Published October 29, 2009
Tags: polymer clay color
I can still remember when specifying a specific color to a printer one would browse through a Panatone Fan deck to find the swatch that most closely matched the color of an object or part of a design. Then…if one had a powerful enough computer, access to a scanner and Panatone’s (then pricey) color matching software- things were a lot easier.
And – now- for less than ten dollars- $9.99 – you can have MyPanatone availble on your Iphone or IPod Touch!
“Who says you can’t take it with you? Not Pantone. Now with the myPANTONE for iPhone and iPod Touch app you have access to a variety of PANTONE® color libraries and the ability to build color palettes and share them with colleagues and clients. myPANTONE offers graphic, web, fashion and apparel designers a way to take PANTONE colors with you wherever you go. Can’t remember what a color looks like, now you can have Portable Color Memory™.”
There is an app walk through available on Youtube here.
Published October 23, 2009
This afternoon I have spent several hours replenishing my stock of earrings, packing for a workshop in Connecticut, answering email and Celebrating!
Twenty years ago was the first time I “touched” polymer clay. I remember watching the sun come and hearing the jets begin to take off from National airport – after an all night session of trying to figure out how to condition FIMO on my pasta machine to fashion a CityZenCane inspired watermelon cane. Little did I know on that day/early morning just how much my life would change (and evolve over the next twenty years) …
- the week before would be the last time I made homemade pasta with embedded home-grown fresh herbs on that machine
- the opportunity to directly participate in a burgeoning world-wide community of fellow polymer artists would enfold
- to ability explore “hands-on” via polymer my lifelong passion as an artist for color and repeated pattern would continue to propel and enthrall me
Wishing everyone a colorful and wonderful weekend…
I’ll be teaching a pre-conference workshop at Clay Fest before heading to Synergy2 in Baltimore. Please join us!
The CFCF early bird deadline has been extended until 30 October. The CFCF workshops are being taught by Tony Aquino, Maureen Carlson, Louise Fischer Cozzi, Grant Diffendaffer, Dayle Doroshow, Laurie Mika, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Lisa Pavelka, Sarah Shriver, and Ronna Sarvas Weltman have spaces available for you but they are filling fast, so get your registrations in soon. An updated workshop schedule is available on the Cabin Fever site.
Pre-conference workshops instructors include a 2-day Master class with Jeffrey Lloyd Dever (FULL), and one day workshops from Lindly Haunani (FULL), Nan Roche, Maggie Maggio, Cindy Silas, and newly added Jana Roberts Benzon.
Nowhere else can you get hands-on workshops from so many talented and experienced instructors in one place in the middle of winter! And a portion of every registration will be donated to the Polymer Clay Project! The Holiday Inn hotel is just 20 minutes from the BWI airport and downtown Baltimore off of Interstate 95! Take hands-on workshops in Laurel and head to Baltimore for the Synergy sessions
Recently Maggie Maggio and myself were delighted to be interviewed by Allison Lee at Craftcast about our new book- Polymer Clay Color Inspirations and our shared passion for color. Although Alison indicated that she was “new” at interviewing two people at once, she did a wonderful job, while asking insightful questions.
You may listen to the interview at the Craftcast site here or download it from iTunes here.
“Alison Lee, host of the popular online radio show, CRAFTCAST™, has been a ‘maker’ since learning how to knit at her grandmother’s side, nurturing a life-long love affair with handcrafts that would make her Nannie proud. CRAFTCAST™ began four years ago when Lee, armed with a passion for all things handmade, the gift of gab, a keen ability to put people at ease and a warm sense of humor, began interviewing artists, crafters and individuals engaged in the business of art, posting the radio interviews on her blog. Ms. Lee, who left a successful career as a creative director to pursue her dream of inspiring other ‘makers’, is a pioneer in the world of online talk shows. People around the world are listening, downloading more than 400,000 CRAFTCAST™ episodes since the radio show’s inception! Lee’s interviews keep crafters inspired and connected to their creative cycles, complete with her weekly sign-off that affectionately reminds listeners to “get your butt in the chair and keep crafting!””
Alison is one of the presenters at the upcoming International Polymer Clay Guild Conference in Baltimore this February 24th-27th, 2010 at Synergy2
Published October 4, 2009
In the latest issue of House Beautiful Magazine there is a feature section on color- including a Color Numerology Test. Ellen Kennon, a color expert with a spiritual bent analyzes the numerology colors associated with your name.
I am “gold”…9. Gold: Radiates love, joy, compassion, and understanding- and geez I was hoping I was “Purple”, but they are all good! Hope you are having a colorful weekend.
In 1994 I taught a polymer clay workshop at The Florida Craftsmen’s Guild’s annual conference in Jacksonville, Florida and I have fond memories (and several somewhat outrageous stories) of several aspects of that weekend conference (perhaps more later?)… one thing that really stands out in my mind is that the opening ceremonies were held in the Jacksonvile Museum of Art. In addition to the Guild’s annual juried show being on display, there were plexiglass pedestals of the instructor’s work on display throughout the museum- and as I chatted with Paul Soldner- I couldn’t help but notice that my pieces were on display in front of a Rauschenberg painting! I remember pinching myself and thinking “Pay attention, this may the closest you will ever get to being in a museum collection as a living artist.”
Fortunately history (and Elise Winters Polymer Collection Project) has proven me wrong. Today I am delighted/thrilled/honored to say that I am one of ten artists/eleven pieces (Bright Petal Lei) that have been added to The Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s permanent collection. Congratulations are in order to Rachel Carren, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Kathleen Dustin, Victoria Hughes, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Cynthia Toops, Pier Voulkos, Elise Winters (and myself).
To find out more about how YOU can support the Polymer Collection Project please visit Polymer Art Archive.