New Work for the New Year

New Work for the New Year

Jeff’s work is currently on view as one of 3 artists in “New X 3”, an exhibit running from Jan 6 – Mar 26, 2011 at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina.  The show features works by artists new to Blue Spiral, one of America’s premier craft galleries.

Jeff describes ‘Serendipity’ as one of his most ambitious pieces. It took approximately 100 hours, consumed nearly 200 feet of plastic coated copper wire, and features 19 structural blossom petals, 15 flexible blue stamen, and approximately 300 individually hand rolled, drilled and glue mounted berries.

Explaining his intent, Jeff says:
“With ‘Serendipity,’ I was working toward a warm, whimsical aesthetic. Like one
might encounter on a sunny days stroll when by chance crossing paths with a
serendipitous array of flora arranged by the sun, wind, and rain. With this
piece I was trying yet again push what might be possible with my sculptural
wire basketry, and the structural possibilities of a polymer radial blossom.
There’s an irony in the tedium of this labor intensive piece attempting to
express such a random encounter.”

Elise Winters is an art jewelry designer who has worked for the last ten years to promote polymer clay as a recognized medium for fine craft. Additional information can be found on the Mission page. You can see examples of her award-winning jewelry and learn more about her background at www.elisewinters.com Rachel Carren is an art historian and an artist who is devoted to recording polymer history, promoting polymer as a valued medium for fine craft and to the making of distinctive polymer jewelry. To learn more about her background and her unusual blend of skills see: www.rachelcarren.com