Putting Design First

wiwat new 022717One of my personal favorite articles in this issue is the interview of Wiwat Kamolpornjiwit. He has been one of my top jewelry designers since I saw his work some 9 years ago. I don’t think anyone does anything quite like what he does, not in polymer.

He really seems to approach his work from a purely construction and sculptural aspect, instead of getting into all the many ways polymer can be manipulated, putting the design first and the material second, if that. I love that. It should never matter what the material is if the design has not been well-considered. This is not to say that he doesn’t play with canes and surface design but they tend to be accents or focal points rather than the bulk of the work. This piece is actually a bit unusual for him, that I know of, as it incorporates a druzy stone moving the work into a bit more mixed media than in the past.

I believe this piece is from the collection shown at his recent American Craft Council show in Baltimore, Maryland. Cynthia also showed off his work on the Polymer Clay Daily blog a couple of weeks ago so he’s getting his share of attention right now, and for good reason. He has an interesting story so be sure to read that in the latest issue of The Polymer Arts magazine and see more of his work on his website and his Facebook page.

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Planning for Clay Immersion

Well, today I’m off to Atlanta for five days of polymer & craft art inspiration and discussion. I plan on taking a lot of photos and notes, and have others who will be doing the same, so we can share as much of this once-every-other-year occasion as we can. I’ll actually be ending the trip with a day at the American Craft Council Show as well. Oh, the ideas I should have by the time I get back!

Stay tuned as I will be blogging from the show, and will post the best of what I see.

For those of you not making it to Atlanta, don’t fret. There will certainly be an upcoming event you can attend, where you can immerse yourself in polymer and creativity. Here are just a few …

Down under and in need of a good shot of inspiration? Pioneer artist and teacher Donna Kato is coming to Western Australia in May. She’ll be teaching classes May 25th-26th  and May 28th-29th in Geraldton.  If you are anywhere near the area, you really should plan on making this rare opportunity.  Click here for a flyer on the event, or go to their Facebook page www.facebook.com/MullewaArtsDevelopmentGroup

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Mullewa Arts Development group member Debbie Crothers’ symbol beads above. Deb and her cohorts bring polymer art to schools and hard to reach communities in Australia.

 

If you  really want to get away from it all, perhaps a cruise would just the thing – this year the Polymer Paradise Cruise sets sail from Florida and is heading to the eastern Caribbean October 19th-26th. Lisa Pavelka, Christi Friesen and Maureen Carlson are on the docket to teach classes and (considering the group) have a riot of fun. You can get all of the details on the event website.

If either of these are too far or too far off, maybe one of these retreats will be closer:

3rd Annual OK Poly-Clay Twisters Retreat: April 11th-13th in Norman, Oklahoma. Three days of uninterrupted claying and classes.

Orlando Clay Fandango: May 2nd-6th in Orlando Florida. This retreat includes auctions, swaps, vendors, and a boutique along with five days of claying classes and demos.

There is certainly more going on later in the year and across the globe. You can go to The Polymer Arts Resouce page for the latest news. And if you know of an event anywhere in the world that needs to be listed, use the form on the resource page to let us know.

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