Julie Picarello

JULIE PICARELLO
CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

IMPRINT MOKUME APPETIZER

Over the years, polymer artists have adapted the metalworking technique of mokume gane for their own media in many different ways. Whether imprinting patterns with tools, stamps or handmade plates, the starting point is often similar…building a stack of multi-colored layers of clay that will be shaved or sliced. Consider this short session an appetizer to inspire exploration, sparking “what if” ideas that will blossom on your own workbench! We will focus on three areas: opaque & translucent color palettes, incorporating additive layers of inked metal leaf and silkscreens, and tools (both purchased and handmade) that can be used to create uniquely custom designs.

OBJECTIVE

Attendees can focus on the important building blocks of successful imprinting…color mixing, additives, stack (billet) creation, and finding or making unique imprint tools. My hope is that attendees, whether novice or experienced, will be inspired to experiment!

ABOUT JULIE

As an award-winning artist, international instructor and author of “Patterns in Polymer: Imprint & Accent Bead Techniques”, Julie’s work has been featured in a variety of print publications as well as Beads, Baubles & Jewels TV.

Influenced by the computer circuits she designed for over two decades, and inspired by master artist Tory Hughes, in 2005 Julie became intrigued and completely focused on what she calls “Imprint Mokume”, an adaptation of an ancient Japanese metalworking technique that lends itself well to polymer clay.

She began experimenting with various tools and layering methods to create controlled rather than random patterns, and adding depth and dimension to her designs.

Julie’s wearable art reflects her love of color, symmetry and clean lines and she showcases the sophisticated depth and dimension of polymer with custom palettes, contrasting textures and her use of hardware and found objects.

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