This 10″ shallow bowl from Denmark’s Debbie Kronsted (Kronsted Design) is all polymer. Skinner blends with touches of metal leaf are collaged to create the inside of the bowl. She extruded leftovers into strings that cover the back in a coil.
“It has to be a long time ago when we had such a winter with low temperature and so much snow. Of course, I went out for frosty photos and frosty hands and feet,” says Germany’s Meike Lucia Friemel (MeikeLucia) who is both a metalworker and polymer artist.
“I like the difference between “slow” metalwork and “fast” clay work,” she says. Polymer gives her the possibility of neverending color.
North Carolina’s Kathryn Reid (PendulumStudios) tiptoes up to Valentine’s Day with these carefree heart pendants.
She gleefully sprinkles mini-beads on the surfaces of her modern collaged cutout hearts. The designs are random and carefree. Perfect love tokens.
Before the leaves fall and the lawn turns white with frost, let’s breathe in some autumn colors from Ireland’s Liga Valge. Sometimes scraps tell a story of their own.
Halloween will collide with voting this week. A real mishmash. It’s hard to focus. Let me know if you create something inspired.
UK’s Dayl Jones (Planet Isis) slides into the end of her 100-day challenge with this collaged veneer two-sided home run.
The soft watery colors of the oval pendant are impressive but she tops it off by repeating the colors in the polymer tubes and thin-sliced beads on the cord. Now it all hangs together with panache.
It’s those little touches that bump Dayle’s pendant up a notch.
These “Broken Hearts: Keeping a Safe Distance” brought tears to my eyes. They’re from Kansas’ Carol Beal (BeadUnsupervised).
The hearts are certainly wonky and broken but they’re also joyful and celebratory. Carol says she made them for some new neighbors.
The hearts have a crazy quilt vibe. Such a vibrant collage of scraps!
More of her art on Facebook.
These small tribal mask brooches from Key West, Florida’s Terri Wlaschin (Shanty Chic Beads) are sculpted, collaged, painted and textured with great energy and spirit. “I am continually inspired by what I see riding my bike around town, walking the beaches, and observing the colorful characters that inhabit this island,” says Terri.
“I did not even know I had a creative side until my late 30’s when I started dabbling in creative writing and photography. When I began working with beads, I couldn’t stop. I never really knew what having a passion for something was until then. It’s like a religious experience to me, bringing joy and a glow to my spirit.”
Thanks to Sharene Screws for the link to an article about Terri in Jewelry Making Journal. Go with your glow!
These bright, cheery trees are from Italy’s Erika Bregani (Centodiecigrad).
Their sharp-edged shapes are covered with happily collaged patterns. Because Erika consistently uses bright colors and strong contrasts in her canes, even the smallest bits play nicely with each other and make sense.
She mixes and matches her earring pairs, putting a tree on one and an ornament on the other.
Tomorrow’s StudioMojo takes a look at some of polymer’s current cutting edge artists who are reflecting current cultural thoughts in their work. Join us for a look at what our work says about us.
The flat veneers below are very much Lindly-inspired but they are infused with Nancy’s aesthetic.
When Nancy ruffles and bends
and sculpts the flat collages, she takes them to a whole different place.
Nancy’s a neighbor so I caught this project mid-process. They’re not even on her Instagram yet! We will revisit them when she adds more flowery details and mounts them in shadow boxes.
I’m smitten with these modern collaged leaves from Florida’s Lynn Yuhr. The gradations, the canes, the painted details on her slightly cupped leaves can’t be missed.
These are some of Lynn’s swap items for an upcoming retreat and they raise the bar for the rest of the participants who are still mulling over what to make.
We try to stay away from competitiveness but it creeps in whether we like it or not. A nudge like this one from Lynn makes for an exciting swap.