Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Tremendous Honor

Cynthia Tinapple's new book, Polymer Clay Global Perspectives: Emerging Ideas and Techniques From 125 International Artists, will be published on July 30th.

Cynthia posted the news this morning on her site, Polymer Clay Daily, that she has created a sister site, Polymer Clay Global, which promotes the new book and lists the names of the artists included.  The site includes links to their websites or blogs so you can get to know them better.

And now, I can tell the secret I have been keeping for months...  I am one of the 125 artists included in the book!  I am thrilled beyond words for this tremendous honor.

Honestly, I haven't posted about it on the blog until now because I was afraid my photos wouldn't pass muster.  Cynthia asked for a format I wasn't able to deliver, so I sent in jpeg files and kept my fingers crossed they would work.  I guess they did!  When I saw my name in the lists of artist, I finally let out a breath I've been holding since last August.  

I am so excited to be a part of this important book.  I don't think I will actually believe it until I see it in person.  Many of the artists included are pioneers in the polymer clay world.  Many have worked for years to elevate polymer to a legitimate artistic medium.  I did not even pick up a piece of polymer clay until 6 years ago.  I feel I am still at the very beginning of my journey with it, so it is unbelievable to me that my name is among those included.

Cynthia Tinapple is the best polymer clay ambassador the polymer community could hope for.  She works  tirelessly to promote polymer artists and their work.  She not only created Polymer Clay Daily and Polymer Clay Global, which promises to delve even deeper into the inspiration behind the works of our best polymer artists; she also curates a video newsletter, Studio Mojo, devoted to in-depth interviews with some of the world's best polymer artists.   She always has her finger on the pulse of polymer trends and news and generously shares it all with us.

I cannot imagine the time and effort it takes to keep up with all this, but Cynthia does it, delivering our daily dose of inspiration at Polymer Clay Daily so that I and thousands of others can peruse it with our morning coffee.  I always start my day during the week with it, and lately, I have been going back through the archived posts, discovering even more artists and inspiration.

For my gallery spot, I submitted photos of these Faux Jade Kanji Character focal beads I created using Pardo Translucent Clay and alcohol inks.  I cannot wait to see what everyone else submitted.

Several of my friends are also included, another little thrill.  I am so happy for them.  Many of my polymer mentors and heroes who inspire me every day to push myself to do better work are also in the book.

I hope you will check out each and every link in the list of artists included.  You might want to pace yourself, though.  The quality of the polymer art is going to be mind-boggling.  

Mere words could never convey how appreciative I am of the honor, Cynthia, but thank you so very much.  I am permanently installed on Cloud 9 from this day forward; and I invite all my friends to climb on up and celebrate with me!


kathy trudeau said...

Congratulations Lynda. I am so excited for you!! I have to tell you that you are such a source of inspiration and creativity for me. I never picked up a piece of clay until I saw your beautiful marbled earrings. I didn't know anything so gorgeous could come out of a little package of clay. But what an amazing medium to explore. I look forward to your postings and love drooling over the new bead porn. You always seem to have a new technique that makes me stop and say "how'd she DO that?" You definately belong in this book. So kudos to you on a well deserved honor.

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Hi, Kat! I am very touched by your comment, and I can't tell you how it means to me to hear that I inspired you to pick up a package of polymer clay for the first time. I love bringing new people to the medium, so thank you so much!

John(SC) said...

Congratulations Lynda,
I'm not surprised. Actually, when I first heard about this book, I wondered if you would be in it. You certainly deserve to be. I have learned so much from you and great your tutorials. They are so easy to understand and follow. I'm still an amateur, but the best part is that because of you, I enjoy it. I can now actually do things I never thought I could. I am amazed with the new techniques you come up with. They each are so unique, not just a different version of the last one. Keep 'em comin'. Your blog is also the greatest. I enjoy it every bit as much as I do PCD because you freely give so much info and tips about pc.
Amazing how you came up with the colors in that painting before you knew about. The earrings are beautiful. You should check your stash every month. Maybe you are way ahead of them. Psychic?

Thank you so much

John(SC) said...

I predict you will win.

Lupe Meter said...

Congratulations, Lynda!! Your work is always amazing and your tutorials are awesome! You are certainly an inspiration to many of us in the polymer clay community. So happy for you...hugs!!

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you, John. I appreciate everything you said, so much. It makes me really happy to know you love the blog, too. I will try my very best not to be such a stranger to it from now on.

I actually have you to thank for many of the color combinations. I always think of you when I'm blending a new shade of something."

Thank you, everyone for the wonderful comments. You've made my day!

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you, Lupe, my friend! I am so pleased you like the tutorials so much. I'm honored if I have inspired you.

Christine said...

Congratulations ! Your work is amazing and very inspirational.

JuLee said...

You so deserve this honor. Your beads are beautiful, and you write some of the best tuts out there. You must be on cloud nine doing the happy dance from one side to the other :)