Layl lives and creates in Minneapolis with her two daughters and husband. In 1999 she and her husband, Josh Blanc, opened their studio/showroom Clay Squared to Infinity in North East Minneapolis. Here she sells her work and Josh makes and sells tiles. She does many festivals through out the year and teaches polymer clay classes around the Twin Cities area.
Layl’s polymer clay sculptures and millefiore canes (called “Silly Millies”) are now well known by the polymer clay community. Her work has been featured several times in PolymerCAFE’ magazine, including a four page “Artist’s Profile”. Her sculptures and canes have also been in several books about polymer clay. She sells her work at galleries and consignment shops around the country. Her whimsical creations end up in private homes, dentist and doctor offices, coffee shops, dorm rooms, and many other places that can use a little fun!
Printmaking My first woodcut was 1970, a primitive looking black and white family portrait on a piece of scrap oak, hard as a ... hardwood. I wasn't much of a painter then, but liked to draw, and the vigor of the wood carving and the hand printing was appealing. I realized later that the connection to the letterpress printshop from my high school newspaper days made sense to me.
Cutting an image into the wood is a commitment; it's hard to go back. The direct and bold look of woodcuts, is, I think, partly a result of the way they are made. It is a bold act to cut for hours with sharp tools, a backwards picture, onto a slab of wood and believe it will be pleasing, or meaningful, when it is printed.
Christina Hankins is a mixed media artist and designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Raised in southern California, and influenced by the latin culture in Los Angeles, her narrative themes often reflect the vibrant color and rich heritage of her upbringing. Christina relocated to Minnesota with her husband and family 15 years ago and has since made the Minneapolis area her home.
Lyrical line, layers of color and relatable content punctuate the body of her work. Much of Christina’s current work is rendered in acrylic and pastel on paper with a focus on figurative subject matter inspired by family nostalgia, travel and personal observation. Christina exhibits her work in galleries, at her Minneapolis studio and at art festivals nation wide.