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Applicant Artists - Mixed Media

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Georg Dinkel

Georg Dinkel

Day of Judgement

The Day of Judgement is a peep box about mind control and virtual reality. It is consisting of a wooden box with a big, flat magnifying screen, through which the viewer sees the stage setting.

The Major Judge is placed in the middle on a pedestal. He is a knight in shining armor equipped with a data helmet, a data glove on his left and a magic beamer in his right hand. He takes his power from a tapped and infected heart in the tower below him.

The twelve Grand Jury members are brain-controlled human heads placed on choir stalls. They are tied to a parasite worm in a bell jar.
The defendant with ball and chain is kneeing on a iron pedestal in front of the judge.

The peep box has a 24“x18“ fresnel screen which gives a artificial (and weird!) three-dimensional view of the scene inside. A lot of LED lights and mirrors on the walls and ceiling enhance this impression.
The lights and an ambient noise with sound effects will start after money is put in a coin slot.

( However I really tried, the 3D effect can’t be photographed, so I took one picture of the whole box with the stand and one of the interior without the screen.)

Size of the Box: LxBxH 95x60x75cm ( 38“x24“x30“)
Box with stand: H 185cm (73“)
(heavy)

EvaMarie	Törnström

EvaMarie Törnström

Na Pali Coast

Hawaii is paradise on earth – but Hawaii is also magnificient and wild. When I visited Hawaii this year in April I was madly inspired by the nature, the waterfalls, the colors and the wildlife. The most impressive and scenic part was the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai. The first time I saw the breathtaking scenery was from a helicopter where I could came right up to the cliffs with the blue sea with its white waves deep below. Next day I saw the Na Pali coast when we passed it with the cruising ship Pride of America. When I came home I knew I hade to make myself a very special memory. I decided to make a three-dimensional ”painting” with polymer clay on ordinary black canvas to show the structure of these old volcanoes and how the lava slowly have been floating down, creating these amazing shapes that you still can see, even if the lava stream now are cold and have been transformed into black stone. Sometimes my tears are falling when I create, and while creating these three pieces, I cried more than I have ever done before – listening to the soft Hawaiian folk music.

Linda Leach

Linda Leach

Feathers

Inspired by the gift of a labradorite cabochon from an artist friend, Feathers incorporates the lovely blues & golds of this unusual stone that shifts color with the light. Starting with a frame of brass strips and brass wire, the piece is then filled in with ultra-light Sculpey. During this process a copper plate which was hand drawn with double circles and stripes is etching in a bath of Ferric Chloride.

The Etching Alternative© veneer is made with liquid clay and alcohol inks in layers on the etched copper plate. Once the veneer is ready, it is cut to fit into the frame made by the brass strips and wire. A Mokume Gane veneer is fit into the remaining spots and on the clasp. The labradorite cabochon is adhered to the center of the pendant and surrounded by strips of gold clay. After baking the entire piece is assembled using brass jump rings.

Length of necklace: 23”

Pendant: 5” x 3”
Madlen Leitman

Madlen Leitman

Raspberry Gift

Materials: leather, backing polymerclay
The leather purse of handwork is decorated by fragrant berries of raspberry, the main thing not to eat them :)

Debbie Crothers

Debbie Crothers

Champagne Crab

How delicious is the delicate meat of a crab? We savour the flavour and marvel at the amount of luscious white meat in each claw. And when we’re done, those large, strong claws end up in compost or land fill somewhere. So let me take those claws and breath new life into them. Let me surround them with colourful goodness and let me show off their true beauty once again. Creating a MM, sculptural artwork in the shape of a necklace tells the story of my journey and my personal joy in creating bespoke jewellery pieces. Each polymer and MM component has been created as a stand alone element but when arranged together creates an artistic, symbolic neckpiece.

Materials used: Polymer clay, real crab claws and crab leg components, real coral, Tyvek paper, Swarovski beads and crystals, copper artistic wire, foils.

