Medium: Jewelry, Sculpture, and Wearable Art
By day Martinez is a graphic designer for Blue Cat Studio, Inc. in Auburn. But on the weekends you may find her staffing High Hand Art Gallery in Loomis, a co-operative art gallery with 30 local artist members.
Martinez’ medium is primarily polymer clay. Her work includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, figures, bowls, business card holders and purses.
“Frequently, I’ll be inspired to create beads and other polymer pieces in a certain combination of colors. My collections include the ‘Energy’ series (turquoise and copper) and the ‘Rastafarian Eye of God’ series (purple, black, red, orange). I’ll work on one collection for 4-6 weeks, documenting the process and posting it to my blog, rebeccamartinez.artscalifornia.net. When I finish a collection, I close it up so that I may begin on the next inspiration.
“My current inspiration is ‘Power Coins,’ which actually come in many colors. These ‘coins’ are simple disks which, like most artwork, carry my energy (chi). Those who wear my pieces may add a little positive energy to their day.
“My finished polymer clay pieces may include semiprecious stones, crystal, wood, pearl and bone beads.”
A graduate of Mills College, Martinez has studied ceramics, printmaking, fiber arts and drawing. “Polymer clay captured me. The clay requires quite a bit of handling, which I find therapeutic. The clay can be molded, extruded, stamped and rolled before curing. It accepts photo transfers and can be sanded, drilled and polished after curing. It’s the perfect medium for me and my somewhat quirky style right now.”
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