About the Artist
has lived in Urbana since 1970, and has been making jewelry since
1990. Since she has studied metalsmithing and polymer clay techniques
with masters of these arts, she does not claim to be self-taught. Images of her work have been published in The Crafts Report and 400 Polymer Clay Designs (Lark Books).
Before I worked
in jewelry, knitting and knotting (macramé) provided the
challenge of being creative within a formal structure. Knitting
and later, gemstone bead designs offered an opportunity to work
with patterns of both color and texture, but I found the palette
of colors limiting until I discovered polymer clay. This
is a pigmented synthetic moldable material which cures to a flexible solid. The
color patterns are the result of techniques derived from those used
by lampwork glass
artists in the construction of canes for millefiori.
Working in polymer allows unlimited space to explore the synergy of color, pattern, and texture. All of the
polymer beads and components in my work are handmade in my
My main artistic influences have been the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, and the work that resonates the most with me combines organic elements in a geometric framework.
Although I generally have a plan when I sit down to work, I hardly ever know what will happen after it is executed—the wabi-sabi combination of materials before me in the studio is a continuing adventure--I have a hard
time throwing out things-that-might-be-useful-someday (every member
of my family will attest to this), and new designs regularly emerge
from bits and pieces that have been lying around the studio (click
to see). Some of them are favorites of mine.
2011 Taste of Champaign-Urbana, West Side Park Champaign,
Nov. 12-13, 2011 29th Annual Art Fair, Craft League of Champaign-Urbana, Urbana Civic Center
November 20, 2011 Holiday Art and Craft Fair, Sylvia's Irish Inn, Urbana, Illinois
December 2-3, 2011 Old East End Art Hooha 905 S. Lynn, Urbana, Illinois; Friday 6-9, Saturday 11-6
December 11, 2011 Hanukkah Showcase, Sinai Temple, Champaign, Illinois
Water & Light, Lincoln Square, Urbana, Illinois
Southern Illinois Artisans Shop, Rend Lake, Illinois
Illinois Artisans Shop, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 2-200, Chicago, Illinois
shows at David Alan Badger Gallery, Havana, Illinois
at the Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, Illinois, July-August