26 June 2014

Inspiration of the Creepy-Crawly Kind

Dactylotum bicolor-New Mexico Grasshopper
Entomology (from Greek ἔντομοςentomos, "that which is cut in pieces or engraved/ segmented", hence "insect"; and -λογία-logia) is the scientific study of insects. Polyclay-ology ("that which is cut in pieces or engraved/ segmented, molded, formed, sculpted, carved, shaped," hence "enjoyable"; and - activity) the enjoyment of working with a pliable modeling substance to create shapes of infinite variety.
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Bugs and polymer clay. It doesn't get much better than that. If you are not inherently gifted at making polymer clay insects such as those by Joyce Fritz Studio, let us suggest you take inspiration from nature's studio. Perhaps New Mexico Grasshoppers (pictured) will spark your creative entomological mojo to combine a colorful palette into something that bugs you...in a good way.

Note: Images from Joyce Fritz Studio are copyright protected and are not available for blog posting. Please be sure to visit Joyce Fritz Studio to see her remarkable "Yipes!" collection of polymer clay insects. Select the "Process" link on her website for insight into her method of manipulating clay that is not unlike that of most polyclayers. She brings the art to a new level.

P.S. Entomology definition officially from Merriam-Webster online. Polyclay-ology definition, not so much.