It only took seven minutes for fans of New York’s Nicole Johnson’s Mealy Monsters to empty her shop of Love Bugs, Love Grubs, and Infestation Monsters when she updated her shop last weekend.
Her loveable, horrible characters are perfect for Valentine’s Day. They’re ugly and often they hold strange, irreverent signs and sayings.
Nichole has a loyal following who appreciates all the work and whimsy she sculpts into these polymer characters. They creep out every holiday to say something sassy. You have to move quickly to catch them. Here they are on Facebook.
Albuquerque’s Gael Keyes envisions fantastical bugs in polymer. Since her retirement from teaching last year, Gael has branched out into dolls and sculpture. It’s her bugs that keep crawling onto her Instagram and grabbing attention.
Gael collects her scraps and twists the colorful bits into Natasha canes. Sliced in half, matched, and shaped, these canes become wonderful wings, legs, and heads. She adds a few beads and wires for legs and antennae.
Insects come naturally to Gael and her bugs are quite beautiful. Scroll down her Instagram to see her fall and winter creatures.
Ohio’s Amy Hucks’ sculptures had much more gravitas or importance or significance (same clever weirdness) when she elevated them on wooden stands.
Are you elevating your work with stunning packaging or thoughtful stands or fabulous findings?
I admit that I may have been affected by the first debates playing on the tv in the background as I composed this post. We in the US will have lots more of this strange and important process to sort out in the coming months.
This weekend on StudioMojowe’ll take a look at the new leather, liquid, and other polymers that are cropping up. What’s ahead for you as a polymer artist? We may not have all the answers but we’ll point you in the right direction. Join us!
Funny how what I choose each day reflects my mood. This severed head from Ohio’s Miranda Farrand (MirandasCritters) looks spot on. Damned head cold.
Makes you wonder what’s in Miranda’s head, doesn’t it? She seems normal but strange things fly off her fingers when she picks up a hunk of clay. See more on Facebook.
I was feeling quite smug when my friends suffered through germy maladies this winter. Not so smug now. My cold medicine was 10 years out of date but it did the trick.
You know what’s good when you’re feeling sniffly? Cups of ginger tea, kleenex, and sifting through links on your phone! Tomorrow’s StudioMojo will be full of polymer wonders I sorted out just for you. Gather with us for the results of my deep dive.
Christi Friesen rids her mind of gremlins, grouches, and goofballs by capturing creatures like BooFant in polymer. They seem pretty harmless and are very endearing – especially with the plea to be rescued (clever marketing). Christi knows how to let her imagination and her humor run wild and that’s a talent.
Join us over at StudioMojo.org for this Saturday’s deep dive into events and ideas that give us ways to release tensions and help keep us sane and busy
It’s turned into PCD whimsy week and today’s features come from Washington’s Dayna Corbitt (WhimsyCalling). “I’m assuming you love all things fantastical, slightly odd, and melt-your-face-off-cute. I am the same sort,” says Dayna.
Here she dreams up a marmoset and a blue baby armadillo. Recently she added albino bats, butterfants, a lotus turtle, a dragon, a sloth with a cactus on its head, and a cute alien.
This kind of creation may not be wandering around in your head (not in mine, for sure) but we sure can admire the fantasy and the skill it takes to bring these creatures to life. See more on Facebook and Etsy.
Christie Friesen is possessed by Goolies, small polymer sculptures that fly from her fingers.
In Virginia an admiring crowd gathered around the oven, waiting to adopt the figments of Christi’s imagination. She really can’t say where or how the Goolies originate or what they mean. You can see on her Facebook page that she’s made legions of them. And they keep coming.
What do the gremlins, grouches and goofballs that live in your imagination look like? Have you ever tried to capture them in polymer?
BoingBoing featured Dayna Corbitt’s (WhimsyCalling) impossibly cute polymer clay figurines of whimsical and mythical animals.
This Olympia, WA artist quit her day job a month ago. “I found my happy place and it’s made of clay,” she says in a feature on BoredPanda. You’ll find her menagerie of real and fantasy creatures on Instagram, Facebook and Etsy.
Dayna’s Black Bear Cubs, 1 1/2″ highin their winter sweaters look ready for a chilly weekend. Enjoy it!