Thursday, October 20, 2011

A very special weekend

October 21 marks the opening of Terra Nova - Polymer Art at the Crossroads at the Racine Art Museum. Although several museums have polymer pieces in their collections, this is the first permanent collection of polymer art at a major museum. The collection has a companion book and will kick off with a weekend symposium. The polymer world owes a huge thank you to Elise Winters, whose vision and determination to have polymer acknowledged as an art form (and RAM's Bruce Pepich for recognizing it) has made this all possible. I wish I could be there, but I have shows to do. In a way, it is a fitting tribute - the fact that I can make a living creating with polymer attests to the power of this versatile medium!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Stroppel Cane

It's amazing how an exciting new technique can catch on fire among the polymer world.  Ever since Polymer Clay Daily featured Alice Stroppel's new caning technique a couple of days ago, just about every polymerista the world over has tried it out.

And that includes me! Which is something, because caning is not my thing.  But I do have a lot of old canes from my very early days, and I love to use up my scrap.  So here goes:
Stroppel canes made from my old canes and scrap
The rather tribal/abstract result