Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I tend to repeat myself

This line incorporating some of my flat shapes  has finally come together (more earrings and short necklace to follow). I've been drawn to repetition of line and shape all my life and I think it certainly comes through here. 


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    1. Thanks Heather - I always appreciate your feedback!

  2. I love that necklace so much, and wish I could imagine something so simply beautiful.

    1. Thank you so much Claire! I have to say I wish I could imagine more complex. I start complex sometimes but then I have this compulsion to pair down, pair down, pair down.

      I'd love to hear about your Craft Cast experience when you have the time!

  3. Hey Genevieve,

    Just want to say I love your work and have been following your progress for sometime. As a budding polymer clay artist I wanted to know if you had any advice on the steps that I could be taking to make my business grow. I am only on Etsy now but I have a feeling it's not enough! Any tips you wouldn't mine sharing?


    1. Hi Allison,

      Thanks so much for your interest in my work!

      I need to preface any advice I might give by saying that I am still learning myself. But I do think one of the important things is to develop your own "voice", your own style, and then keep honing it. You can learn a lot from tutorials and books these days but its important to me that I try to re-interpret or incorporate those skills into something distinctly my own. This can be tricky because you can see so much and learn so much online.

      Secondly I guess I'd say, accept that the best way to really learn the material is to put in the time. You won't really learn to use polymer (or any material) from a tutorial. Its just a jumping off point. You really learn the material by spending time making tons of mistakes and getting to know things for yourself. This is sometimes hard for me as I tend to be impatient but its true for any material I've worked with.

      From a business standpoint I would say continue to use Etsy as a tool but don't depend on it - it has changed, its in the process of change and who knows, it might not always even exist. Establish yourself independent of Etsy - a blog is a good and free way to start. My website ( and taking on an Anthropologie order were ways that I'm working to be more than just "an Etsy artist".

      Hope that helps!


  4. Using polymer clay can be tricky and I try extra hard to turn it in to something different than what is shown in most books and tutorials. That's why I love your work because I like that you have given polymer clay a new voice and style and it's so different than what you typically see from other polymer clay artists. Thank you so much for responding! Great advice.

  5. That is an interesting design choice. I like how the flat shapes give added layers to the apparel, by making it all look like a canvas, than just something to wear. Jewelry should be worn to enhance one’s overall look, and not just because it’s made from high-priced material and such. Cheers!

    Ricky Rowe @ Find A Jewelry Expert