Category: Aesthetic Comments

Shifting Scale

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?

Kathleen Dustin: Turning Blue into Gold

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?

Crowning Achievement

Laura in Woodland Crown

The range of Wendy Malinow’s imagination careens between the macabre and the fanciful.  In her “Woodland Crown”, now on exhibit in the Mobilia show, “Objects of Status, Power and Adornment”, she has created a piece that explores all three of these concepts as well as suggesting other historic traditions.

Achieving Duality

Steven Ford and David Forlano, Diamond Pin #6, 2006 18k gold, sterling, polymer clay, diamonds

After 20 plus years of working together Steven Ford and David Forlano’s artistic relationship is one of inherent trust and respect.  However, it also is very much about each man’s individuality and what he uniquely brings to the process.   In the past few years, Maryanne Petrus, their metals artist, has been invited into in their collaborative mix, but the primary interaction is always between Ford and Forlano. Recently Ford and Forlano spoke about the nature of their collaborative experience.  Listening to them talk about the process of working together, while simultaneously watching an historical overview of their oeuvre, I was

Gibson Cuff Bracelets


Gwen Gibson, Kabuki II Bracelet, 2002 Polymer, Lazertran image transfer, gold acrylic paint Gwen Gibson has spent much of her artistic career creating wearable art.  Long interested in surface design, Gwen’s initial approach to polymer was through the eyes of a painter.  Because of this perspective, she sought out new directions with the medium.  Her implementation of screen printing as well as various means of image transfers onto flat sheets of polymer easily relate back to her experiences with painting, graphics and textiles.