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Applicant Artists: Mixed Media 2018

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Donna Greenberg: United States

Donna Greenberg: United States

WEDGEWOOD WAVE-Mixed Media wall piece

Wedgewood Wave is a new direction incorporating cut paper along with polymer to augment my interest in bas relief and classical craft forms such as decorative plaster work, cameos and even Wedgewood pottery. The piece also pushes past what we usually expect by mixing design metaphors such as realistic clay leaves that transform into classical paper scrollwork and pairing it with clay flora that still feels more naturalistic. Movement and thrust is the over riding theme as the wave of scroll work grows up and out of the bottom leaf forms then lifts off the base, creating a band shell effect and curling into the spray of flora. It’s a tempest that could easily feel out of control but maintains a sense of calm do to the soft pencil drawing techniques and color washes in a limited palette. I also created a hand drawn and painted pattern in the back ground to continue the scrolling wave theme and anchor all the diverse elements.

Wedgewood Wave Materials – Ultralight polymer, Arches cold press paper, Acrylic goache paints, Underwent water color pencils, Apoxie paste, oval stretched canvas base. Dimensions- 13 in. W x 17 in. H x 8 in. D

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Donna Greenberg: United States

Donna Greenberg: United States

TALKING ‘BOUT REGENERATION-Mixed Media wall piece.

Talking b’out Regeneration is an exploration in mixing organic materials with polymer that allows for equal importance between all the chosen elements. Regrowth is the main concept and enduring interest of mine as the organic polymer fungi, lichen and leaf like forms defiantly sprout from the natural woods that are in various stages of transition and decay. Whereas most of my work incorporates organic free form edges, I challenged myself to work with in a classical shadow frame box to see if I could keep the organic flow going while also attempting to break down the very frame, or wall as I began to see it . All the while keeping everything connected and unified. I built the laminated frame then carved and drilled areas to effect a worm eaten quality. The Locust wood panel is very dry and spongy and needed treatment to strengthen it from within. I painted the background flat black to float the natural woven bark paper on and to add a textural segue between the panel and painted surface. Adding polymer elements to the actual front of the frame also aided the regeneration theme as fungi can often be found growing and taking over man made creations.

Materials used- Ultralight polymer, Acrylic goache, carved and drilled laminated wood, locust tree bark panel, woven bark paper, apoxie paste. Dimensions- 12in.W x 17in.H x 2 ½ in D.  

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EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

Title: Exploring Energy

Description: The very creative process of this T-shirt was very interesting to me as I learned a lot while I went through a variety of stages with my sketches and my attempts to master the clay.

I knew from the beginning it would be a horse’s head, and I knew it would have a lot of color. In the beginning, I worked very purposefully for several months on various Sami patterns for braids and beads. But in the end, when I peeled off the complexity, simplified and clarified, I landed in something totally different and more stylistic, with inspiration from impressionism.

The intent of this T-shirt is to boost energy and power for the person who wears it. It brings a feeling that you have a lot within you and that you are allowed to let it shine – just like the horse does.

Materials used: Polymer clay, Dark blue T-shirt, hot glue

Dimensions: Height: 64 cm, Height: 64 cm

Linda Leach: United States

Linda Leach: United States

Title: Lotus Garden

The Lotus Garden started with a hand etched copper plate which was used to create a liquid polymer clay veneer that was hand painted using oil paint and liquid clay. Another etched copper plate was created for the lotus leaf and alcohol ink added for color. The lotus blossom was inserted into a copper strip frame and wired to the copper leaf. Peridot drops were encased in polymer clay and attached to the pendant with covered wire. The entire pendant was strung with faceted citrine beads and freshwater pearls.

Materials: Etched copper, Etching Alternative veneer, liquid polymer clay, alcohol ink, oil paint, copper wire, copper strips, Peridot drops, faceted citrine beads, freshwater pearls.

Necklace measures 7”wide x 26” long.