Size: 32cm wide x 39cm high

Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell

“Horta Culture”

Dimensions: necklace length- 23 ½”, dimensions of larger scroll element- 4 3/1/4” x 3”

Materials used: polymer, geode slices, wire, and metal clasp

Techniques: canes, cane veneer, hand sculpting, sandwich construction

The civilized world takes many twists and turns as it snakes its way toward overtaking natural (or alien) worlds. Inspired by the human drive for expansion in new lands, and their interaction with a silicon-based alien, the initial impression is one of hostility. An early encounter stirs up fear of the unknown, evoking the tribal instincts of the humans and sharp edged reaction of the alien. With an effort by the two entities to communicate and bond in unexpected ways, the experience eventually turns to a harmonious coexistence with discovery of common elements.

Applicant Artists - Non-functional Sculpture and Hanging Art

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Deb Hart

Deb Hart

Armadillo on the Town

Ann Mitchell

Ann Mitchell

Title: Fallen Flower

Dimensions: Polymer clay wall art, 9 ¼” H x 7 ¼” W

To Boldly Go….Fallen Flower is a complete departure from my day to day polymer clay jewelry work. For inspiration I perused the many photos I have taken of flowers in botanical gardens. I wanted the look of a painting with three-dimensional form, a flower with stamens still reaching for the sky. The mosaic background has the feel of the ground and other plants blurred by the camera lens when the flower is in focus. Wall piece is done in a combination of solid and liquid polymer clay, with toothpick armature in the stamens.

Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika

Shoe Shrine

In Mexico, one can often find many objects that are covered in Milagros. Milagros, meaning miracle, are small metal charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and are often attached to altars, shrines and sacred objects as a way of giving thanks for an answered prayer. My shoe shrine is an homage to this tradition. I took a vintage shoe form and covered it with polymer clay and then made many of my own milagros out of polymer. This votive offering is for my husband who is healing from foot issues!

Wood shoe form, polymer clay, milagro's, jewelry parts, found objects, charms. 7.5 x 3 inches

Claire Fairweather

Claire Fairweather

POPPY

This mosaic picture of a poppy interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of war. In the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, artificial poppies are worn on Remembrance Day or ANZAC Day, to commemorate those who bravely died in war. Poppies bloomed in between trench lines and ‘No Man’s Land’ on the Western Front, due to the extreme ground disturbance in warfare during World War 1. This is because the poppy is a coloniser, an annual plant that boldly goes forward, spreading itself by growing on disturbed ground.

Polymer clay mosaic on MDF board with acrylic paste for grout. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm)

Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika

Love Grows Here

This sculptural piece contains an anatomical heart that I created using a mold I made from a ceramic heart I found in Mexico. Many of my pieces show the influence that my travels to Mexico have had on my work. I often use sacred hearts as a traditional symbol but here the anatomical heart brings more personal meaning. Vines and flowers grow out of the heart muscle while a bird nests atop, symbols of rebirth and regeneration. The Latin banner that wraps the heart says, Art for Art's Sake and speaks to my passion for creating for the pure joy of it.

Wood substrate, polymer clay, jewelry parts, found objects. 3.5 x 7 x 4 inches

Georg Dinkel

Georg Dinkel

The Rat Ship ( Das Rattenschiff)

The Rat Ship was inspired by a nef. A nef is an extravagant table ornament and container used in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, made of precious metals in the shape of a ship. If not just used for decoration, it could hold salt, spices, cutlery, or even napkins.

The only member of the Rat Ship’s crew is the helmsman, who has a mechanical device for creating a current of air used to move the ship and two control sticks to navigate his track-laying vehicle.

The cargo is a pack of (maybe infected) rats to be brought to new territories.

I used a thin metal armature for the ship’s body and wood and thread to stabilise the mast. The rest is made of polymer clay and metal powders.

Size: LxBxH 40x30x18cm ( 16"x12"x7“)

Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika

The Hand of Mysteries

Inspired by the art of alchemy, I enjoyed adding my own symbols to the hand, though I didn't stray far from the original alchemical symbols that depict the transformation of man into god, the apotheosis. It is also sometimes referred to as The Hand of the Masons because it was a secretive tradition among Masons and was used as an opportunity to learn secret knowledge. It was said that in deciphering these symbols that divine power and regeneration was brought to the one who received this honor. I used astrological symbols and added the all seeing eye in the center of the hand which floats on a black background etched with navigational lines.

