I have been lost in a haze as the whirlpool of school took over and then I started to play. I am exploring the polymer clay but also the idea of a web and circle and how I can combine these. I am also starting to add copper wire. In my moments of escape I formed my small polymer clay pieces. I found myself adding sections of previously made air dry clay pieces. The idea of hanging pieces felt right. Somehow this evolved and the weaver took over. Using segments of green wisteria branches I formed loops. The idea of a dreamcatcher type image floated in my head. Not perfectly formed but binding the suspended pieces. I also wanted the feminine energy of copper so I added wire. These polymer clay pieces have truly become mixed media pieces. The crystals have become more important in my making process and I am continuing to shape how I will complete these pieces. I want something unique that is clearly me. There are many polymer artists doing small faces. The question becomes what makes me different.

Of course I will continue to play with small brooches as I really enjoy these small detailed pieces. I feel like I am extending on the idea of what I can achieve with polymer clay as a medium and for me this is the joy of mixed media.

So as you can see I have been slightly distracted and not posted here as often as I usually do. The photos below are of the works in process a conglomeration of possibilities. I am enjoying the journey as I explore the possibilities that emerge. Next to work out how to finalise and hang. I also want/need to do some painting and go larger again. This is a process of play that I love and I know in the transition from one type of mixed media play to the next, I will inevitably go into the studio clean up zone. So much fun having an art play day between the teaching phases…this is the way I find my balance and feed my soul.

Exploring the possibilities of mixed media polymer clay minitures by Cheryle Bannon

Exploring the possibilities of mixed media polymer clay minitures by Cheryle Bannon

Close up miniatures. Love the possibilities within the circle. Original artworks by Cheryle Bannon

Close up miniatures. Love the possibilities within the circle. Original artworks by Cheryle Bannon

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