Earlier this month I had a wonderful visit with good friends and fellow polymeristas Melanie Muir and Melanie West. It was great seeing the two Melanies again - we had last seen each other at Synergy II over a year ago. Both are masters at what they do - Melanie M's mokume technique is flawlessly executed and so evocative of her native Scottish landscape. And Melanie W's Bio series is in a league all its own. Complex and simple at the same time, and ever so tactile. Both artists are intensely organic in their work.
|Dale Chihuly at the MFA|
And speaking of organic, the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Boston's MFA has to take the cake. It is a jaw dropping series of large scale installations that defies the imagination. Colors, fluid alien-like forms, forests of glass. And did I mention colors?
After all that inspirational overload, I just had to play. I've used mokume techniques off and on since I first started working with polymer, so I decided to try my hand at it again. The natural feel of mokume coordinates well with the soft, flowing, ethereal feel of current fashion trends.
|idea2lifestyle on etsy.com|
|"Sun and Shade" brooch|
|"Botanicals" window pendants|