Trilateral Glow

Levarry beaded triangles 430x555 - Trilateral GlowWhile I was deciding on a final soft triangle example for this week, I spotted this piece and, when seen as a small image, it looked like it could be polymer but on closer inspection, it obviously is some serious seed beading. Still, what an inspiration this could be for an avid caner who likes to create glowing, blended canes!

The piece was created by Anastasia Ilyashevich who seems to create in all kinds of materials, not just, or even primarily, beads. But even though she is not a wholly devoted beader, this is certainly a well conceived and skillfully accomplished piece. In her blog post about it, Anastasia admits she really didn’t like it until the end. I can’t imagine doing all that and not liking it at least halfway through. But we can see how perseverance can pay off.

I have to acknowledge that a large part of the impact of this image is that it is shot on a black background, making the glow pop even more. But still, this is all triangles, creating pattern as well as being the basis for the focal shapes with those severe straight-edged triangles, giving it a very powerful visual feel. It is also huge–the lowest triangle hits somewhere around the waistline, as you can see in this blog post where it is modeled.

By the way, you can brush up on the kind of canes and color combinations that would work really well for this kind of thing in the article by Meg Newberg we published in the present Summer issue of The Polymer Arts. Get your copy on the website, or drop in on my Etsy site and get that and a few other print edition issues you might be wanting. Our HUGE MOVING SALE ends tomorrow, July 15th.

Weekly Inspiration Challenge: Look at your work. What shapes do you most commonly use? Pick just one and play with what you can do with it, changing it up and creating new shapes through little tweaks. Do the new shapes inspire you? Create something using the new shape you made up.


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Adventures in Form

Connie clark tile June 2016Maybe it’s just me, but 2016 seems like a year of new exploration for many polymer artisans. It’s like the year of trying something new. Not that some of the artists I’ll share with you this week don’t regularly explore, but these are kind of fun and a bit surprising.

This tile, by Connie Clark, is what really got me thinking about this. She posted this on her Facebook page with these comments: “I have been wanting to branch out beyond making primarily jewelry with my polymer art work ... Working in a larger scale has had some appeal but there are some mechanics and logistics that I need to work out along the way … I have been looking at a lot of other artist’s work in various medium including ceramics, painting, mixed media, paper, fabrics, polymer and more and I’m seeing a whole lot of tremendous inspiration. I was lucky enough to see some work in person by a ceramic artist named Vicki Grant in a gallery in Asheville NC and her work was something you could spend hours marveling over. Here’s to the journey of learning and discovering something new!”

The first of her explorations are 6″x 6″ tiles, although she wants to go larger, but, since she created these at a retreat, she was restricted by the oven sizes available. She says she plans to go larger once she has it worked out. I say, yes please. I would love to see more work like this. Such great texture and added dimension having that center piece come forward to house a cluster of crystals. There are little details all over this piece so take your time taking it in.

You can see the other tiles she’s posted so far, as well as see how different this is compared to other pieces she’s done, by checking out the photos on her Facebook page.


Inspirational Challenge of the Day: Try a form you’ve never created in before. Take a look through books you have or search Pinterest, Flickr, Etsy, or whatever you prefer to come up with a completely new form. Have you ever created hair pins, ear cuffs, cell phone covers, coasters, bookmarks, book ends? There are a lot of possibilities.


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