Wood substrate, polymer clay and found objects. The eye was hand painted on a limpet shell. 6 x 11 inches

EvaMarie	Törnström

EvaMarie Törnström

Banyan Tree Horse

In April this year I visited Hawaii for the first time in my life. It was one of the most wonderful and greatest experiences in my life. This visit made a total change of my way of thinking and from now a part of my soul will always be Hawaii – Aloha and Mahalo. One of the amazing signature trees of the Hawaiian islands is the banyan tree. This very special sort of fig tree made a great impression on me. These trees are characterized by aerial prop roots that mature into thick, woody trunks, which can become indistinguishable from the primary trunk with age. The most impressive banyan tree I saw was located in the Courthouse Sqare in Lahaina in Maui. It is the largest banyan tree in the United States. When I studied the winding and twisting branches and roots I saw that this could also be seen as a horse. So i created one. A banyan horse.

LaLa	 Ortiz

LaLa Ortiz

El Corazón de El Yunque (The Heart of the Rainforest)

Joyce Cloutman

Joyce Cloutman

Saint Nick of Assisi, North Pole

After an exhausting trip around the world, Nick loves coming home to the uncondtional love of all the animals that he and the elves share at the North Pole. Saint Nick and Maxx graciously agreed to pose for me. Sculpted from polymer clay around a foil and wire armature finished with a patina of oil paint and pastels then embelished with tiny jingle bells standing at six and one half inches tall.

601 AA NSHA 2b

601 AA NSHA 2b

Peppermint Puddle, polymer sculpture

This piece is created entirely of polymer clay. It began with the creation of a solid-colored cuff that was baked just long enough to make it stable. I then created a piece of clay "fabric" that I draped and arranged over the edges of the cuff to give the illusion of folded fabric caught at a moment in time. The entire piece is then baked.

For more than 15 years, I have been working with clay that looks like fabric . I have applied pieces of fabric-like clay to canvas to create work that hangs on the wall. The pieces in this application, and others in a similar vein, represent a new approach to creating faux fabric sculptures. People seeing them for the first time often want to try to lift the "fabric" off of the supporting structure.

Lorrene Baum-Davis

Lorrene Baum-Davis

Raven Wannabe (No 27)

This whimsical creature has high hopes of becoming stronger and bolder. Not human nor a raven, but something in between.

Can you hear him think…? “When I grow up….?”

He has the combination of the human spirit going forward and the innocence of a woodland creature. His mask indicates his dreams…. As we humans dress the role.

He is created out of polymer clay over spun cotton armatures, craft wire, oil paints and acrylic details. The textures on the surface were made by my own hand-carved polymer feather stamps.

He is Number 27 in my one of a kind whimsy ornaments.
Fran Abrams

Fran Abrams

Turquoise Splash - polymer sculpture

This piece is created entirely of polymer clay. It began with the creation of a solid-colored cuff that was baked just long enough to make it stable. I then created a piece of clay "fabric" that I draped and arranged over the edges of the cuff to give the illusion of folded fabric caught at a moment in time. The entire piece is then baked.

For more than 15 years, I have been working with clay that looks like fabric . I have applied pieces of fabric-like clay to canvas to create work that hangs on the wall. The pieces in this application, and others in a similar vein, represent a new approach to creating faux fabric sculptures. People seeing them for the first time often want to try to lift the "fabric" off of the supporting structure.

