I Heart Polymer Clay: Elissa Powell
Elissa Powell is best known for her “Elissahearts” – cheerful, brightly colored polymer clay hearts made with a wide variety of surface techniques, like the “Mosaic Cane”. Elissa shared those techniques through her free tutorials, which are still available today at the PC Polyzine and Polymer Clay Central websites. In so doing, she passed on a love for softly rounded hearts covered in a “Chrysanthemum Cane”, a look which became synonymous with her name.
When asked what motivated her to choose a heart over other shapes, she replied, “There's their versatility, sensuous simplicity, yet endless variability - but primarily, it's their universal message. My mother loved and collected hearts, and apparently I've inherited that passion from her, though I've taken it to a greater extreme!” Elissa published a great tutorial for making beautifully shaped, symmetrical hearts in her “E-Z Heart Lesson”.
Heather Campbell considers her work “an extension of life experience, designed with complexity while remaining beautifully simple.” Using polymer clay as a unifying element in her work she stretches the boundaries of both the polymer clay and mixed media genres to merge the best of both. She refers to her style as Bohemian Nouveau, combining the “Free spirited” characteristics of the Bohemian lifestyle with the free flowing decorative motifs of the Art Nouveau movement. While creating herself or teaching others she emphasizes imagination and self expression.
“The creation process is personal to every Artist, from their unique vision of the world to the actual materials they choose to express themselves.” Heather Campbell lives with her husband in a late 1800’s Victorian home along the Logan River in Cache Valley Utah. The Purple Door studio is located in the old summer kitchen that is separate from the main house which is near the river that runs through her back yard. In this lovely setting, she feels” lucky to have such a wonderful space to inspire me as I practice my art.”