Weekend Eye Candy - Dee Wilder Edition, 1. Flexible and Sparkly Rolodex Bracelet, 2. More Variations on a Theme, 3. Faux stone bird skulls, 4. Cabochon, 5. Wing Earring, 6. Faux Deer Antler Bracelet, 7. Extruded and Turned, 8. K-canes, 9. Silver Bead Caps, 10. Elytra Earrings, 11. Nudibranch Bracelet, 12. Lathe-Turned, 13. Trilobite bracelet, 14. Polymer Clay Threads for Micromosaic, 15. Pendants, 16. My first micromosaic Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Hello, My name is Lora Hart and I'm a craft snob. I've never been a fan of polymer clay, unless we're talking makers in the upper stratospheres like Kathleen Dustin or Ford Forlano. I think it looks too "crafty". And I say that with a derogatory sneer.
My friend Michelle Ross started to change my mind a few years ago with her beautiful work. And maybe those seeds have opened my eyes to the point that I am now beginning to notice artists who are taking the medium to a new and better (IMHO) level.
Dee Wilder, known as Malodora, is one of those artists. I love her precision. Her attention to detail. Her inspiration. Dee is interested in the natural world and actually has her own "beetle factory" that she keeps to denude found skeletons of small mammals and birds. See those bird skulls in the third picture? Dee made them. And I own some. They're fabulous. See the trilobites and the antler bracelet? The realism is amazing. I dream of owning one of those!
Now she's hand rolling impossibly thin threads to construct micro mosaics and lathe turing beads. Even her canes are perfectly executed. And those metal clay bead caps? They were her first try with the great grey goop!!! I'm inspired by her mindfulness and will strive to incorporate more of that attribute into my own work.