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Laura Tabakman: United States

Laura Tabakman: United States

Title: Mardi Gras

Materials: Polymer clay, steel wire, sewing thread and flooring materials.                 

Dimensions: This configuration is 20″x16″x 9″, but it could be arranged in different ways, changing the total size it occupies.

Description: The piece consists of 16 separate units built with polymer clay vessels (1/2″ to 1 1/2″ tall) suspended with steel wire on a flooring material. The vessels are balancing in away that a small breeze or just blowing on them makes them “dance”.

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Sarah Machtey: United States

Sarah Machtey: United States

Steampunk Pouch Necklace with Removable Magnifying Glass 

The front and back of the pouch are embossed aluminum from a soda can (inside you can see the original red and white exterior) with pearlex powders in liquid polymer filling the low areas to highlight the pattern. The top is a scrap strip of used copper from a renovation, embossed and then antiqued. The sides and bottom are polymer clay (Cernit) with mica powders (Pearlex). 

The removable magnifying glass is a vintage optometrist’s test lens. 

Also various chains, findings, and copper wire.

Approximate dimensions:   

Pouch/pendant 2″ x 4″ x 1″

Magnifying glass 1.5″ diameter 

Length from top of pouch to bottom of magnifying glass 7″ 

Chain 23″ 

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Emerging Artists - Non-functional Sculpture and Hanging Art

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Nikolina Otržan

Nikolina Otržan

To boldly go where no cats have gone before... - collection

It's 2350 and cats decided it was a high time they started exploring the Universe themselves. They'd built their first Cruiser and off they went. Their first colony was in the Alpha quadrant. They wanted to keep close to Federation since they'd heard that they are creatures out there even scarier than humans, so they figured out it's better to stick to already known enemies.

And, of course, they wanted to get their hands on Federation's replicators, so they never had to worry about having enough food again. Next ship they built was a Napper. Napper's never gotten a replicator, but it had a huge supplies of catnip. By the way, catnip was a ticket if you wanted to visit those cats, they would never receive anybody without it. Once dog delegation came knocking without catnip. Cats let them in, took them hostages and made their relatives build them a brand new docking station. :) Then they built the Explorer. It's not that they really needed it, but some older cats were getting really fed up with those kittens constantly running around, so that was the perfect way to get rid of them. For a while, at least. And when they thought they can finally enjoy some peace and quiet, the Borg came. So they needed another ship… and another…“

All those pieces were made only out of polymer clay and they are completely hollow. Napper is also a brooch and Cruiser is a pendant. Cruiser has a little round about inside, so the cord is fed around it. Defender also has 2 round abouts, so basically it could be transformed into a pendant. Size wise, Cruiser measures 8x5 cm, Napper 9,5x3 cm, Explorer 11x2 cm, Defender 16x3 cm and the Docking station is 11x5x10.

Fiona Abel-Smith

Fiona Abel-Smith

One small step....one giant leap

Dreams of flight aren’t restricted to man, and preparing to take that first step into the unknown has called to many a soul. In this case, tales of wondrous dragons inspire a humble lizard to take to the skies. He builds a hang glider from twigs, leaves and petals ready to launch into the air, to boldly go where dragons went before. The top of the glider is covered in leaves, the bottom made up with a colourful array of petals, he clings on tight to the frame and takes that one small step. Made completely from Polymer Clay on a wired frame with a small hidden brick base for ballast, the whole piece is precariously balanced on one point, as the lizard takes that final step. The weight of the hang glider needed to be kept to a minimum in order to maintain the balance, but the overall feeling of launching off the stones was paramount.

The piece is 13 x 11.5 x 12 inches, (33 x 29 x 30cm).

Emerging Artists - Mixed Media

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Yen Lotherington

Yen Lotherington

TREE OF LIFE

As a MM bas relief artist, I have worked predominantly with air dry clays, paper, wood and acrylic gels. Then some years ago, my daughter took an art class in polymer clay. I played with it a little with her but did not pursue it.

