...from Albert Einstein: "Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better. "
Today's post is inspired by nature, and organic texture. I am focussing on texture this month; my friend Cooky Schock and I are doing a collaborative year long exchange on our shared blog at Coast 2 Coast Creative. And natural textures are my absolute favorite. Mother Nature was truly an inspired artist when she created marvels like sea urchins, tree bark, and seed pods! Oh seed pods...
|Eucalyptus pods from San Diego.|
|I use these frequently, one of my fav motifs. And such different designs, such diversity! They remind me of Medieval quatrefoils.|
|Ocean and sea themed found objects in my studio.|
|Plant and pod pieces gathered in my studio.|
|Ocean pieces and their "negative" polymer pieces. The sea urchin had to be taped back together for the picture...|
When I make molds of my hand carved ceramic pieces, I cast them in plaster. That process ruins the original, as it is forcibly taken from the mold when set. For more fragile objects I have started using various brands of RTV. This "room temperature vulcanizing" mold material is so fabulous! ( I have used Micro Mark's and Alley Goop) Simply mix equal parts, press, set aside. Fifteen minutes or so - there you are! I cast my cured polymer pieces to have a flexible version of my new texture vocabulary.
With the brain coral and seed pod shown above - I used the RTV on the polymer "negative" - resulting in a RTV "positive" that replicated the item's direct texture. Pressed in design? Raised up design? I can do either... And for one more positive image... I used black polymer to make positive stamps from these three RTV molds. The ideas I am having of that star anise pod! ( far right) pressed into clay, glaze pooling in the design... yummy. And poppy pod earrings? Sweet!
Many of my fellow artists at AJE are also inspired by organic textures. Leaves, sea urchins, shells... in porcelain, stoneware, bronze and copper... Feel free to browse!
|L to R: Kristi Bowman, Lesley Watt, Karen Totten, Diana Ptaszynski, Kristi, Lesley, Diana.|
Until next time...