For Inquiring Minds:
My name is Liana Turnbull Bennett. I have not always been an artist. While other artists were earning degrees in art, I was testing and analyzing the latest high tech materials. This led to a degree in Mechanical Engineering, were my career was spent creating real life applications from these materials. Only later in life could I afford to indulge my real passion, art.
But, without an art degree, would anyone take me seriously? Maybe not. But at least I will get their attention. I believe that my background gives me a creative edge. Unencumbered by traditional art training, I have the freedom to combine my art with my high tech design knowledge. I know materials, how they behave and react, and understand their chemistry and properties. I am not afraid to try new ideas, to step outside the boundaries of traditional art.
Making this jewelry is not easy. It's been a long learning process to get to this point. Thank goodness I am good at math. Wish I'd paid more attention during Chemistry. I am like the Mad Scientist in my studio.
Each one of my bracelets takes 2 weeks to make. I use 4 different kinds of resin, and up to 5 different molds, with a minimum of 3 different pours, each. With curing times and the "Oops Factor", the direction the wind is blowing, my Karma during any particular day, how I hold my mouth, etc., it can mean a gorgeous bracelet or another paperweight. Did I mention that this is an exact science?
Four different resins, each with it's own chemical properties, and quirky characteristics. Each must be measured and weighted differently. Each must be handled and cured differently. Then there are the molds. No, not the kind that grow on my shower floor, the kind you cast into. First I sculpt the master. Then the master is used to create a mold. Each type of resin requires a different kind of mold material. I use 4 different kinds of mold silicones. These guys can get expensive. So I baby them, give them frequent bubble baths and mineral oil rub-downs. Ooh! That sounds heavenly.
Why, you ask, do I do
this? Because I can.
I have many more designs awaiting birth. There are mermaids, seahorses, dolphins, and some really fun, high-tech designs coming out very, very soon.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Complaints?
Send me an e-mail. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, I'll get back to you ASAP.