Today’s post comes from Jacque.
Several weeks ago I was posting replies on the Trail Baboon from “art camp.” My intention was to produce a blog about this experience immediately. However, when I sat down to write it I was greeted with a case of writer’s block, at least on that topic. Rarely am I speechless, but there it was, speechlessness. Now the words are flowing again.
The class was held at Maureen Carlson’s WeeFolk Center for Creative Art in Jordan, MN where she has studio space and a dorm on the second floor. The class itself was taught by artist and teacher, Lindly Haunani from the Washington DC area.
The art medium of the class was polymer clay, a material with which I often work. It is small, portable, and requires ordinary tools to shape it. When you go to an art store or an on-line site to purchase polymer clay, it looks like this, sold in little bricks:
Lindly taught us her techniques and allowed each of us to create our own version of a Joy Garden. I had a photo of an unusual tree stump which inspired my work that week. The stump is at the local dog park where I found it, then snapped a picture:
The human figure in the stump inspired this figure made from polymer clay. The stump at the base of the Joy Gardener is a reproduction in polymer clay of the stump in the dog park:
Other students in the class produced projects in the same theme. However, each project reflects completely individualized ideas which inspired the projects, the styles, and color palettes.
What inspires you to create?