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Explorations in Voice a collaborative project with Ginger Davis Allman from The Blue Bottle Tree. Explorations in Voice is a joint collaboration in projects, materials, and supplies for polymer clay.
Ginger and I have become friends over the past several years, especially the past year; Explorations in Voice is a result of that friendship. Together we worked out a collaboration along with all the details to make that happen. And do you know what? Exactly what I thought would happen when we got together, happened. We couldn’t stop laughing, chatting about clay, fountain pens & planners (don’t get us started, we don’t tend to stop on this one), life, and even tried to solve the world’s biggest problems. While we didn’t succeed at that, we sure did have a good time working on our collaboration. I know we’ve been keeping it under wraps for quite awhile, but today you get to come along on the journey.
So the idea was that we would reach out to a few suppliers of yummy things to use on clay, with clay, for clay … basically, it’s all about the clay, baby!!!! We wanted to see where our “voice” in polymer clay would take us if we were given the same supplies. We were so blessed to have 4 wonderful sponsors: B’Sue Boutiques, Christi Friesen, Lisa Pavelka, & Tiny Pandora. Each of these sponsors sent 3 sets of supplies. They were identical. Why 3 sets you ask? Well because ONE SET is for a lucky winner [giveaway is below].
Over 2 days, Ginger & I sat down in her studio and created and created and created. We worked for about 16 hours in that lovely studio. And not only did we have a great time, we learned a few things along the way too. We learned about each other, got frustrated because being the boss of clay in 100+ degree weather can be … well, challenging.
Over on The Blue Bottle Tree, Ginger is discussing in depth voice and artistic difference. I want to highlight for a moment how the exact same elements were used differently. In some examples the supplies that are the same are obvious. In others, not so much…
The products that were sent to us by our four sponsors were absolutely fun and in some cases very challenging. Between the two of us, we were able to use everything that was sent in our boxes and after 16 hours, we still had plenty of supplies left over. While Ginger did not have time to cane and use the CaneBenders, CaneCaps, & Square Pairs, from TinyPandora, I had that opportunity. [You can read my full review of CaneBenders here.] While she found the time to use the Lisa Pavelka stamp, I did not; but I did get to use the butterfly punches. Sometimes finding creative ways to use products is half the challenge. My dragon, Bloue, used the butterfly punches as wings for example; I also used the border molds as a background setting for my brooch. Ginger made a gorgeous triangle brooch with white clay tinted with the Christi Friesen CRASH Surface FX. Likewise, I used a tulip bead cap from B’Sue Boutiques as a way to make my tin stand up. Additionally, the large flower from B’Sue, I cut in half (yes, you can cut through brass) and used half a flower on four different projects: tin (2 flower halves), steampunk dude, floral brooch.
Thank you for all of you who entered and participated in the giveaway, it was a great success.
This collaboration, Explorations in Voice, would not have been possible without the donations of these generous sponsors. We are grateful for their generosity. Please take a moment to visit & shop their online stores. A list of supplies & links have been provided below.