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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?

Doodling

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Filed under: Artist Spotlight
rgourley bamboo 10-16-12 no1

Here is some new work from Rachel Gourley. What is intriguing in this series is Gourley’s juxtaposition of polymer components and nature.  Her concept, which is realized through a photograph, explores the idea of what is real and what is not.  Has nature morphed into something strange and new or are portions of the composition something else all together?   Being removed from reality, via the window of the photographic picture plane, only serves to enhance the illusion.

New Growth: Jasmyne Graybill

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Filed under: Artist Spotlight, Concept-based Works
Jasmyne Graybill crusted muffin cream fungus

It is always good to discover artists doing exciting things with polymer. Jasmyne Graybill’s work is part of a recent article by Monica Moses, “Fungus Among Us” in the August/September 2012 issue of American Craft.  While not the most appealing topic, albeit relevant for our current hot summer months, Graybill uses polymer to mimic mold, lichen and fungi growing unchecked on  what are mostly common household objects.