About Tinnette Hemmons:
An artist that loves and respects all textures of nature…One who believes even a raindrop imprint can affect the total outcome of nature’s pattern. These are the ideas in which she bases her work.
Tinnette Hemmons grew up in Markham, Illinois, as part of a naturally talented arts and craft family. Heredity took hold at an early age and she began courses in drawing, painting, scculpting, metals, floral design, sewing, scrap booking, jewelry making, ceramics and music, as ewll as a wide range of crafting “How To” classes. Throughout high school, she designed sets, flyers, bulletins and yearbook covers, school uniforms and costumes, as well as participated in NAACP ACT-SO National Competitions. Fashion design became a passions, studies soon followed and so did Fashion Shows throughout Chicago land. After some years, and losin her job, Tinnette soon found a new way to combine her drawing with making money, so she became a tattoo artist for many years. In the late 1990′s she discovered another love…Polymer clay.
Tinnette made a life changing decidions in 2008, which led her to Jacksonville, Illinois and the Exlectic Artists Co-op and Gallery. There for the next few years, she expanded her talents from being an active member to teaching kids art classes at the gallery, Volunteer Scrapbook Teacher at Illinois School for the Deaf, as well as comepting in artist contests from all around the U.S. This is when she truly found out her life’s love.
with an eye for free form work, a fondness for tecture and a love for polymer clay, she began to experiment with fresh new techniques in which to express herself, thus putting an ethnic point of view to this medium. “I don’t mean for my work to look African, however if that is what you see tha that is what it is. I create wonderful things that for a moment in time, will make a person forget what troubles them and lose themselves in colors and textures. I believe that with art, if you can imagine it, you can create it.” Her two-dimensional abstract art has always had a focus on circles, swirls, and layers with an invitation to “touch.” What she mounts her art on is extremely important since most of her work is exposed so the public can feel what she loves about textures. In fact, she insists that the public touch her “Mini Faces of Me” and he “Bubles and Gravel Collection.” Her wearbale art is just as interesting with its smooth patterns and angles.
In 2010, Tinnette moved back to Markham and she was determined not to lose the passion and direction she had found in Jacksonville. She continues with her quest as a Polymer Clay Artist, with an occasional break to paint, craft and scrapbook. You can find her around the Chicago area at a host of events under the name of Twisted Clay™. She is currently a proud member of Chicago RA Wartists, and is expanding her name with every season.