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new work from cynthia toops and a mini break for damuse

I’m going to take the next couple of days off from posting, but will still add a variety of links on Daily Art Muse’s Facebook Page, so please join us there.  I’ll be back to regular posts on Monday – until then enjoy Cynthia Toops’ new website featuring her masterful polymer work. The Seattle artist’s collaborative efforts with husband Dan Adams continue to delight and amaze – so glad to see they have a proper online showcase for their art. There are many new pieces to ogle. Do it!


Sleepless in Seattle, 2010, glass, polymer clay, seed beads and silver, 25″

Metamorphosis, 2009, polymer clay, steel spring, 92″ x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/8″

Annelida, 2010, polymer clay, 1″ x 3 1/4″

Green Eyes, 2010, polymer clay and glass, 18″

Bobbin Necklace, 2008, polymer clay,sewing bobbins, vinyl discs, 23″
collection of Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Beetlerama, 2010, polymer clay

Beetlerama, detail


chama navarro’s polymer

Berries and mushrooms found on the forest floor were the inspiration for this flexible bracelet and necklace made by Spain’s Chama Navarro. The flexibility of polymer covered wire allows the pieces to be worn in different ways – short, long, twisted or winding down the neck.

FFFFlex Necklace, polymer, wire

FFFlex Bracelet, polymer, wire

FFFlex Necklace, detail

Navarro also puts her own spin on polymer and stainless steel thread bobbins – a technique introduced by Seattle artist Cynthia Toops a few years ago.

Bobbins, polymer clay

Urban Gardens Ring and Earrings

Her over-the-top polymer collar using Maggie Maggio’s watercolor technique is another example of work that pays homage to the artist who originated the idea while allowing Navarro’s style to shine through.

Polymer clay collar – watercolor technique

I don’t speak Spanish, Google’s translation tool is not always reliable and this glimpse (below) of the Urban Gardens necklace left me wanting more. I couldn’t find a picture of the whole necklace – if you’ve seen it, let us know!

Urban Gardens, polymer clay and…?

Navarro also works with glass.

rachel carren: art historian and polymer artist

Each piece of Rachel Carren‘s polymer jewelry bears the name of an historical artist such as Hokusai, Winslow Homer and William Morris.  Mixing color palettes that reflect the work of these iconic artists, the art historian, who holds a PhD from the University of Maryland, creates rich surface designs with patterns either relevant to the artist referenced or appropriate to the cultural time frame.


Divided Sebo Brooches
each 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3/8”, polymer, acrylic, mica powder

Monet Bangle Bracelets
3” x 3” x 1 ¼”, polymer, acrylic

“The juxtaposition of a thoroughly modern material with historical referencing brings the past to the present and the present into contact with the past.” Rachel Carren

Winslow Homer Mini Disks Necklace
18” L, polymer, acrylic

Chardin Divided Sebo Brooch
2 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3/8”, polymer, acrylic, mica powder

Hokusai Bamboo Bracelet
1 ½”x 5/8” x ¼”, polymer, metal leaf, ink

“Because of their mutual compatibility, polymer creates a permanent bond with the acrylic pigments I apply to its surface. It models like clay, drapes like cloth and fires at a low temperature into a strong and durable state.” Rachel Carren

Carren uses handmade silk screens to print thin sheets of polymer with acrylic paint before she layers, folds or weaves the material to create the textile-like effects that overlay the work.

See the full portfolio on her new website.

Look for updates about the book curated by Carren, due out in Spring 2011. Masters: Polymer Clay “will celebrate masterful artistic innovation and imagination in the ever expanding field of artists drawn to the creative capabilities of polymer.”

Click here to read about Carren’s contributions to the Polymer Collection Project, an ongoing effort to elevate the profile of polymer and the Polymer Art Archive, a comprehensive written record of polymer art history.

You can find a previous post about Rachel Carren here.

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