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perfume-sets-rearIt’s been an exciting few weeks that felt like a mini-month! We’ve rearranged a bit at KCP Gallery to make room for showing and doing  lots of new artwork, and we are getting ready for the return to school and for Fall.

Things we’ve been working towards all summer are showing results, and it’s great to have such a wonderful space in which to work and to show the work of many other artists as well. All sorts of seeds are growing into bigger things–even miniature projects are growing into bigger ones.

My tiny perfume bottle collection is growing, and will be part of a display coming up. in October.I didn’t realize it until I was editing, but this photo shows the back of the sets, and they still look good; wait till you see them all displayed with the teeny labels showing too!

The Featured Artist at the gallery for October is the Art of PolyMarket Press, which is me wearing my publishing hat, plus all the artists with whom I’ve worked in making our books.

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helm1For an empire that is starting with less than a dozen books (so far), we have an astonishing wealth and range of artists who have participated. The first collaboration began with Judith Skinner, then it stretched further to include artists with work shown in the book.

That includes all of the artists who submitted polymer clay rectangles that look just like bolts of cloth when stacked on shelves in a Barbie-sized (2ft. x 4ft.) quilt store.

Featured in Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay, the store is being re-dressed from the floor up for the show to feature miniature perfumes and toiletries, and the little bolts are becoming a large wall hanging that showcase each bolt as part of a quilt patch. It’s a Friendship Quilt in the truest sense, because friends from around the world contributed to it.

Pieces: a miniature polymer clay quilt store

DSCN4255wParticularly suitable for the month of October is the Collection of Polymer Clay Masks. Many of these were shown in the book of the same name, but the collection has grown. I’ll have to count when we’ve finished mounting them all to the large wall hangings, but there are well over 700.

They are made to inside of a 3 inch square, and use polymer clay–but other details are left up to the artists. I’ve been making them and collecting the work of other artists who make them in the Somewhat-Annual Miniature Mask swap. Seen  here is are some diminutive delights from this and last year’s swap. In October, for the first time ever in one place, the work of these many artists from all over the world will be collected together in installations on the walls.

The collection is a vivid look at all sorts of faces and face-coverings, and along with the little bolts and other pieces creates an astounding treasure-house of polymer clay techniques in one place.

We’ll also present the mosaic works of Bryan Helm that were featured in the Quilt Papolymer clay miniature maskstterns book as well as in my two previous books about polymer clay that were published through Krause, Create a Polymer Clay Impression and Celebrations with Polymer Clay. Art from my collection that appeared in those books will also be on display, as will the wearable treasures from our most recent book with authors Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel. Polymer Clay Gemstone’s–The Art of Deception mixes mystery and tutorial together to give polymer clay a brand new ancient look.

Poet and photographer Ricardo Acevedo’s prints from the books Night and Interloper are as complex and layered in some respects as the mosaics, and his use of color and texture fit right in with the sensory offerings of this month’s show. Sometimes dark, always interesting and rarely simple, we are all exploring how things can be perceived differently through art–made little, or big, fragmented, differently colored, arrayed in collection with other pieces. Those creative connections, both virtual and captured in print, are what this show is all about.

Miniatures for a Doll’s Boudoir

a finished miniature set of toiletries for a fashion doll

a finished miniature set of toiletries for a fashion doll

Life is smelling pretty sweet in many ways this summer! Here’s a page I just put together for a tutorial on making a miniature perfume bottle set for fashion dolls.

I love making miniatures, playing with graphic arts, and creating with beads. This [...]

Miniature Mask Swap Page

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So much has been happening this year that while some projects get finished, they don’t always get fully documented right away…

However, the 2014 Polymer Clay Miniature Mask Swap did get made, photographed, sorted and mailed, and the 90 or so masks that I got to keep in return for mine are ready to be [...]

Polymer Clay Classes at KCP Gallery

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The weather is warm, we’ve got great illumination from the skylight plus big tables–so I’ve been getting out the polymer clay at KCP Gallery, where I’ve got my studio and gallery set up. Time to make lots of new beads, miniatures, dolls–and some home decor as well!

I’m doing class in all of the above, [...]

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After a lovely visit in Ohio, we’re back to work in Colorado, getting all sorts of projects moving along. Starting some, finishing others; and moving all through the artistic pipeline we call life here in Longmont! We’ve got a couple of annual events that are happening right now–the miniature mask swap and the dyeing days.

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Oh, Hi O

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New Beads and Beauties

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All the activity at the Kay Carol and Priscila Gallery and Working Art Studio has been keeping me hopping like the proverbial Easter Bunny. So far this year (and its only just the end of March!) we’ve had the several featured artists, cleaned and painted the gallery in preparation for more, hosted musical events and [...]

Kay Carol & Priscila | Gallery and Working Art Studios

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This is a great time for new beginnings, and I’ve got several in the works in this new year. I’ve relocated my studio space to 364 Main Street in Longmont, where I am making new art, giving classes, and finishing projects that have been in the works for a while. Here’s the start of a [...]

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The year 2013 is coming to a close, as is the last semester in my degree program at Front Range Community College. My Media Graphic Design degree is within reach, and I have enjoyed all the art classes there so much that I’m going to continue to take a few here and there as I [...]