Saturday, March 13, 2010

Folds, Craft becoming Art, & New Piece

When I work in my studio, I often listen to online programs. I find it entertains the part of my brain that tends to wander. (Sorta like that Beatles song, "I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in...") One of my favorite web sites to stream is the Public Broadcasting Service's (PBS) video collection. There's plenty of engaging programs that make me feel like I've learned something after listening. (Sorta like eating an Avocado... Yummy, and good for you.)

Yesterday I watched (and yes, I can watch TV while claying) a program called "Between the Folds". It's an independent film, by Vanessa Gould, about origami... And it blew me away! (Above, Mother and Child, Christine Edison.)

This is not your kindergarten origami, my friends. This is craft turned art! (Above, a magnificent piece created and folded by Vincent Floderer.)What I found most compelling about this program is that it stressed the many ways individual artists took a simple craft and turned it into an expression of the artist's vision. (Above, Bowl, Joseph Wu.)

Then, in the middle of the program, it hit me... This is exactly what we are doing with polymer clay!!

I strongly recommend this film for anyone who loves to explore other mediums as a way to stimulate their own creativity. Heck, I think anyone who loves eye candy will love this film!

A New Piece...
For those of you who just want to see more polymer... I finally managed to photograph a new BioBangle I'm calling Sun Star.

For those not familiar with what a sun star is, here's a photo of one of the many kinds found under the sea... They are huge beasts that will try and eat anything that will stand still long enough (including smaller star fish!).

I'll do my best to post a little more often. Synergy, while very inspiring and fruitful, took way too much out of me... And I've been dropping stuff right and left. (Oh, and a huge apology to all those who haven't gotten a reply from me. Please know I love all the emails I get! It's just that I can't keep up with them all.)


Nadja said...

Beautiful your new SunStar!
Big hugs to you!
Tim sends a little kiss too!

malsarts said...

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Find it on my blog Polymer Passion.

Raven's Clay said...

Nadja! I'm sending big wet Auntie kisses to Tim, and to you a big way-too-early-Spring-in-Maine hug! Thank you, my dear Swiss Sister, for the photo of Tim... but Moose has had a bad influence on him! Mittens go on the feet, young man! ;)

Malsarts, thank you so much for the award! I am very honored (and in good company, it seems). I shall have to spend some time thinking about who I would pass it on to. Check my most recent post... and you will see a little treat!

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