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transforming plastic: tammaro, donald and golden

Here’s a triple treat to jump start your week! Anthony Tammaro, Mary Donald and Suzanne Golden are three of twenty seven artists with work featured later this month in Facere Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, Transmutations: Material Reborn.


Bauble-licious, angle stitching, embellishing, seed beads, acrylic beads

The exhibition, curated by Susan Kasson Sloan, celebrates the transformation of plastics into wearable art. The work is bold, innovative and thought provoking. With extensive portfolios brimming with plastics that have been beaded (Golden), altered (Donald) and computer generated with 3D software (Tammaro), these three artists top my list of favorites to watch from the exhibit.

Rio, acrylic beads

Suzanne Golden is playful and passionate and those traits show up repeatedly in her work (seen above). A visit to her website will fill you up with primary colors and repeating patterns. Read an interview with the artist here.

Anthony Tammaro (seen below) creates couture art and production jewelry using computer aided design and manufacturing processes, describing the work as “technology meets expression.”

For more from Tammaro, visit his Flickr Photostream and Crafthaus portfolio.

Tammaro with his Quad Spiral neckpiece, sls nylon

Coil Cuffs

Although mostly plastic, Mary Donald’s discarded found object jewelry has a decidedly organic feel. Her artist statement is worth reading too, beginning with this paragraph: “With the eye of a jeweler, I practice the art of hunting and gathering. Like an urban aborigine, I collect a variety of materials and even detritus plus remnants and miscellany from natural and other resources, carrying it back to the studio where it’s examined and then used to create body adornment, objects and sculpture. It’s hard to say sometimes, exactly, what this work is all about. It’s about so many things and nothing at all; I’ve come to think of it as a meditation on aesthetics, with a particular regard for the natural world.”

Visit her website to see more from her Rubber portfolio and Wood/Plastics porfolio.

Minus 143, rubber, nylon, silver

Assorted rings and objects, rubber, nylon, argentium silver

The exhibit at Facere runs from April 28-May 17, 2010

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