25 September 2013

Remembering Gwen Gibson (1934 - 2013)

As the mystery of polymer clay unfolds for each of us, there are those who leave an indelible mark on our journey. Their spirit, skill, and ingenuity forge paths for us to follow that branch off in infinite directions. Such is the soul of Gwen Gibson. She died September 24th leaving a legacy of unique style, innovative techniques, and a degree of excellence for us to follow. In true Gwen fashion, what she wrote about "departing" on her website - although her meaning was about art, not death - is exquisitely fitting as we bid her goodbye.
"...'Departure' is about an impossible faith faced with the imposed limitation of gravity. Yet, the yearning to transcend is so strong that one is prepared to take off in the shakiest of contraptions."

Dear, dear Gwen, as you transcend, may your contraption be sturdy and your passage filled with peace.

Image credits: Gwen Gibson.com

[Posted by Jeannie Havel]


Marlene Brady said...

Thank you for your beautiful tribute to an amazing artist. We, in the polymer clay community will miss her.

Anonymous said...

Lovely quote. Thanks for finding it.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed knowing her and sharing her creative thoughts. A sweet person and wonderful spirit. I'm sad to know that she has passed but I know her spirit lives on.

Anonymous said...

Years ago I made a polymer clay Japanese Inro from Gwen's instructions. Her book and video are out of print now. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of one or the other? Or both?