True tales of the benefits of collaboration

True tales of the benefits of collaboration

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PN_Hole_002_10In a recent series of pins that were designed to work with hole punches of thin sheets of clay, I made drawings of metal frames that were the width of the clay circles. These drawings were used by our metalsmith, Maryanne. She had a hole punch like mine and used that as a scale gauge, but in fact some areas turned out wider than expected/designed. At first this upset me, because it would create an unexpected gap between frame and clay. But then I started to offset the line of punches to fill the space and the surprising effect was to soften the edge, to make the clay more textile like and mix up the predictability of lining up all the discs in a boring row. I thought that boring predictability was the major weakness of the pin series, and thru a “mistake” in fabrication, that problem was solved.

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    1. Alita Porter  - February 4, 2010 - 4:22 am
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      Although I do try very hard to follow my original plans, I very often end up in a completely different direction, most often from making an error and then seeing the new possibilities that it suggests.

      I only wish that my mistakes turned out as well as yours!

    2. Cindy Matthews  - February 4, 2010 - 5:19 am
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      I’ve loved your work for a very long time – and these pins can be added to my list of faves! Welcome to blogland – I’ve been doing THAT for years, too. 🙂

    3. Jeanette Kandray  - February 4, 2010 - 5:59 am
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      Your work is so inspiring. I can’t wait to see your Synergy II presentation.

    4. Anneta B  - February 4, 2010 - 6:07 am
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      Collaboration does indeed create “happy accidents” because, in part, no one sees the same thing in the same way. It is in that “in-between” space of one person’s concept and that of another person’s concept that “happy accidents” aka new solutions lie. Apparently, this was literally what happened here. Congratulations on your new blog. It’s design feels fresh and anticipatory.

    5. claire maunsell  - February 4, 2010 - 6:34 am
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      I love/hate mistakes – the key is to be open to what follows, not always an easy thing. Sometimes makers remain wedded to the image they had in their head ….
      So happy to see you blogging, welcome!

    6. Melanie West  - February 4, 2010 - 6:47 am
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      Ooolala! Lovely design guys. Aren’t “happy mistakes” wonderful? I have a sneaking suspicion that they are the Universe reminding all of us to loosen up and let go. Sure worked for you. Bravo!!

    7. Jenn  - February 4, 2010 - 7:37 am
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      Congratulations and welcome to blog-world! I look forward to watching your work. I’m new to polymer clay and look forward to the eye candy. 🙂

    8. Marlene Brady  - February 4, 2010 - 8:27 am
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      Love the gradient change in color and simple, yet complex form.

    9. Christine Damm  - February 4, 2010 - 8:28 am
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      Collaborations are great and design accidents are even better! Your designs continue to inspire me– thanks!

    10. Anita Brandon  - February 4, 2010 - 8:36 am
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      Welcome to blogland. I’ve enjoyed and been inspired by your work for many years and it will be very interesting to read more about you and your collaborative work and to see where your blog leads you. I love reading about “flukes” that lead to new designs just by flipping perspective. Great to see the notice of your Snyderman Gallery exhibit. Thank you for the recognition (and honor!) your work has brought to poly clay.

    11. kate gardenghi  - February 4, 2010 - 9:11 am
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      Yay! Welcome to blogland. I saw Cynthia Tinapple’s post and was so excited about your site!

    12. LaLa  - February 4, 2010 - 9:55 am
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      Welcome to bloglandia! I’ll be back to check on you periodically.

    13. chris  - February 4, 2010 - 5:54 pm
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      i’ve loved your work for years, delighted to see you (verbally) online!

      • Cindy Lietz  - February 4, 2010 - 6:29 pm
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        Some of the best art come from mistakes. There is a freedom in the design because it was unplanned. It takes the artist to see it and go with it though. To see it’s potential and beauty instead of dismissing it as a mistake!

    14. Kate Clawson  - February 4, 2010 - 7:25 pm
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      It takes a lot of work and dedication but sometimes writing about what you do frees you to move on in other ways. It also opens up new ideas as you express in a different creative manner (writing) what you normally express in other ways (your jewelry, sculptures, etc). Best of wishes on this endeavor! Love the peek at your newest!

    15. Debbie G  - February 4, 2010 - 10:15 pm
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      Like so many others, I’ve admired your work for years. Welcome to blogworld!.. although one issue I have is wresting my self away from all the information and eye candy on the internet and getting my own hands in my art.

      The pins are wonderful; the texture and the colors. Being able to see the beauty when it happens, even when it’s not where you expected to be! is one of an artist’s talents.

    16. Jeannie  - February 5, 2010 - 3:11 am
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      Congratulations on your new blog. Great Collaboration. Art like this takes a lot of time and dedication.

    17. sherril olive  - February 5, 2010 - 5:26 am
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      Dear both, since entering the world of polymer clay only six months ago, I cannot believe the amount of true art and inspiration that is out there, whether “mistake” or not. I love the way the colours fuse in your new sticks and it gives me some new ideas too.

    18. Maggie Maggio  - February 5, 2010 - 7:54 am
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      Hi guys – I remember the metalsmith Andy Cooperman describing how he once turned a mistake into a design element – which led to a series – which morphed into a body of work – which resulted in the original mistake becoming one of his signature marks. So true! Looking forward to giving you big hugs in Baltimore.

    19. David Forlano  - February 5, 2010 - 12:57 pm
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      …another thing that can happen is
      mistake->improvisation-> throw in trash

      …and that is nothing to be ashamed of. It happens to everyone.

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