Year: 2012

Steal like an Artist

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Posted in Critical Commentary, Publications
Sonny King, The City, 2005, detail

Austin Kleon’s new book, Steal Like an Artist, offers lots of insights into the work and process of art making but how does it specifically relate to polymer?   Kleon, who is both a writer and an artist, nails the crucial issue in his title.   What is it to “steal like an artist”?  Isn’t our cultural ideal to be original in all ways, so why

Pouring it On

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Posted in Artist's Commentary, Exhibitons and Shows
Wendy Wallin Malinow, Sugar Skull, 2012

“Sugar Skull”, a 2012 creation by Wendy Wallin Malinow is one of the teapots on view at Mobilia Gallery’s new show, “The Teapot Redefined 2012”.  While Malinow’s work is at times quite whimsical, her fascination with the macabre is long standing. In terms of a structural challenge, Mobilia’s teapot show provided Malinow the opportunity to experiment with larger scale hollow form.  However, the actual manifestation as a skull flows naturally out of the totality of Malinow’s work. Malinow writes:

AJF Embraces Polymer

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Posted in Interviews
Art Jewelry Forum

Art Jewelry Forum is a strong independent advocacy group for the advancement of art jewelry.  Members are a knowledgeable blend of collectors, gallery owners, curators, makers and various other interested parties.

Kathleen Dustin: Turning Blue into Gold

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Posted in Aesthetic Comments, Awards
Kathleen Dustin, Blue Layered Fragment, 2011

Kathleen Dustin had a memorable third week of April.    While she has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft fair a number of times before, this year she won The Gold Award.   Dustin’s work has been highly noteworthy for many years, so what in particular caught the three judges’ attention this year?

Museum Hopping: RAM to Newark

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Posted in Exhibitons and Shows
Ford/Forlano, Full Pillow Necklace #11

Ford/Forlano’s Full Pillow Necklace # 11 (2009) has been in big demand.   After being on loan to the Racine Art Museum for the Terra Nova exhibition, it just landed a permanent home at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey.   Last October, Newark Museum curator Ulysses Dietz met Steven Ford and David Forlano in Racine, Wisconsin at the Terra Nova opening and symposium.