Gwen Gibson’s contribution to polymer art was deep and far reaching as an innovator, teacher and accomplished artist. Gibson was a pioneer in the evolution of surface techniques as related to polymer. Her background in painting and textile arts enabled her to apply many of the skills and techniques from those fields to her polymer work. As one of the early explorers of paint and polymer, Gibson initiated many to the process of silk-screening. Her “tear away” etching technique enables a shadowy image transfer that can be highlighted with pigment.
An unerring sense of design and attraction to strong graphic patterns quickly became distinctive elements of Gibson’s style. Her aesthetic influences often derived from ancient cultures. Ethnic and Asian motifs are often present in her work. Jewelry as well as larger objects such inro style containers and wall hung layered panels were all part of her artistic repertoire.
As a teacher and friend to many, her gentle, funny and creative spirit was a continuing inspiration. She will be much missed.