February 6, 2010
I love the simple sweetness of this bracelet. There are three red white heart Venetian trail beads at the center. “White heart” beads are ones where a color – red in this case – is layered over a white core (heart). In the days when these beads were made, colored glass was harder to make and more expensive so this was a technique used to keep the beads more affordable. I find the white heart also gives the beads a touch of luminosity. I kept the design simple – jet crystal, black glass, aquamarine teardrops and darkened sterling silver chain.
Sometimes when I make very simple jewelry, I question whether I’ve done enough. At times, I will ask my boyfriend what he thinks. He always says the same thing – more notes don’t make a better song. And he’s right – there can be just as much artistry in a simple, clean design as in one with a lot of complexity.
January 27, 2010
Two of my friends and I have embarked on a collaboration project and I am very excited about it. First, because I’ve wanted to collaborate with other artists and have tried at times, but my attempts never fell on fertile soil until now. Secondly, both friends are amazing artists – one paints and the other is a collage and mixed media artist – so I know I will not only enjoy the process but also learn and grow from what happens. And end up with a beautiful creation they both lent their time and talents to.
So, here’s what we’ve come up with. Each of us will create an item of our own choosing. We will then hand it to the next person who will embellish it and add the artistic elements of their choosing. The second person then hands the item to the third person for them to further enhance. Each item then goes back to its original owner altered in some way by the hands of the other two artists.
Everyone created their item and we made the first hand-off. We made the exchange at lunch and everyone was excited to see what they would get to work with and also had questions about any constraints or limitations the originator felt strongly about.
The collage shown above is what I received. I think it is beautiful and I can’t wait to work with it. I have an idea and I’m trying not to think too much about what the next person will do with it. I want to add elements that honor it and express my point of view and where I am artistically right now.
A surprise occurred when the second friend also brought something for me to work with – a button she had painted on, some handmade paper, and a bit of raffia. I’ve got an idea for it too that I’m excited about.
And here is the item I made and handed off. It’s a copper rectangle with a second piece of copper that has a flowered pattern on it. I really can’t wait to see it at the second hand-off and to get it back after the third. OK, I really want all three pieces to come back to me, my two friends have said – no way.
I’ll put up photos of the collaboration project as it moves through the two phases and just enjoy the process however it goes. I’ve already learned something from it. I realize that I tried to exert some level of control in what came back to me. I’ve let that go and am open to whatever occurs.
I hope we do this again. It feels good and true.
January 6, 2010
This is a photo of my work table yesterday. I was having one of those days when ideas were just flowing – multiple ideas for multiple pieces of jewelry, all in a rush and tumble, almost all at once. Some are captured as sketches, others have enough beads pulled together to give me the main idea of the piece. Do I have way too much going on? Probably. Should I reign it in and work on one piece at a time? Yes. And I will.
But when the ideas are flowing like this I let them flow, even if it means temporary chaos. I do what I can to capture each idea and then begin to focus on the actual development of each piece, evaluating each idea for soundness as I go along. I’m excited, I did get some soldering done yesterday. I need to get on my jeweler’s bench and get some sawing, drilling, and filing done today. I can’t wait to see the ideas become reality.
October 3, 2009
warm carmel browns with pale, icy blues.
This is a departure from earlier this year when the color green had a huge gravitational pull on me. So bad that everything I wanted to work on was green and I almost had to put myself on restriction from using green! The green period has passed (at least for now) and I am loving the brown-blue combination. But it has to be really icy blues.
The agate slice used as the focal point in this necklace has both tones in it. Rather than attach the agate slice directly to the necklace, I dropped it down with crystal and shell beads giving it significance and removing any competition between it and the pieces of rough cut blue lace agate. The bit of roughness at the edge of the agate slice also ties in with the rough pieces of blue lace. I am just loving these tones right now and just enjoyed making such an interesting necklace.