Friday, February 5, 2016

Participating in a World Art Project.

My 4 x 4 tile 
As any of you who read my blog regularly know, I love working with polymer clay.  50 years ago the company ‘FIMO’ made the first polymer clay in Germany.  Fimo is now world famous and there are also many other companies who make different brands of it. Fimo has 115+ colors and is used in 60+ countries. 

As part of the 50 year celebration, The Fimo 50 World Project is under way.  This world project is a way for polymer artists to participate in a collaborative art project that will benefit charity.  It works this way:  an individual polymer artist makes a unique 4” x 4” tile that is sent to a central site.  The tiles will then be placed on a large scale sculpture symbolizing the earth.  Once the ‘Fimo World’ is finished, it will be dismantled and each piece will be auctioned.  All profits will go to (1) Dr. Ron Lehocky’s Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies and (2) the Samunnat community in Nepal.

As I look at some of the tiles that already have been received, I am amazed at the variety of ideas and techniques that are being used.  Being part of a large community like polymer clay is inspirational and such fun!  If anyone is interested in participating go to www.staedtler.us  The deadline is April 30.

My 4” x 4” tile is finished and ready to pack.  I thought you might be interested is seeing some of the process.  In a previous post (http://www.lindabrittdesign.blogspot.com/2015/06/monarch-butterflies-and-more.html) I shared the process of the butterfly cane.  I decided to use that cane for my tile to call attention to the plight of butterflies worldwide.  The 5 images (similar to the human form) in the center circle symbolize the need for all of us to connect and take care of the environment.

The 3 sizes of butterfly canes I used

Planning the geometry.

The finished piece

There are several pieces of polymer jewelry on my etsy site using this cane.  www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign  Please take a look!

Friday, January 29, 2016

A New Toy Gone Bad


For Christmas, my brother Dave, gave me a 3D Stereo Drawing Pen that we both thought looked like fun!  I waited to try it out until now after watching a couple of Youtube videos.  It came with blue and pink filament and I read the directions, put it together and started to play.  


The first thing I made was a pink pyramid with 3 blue flowers and it turned out ok.  I learned how to start the hot filament on paper and then bring the pen up into the air as I pushed the button to release the filament.  It worked great and I realized it would take a little practice to learn to control the pen without making so many squiggles.


Tonight I sat down to play again and was in the process of making a blue lizard when I noticed the blue filament was tangled. I let the pen cool down - the tip gets pretty hot as it melts the filament - unplugged the pen and straightened out the tangle.  



The evening went downhill after that as the blue filament got stuck in the pen and would not go forward or backward.  There is no troubleshooting section in the directions and nothing on google.  I emailed the seller (Ebay) and will see what he has to say.  Otherwise my fun has stopped!  and no blue lizard!

My take on this product is that it is a fun toy but not a really useful tool to use for making a prototype.  It is a means for drawing creatively and enjoying seeing what it will do.  I think it needs another update.





Friday, January 22, 2016

A Visit to the San Diego Zoo



One day is not enough!  I'm not sure a week would be enough.  The San Diego Zoo is one of my favorite places to visit and my recent trip did not disappoint.  The zoo is huge so you just have to start somewhere.

There are metal sculptures tucked among trees and bushes, sitting on logs and posts.  It's a nice contrast with the animals. Exhibits throughout show prehistoric and modern changes in environment and animals.

 The habitats for the animals are as 'real' as they can be made given the amount of land available.  I talked to a guide for a while and she explained some of the research the zoo is doing in other countries.  They have a program that helps save the elephants in Africa by offering a living wage to poachers with the understanding that instead of poaching they will help track the elephants and work with the zoo program.  I was impressed with the amount of conservation research they do.


 Here are just a few photos for you to enjoy!


Family of Slender-tailed Meerkats
 I love watching the Meerkats as they interact with each other.  Two babies were learning to balance on a log and one kept falling off.  Determined he kept climbing back and trying again!

Secretary Bird 
 The Secretary Bird has fascinated me since I saw them in the wild in Tanzania.  They really do look a lot like secretaries used to look with high heels and a pencil tucked behind their ear.

Maned 'Wolf'-South America
 The Maned Wolf was beautiful and I got a really good look at him and he is not really a wolf but of another genus.

Southern Gerenuks -Tanzania
 I spent quite a bit of time with the Gerenuks and the zoo guide.  This is the mating season and the male was checking out the females.  He was gentle as he asked the lady to get up.  They are so graceful.
Snow Leopard - high elevations of Central Asia
 The two Snow Leopard held my attention as they chased each other and growled loudly!  Amazing animals and endangered.

Electus Parrot - Indonesia
 I had to visit the aviary and one of the first birds I saw was the Electus Parrot.  Wow!  Look at that color.

Victoria crowned Pigeon - New Guinea
 This pigeon was named after Queen Victoria and it certain has a regal bearing.

Tree Trunk - great pattern!
 Lots of interesting and unusual pattern and textures in the trees and plants.  I'm always looking for texture and pattern.

Emerald Starling
 When the sun hit this starling, I was spellbound.  The iridescent colors - well - just Wow!

Flamingo
The beautiful pink flamingos were the last exhibit before the end of  my day.  Good for my soul!
www.sandiegozoo.org

Friday, February 5, 2016

Participating in a World Art Project.

