The Challenges, a feature of the Synergy4 program, have been designed for action oriented and goal-directed artists, who want to turn a new leaf and would like to do that with others.
The Challenges invite you to define and achieve a learning goal in advance of the Conference. At the Conference, you will be able to share with fellow Challengers the detail of your journey, your discoveries and results.
At the time of Synergy4 registration, you can, if desired, select a partner with which to participate in the Challenges.
Inspiration to Installation – The Making of a Global Collaboration
In this presentation, Laura Tabakman, Emily Squires Levine and Julie Eakes take you on their journey as the inspiration of an Aspen forest high in the Rocky Mountains led from an informal collaboration involving experimentation to an installation, to a call for the participation of polymer artists worldwide, and ultimately to the realization of “Into the Forest.”
This two-part presentation tackles the questions of inspiration and environment as influential aspects in “signature” art-making.
The first part of the presentation will explore how many artists’ family/home, nearby natural environments and constructed surroundings influence and inform their work. Get ready to hear quotes, see pictures and watch a series of short pre-recorded video interviews with professional artists working in polymer clay.
Most artists are working on their own, in studios, a corner of the living room or at the kitchen table. Group work or collaborations are more the exception that the norm, if we like that or not. And most of the times that is perfect for our artistic endeavor.
Its probably what we all strive for : strength, flexibility, lightness, longevity and colorful expressiveness. This might sound like the introduction to a yoga practice but for me this describes the combined strengths of two mediums: polymer clay and metal when used in jewelry.