Then I noticed more and more pictures of beautiful polymer clay creations with very diverse finishes, posted on the internet. This piqued my interest so last year, I decided “to boldly go” with polymer clay.

My evolutionary “Tree of Life” is my first piece made substantially from this material. All of the 81 animals (except the ants, dragonfly and brittle star), are made from polymer clay.

As it was my first attempt with this medium, I made a small mountain of mistakes on my way to developing the final animals. It certainly was challenging but it was a very rewarding experience too.

I enjoy the amazing versatility of polymer clay and intend to work more in this medium in future.

Materials: Polymer Clay, Sukerukun Resin Clay, Coarse Pumice Gel, Pouring Gel, Glitter, Acrylic Paint Dimensions: 78cm X 58cm (31 inches X 23 inches)

幹子	伊鍋 (Masako Inabe)

幹子 伊鍋 (Masako Inabe)

Washi lamp

I used Japanese traditional craft paper "washi" and "wood"

Beverly Chesterby

Beverly Chesterby

Desert Driftwood Brooch #1

The Desert Driftwood jewelry features polymer clay with bits of weathered manzanita picked up on my hikes in the high desert foothills of central Arizona. I wanted to find a way to combine these delicious little wooden pieces with polymer clay and had that "ah-ha" moment when I saw pictures of painted sticks. Each piece offers an opportunity for an individual "design dialog." The wood pretty much is what it is and my job is to pay attention and see where it leads me.

Polymer Clay and Weathered Manzanita

3-1/4" x 1" x 1/2"

Beverly Chesterby

Beverly Chesterby

Desert Driftwood Brooch Pair

The two pieces of wood in this brooch pair are from the same old manzanita skeleton. In the arid high desert climate, the branches take many years to decompose. They just break into smaller and smaller pieces of very hard wood. These aren't broken to size, but were found together and just seemed to want to stay that way. They were in the morning shadow of an eleven foot granite "chimney" in our foothills that looks just like the figure of a pregnant woman. Her name is Eve and she is 1.735 billion (yes, with a "b") years old!

Polymer Clay and Weathered Manzanita

5-3/8" x 1/2" x 1/2" (each)

Beverly Chesterby

Beverly Chesterby

Desert Driftwood Brooch #3

What can I say? The weird design dialog with this stubby piece of manzanita amused me all along the way. It's not at all what I consider "my style," but it just seemed to want to turn out like this. I live in a remote mountainous off-grid location at the edge of the National Forest. While I haven't personally had any UFO sightings or been abducted by aliens or anything like that, this is exactly the kind of place you'd expect it. If this brooch looks a little "other worldly" it really isn't my fault. Just sayin'...

Polymer Clay, Weathered Manzanita, Mica Powder

4-1/4" x 1-1/2" x 3/4"

Emerging Artists - Functional Containers

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Teresa Torba Stepp

Teresa Torba Stepp

Moon Glow Enchanted Moth Trinket/Treasure Box

Moon Glow Enchanted Moth Trinket/Treasure Box featuring a lovely majestic moth amidst a bounty of deep blue, green and purple polymer clay floral foliage. Elegantly accented with mosaic crystal beads and gems then lightly dusted in shimmering iridescent mica powders. This vintage Italian gilt wood box includes a hand sewn satin pillow adorned with a vintage Czech glass button.

Teresa Torba Stepp

Teresa Torba Stepp

Fairy Tale 'Happily Ever After' Trinket/Treasure Box

Fairy Tale 'Happily Ever After' Trinket/Treasure Box featuring a whimsical dragonfly amidst a golden backdrop surrounded by a field of deep purple and blue polymer clay floral scrolls. Finely jeweled with mosaic accent charms and crystals then finely dusted in shimmery mica iridescence. This vintage Italian gilt box includes a hand sewn Chinese brocade pillow adorned with a vintage Czech glass button.

