Monday, December 23, 2013

Featured Artist: Susan O'Neill

Introducing Susan O'Neill of 11BOLDstreet
PCAGOE feature artist for Dec. 23 through Jan. 5
(Her work will be featured on our Facebook page throughout this time period.) 

Susan has been designing in one form or another for most of her life. After college art came a developing interest in the larger spaces around her, which lead to 28 years in structural and architectural design. When Susan discovered polymer clay in the early '90s, she did some initial experiments but didn't fully begin to explore the possibilities until 2007. Amazed by the evolution of the media since her initial introduction to it, plus the possibilities when combined with other media, she is continually inspired to experiment and create in her own unique style of strong, bold colors, textures and patterns. In her own words: "The limitless possibilities of polymer on its own are staggering, but when combined with traditional beads and findings, wire wrapping techniques, metal clays, natural materials, textiles…well, those implications haunt me (in a good way) on a daily basis! I carry a sketchbook, recording inspirations from my travels, nature, art - and just knocking around in my backyard!"

Susan is well known in the polymer community especially for her liquid polymer soaked gauze fabric creations. With this special technique she has created everything from bracelets, earrings, brooches and pendants, to home decor items. 

Susan has been published in the Polymer Arts Magazine several times and made the cover of Polymer Cafe Magazine in August 2010. The story of her creative journey was published in MORE magazine in 2009. In 2011 she was awarded a 1st and 3rd place in Voila's Polymeristas of the month. And she was awarded a Category 1st Place for one of her neckpieces in the 2009 Bead Star annual contest.

Find more of Susan at these links:
http://11BOLDstreet.comhttp/:// become a Facebook Fan at
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