“New Jewelry in a New Medium”, an exhibition of polymer art opens today on the Balboa Campus of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California. The show focuses on individual beads and beaded adornments such as necklaces and bracelets. The art work on view came to the Mingei through the efforts of Elise Winters and her Museum Collection Project and from the collection of the Bead Museum formerly in Glendale, Arizona. This exhibition debuts both collections to the public. “New Jewelry in a New Medium” will run from December 17, 2011 through June 17, 2012.
As the winter solstice approaches and the days get darker, the soft glow of an interior lamp is especially attractive. Translucent polymer allows light to shine through it, inspiring a number of artists to explore the concept of illumination. Here are several notable examples:
Once again the Wayne Art Center’s annual Craft Forms exhibition will include a stunning work of polymer art. Jeffrey Lloyd Dever’s Serendipity is not only included in the show but featured on the cover of the invitation to the opening on December 2, 2011. The center, located in Wayne, PA, is presenting its 17th annual showcase of fine craft. This year the juror is Elizabeth Agro from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Polymer artists included in prior annual shows have been Cynthia Toops, Elise Winters, Ford and Forlano and Loretta Lam. The Craft Forms 2011 exhibit will be open through…
Telling a story is the heart of Elissa Farrow-Savos’ work. Combining polymer with found objects, Farrow-Savos’ sculptures speak to the eye and the soul. Most of her work is feminine in orientation and explores the timeless tales of women’s lives. While her first love was figure drawing and painting, when Farrow-Savos returned to her studio after a pause for childbearing, she no longer felt satisfaction in 2D work. Floundering, Farrow-Savos happened upon polymer and soon discovered that sculpting provided her with a new form of narration.
Some of the earliest polymer work done in the United States was related to the technique of caning, or constructing a pattern that remains intact through the length of a cylinder. Many polymer artists began with cane work. While some moved on, others became extremely skilled at creating and combining patterns. Sandra McCaw is one of the experts.