Melting Pot Studios
The United States has been referred to as a “melting pot” of peoples and cultures into a new whole. This is also a very good description of my family. We are from varied backgrounds, but with lots of love, we have become more than individuals. This is the inspiration behind my art. I honor the varied cultures of our ancestors, and blend them into my vision of the world.
Polymer clay and beads are my chosen medium. The versatility of these media allow me to depict both the beauty…and the humor, that is around us every day. We just need to slow down and look!
The construction of my 3-D art pieces start with a focal bead. Sometimes it will be a bead that I’ve purchased from another artist, and other times I’ll use one that I’ve made from polymer clay. The focal is attached to a backing fabric, and using bead embroidery techniques I start stitching beads into place. The method is completely free-form, and very textural. I use a lot of Swarovski crystals in my work, along with fresh water pearls, shells, and fibers. Once I’m happy with the shape and texture of the piece, I’ll add a backing fabric and edge the piece with more beads! The completed piece is then attached to it’s final home. Nothing is safe, I’ll add beads to almost anything!
I have two lines of jewelry, mixed media and polymer clay. The mixed media necklaces frequently include a small beaded component, constructed in the same manner as my 3-D art pieces. The beaded component is combined with copper discs which I heat patina, cut out, sand, and seal. They also can include polymer clay beads which I make, and always include lots of Swarovski crystals. The earrings are constructed in the same manner, but do not have beaded components. The polymer clay line features beads that I've made and of course...Swarovski crystals!
My work is available at Artistic Portland, and can also be seen in my online shop, www.meltingpotstudios.etsy.com
I can be reached at email@example.com