Polymer POST

I have published several posts about one of my favorite local art programs, the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST).  But this year is the first time I have ever encountered polymer artists on the tour.   My friends Patty Pickup and Terri Powell (ArtSci designs) joined together in West Philadelphia to showcase their work for this years’ Open Studio Tour West.   They were the only polymer artists on the tour this year, but I am hoping this will change as more people start to recognize polymer as a serious art medium. 

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Patty’s Spruce Hill home was a great place for the display

Patty has an incredible, huge studio on the third floor of her home.  To see pictures of Terri’s studio, press here.

Patty’s latest work.  Her color washed-pendants are very popular.

ArtSci designs yummy carved and backfilled bracelets look good enough to eat.  I own a set of these and love wearing them.  If you are interested in purchasing any of Terri’s work, you can contact her through her web site here.    Patty does not have a web site yet, but I’m sure that’s only temporary.

 

 

 

 

New Work from the Beading Yoda

I dropped in on my friend and neighbor Jeri Schatz (AKA Beading Yoda) to show her the rings I have been making and to get some tips and constructive criticism.   (Jeri studied goldsmithing at the Kulicke-Stark Academy in New York and served an apprenticeship there before she moved to Philadelphia and began beading.)  After we were finished, I asked her t what she was working on, and she took down to beading central so I could see for myself.

 

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The Beading Table

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Beaded Beads

Bracelets

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Super Duos combined with seed beads

Multi-layered Geometric Bracelet

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New  necklace design

 

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A geometric bracelet that moves wonderfully when you wear it.

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Geometric, Herringbone, and Peyote

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More bracelets with Super Duo beads, triangles, bars and seed beads.

E.C. Bradley’s Tactile Textures

My next stop on the POST tour was  studio 409 in the Crane Arts Building to see the the highly textured and dimensional work of E.C. Bradley who works in plaster, acrylic and resin on boards and canvas.  I find his work very attractive and calming.  Here are pictures of some of my favorites.

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“Klee Date”

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Tulips

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Watercolors!

 

 

 

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Read more about the Crane Arts Building here.

 

 

POST Tour 2016: Jim Brossy

Last weekend was the East-of-Broad-Street portion  of the  Philadelphia Open Studio Tours or POST for short.    It’s lots of fun to visit artists’ studios, have a look around, and learn about the work they do.  My first stop was  Jim Brossy’s studio  in Northern Liberties.  It’s a cavernous space and it has to be because Jim works very large.  His  multi-dimensional works  exhibit an eerie storybook quality.

“The painting is not a representation of life, but a real thing, an object in a real space, that can be experienced as a picture. The integration of  tar, cement, wax, latex, steel and other “non- art” materials along with traditional art materials, eliminates boundaries creating new form. ”

 

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Jim’s work  pulls the viewer in and elicits an emotional response. It is difficult to look away He refers to his work as “Crackpot Realism.”  Read about Jim and see more of his work here.

Next Week: E.C. Bradley