Where:   Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Dates:    Opening – November 10 – December 3, 2017
Hours:   Thursday through Saturday: 2 pm – 7 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm or by appointment (contact us at intotheforest17@gmail.com to arrange visit)
Closed Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend
Forum: November 11, 2017 – 9am to 3pm – Registration required, click HERE.

“Into the Forest” is a mixed media international collaborative installation organized by artists Julie Eakes, Emily Squires Levine and Laura Tabakman.

A call has been made to polymer artists and enthusiasts from around the world to create pieces, which will form the installation’s life elements.  Our goal is that the flora and fauna that inhabit their part of the world will inspire contributors. From what we hope will be thousands of elements contributed by our vast global community, we look forward to creating the largest installation of its kind, generating a global coming together of the polymer clay community as a result. Deadline for submitting the work is May 2nd, 2017.

A preview of the installation will be on display at Synergy4, the International Polymer Clay Association’s conference to be held in suburban Philadelphia, PA in August 2017. The full installation will be held in Pittsburgh PA in November 2017, with an opening party on November 10, 2017 and a Forum on November 11, 2017. The closing of the exhibition is December 3, 2017.

Please visit our page https://www.facebook.com/IntotheForest.Installation/ and join our Facebook group “Into the Forest” for more information, including inspiration photographs and details surrounding the timeline for the installation. https://www.facebook.com/groups/IntoForest/ .

We are very grateful to Polyform for underwriting our project with their generous contribution of Premo polymer clay.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at IntotheForest17@gmail.com.



What is into the forest?

Into the Forest is an international collaboration of polymer artists and enthusiasts, which will be presented in the form of a mixed media installation.
Imagine yourself in a forest. On the ground beneath a canopy of branches and leaves, unexpected life exists. Look closely; be amazed at the variety of these organic forms.
Be a part of our Forest and help it flourish! Create pieces, which will form its life elements. We will combine them into living colonies of varying shapes, colors and sizes. We are looking for 1000s of elements, created by our international polymer community, to inhabit our Forest.

Who is organizing the installation?

Julie Eakes, Emily Squires Levine and Laura Tabakman

 Where and when will this installation take place?

November 10, 2017 to December 3, 2017 at the Spinning Plate Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
A preview of Into The Forest will be on display at the Synergy4 polymer clay conference in Valley Forge, PA in August 2017.

I have already seen photographs of an Into the Forest installation in Philadelphia on Facebook. What is this about?

The first version of Into The Forest was on display in Philadelphia September through December 2016, created by Laura Tabakman and Emily Squires Levine, with the help of Julie Eakes, Libby Mills and Nancy Travers.

A much larger November 2017 installation will be filled with your contributions.

What are you looking for?

We are looking for organic forms, from simple to complex.

See inspiration and examples posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IntotheForest.Installation/, Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/IntoForest/ and on Instagram (intotheforest17). We prefer elements inspired by a real forest, so please, no fairies or gnomes at this time.

How many?

We want multiples of each element you make, with a minimum of 10, a maximum of infinity, so less complex forms, but more of them, is preferred. Variety is good, as long as there are at least 10 of the same idea. We will be building colonies, which overlap and create an environment, which is more complex than the individual.
There is no restriction to size or color.

What else?

We will likely alter your pieces (drill holes, attach them to other pieces, hang them, etc.) so as to create a cohesive installation. Your pieces will not be returned. Instead, we hope to use them again in future incarnations of the installation.
We will be posting pictures of all the work as we receive it. If you don’t want your work photographed and made public please let us know in advance.

We are very grateful to Polyform for underwriting our project with their generous contribution of polymer clay.

Deadline for submission

Postmarked by May 2nd, 2017


For additional information:

Email us at intotheforest17@gmail.com or message us through Facebook

Thank you in advance, we are looking forward to your great contributions to the project!

Julie, Emily and Laura