Studio Art Workshop: POLYMER CLAY - CELEBRATING SEED PODS 101: 23 July 2022 (Beginners)
About the workshop
Polymer clay is a versatile, colourful and FABULOUS medium for creating your nature inspired projects. Most of us learn at school about seed pods and how they protect the developing seed and help plants to spread that seed. But did we catch even a hint of passion about just how utterly amazing seed pods are? With their fascinating shapes and diverse colours and forms? Seeds and pods have inspired artists using all sorts of media for centuries and, like some of those artist of old, my art often reflects an obsession with them! Studying a seed pod as a source of creative inspiration (aka ideas for jewellery!) can help us to really appreciate just how fabulous pods are and how to realise how cleverly they have evolved to do their job.
In this class we will examine a range of seed pods and use them as inspiration for making linocut stamps. We will then use these to print onto polymer clay to create wearable celebrations of seed pods. If you want to dive deeper in a longer class, you can create more of your own lino cut designs based on pods in Celebrating Pods 102! (coming soon)
This is an introductory class. We'll look at some design basics and you will leave with some knowledge about using polymer clay. You will understand some basic principles about colour mixing, surface mark making, curing and finishing techniques. You'll carve ONE pod inspired stamp to use (but look...we might be happy, sharing folk and use use some of each others? Who knows) and you will make yourself a pendant/brooch or pair of earrings that make you a walking celebration of seed pod diversity.
Dates: 23 July 22
Days/Times: Saturday 9.30am to 4pm
Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Amenities: There is a cafe and supermarket within a short walk, as well as free onsite parking.
Experience/prerequisites: This course is suitable for beginners aged 16+.
Materials: All materials are provided on the day.
About the tutor
Wendy Moore starts most days with a walk in the bush. She collects leaves, loves lichen, and stops to take too many photos of interesting colours and textures. She is an introvert who makes extroverted jewellery which is often inspired by her (often pink) leaves, lichen and interesting colours and textures.
Wendy is passionate about teaching, sharing her love for nature and her belief that we’re all a bit happier when we make stuff. She is involved with the Trove Canberra artists’ collective and has exhibited at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. Wendy is a mixed media artist who works primarily with polymer clay. She has been using this medium and teaching others about it for several decades. This includes her ongoing work with women in eastern Nepal (where she earned an OAM for her work) who earn their living and subsidise a program for women who are victims of violence by selling their art.
Wendy cares deeply for the environment (as we all do at NatureArt Lab) and doing all we can to actively support that, so when it comes to the use of Polymer Clay, Wendy has carefully considered this. A summary of this document is:
My Material Use Manifesto
- I create beautiful, unique pieces that are designed to be treasured, not disposed of.
- I use a brand of polymer (Kato) that is phthalate free
- I minimise wastage of clay in the following ways:
I hand mix all my own colours in small quantities, only mixing as much as I need for a particular range or pieces.
I recycle ALL scrap clay. It is either remixed to create new colours or used to create the frame (not seen) of pieces. For example, the core of every single bead I make is made from recycled scrap clay.
I do not cure ANY piece that I am not totally happy with. This means I am not putting cured clay into landfill but using raw clay as described above.
When I carve or drill clay, I keep all the shavings and mix these with translucent clay to create a very specific and attractive mix of clay.
- When I am sanding a piece, I dry sand and collect the dust in a paper towel and put it into landfill. I rarely sand my work, but this is my practice when I do. I do not want any part of what I make to enter rivers.
When I am curing pieces, I always cure at the recommended temperature for the recommended time in an open, well-ventilated setting. Let’s call it OUTSIDE!!!
The full document can be provided via email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Image Credits: Polymer Clay pieces by Wendy Moore
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