Saturday, January 17, 2009

Kathleen Dustin Jewelry - Inspiration Celebrated in Polymer Clay

Ever since we first saw her work several years ago, we have found inspiration in the polymer clay jewelry art of Kathleen Dustin. We find ourselves repeating the words, over and over again, "Wow. This is polymer clay. How does she do that. How does she create that."

This one is called "Leaf Bracelet."

Most noted for her exquisite evening bags, her work has been celebrated for its emotional images of women, for the translucent depth of surface that she creates, and for her painstaking use of both vibrant and natural colors.

Her art-to-wear jewelry is equally as striking.

This one is called "Pinchpot Necklace." Looking at her work we feel inspired. Inspired by her ideas. Inspired by her techniques. Inspired by her choices of color and form and texture.

Her own thoughts are inspiring also:

"People often ask me, ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ I feel that part of my job as an artist is to pay attention, ....The imagery of my work comes from taking a deep look at my life, responding to it, and expressing it so that it strikes a cord in someone else too, encouraging them to pay attention."

This is "Tornado Bracelet" from her archived collection.
When viewing Kathleen's work we find ourselves having a strong emotional reaction that takes us to new places in our minds and ignites our creativity.

ok, so we just had to sneak in a photo of one of Kathleen's exquisite evening bags...... maybe it’s not jewelry, per se. But as true "art to wear" it still qualifies as jewelry for us....we would wear it as a piece of jewelry, no doubt about it. (It's called Corn Catchfly Purse.)

As Kathleen states on her website, ". . . these purses are functional, you are supposed to touch them, caress them and examine them. Your life is enhanced because it´s wonderful to carry beautiful things around with you and use them. And that is what I want my creations to do."

We leave her website thinking about inspiration and the role it plays in keeping us motivated to achieve our goals.

We're sure you've had a similar experience where you find yourself deeply influenced by an artist's work.

It is this energy of inspiration that can be used as fuel to keep us moving in the right direction.

So, what inspires you to keep pursuing your art jewelry dreams?

Where do you find inspiration?

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