Rachel Carren, Archivist

Rachel is an art historian and artist devoted to the advancement of polymer art.  Earning a PhD in Art History from U of MD in 1990, she brings this training to her writing about polymer history.  As a polymer artist, Rachel’s distinctive art finds inspiration in textiles, geometry and patterning.  This unique blend of credentials enables her to see, create and write from both the academic and makers’ perspective.   Additional information about her background and work can be found at

Elise Winters, Archivist

Elise Winters, founder of Polymer Art Archive, is also a renowned Polymer Jewelry Designer, teacher and innovator.   Read about her achievements in the field at  Read about her advocacy on behalf of the medium on her website page, Professional Activities or in the Oct/Nov 2011 issue of American Craft magazine.

Over the years, Elise passionately pursued her goal to promote polymer as a respected medium for fine craft.  Development of this site in 2007 was one of the logical steps in her efforts to elevate the discussion about polymer in fine craft.  Read her original PAA mission statement and the details of establishing the PAA.