EvaMarie	Törnström

EvaMarie Törnström

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band with lyrics that mostly is about Viking mythology and history. When I saw them att Sweden’s biggest Music Festival Bråvallafestivalen in the summer of 2016 the very powerful music challenged my mind to create an explosive and powerful Viking horse that with the help of a fierce raven (a very important bird in Norse mythology) kind of exploded out from a pit of ferocious snakes, that also looked like flames from a fire. Even if I liked the concert, I had to leave, I had to find my way out of the enthusiastic crowd to get some paper and a pencil to make the first sketches. For almost a year I have been afraid of creating this sculpture because of the risk that it should not express power and boldness in the way I wanted it to. Now here it is…

Ken Reed

Ken Reed

What we salvaged after this morning's troubles

I was experimenting with forming polymer clay over a plaster life mask of myself. The first attempt cracked badly. I was subsequently able to make the technique work, but I wanted to put the “failed” attempt to use. I did a polymer version of the Japanese kintsugi ceramic repair technique, and liked the results.

Premo, gold liquid clay, cloth, wire. 7"w x 48"h x 4"h

LaLa Ortiz

LaLa Ortiz

Ode to Ernst

Ken Reed

Ken Reed

The Crown of Love

Inspired by the song of the same name by Arcade Fire.

The crown is in the form of an ancient Greek boar’s tusk helmet which readies the wearer for the Battle of Love.

The crown is ringed by twelve square panels with illustrations of various aspects of love, under red glass, bursting thru. On top, a hand holding a heart emerges from a golden egg, amid the swirl of tusks. Cheek panels and chin strap complete the helmet.

Premo, glass, digital images, cord, egg and cardboard forms
9"l x 7"w x 10"h

Ken Reed

Ken Reed

The Hermit

Face of an old man emerging from a nautilus shell, the beard extending like tentacles.

Inspired by a Medieval margin illustration of a rabbit jousting while riding a snail with an old man’s head (from The Breviary of Renaud de Bar, Metz, 1302).

Premo, Inka Gold, aluminum foil core. 7"l x 3"w x 4.5"h

Emerging Artists - Wearable Jewelry

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Nikolina Otržan

Nikolina Otržan

Cruiser pendant

The pendant is a part of my "To boldy go where no cats have gone before..." collection. It measures 8x5 cm, it's hollow inside and cord is fed around a little roundabout in the center of the pendant. It's completely made of polymer clay.

Kia Vähä-Jaakkola

Kia Vähä-Jaakkola

What goes around, Comes around

The idea for the piece was to do a piece what celebrates clay itself in a minimalistic but still in a bold way, answering the question of what would Enterprise's female heroine would wear. The collar style necklace is hinged in the back and has a magnet under the red piece in front as a clasp, so it's easy to dress on.

The collar is aproxematly 6cm wide in the front, and 2cm in the back. Besides the pin in the hinge and magnet, it's all clay (Kato).

Yen Lotherington

Yen Lotherington

SUCCULENTS NECKLACE

This is my second piece of work using polymer clay.

While working on my first piece, “Tree of Life”, I discovered the tantalising translucent effects possible with polymer clay. I wanted to create a piece of sculpture in that style.

Separately I had seen some beautiful succulents growing from a medieval stone wall in the town where we live in France. That became my subject.

The perfect opportunity arose when I needed a necklace “to boldly go” with a new outfit and so I sculpted my Succulents Necklace in my new favourite medium.

Materials: Polymer Clay, Metal Chain

Dimensions: 8.5cm x 3.5cm (3 inches x 1 inch)

Beth	Petricoin

Beth Petricoin

Curvaceous Necklace

This freeform "quilling" style is a new tangent from the quilled polymer I've done in the past, as I explore the idea of pairing different lengths of strips together to create freeform and sometimes unpredictable shapes. The bold curves are constructed with skinner blended strips of Premo polymer, accented with 2 rounded polymer beads and a chunky polymer toggle clasp. The beading that goes around the back of the neck is glass seed beads. All components are strung on beadalon wire.

The necklace measures about 20" in length, with the polymer focal components measuring 9" across the width of the necklace.

Beth	Petricoin

Beth Petricoin

S-curves Necklace

This freeform "quilling" style is a new tangent from the quilled polymer I've done in the past, as I explore the idea of pairing different lengths of strips together to create freeform and sometimes unpredictable shapes. The asymmetrical S shaped curves are constructed with skinner blended strips of Premo polymer, accented with 5 rounded polymer beads and a spiral polymer toggle clasp. The beading that goes around the back of the neck is glass seed beads. All components are strung on beadalon wire.

