|I'm fascinated by the degree to which polymer clay preserves
and reveals a history of folds and deformations applied to it.
I think of the "experience" of a piece of clay as the
sum of the starting form, the sequences of all the folds and
deformations and the final presentation.
There are probably an infinite variety of artforms possible
with this medium, but I'm focusing on one particular
characteristic: how it reveals the history
of its folds
What follows isn't a broad discussion of different
techniques. Rather, it is a discussion about one kind of
structure for describing a series of
maneuvers with the clay and how they influence the resulting
patterns one sees on the surface and inside.
Since there are so many possible variations at each step, even
seemingly identical "experiences" will yield strikingly different
results. Still, it isn't completely random. To me this is the crux
of my fascination: you can influence the results, but not control them.