I’ve always loved stories, and pictures, and the act of reading itself. I was very impatient with my parents when I was a little girl because they seemed to believe that they had other things to do besides read to me every single minute…so I insisted upon learning how to do it myself. My mother was a first grade teacher at the time and didn’t want to me to be too far ahead once I got to Kindergarten, so she stalled bit, but I learned anyway.
And so, the marvels of “One Fish, Two Fish” and “Go Dog, Go” became MINE anytime I wanted them!! I still love children’s books. Illustration and writing have always been huge joys to me right alongside of reading.
My sister and I both created our own little books and projects when we were small, and still write now that we are as tall as we are ever likely to get. I wrote a column for each issue of Belle Amoire magazine during a 5 year period about the Business of Professional Art. This magazine, which is one of many published by Stampington & Co, is devoted to wearable arts. Every installment of this inspiring magazine is packed with gorgeous pictures and informative articles on textiles and embellishment techniques. The 30 columns were compiled into my recent book, “The Business Of Professional Art”.
|Create A Polymer Clay Impression
pub. 2001(Krause Publications) This book is packed with projects, tips, techniques, sources (five pages) and inspiration! With more than 200 full color photos, its a treat for your imagination.In her first book with Krause Publications, Sarajane Helm shows some of the wide variety that can be achieved with polymer clay.Photographer Bob Grieser focuses on capturing the details, and his step-by-step shots make it easy to follow all the projects inside.
|Celebrations With Polymer Clay
was released in 2003 with Krause Publications. This Holiday extravaganza is filled with projects and techniques for artists of all levels of skill. The gallery shots include the fabulous work of over 60 polymer clay artists. There’s lots to be learned and seen in this new release. This book was also photographed with Bob Grieser.
|Adapting Quilt Patterns To Polymer Clay
was released in November 2006 by Polymarket PressOur first foray into self-publishing through PolyMarket Press shows off 122 pages of incredibly colorful polymer clay quilts! Co-authored by Judith Skinner, who also created all the graphics, and Sarajane Helm, who took the photographs. A gallery of contributing artists and a focus on quilt designs all combine to create a visually compelling book and a great tutorial on all sorts of polymer clay work with a quilt theme!
|The Business Of Professional Art
is the 2009 release from Polymarket Press. It is a compilation of 30 columns that previously appeared in Belle Armoire Magazine from 2003 to 2008. This handy little paperback is chock-filled with information of importance to all artistic entrepreneurs who yearn to earn! No matter what your chosen media for art, the tips on presentation and selling for a myriad of venues are of great benefit
My work has also been featured in books by other polymer clay artists and authors. These include:
Creating With Polymer Clay
pub. 1996 (Lark Books) written by S. Ford & L. Dierks
Foundations in Polymer Clay
pub. 1999 (Krause Publications) written by Barbara McGuire
Polymer Clay Creative Traditions
Pub: Watson-Guptill Publications Jan. 2006 written by Judy Belcher
Polymer Pizzazz–25 Great Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects
Reprinted articles from Bead&Button Magazine Kalmbach Publishing Company
Other articles can be seen in magazines like Bead & Button, Lapidary Journal, JewelryCrafts, DOLLS, and more. Click here for a complete listing.