’t loving it.
Stretch, make a border, bake over a lightbulb and wow! A retro pin is born…along with a lesson about following your vision.
So I’m back to daily posting, refreshed and wiser and following my vision thanks to a month of being with friends who know the importance of following theirs.
This cosmic-looking mokume gane brooch from Moscow’s Juliya Laukhina stopped me in my tracks. Turns out, a while ago Juliya’s home caught fire and she and her family moved to another place. She’s finally feeling settled and safe.
“The tragic mood has already passed, everything will be fine. I will sculpt here, but it takes time while we settle down. A beautiful night like this I wish to all. Sculpt, create, create! It is not so important that others buy or not, appreciate or not, it is important for the tranquility of the soul to create something,” she says.
Juliya’s Instagram and Etsy are full of pieces that reflect her gratitude and tranquility.