The necklace measures about 20" in length, with the polymer focal components measuring approximately 4" across the width of the necklace and 3" in length.

Beth	Petricoin

Beth Petricoin

Galaxy Pendant Necklace

This freeform "quilling" style is a new tangent from the quilled polymer I've done in the past, as I explore the idea of pairing different lengths of strips together to create freeform and sometimes unpredictable shapes. The asymmetrical pendant's curves are constructed with skinner blended strips of Premo polymer, accented with 2 rounded polymer beads and a spiral polymer toggle clasp. Hints of silver glitter highlight areas of the pendant. The beading that goes around the back of the neck is glass seed beads. All components are strung on beadalon wire.

The necklace measures about 21" in length, with the polymer focal components measuring approximately 3" across the width of the necklace and 2.25" in length.

幹子	伊鍋 (Masako Inabe)

幹子 伊鍋 (Masako Inabe)

Silence

Polymer clay, acrylic paint, metal parts used

Annabella	Taurino

Annabella Taurino

Shapes in Colour

My love of colours and shapes is represented by the mix of geometry and seamless elegance which can be dawned with any type of outfit. The piece was carefully researched and crafted to display the complexity of design in polymeric clay. The use of the memory wire and the Buna Cord allow a simple and clean design which adapts to different neck sizes without the need of a clasp or chain and it’s carefully finished with two drop shaped beads of polymeric clay at both ends of the wire. This piece is an accentuation of the relationship between perfect like geometry and imperfect beauty of handcrafted Italian Jewellery.

Materials Used:

  • Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay - Alizarin Crimson
  • Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay - Black
  • Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay - White
  • Memory wire necklace
  • Buna Cord 2mm - Black

Measurements:

  • Height 14,8cm
  • Width 11 cm
  • Pendant:
  • Width 9,1 cm
  • Height 4,5 cm
  • Depth 2,5 cm
  • Cord
  • Diameter 11cm (extendable)

Lynn Yuhr

Lynn Yuhr

Sumptuous Succulents

The warm organic nature of natural edge wood provides a perfect canvas for the curious shapes and playful colors of succulents. The range of inspiration comes from the mathematical patterns of rigid structures to organic, soft shapes, both found in succulents. While this brooch is a playful interpretation of succulents, it provides a beautiful and sumptuous compliment to the natural wood. The brooch is 3.5-inches tall by -2-inches wide. The polymer clay succulents are built on a sterling silver wire that is used to attach the piece to a Australian eucalyptus burl wood and create a tension spring and catch.

Lynn Yuhr

Lynn Yuhr

Ancient Journey

Mark making, colors and textures join together in homage to Kandinsky. But the layers of shapes take it further to give it the feel of coming from ancient galaxies beyond our world, maybe something the ‘fifth element’ might wear. This is part of a series being developed that studies the difference between mimicking and inspiration. This pendant was ‘found’ along that journey and represents a step along that path. The pendant is 3.5-inches tall by 2-inches wide and combines polymer clay with embedded sterling silver findings while hanging from a hand-forged sterling silver chain.

Lynn Yuhr

Lynn Yuhr

Space Balls

Whimsical mark making, pops of color and organic shapes are layered into this pendant. This pendant is a part of the series being developed inspired by Kandinsky. However, it has taken a tangent and evokes a more mid-century modern feel based upon the shapes used and the pops of colors suspended at the edges on wire. The pendant is 3-inches by 2-inches wide. The pendant combined polymer clay with embedded sterling silver findings.

Applicant Artists - Wearable Jewelry

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Claire Fairweather

Claire Fairweather

BEYOND THE UNIVERSE

This necklace interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of space exploration. In Star Trek, the mission of the starship Enterprise was “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

The dark navy blue round part of this necklace represents the universe. The round cane slices (bulls eye canes with a gold centre grading to pearl wrapped in a thin layer of dark navy blue) represent stars. The cut out hole is like a gateway to somewhere beyond, maybe another universe (?), through which the other end of the necklace passes. This end of the necklace, shaped like a tapered cone (made from the same gold/pearl Skinner Blend mix), is intended to represent a rocket/spaceship boldly going forward exploring the unknown. Polymer clay and Buna cord.

