This presentation will demonstrate how these two popular digital cutters can be modified to cut and engrave raw polymer clay. While these Silhouette machines were originally designed for paper arts and scrapbooking, they can become useful tools in the polymer clay studio.
Leaves are also an excellent source of artistic inspiration when designing a brooch.
When I was new to polymer, I became intrigued with applying the ancient metal technique, mokumé gané, to this wonderful, colorful and versatile medium. Nine years later, I am still fascinated! In this presentation I want to share what I have learned along the way and to show some new techniques that, I think, push mokumé gané in an exciting new direction.
When do you know a piece is finished? What is a good finish? Why can’t you seem to get that professional, finished look in your work? Why can’t you finish anything you start? This tricky word “Finish” has so many meanings. And yet, it plagues the artist every time she… well… wants to finish a piece.
noun: Wunderkammer; plural noun: Wunderkammern
a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited.
Following your own creative path can be daunting, lonely and downright scary. How do we know our authentic path and how do we find the courage to keep going?
Translating Your Environment into Your Inspiration
You are invited to follow artists Doreen Kassel and Donna Greenberg as they spend a year trekking through NYC and it’s environs, absorbing design and inspiration through the lens of this unique city.
In this presentation, the artists will share their collective insights and observations about their beloved city through conversations, sketchbooks, paintings, photos , videos and of course many great meals. They eagerly expect that time spent together will inform their collaboration and push them to new directions in polymer.
In Sweden, polymer clay is mostly considered as something for children, not as art material. I will present the very small Scandinavian polymer clay community and talk about my personal development as a Swedish polymer clay artist, showing my sources of inspiration and how I created some of my pieces of art.
Working in materials that would normally end up in a landfill Kathleen Nowak Tucci has built a jewelry business that is represented in high end boutiques and galleries. Her work has also been featured in many fashion magazines such as the cover of Vogue Italia and featured in Marie Claire.
Polymer clay was first marketed to children. Kathleen will discuss how to lift this low material to the level of high fashion and design. The session will cover:
Several years ago I was invited by Judy Belcher and Tammy Honaman to work with several pairs of artists who were asked to, over the course of a week, produce a collaborative piece of work at the intersection of their combined styles and aesthetics. I served as a facilitator to consult and help focus the teams’ work toward their stated goals and finished pieces.