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Ford/Forlano in Santa Fe

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Filed under: Artist Spotlight, Exhibitons and Shows
Ford/Forlano, O'Keeffe Pin polymer, sterling silver

Patina Gallery in Santa Fe has been featuring the work of Ford/Forlano this month in a special show called, “The Language of Color”.   While Ford/Forlano are long time exhibitors with Patina Gallery, this show dovetails with the city of Santa Fe’s overall focus on a “Summer of Color”.   From their earliest step-by-step color modulations as City Zen Cane to their current “painterly” applications of hue, Ford/Forlano’s distinctive use of color has always been one of the defining characteristics of their work.  The show is up for a few more days but Ford/Forlano’s work remains a staple of the extensive

Judy Belcher’s Calculations

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Filed under: Artist Spotlight
Judy Belcher, Knitting Missoni, 2013,  25"l overall x 5"w (max), polymer, sterling silver

Well versed in the realm of numbers, Judy Belcher applies mathematical thinking to her practice of art. Belcher is the author of 2 books on polymer art* and a master educator about polymer in terms of studio practice and public outreach. These accomplishments all draw upon her extensive organizational, communication and business skills. She has been a strong advocate for polymer and other crafts at both the state (West Virginia) and the national level. Belcher moves fluidly between polymer enthusiasts and the larger network of craft organizations. The value of Belcher’s business experience and her capacity to get things done

Remembering Gwen Gibson

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Filed under: Artist Spotlight
gibson02-kabuki-ii

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

Seeing stars: Kathleen Amt

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Filed under: Artist Spotlight
Kathleen Amt, Zodiac Game detail

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

Shifting Scale

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Filed under: Aesthetic Comments, Artist Spotlight
Laura Tabakman, Woven Brooch, 2012 polymer, steel wire, 1/2 ” x 1 1/2″ x 1″

Using comparable materials and a repetition of form, Laura Tabakman has explored a similar idea in two very different ways with decidedly unique results.   One piece is about mass and containment, while the other is all about lightness and movement. How is it that similar materials handled by the same artist can create such distinctive and yet coherent results?