Dimensions: central disc measures 2 1/4 inches (5.5 cm) in diameter

Ann	Mitchell

Ann Mitchell

The Bog

On a trip last spring, I visited my cousin in Ohio who is a professor of entomology. I attended several of his classes including one on wetlands. He was discussing bogs and during class I sketched this necklace. The shapes of the bodies of water inspired me and I wanted to experiment with the idea of floating shapes within other shapes. I had also been working with tea as a dye for various materials. I had dyed some eggshells and the resulting colors made me interested in combining the eggshells with polymer clay. This piece is constructed of polymer clay with a mosaic of eggshells applied and enhanced with liquid clay. Other materials include chain, wire and semi-precious stones.

Dimensions: Overall Necklace length 20”, Center piece 3” x 2 ¾”

Louise Fischer	Cozzi

Louise Fischer Cozzi

Apostrophe Necklace

This is a black and ivory apostrophe necklace made out of polymer clay and sterling silver findings.

Louise Fischer	Cozzi

Louise Fischer Cozzi

Crescent Necklace

This is a very charming yet sophisticated crescent necklace made out of polymer clay and niobium findings.

Louise Fischer	Cozzi

Louise Fischer Cozzi

Oval Earrings

Black and Ivory Oval 2 Chain earrings that are made from polymer clay and sterling silver.

Linda Leach

Linda Leach

Starburst

Growing up watching shows like Star Trek I have always been fascinated by the beauty of the universe. Exploding stars was my idea for this pin starting with the center star going nova. Then rays of light, an expanse of stars and then finally the surface of a star or planet.

The pin started with a frame of brass strips and wire and was filled in with Sculpey Light with a pin being imbedded in the back. I prefer to have a textured back on my pieces to give them a “finished” look.

The Etching Alternative© veneer was created from a hand drawn copper plating using layers of liquid polymer clay and alcohol inks. The planet and expanse of stars are veneers, while the strips and exploding star and traditional polymer canework. Pin measures 2 ¾ x 3 ¼”

Marilyn Davenport

Marilyn Davenport

The Insignia

Taken from Star Trek Insignia Pin Starfleet Engineering Division.

Including quote: "You are the best because only the most talented, capable & dedicated get to wear the badge."

Debbie Crothers

Debbie Crothers

Ode to Red 2

A son who brings you quirky gifts is a special son who understands his mum well.  Knowing the lengths he goes to bring me such gifts is overwhelming and fills my heart with love.  Crab claws that are lovingly saved, cleaned and presented need to be respected and treasured.  The techniques I’ve chosen to include in this piece are special to me and have significant meaning – just like the crab claw.  

Materials used:  polymer clay, real crab claw, square wooden beads, artistic wire.

Size:   20cm wide x 42cm long

Debbie Crothers

Debbie Crothers

Wild Horses

The symbolic meaning of a wild horse – the Mustang – is ultimate freedom.  Freedom to think outside the square, freedom to be bold, freedom to take chances and freedom to create something you love.

Materials used:  polymer clay, horse hair, artistic wire.

Size:  19cm wide x 39cm long"

Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell

Floral Galaxy

Out of darkness, a sparkling galaxy emerges. This one is new and unexpected, with floral constellations taking the form of a glittering bouquet of flowers, floating out of the inky space beyond. A few bright lights of unexplored planets centered in the clusters of stars define the focal point of each flower. This intriguing formation warrants further exploration.

Dimensions: choker length- 15 ½”, dimensions of center flower with drop- 3 ¼” wide x 6” long

Materials used: polymer, liquid polymer, crystal, glitter, and wire Techniques: polymer micromosaic with crystal elements, blended cosmic surfacing, three-dimensional base forms, decorative embedded armature with removable center drop