I went out looking for new friends. Not that you’re all not just lovely but who couldn’t use a few more friends?
What I found was a mystery. Two sisters, one from Texas and one from Nebraska, teamed up 12 years ago to exercise some creative muscle under the Crone Art label. They make and market buttons and pendants and earrings and whatever suits their fancy in polymer.
The sisters keep their identities on the down-low but someone out there probably knows this duo.
What words would you use to describe their Instagram? Oddball? Seriously mischevious? Minimalists? Modern?
In this pendant, they stack their round buttons in oval cups to form a pendant on a thick cord. Wearable and whimsical.
Boston’s Betsy Baker makes her Manhattan debut June 8 & 9 at the Craft New York show.
Merely visiting her site makes you feel much more chic and sophisticated. Betsy limits her palette to a monochromatic mix set against grunge textures. Often there’s a hidden bit of silver and gold sparkle that appears like buried treasure.
Betsy branched out from her Boston market to the ACC shows and now she’s taking on New York. Betsy thinks big! If you want to see what that looks like, read her site and Instagram.
France’s Christine Pecaut (Chifonie) works in colors that speak to us on Thursday.
Shimmery teal, navy, and cobalt patterns show up in her exuberant spring line. On the hair barrette, small triangles line up jauntily with one pop of rhinestone bling. The pendant is more flowery with one connecting blue element.
This sewn polymer pendant by Sydney’s Heidi Helyard may make you smile.
The juxtaposition of thread and polymer is refreshing. Did she have matching thread on hand or did she build her palette to match the thread? The neat stitches nearly convince us that this is a new sort of textile.
Quilting meets polymer on many fronts but this one is delightfully different. The interview in FindersKeepers about Heidi reveals that her background is in textiles.
She first started incorporating polymer into her textile work. That flip-flopped into incorporating fiber into her polymer clay pieces! Here on Instagram.
Germany’s Meike Lucia Friemel (Lucia Lucia) was trained as a metalsmith who delights in “…the difference between “slow” metalwork and “fast” clay work and also the contrast when the piece of jewelry is finished.”
These yellow and orange stripes were created for a challenge among friends. The horizontal stripes curl around the cord while the center beads have surprising open backs. It’s as if Lucia was showing her friends a couple of metalsmith tricks in polymer.