Fashion Friday

Aliza Cochran goes for drama on PolymerClayDaily

How can this tattooed and pierced young thing who looks so together be the “mother of four”? Indiana’s Aliza Cochran (velvetorangedesigns) brings us Fashion Friday.

I would want to be her but then I’d have four kids to raise. Better to be a grandma.

Aliza continually posts on Etsy and comes up with cool new designs in the middle of the night.

Her specialty is solid color cutouts with lots of dangly bits that shout, “Look over here!”

Sometimes it’s nice to leave all the techniques behind and just go for drama.

Speaking of drama, come on over to Saturday’s StudioMojo. If you’re looking to stay ahead of the curve and need a creative breathmint for the week ahead, you’ll enjoy how we dish about the latest.

Layers for 2020

Libby Mills 6x6 squares reveal layers of textures, shapes, and colors on PolymerClayDaily.com

Connecticut’s Libby Mills (Libzoid) has hit her stride with her wall tiles that are made of layered slabs of polymer. This latest is not only brighter but there’s a lot going on.

Look closely and you’ll spot veneers and canes, stitches and waffles, circles and arcs, cutouts and appliques.

That’s a lot of elements to make work together! And she does it! Libby comes into 2020 with a look that’s distinctly hers. Here she is on Facebook.

In this weekend’s StudioMojo, we will look into our crystal ball and see who’s leading us toward new ways with clay. Come on over if you want to see what’s ahead.

Sweet bell earrings

Kate Lee Foley's see-through bell earrings on PolymerClayDaily

Australia’s Kate Lee Foley gives us sweet innocence with pastel gradations on bell earrings. Flat two-sided cutouts with curved edges wrap around and overlap to form a soft cone shape.

Circular holes cut out of the polymer let light through as the earrings dangle. Simple and sweet.

Me and Matisse

Cynthia Tinapple's Matisse and me earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

In a last-day flurry of activity at the retreat in Virginia, I churned out a bunch of earrings.

I rarely work quickly to produce a bunch. As I looked around the workroom, it appeared that everyone was enjoying a last-minute burst of creativity. I’m calling these my Me and Matisse earrings.

The drive to “get her done” is often one of the best motivators and a good reason to join your own gathering of artists.

Playing with cutouts

Linda Pearl considers a quirky use for photos on PolymerClayDaily.com

Maryland’s Linda Pearl expands her exploration of photo transfers with these jointed figures using stock images. She simply smooths laser prints onto polymer and lets them sit for a while while the toner transfers.

Linda was challenged to incorporate filigree from Jackie Swartz and experimented with wired joints. (See how she connected them

Linda Pearl considers a quirky use for photos on PolymerClayDaily.com

here.)

Challenges and experiments are often launching points that produce charming, quirky first efforts. Linda says she’ll add jointed knees and elbows next time.

Her prototypes may make you reconsider new interpretations of your family photos. See more of Linda on Instagram and her site.