Comments on “Stealing Talent”

ID-10032784You never know how far your reach is when you write something, but I’m always blown away when I get reports from even one person who appreciated my writing. It seems this most current article, Stealing Talent in The Polymer Arts Magazine resonated with many people.

Here’s what they said:

On Facebook Randee M wrote: “Absolutely agree, Iris Mishly! this issue is just packed with things that interest and intrigue me-Linda Stiles Smith’s article on copying is one of the best I’ve seen on the subject, Lorrene Baum-Davis’ tutorial is one of those –why didn’t I think of that! moments–the eye candy is just amazing…..this staff finds the good stuff. All of us have needed this kind of in-depth information.”

Also from Dan Corimer’s newsletter:

“Also in the Spring 2014 issue of TPA, Linda Stiles Smith presents her summary of research, ideas, and guidelines around the issues of copying and accreditation in her article, ‘Stealing Talent.’ There’s a related post on the Daily Polymer Arts Blog, and blogger Harriete Estel Berman (ASK HARRIETE) continues to advocate for higher ethics in the arts, providing lots of info and insight to keep this important discussion going. Have you joined in? It’s not too late to speak up and add your voice to the conversation.”
My latest article in print!

My latest article in print!

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Challenge Winners Announced!

Once upon a time there was a company that decided to challenge all the many, many artists who use their tools to create something different, and creative, and well, using their tools in new and exciting ways.

Enter the Lazee Dazee Tool! A masterful tool created by Stepahanie Edy to make making viking knit super easy to do! I’ve been a devotee ever since I first saw the tool. It’s totally relaxing fun to weave wire into a knitted cord for adding to any jewelry design. I’ve added it to several of my jewelry designs in both fine silver and colored and copper wires. There is no end to what you can do with it!

Periodically I also teach the technique at BeadStash in Kettering Ohio. You can learn online, and Stephanie has very good photo directions for using the tool, but there is nothing like having someone peeking over your shoulder to affirm that Yes, you are doing it correctly!

Back to the Challenge. Stephanie offered a kit of materials to use to either

The cab that was required in the finished design.

The cab that was required in the finished design.

copy her design, or create your own, with the stipulation that you had to use the focal cab in the challenge design. Talk about an artists block! I don’t usually feel very creative when there is a specific part that needs to be included. I felt like a dry well for a very long time — and the deadline was approaching!

To be honest I don’t do much really creative viking knit. I like simple and straightforward. That’s what works in my designs, is easy to do, and more relaxing (no mental drain there). But suddenly (as usually happens) I had an epiphany!  A bracelet design came to me while I was playing with my polymer clay. (Working with polymer clay is always play to me.)


It morphed into a necklace cause I couldn’t keep the whole design small, but I think it is really stunning! I guess the judges did too because it captured a spot in the top 5 awards! Honorable mention isn’t too shabby for my first shot at a polymer clay/viking knit competition.


"Creative Burst" won Honorable Mention in the first Lazee Dazee Challenge in Dec 2013

“Creative Burst” won Honorable Mention in the first Lazee Dazee Challenge in Dec 2013


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Putting it out there

Ever wonder how those pages and pages of information and stories in your favorite magazines get there? It takes a lot of people willing to write about their knowledge and thoughts and put it out there for you to read. And I mean a LOT of people. And a LOT of time.

I’ve been writing articles for magazines for over 5 years now. While many times I’ve been a regular columnist for one magazine or another, there is sometimes a different topic or two that I will write about. Don’t know if I’m getting any better at it, but I have extended my reach into a different area. Fortunately some of the same things I wrote about in metal clay magazines are pertinent to polymer clay. It is all craft – and art.

I’m really happy to have started a relationship with The Polymer Arts magazine. My debut article was generously accepted by Sage Bray, editor even though it took some collaboration to get it to cover what she wanted to express about ‘organics’ in polymer.

If you don’t now subscribe, I suggest you hop on over to the site and sign up  (so you can read my article of course!). The digital copies are really convenient (and cheaper) but it sure was nice getting a glossy copy in the mail this past week!

The Polymer Arts Magazine

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Fall 2013 issue of The Polymer Arts Magazine

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