My 4 x 4 tile 
As any of you who read my blog regularly know, I love working with polymer clay.  50 years ago the company ‘FIMO’ made the first polymer clay in Germany.  Fimo is now world famous and there are also many other companies who make different brands of it. Fimo has 115+ colors and is used in 60+ countries. 

As part of the 50 year celebration, The Fimo 50 World Project is under way.  This world project is a way for polymer artists to participate in a collaborative art project that will benefit charity.  It works this way:  an individual polymer artist makes a unique 4” x 4” tile that is sent to a central site.  The tiles will then be placed on a large scale sculpture symbolizing the earth.  Once the ‘Fimo World’ is finished, it will be dismantled and each piece will be auctioned.  All profits will go to (1) Dr. Ron Lehocky’s Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies and (2) the Samunnat community in Nepal.

As I look at some of the tiles that already have been received, I am amazed at the variety of ideas and techniques that are being used.  Being part of a large community like polymer clay is inspirational and such fun!  If anyone is interested in participating go to www.staedtler.us  The deadline is April 30.

My 4” x 4” tile is finished and ready to pack.  I thought you might be interested is seeing some of the process.  In a previous post (http://www.lindabrittdesign.blogspot.com/2015/06/monarch-butterflies-and-more.html) I shared the process of the butterfly cane.  I decided to use that cane for my tile to call attention to the plight of butterflies worldwide.  The 5 images (similar to the human form) in the center circle symbolize the need for all of us to connect and take care of the environment.

The 3 sizes of butterfly canes I used

Planning the geometry.

The finished piece

There are several pieces of polymer jewelry on my etsy site using this cane.  www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign  Please take a look!

Friday, January 29, 2016

A New Toy Gone Bad


For Christmas, my brother Dave, gave me a 3D Stereo Drawing Pen that we both thought looked like fun!  I waited to try it out until now after watching a couple of Youtube videos.  It came with blue and pink filament and I read the directions, put it together and started to play.  


The first thing I made was a pink pyramid with 3 blue flowers and it turned out ok.  I learned how to start the hot filament on paper and then bring the pen up into the air as I pushed the button to release the filament.  It worked great and I realized it would take a little practice to learn to control the pen without making so many squiggles.


Tonight I sat down to play again and was in the process of making a blue lizard when I noticed the blue filament was tangled. I let the pen cool down - the tip gets pretty hot as it melts the filament - unplugged the pen and straightened out the tangle.  



The evening went downhill after that as the blue filament got stuck in the pen and would not go forward or backward.  There is no troubleshooting section in the directions and nothing on google.  I emailed the seller (Ebay) and will see what he has to say.  Otherwise my fun has stopped!  and no blue lizard!

My take on this product is that it is a fun toy but not a really useful tool to use for making a prototype.  It is a means for drawing creatively and enjoying seeing what it will do.  I think it needs another update.





Friday, January 22, 2016

A Visit to the San Diego Zoo



One day is not enough!  I'm not sure a week would be enough.  The San Diego Zoo is one of my favorite places to visit and my recent trip did not disappoint.  The zoo is huge so you just have to start somewhere.

There are metal sculptures tucked among trees and bushes, sitting on logs and posts.  It's a nice contrast with the animals. Exhibits throughout show prehistoric and modern changes in environment and animals.

 The habitats for the animals are as 'real' as they can be made given the amount of land available.  I talked to a guide for a while and she explained some of the research the zoo is doing in other countries.  They have a program that helps save the elephants in Africa by offering a living wage to poachers with the understanding that instead of poaching they will help track the elephants and work with the zoo program.  I was impressed with the amount of conservation research they do.


 Here are just a few photos for you to enjoy!


Family of Slender-tailed Meerkats
 I love watching the Meerkats as they interact with each other.  Two babies were learning to balance on a log and one kept falling off.  Determined he kept climbing back and trying again!

Secretary Bird 
 The Secretary Bird has fascinated me since I saw them in the wild in Tanzania.  They really do look a lot like secretaries used to look with high heels and a pencil tucked behind their ear.

Maned 'Wolf'-South America
 The Maned Wolf was beautiful and I got a really good look at him and he is not really a wolf but of another genus.

Southern Gerenuks -Tanzania
 I spent quite a bit of time with the Gerenuks and the zoo guide.  This is the mating season and the male was checking out the females.  He was gentle as he asked the lady to get up.  They are so graceful.
Snow Leopard - high elevations of Central Asia
 The two Snow Leopard held my attention as they chased each other and growled loudly!  Amazing animals and endangered.

Electus Parrot - Indonesia
 I had to visit the aviary and one of the first birds I saw was the Electus Parrot.  Wow!  Look at that color.

Victoria crowned Pigeon - New Guinea
 This pigeon was named after Queen Victoria and it certain has a regal bearing.

Tree Trunk - great pattern!
 Lots of interesting and unusual pattern and textures in the trees and plants.  I'm always looking for texture and pattern.

Emerald Starling
 When the sun hit this starling, I was spellbound.  The iridescent colors - well - just Wow!

Flamingo
The beautiful pink flamingos were the last exhibit before the end of  my day.  Good for my soul!
www.sandiegozoo.org