Teresa Torba Stepp

Teresa Torba Stepp

River Rain Wooden Jungle Elephant Trinket/Treasure Box

River Rain Wooden Jungle Elephant Trinket/Treasure Box showcasing a hand sculpted polymer clay ornamental elephant embedded in a forest of deep green and purple polymer clay foliage further accented with mosaic charms and beads then finely dusted with shimmering iridescent mica powders. This hand stamped and stained wood box includes a hand sewn satin pillow with glass focal button.

Fiona Abel-Smith

Fiona Abel-Smith

Earth Flower Bowl

The Earth is a like a precious jewel, nestled in the centre of the universal flower. We need to care for her, and nurture her as, like the seeded centre of any flower, she is our future. The flower may appear dark, but is actually made up with a shimmering array of colours if you look deeply, and nestled in each unfurled petal are stars, shining with possibilities.

Cupping the bowl are tendrils of smooth flame, representing the bursts of warmth and light from the sun which keep the flower nourished and safe.

The whole piece is made with Polymer Clay. The ‘earth’ was made from 2 skinner blends using the Pietra Dura technique, (where individual little pieces of clay are inlaid into a clay background), as were the petals, and the anthers. All of the stars and the petal outlines were carved and drilled then backfilled. The piece is 8.5 inches diameter, and 2.5 inches high (21 x 5 cm)."

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Claire Fairweather

Claire Fairweather

CANDLE HOLDER

This candle holder interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of adventurous exploration. The simple figure is bold, climbing up the side of the container, not knowing what may be inside. As he peaks over the rim, there is a sense of danger, as he sees the flickering flame of the tea light candle within. Polymer retro canes cover the glass candle holder in a thin veneer, so the light within can shine through, where translucent colours have been used in the canes. The figure has been sculpted from white polymer and kept very simple so as not to detract from the pattern on the vessel. Polymer clay over glass candle holder.

Dimensions: 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) in diameter x 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) high

Linda Leach

Linda Leach

4 Petal Bowl

As with all my work I love experimenting with mixed materials. Taking the brass strips and hammering one edge produced a lovely curved edge for the “petals” of this bowl. The petals were then laced together with brass wire and filled in with scrap clay.

Black and white Etching Alternative© veneers were made from hand drawn etched copper plates and cut to fit both sides of each petal. An alizarin to red gradient was created to surround each panel and meld the bowl together. The bowl sits on a round of red clay. It’s very heavy with all the layers.

Measures 7 ½” round x 2 ¾” high

Kathryn Corbin

Kathryn Corbin

Pompeii Pentimento vase

Polymer clay, pastels

Height: 6”.

In exploring ways to enlarge the scale of vessels made entirely of polymer clay (not supported by or built over any other material or pre-existing form), I have discovered the potential of composite forms, in this case a half sphere and a cone. Because I prefer to work directly with a mixed bag of texture, carving, crackled pastel-colored veneers and applied color (cane bits, pastels, paint and alcohol markers) in very thin layers, I am able to treat the resulting form as a canvas for spontaneous design. To emphasize the fragmented appearance I was after, I worked with the colors of faded frescos and tones complimentary to the weeds and wildflowers that grow amid ruins.

Madlen Leitman

Madlen Leitman

Guiding Star

Lamp of 21 cm.

Materials: backing polymerclay, glass beads, paint, electric lamp

This magic lamp will please you at any time. Gentle transitions and tropical flowers will turn into the fairy tale of the playing fires at night.

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Georg Dinkel

Georg Dinkel

Day of Judgement

The Day of Judgement is a peep box about mind control and virtual reality. It is consisting of a wooden box with a big, flat magnifying screen, through which the viewer sees the stage setting.

The Major Judge is placed in the middle on a pedestal. He is a knight in shining armor equipped with a data helmet, a data glove on his left and a magic beamer in his right hand. He takes his power from a tapped and infected heart in the tower below him.

The twelve Grand Jury members are brain-controlled human heads placed on choir stalls. They are tied to a parasite worm in a bell jar.
The defendant with ball and chain is kneeing on a iron pedestal in front of the judge.

