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My artwork is inspired by prehistoric cave paintings, especially from the Lascaux cave in France.

These images of ancient horses, deer, aurochs (wild cattle) and others are echoed in my own work. I still find it a huge source of inspiration for my work.

I began by making little artifacts and animal totems to embellish my fiber wall hangings. Bigger artifacts become sculpture. Smaller ones I make into fabulous jewelry, ranging from delicate little pendants to audacious necklaces fit for an ice age princess.

People marvel at my little animals. I make them from polymer clay, using a faux ivory technique. The hundreds of very thin clay mimic the look of real fossil ivory. Yet no animals were harmed in the making of my art.

I shape and mark each…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 11
  • Joined August 23, 2007

Favorite materials

polymer clay, old fabric, antique trade beads, vintage buttons, seaglass, bones, fossils, sticks, rusty metal, found objects, antlers, shells, old rulers

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LUANN UDELL

About

My artwork is inspired by prehistoric cave paintings, especially from the Lascaux cave in France.

These images of ancient horses, deer, aurochs (wild cattle) and others are echoed in my own work. I still find it a huge source of inspiration for my work.

I began by making little artifacts and animal totems to embellish my fiber wall hangings. Bigger artifacts become sculpture. Smaller ones I make into fabulous jewelry, ranging from delicate little pendants to audacious necklaces fit for an ice age princess.

People marvel at my little animals. I make them from polymer clay, using a faux ivory technique. The hundreds of very thin clay mimic the look of real fossil ivory. Yet no animals were harmed in the making of my art.

I shape and mark each one by hand, one at a time. After firing, I sand them and use a scrimshaw technique to bring up the tiniest details. Then I buff them until they gleam, as if worn smooth by the constant touch of human hands.

It's an extremely time-consuming process but worth every minute to get the exact look, feel, and sense of mystery that's so important to me.

I also use imitative techniques to make faux soapstone, turquoise, jade, coral, carnelian, and other semi-precious materials.

But I also love mixing in real turquoise, freshwater pearls, real antique glass trade beads, beach pebbles, and other precious, salvaged, found, or recycled materials.

People tell me they find my jewelry lightweight and comfortable to wear. They love the feel of the artifacts. The sculptures and wall art make excellent gifts for men, the office, almost any occasion.

You can see more of my larger works at LuannUdell.com, or see the newest work on Instagram at @luann_udell I also share what I've learned about the business side, and the spiritual side of making art at my blog, LuannUdell.wordpress.com


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