Mixed Bag of Mixed Media: Polymer Clay Plays with Paper Collage, Wire Mesh, Wood, and More
This pre-recorded session will be a look at some unexpected uses of materials which extend the potential we associate with polymer clay. Wire mesh, aka bug screen, can be either an alternative to a free-form structural support or an integrated visual element. Paper and polymer can be layered and fused to make dimensional but very light weight forms and shapes for multiple applications, including with the mesh. Add colorants that work with these media to visually manipulate or connect your mixed media creations.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Raised in NYC by artist/designer parents, I pursued a B.A and M.A. in Art History, then enjoyed a professional career as the paintings expert at several auction houses in New York City and New England, (and, along the way married a former museum curator, director, and private art dealer).
A second career included a degree and career switch to interior design as well as board positions in college-level education, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, the IPCA, and local arts organizations.
So it’s no surprise I stayed immersed in what I studied and practiced when I discovered polymer clay and found the medium that let me sculpt with color, paint with texture, add and subtract at will, and explore widely, if not wildly! I believe it’s these characteristics that sets polymer clay apart from all other media. I admit that I like to surprise, am bored by the expected, and success, for me, is always going to be when I can say, “yes, that works!”. I’m also rather adamant that nothing can ever really work unless it follows fundamental design principles because, as I have observed all my life, without them technique is just technical. I think this is where artistic identity, or “voice” is found, as it has been throughout the history of art and design.
- International Polymer Clay Association
- New England Polymer Artist Guild
Examples of Kathryn’s Work
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