The peep box has a 24“x18“ fresnel screen which gives a artificial (and weird!) three-dimensional view of the scene inside. A lot of LED lights and mirrors on the walls and ceiling enhance this impression.
The lights and an ambient noise with sound effects will start after money is put in a coin slot.

( However I really tried, the 3D effect can’t be photographed, so I took one picture of the whole box with the stand and one of the interior without the screen.)

Size of the Box: LxBxH 95x60x75cm ( 38“x24“x30“)
Box with stand: H 185cm (73“)
(heavy)

EvaMarie	Törnström

EvaMarie Törnström

Na Pali Coast

Hawaii is paradise on earth – but Hawaii is also magnificient and wild. When I visited Hawaii this year in April I was madly inspired by the nature, the waterfalls, the colors and the wildlife. The most impressive and scenic part was the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai. The first time I saw the breathtaking scenery was from a helicopter where I could came right up to the cliffs with the blue sea with its white waves deep below. Next day I saw the Na Pali coast when we passed it with the cruising ship Pride of America. When I came home I knew I hade to make myself a very special memory. I decided to make a three-dimensional ”painting” with polymer clay on ordinary black canvas to show the structure of these old volcanoes and how the lava slowly have been floating down, creating these amazing shapes that you still can see, even if the lava stream now are cold and have been transformed into black stone. Sometimes my tears are falling when I create, and while creating these three pieces, I cried more than I have ever done before – listening to the soft Hawaiian folk music.

Linda Leach

Linda Leach

Feathers

Inspired by the gift of a labradorite cabochon from an artist friend, Feathers incorporates the lovely blues & golds of this unusual stone that shifts color with the light. Starting with a frame of brass strips and brass wire, the piece is then filled in with ultra-light Sculpey. During this process a copper plate which was hand drawn with double circles and stripes is etching in a bath of Ferric Chloride.

The Etching Alternative© veneer is made with liquid clay and alcohol inks in layers on the etched copper plate. Once the veneer is ready, it is cut to fit into the frame made by the brass strips and wire. A Mokume Gane veneer is fit into the remaining spots and on the clasp. The labradorite cabochon is adhered to the center of the pendant and surrounded by strips of gold clay. After baking the entire piece is assembled using brass jump rings.

Length of necklace: 23”

Pendant: 5” x 3”
Madlen Leitman

Madlen Leitman

Raspberry Gift

Materials: leather, backing polymerclay
The leather purse of handwork is decorated by fragrant berries of raspberry, the main thing not to eat them :)

Debbie Crothers

Debbie Crothers

Champagne Crab

How delicious is the delicate meat of a crab? We savour the flavour and marvel at the amount of luscious white meat in each claw. And when we’re done, those large, strong claws end up in compost or land fill somewhere. So let me take those claws and breath new life into them. Let me surround them with colourful goodness and let me show off their true beauty once again. Creating a MM, sculptural artwork in the shape of a necklace tells the story of my journey and my personal joy in creating bespoke jewellery pieces. Each polymer and MM component has been created as a stand alone element but when arranged together creates an artistic, symbolic neckpiece.

Materials used: Polymer clay, real crab claws and crab leg components, real coral, Tyvek paper, Swarovski beads and crystals, copper artistic wire, foils.

Size: 32cm wide x 39cm high

Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell

“Horta Culture”

Dimensions: necklace length- 23 ½”, dimensions of larger scroll element- 4 3/1/4” x 3”

Materials used: polymer, geode slices, wire, and metal clasp

Techniques: canes, cane veneer, hand sculpting, sandwich construction

The civilized world takes many twists and turns as it snakes its way toward overtaking natural (or alien) worlds. Inspired by the human drive for expansion in new lands, and their interaction with a silicon-based alien, the initial impression is one of hostility. An early encounter stirs up fear of the unknown, evoking the tribal instincts of the humans and sharp edged reaction of the alien. With an effort by the two entities to communicate and bond in unexpected ways, the experience eventually turns to a harmonious coexistence with discovery of common elements.