West is inspired by the forms, colors and patterns found in nature, especially biological forms, which are the main theme of her work. On her blog she writes: "One of my greatest inspirations is the work of Ernst Haeckel. He was a German biologist and artist who loved wild and crazy (my words) forms in Nature."
West's "Bio” series is based on flora and fauna such as salamanders, snakes, brightly colored nudibranchs, cephalopods, bamboo and acorns. Knowing this, you can fully appreciate the colors and patterns in her work.
West, who was a 2012 and 2010 Niche Award Finalist in Polymer Clay, has her work included in the Racine Art Museum polymer clay collection. The way this bangle appears so life-like is amazing!
West designs and creates each piece by hand. She then sands them until they are silky smooth, and finally finishes them off with a soft or luster finish.
Aren't these striking pieces? What makes them so special is the the creative way that West represents the biological patterns that mean so much to her.
You can see more at Melanie West, Raven's Clay or Etsy.