Kathleen Amt, Zodiac Game, detail, 1992
polymer, cloth, paper, elastic, metal
overall opened: 11 1/4″ W x 28″ L x 1 3/4″ D
game board: 10 5/8″ W x 12 1/4″ L
While unfamiliar to many today, Kathleen Amt was a notable figure in the early years of polymer art. During the late 1980’s and 1990’s the Washington D.C. area was an important hub of polymer discovery. Amt was very much a part of the local polymer community, which among others also included Kathleen Dustin, Nan Roche, and Lindly Haunani.
Amt initially stumbled upon polymer. As the director of the Arts and Crafts Center at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia from 1980-1987, she was looking for family friendly materials when she came across the original white version of Polyform’s Sculpey. However, it was not until she happened to meet Kathleen Dustin in the fall of 1988 that she realized its potential. Continue Reading »