Friday, April 18, 2008

Tulip Festival in Istanbul Turkey


Everybody thinks that tulips come from Holland. Actually, Tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey. In the 16th Century they were brought to Holland from Turkey, and quickly became widely popular.
In the Turkish history Tulip played an interesting role. The period in our history between 1718-1730 is called as the "Tulip Era", under the reign of sultan Ahmed III. This period is also expressed as an era of peace and enjoyment. Tulips became and important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life.

Tulip Festival in Istanbul have a polymer clay representative - this is Alev Gozonar, and she made a beautiful tulip with polymer clay. Artisans from Turkey will demonstrate fine Ottoman art depicting the tulip in many forms.

Good luck dear Alev!


Enjoy!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Polymeri Online 17.4.08


Ya! a new blog by polymer clay express! Thankyou rob and wilma :)
http://pce-artway.blogspot.com/

Alison Ingham use tiny glass and polymer clay beads in her jewellery - embroidery and beadweaving stitches such as peyote and herringbone. tiny mice title are her 2 little mice that are sadly no longer with her. (see photos of her work)
http://www.tinymicejewellery.com/

Coffee & Vanilla / Margot from London is all about food and design, she is playing with clay and making cute little food and sculpturing and has a real food blog too.
http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeeandvanilla/

Another food miniature artist is Lattementa♥ / Elisa from Italy (coffishop)
She is 20 and started making her own creations with fimo clay a year ago.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lattementa/
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5333754

Liz @ Boxie / Liz is making handpainted boxes and polymer clay miniatures, she is from US.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/boxie/collections/72157603899246631/
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5040145

Nancy's Etsy Kids - Nancy is a therapist by profession and a crafter by night! She loves creating her polymer clay babies, dolls, and necklace pendants.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/polymerclaycreations/
http://nek2c.etsy.com/

camida / Michelle Davis Petelinz
Michelle is a member of the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) and her unique polymer clay art (masks, clocks & boxes) is also presented in her Etsy store.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15042085@N02/
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5054052

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Polymeri Online 13.4.08


Israela Angel, is an Israeli artist. she works with polymer clay, fabric prints and vagetables :)

She developed a unique way of working with polymer clay. All the art work that you see can be used as a box or decor. These are all part of series she made that talks about women, about the fact that "a woman in her nature a person that holds inside her and being held".

Her work was chosen together with other 65 artists (3 of them israeli) to be presented in a "International Experimental Engraving Biennial" in Romania.

Her artwork are pretty small, they are approximately 12 centimeters high and 6 centimeters wide, all of her shapes are organic and she uses organic vegetables to get her unique shape -radish , turnip and potatos are just several of them.

Her process is as followed -
1. She takes for example a potato and cover it with basic polymer clay.
2. print her photo on cotton fabric.
3. hold down the fabric to the covered potato with a polymer clay decoration gel.
4. cover the print with a clear and liquid polymer clay.
5. Decorate the covered potato
6. makes a hole in the clay so she can take to potato out after baking.


Here is a hebrew tutorial written by Israela -

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Polymeri Online 10.4.08 - jewelry displays ideas


Here in Israel we are about to celebrate "Passover" in a week. Passover is a long holiday (a week) and lot's of gifts and presents are given to friends and family. It's a good opportunity for some tips on photos and jewelry displays for this holiday and for the next ones -

Here is a link to photo tips -
http://photojojo.com/content/tips/product-photo-tips-for-ebay-etsy-instructables/

Some jewelry display ideas -

Handmade Earring Display Racks
http://bethmillner.wordpress.com/2007/10/14/handmade-earring-display-racks-easy-to-make/

Grid Display
http://flickr.com/photos/shopclementine/1149723813/

Bracelet and Necklace Display
http://flickr.com/photos/smutopia/2344316554/

DIY Jewelry Display
http://paralyzedfreedom.wordpress.com/2007/07/16/diy-jewelry-display/

The pendant tree
http://www.jewelry-display-ideas.com/the-pendant-tree.html
http://www.jewelry-display-ideas.com/

Flicker groups of photos and ideads for fairs and crafts displays -http://flickr.com/groups/craft_fairs/
http://flickr.com/groups/craftfairgoods/

As for me, I took some photo frames and turned them into an earing display, with a little help from the photo-frame store they turned great.
http://flickr.com/photos/irismishly/1071930644/in/set-72157594438906976/

Happy Passover and thank you Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) girls for some of the links :)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Polymeri Online - 3.4.08 Australia #2


More Aussie Artists!

Sera Pinwill - The Fabulous Frippist
Sera has been working with polymer for over a decade, and have developed a fascination for perfect finishes. Whether its glossy and sleek or textured and antiqued - if its done well, she loves it. her own polymer work ends up in elaborately bead embroidered collars, as well as more conventional jewellery. Her next project is a doll - although her first dolls head effort was rather tragic, when the whole head developed giant cracks in three places, but she will keep up trying! :)
http://fabulousfrippery.etsy.com/

Chez have dabbled in polymer clay for over 15 years now but have been more seriously involved as a polymerclay artist in the last 3 years. she loves work that is original and unique. Everything she makes is hand made. She loves to sculpture mermaids and fairies as well as babies.
http://www.diamondlight.biz/
http://chezart.etsy.com/

Janis Frost - "Shades of Frost" has been creating with polymer clay for nearly two years and loves it.
http://shadesoffrost.blogspot.com/
www.frostmedia.com.au/janisfrost/

Lisa Henderson of LillyBriar Studio is a Polymer clay artesian and teacher. she had published work and projects in Australian magazines and she is a National award winner. http://www.lillybriar.com/
http://flickr.com/photos/32091010@N00/

last -Julie Doust - Love Julz, she has been poly claying for around a year and a half. she found a niche in making polymer clay covered pens and matching stands. she enjoys creating polymer clay beads and pendant etc, then incorporating these with other types of beads, glass, crystals and gemmies! Have recently found a love for making leaf tiles and polymer clay tube bracelets on memory wire.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27779351@N00/

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Oh Ya! another Clay Carnival!


After several years of doing the Clay Carnival in Las Vegas, The 'Euro Clay Carnival' is set to take place August 1-3, 2008 in Nottingham, England.

It will have an international flair as special instructors were added - 2 from England and 1 from Spain. The instructors for this event are: Donna Kato, Judy Belcher, Carol Blackburn, Leslie Blackford, Kim Cavender, Alison Gallant, Cathy Johnston, Sue Kelsey and Natalia Garcia de Leaniz.

There will be a total of nine different classes included in the package as well as daily lunch, tea/coffee and the fabulous Clay Carnival Dinner. You can read more about all the details on Donna Kato's website here.

Sign ups are starting to come in quickly so, if you'd like more information, visit our good friend Helen Cox for all the registration details.


Now you tell me, why did i choose to do my daughter "Bat Mitzva" in USA this summer? i should have chosen England... ;)

and this is not an April's fool joke... :)

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