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An Open Invitation To Artists: PC3 Polymer Clay Cubed

Exploring Polymer Clay Around The World

In the early 1980s, a simple toy designed by a Hungarian inventor named Erno Rubik was turning the world upside-down. At about the same time, children and adults were equally intrigued by a new modeling material that was just as colourful, and just as captivating.

Four decades after its invention, polymer clay artist and teacher Tracy Holmes invites the world to put a new face on the Rubik's Cube, and celebrate the versatility of an art medium that has become almost as internationally pervasive as the simple six-sided puzzle.


Polymer Clay Cubed

a global art project to celebrate the exponential possibilities of colour

in a 3-dimensional art medium


conceived and curated by Tracy Holmes

debuting at the IPCA Synergy3 Polymer Clay Conference

Friday, March 15, 2013 | Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Not counting its 'solved' set-up, where each of six sides are unified by a single colour, how many different ways are there to configure a Rubik's Cube? Answer: 43,252,003,274,489,859,999.

Given the colours, patterns, textures, shapes, forms, tools, techniques, artists, and ideas out there for this medium and its community, how many different ways can you 'configure' polymer clay? Arguably one of the most engaging things to come along since the Rubik's Cube, polymer clay continues to blow our minds with its uncountable possibilities. From its earliest days as just another colourful toy to its recent maturing and validation as an important art medium for the modern world, there's so much you can do with polymer clay, it's enough to make your cube spin!

So here's another question: What do you get when you take 6 'colour wheel' colours of polymer clay, create a radial palette for each one, make 54 little tiles featuring one, some, or a whole bunch of your favourite techniques, and then use those tiles to cover one single spin-able Rubik's Cube? Answer: Polymer Clay Cubed, a global art project that will take our medium to the nth degree, bringing design and technique together, in way more ways than one.


PC3 | Polymer Clay Cubed | Synergy3

Polymer clay artists around the world are invited to be a part of PC3 at Synergy3, the International Polymer Clay Association's Conference in Atlanta, GA, USA, March 13-16, 2013. All skill levels are welcome, and you do not have to be attending the event to submit an entry for the exhibition.

There is no fee to participate, but advance registration is required. Certain logistics and guidelines have been established for the collective success of both the project and the exhibition. Detailed instructions, resources, and templates will be sent directly to each participating artist.

Deadline to register is Fri.Mar.1.2013. Deadline for shipped submissions is Fri.Mar.8.2013. Submissions will also be accepted in person at the conference any time prior to the Polymer Clay Cubed seminar and exhibition on Fri.Mar.15.2013.

For further information and registration, please email Tracy Holmes: tracy[at]dancormier[dot]ca

Download the event flyer: pc3 announcement.pdf


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