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tanya marriott: quirky creatures & dolls

Although Tanya Marriott uses a variety of media when creating her characters, toys, animation and films, it is her work with polymer that caught my eye.  Fantastical. Whimsical. Magical. And each one comes with its own story. . .

Tanya Marriott, Bullers Apprentice

Bullers Apprentice, polymer, acrylic paints, soft body construction
Handmade cardboard cart by Garry Buckley

Tanya Marriott, Mothman

Mothman, polymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

Tanya Marriott, Mothman - Closeup

Mothman, detail

Tanya Marriott, Flyboy

Flyboy, polymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

Tanya Marriott, A Deer Couple

 A Deer Couplepolymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

Tanya Marriott, Work in Progress

 Edward & Jane, Work In Progress

Tanya Marriott, Edward and Jane

Edward & Jane, polymer, acrylic paint, soft body construction

 Tanya Marriott’s website

A bit of her process here

And armature making here

hijiri yahagi: puppet strings

Hijiri Yahagi’s series of life-sized ceramic figure puppets boast cracked surfaces symbolizing the hardships of this life journey.

Yahagi, I'm A Puppet

Ceramic, Wood, Rope, Steel, Copper, Brass

Yahagi, I'm A Puppet

Yahagi explores the human experience of carrying physical and emotional scars – how they help make us who we are.

Yahagi, I'm A Puppet

According to the artist, the puppet strings are metaphors for both the connections and restraints of our world.

Hijiri Yahagi

Beautiful. Haunting. Thought Provoking.

Hijiri Yahagi

Hijiri Yahagi’s website


rachel blair: longing to belong

Looking for a way to express feelings of homesickness and a long-held desire to belong, Rachel Blair created a collection of jewelry focused on the idea of a ‘sense of place’.

Rachel Blair, Restricted Deep Yellow Brooch

Restricted Deep Yellow Brooch

Exploring the psychology of attachment to a place and its memories, the recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art used silver and gold frames to capture hand dyed, tension set wound papers and ink stained tape tightly wound around metal frames.

Rachel Blair, Bound Brooch

Bound Brooch, ink stained tape, white metal, copper

Rachel Blair, Work in Progress

Work in progress

“The sensitivity of the fragile papers held in by pressure and tension; create an uneasiness and sadness, although aesthetically beautiful in muted tones of blue and green.”Rachel Blair, Constrained

Constrained Brooch

Rachel Blair, Held

Held Neckpiece

Rachel Blair is one to watch. . .I look forward to her next collection.

Rachel Blair’s website

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