Wednesday, May 23, 2012

All my current Etsy orders are now completed and shipped so I'm back to working on gallery pieces for the polymer clay book. I've been fiddling with these island pieces for quite some time now. Hoping if I fiddle some more something will coalesce.

We're winding down our school year with just days to go. Amidst the flurry of putting together portfolios we all felt like getting out would do us some good. Samuel has expressed some frustration with drawing animals because they move so I thought getting out to the nature center would be more fun than drawing animals from photographs. I did some sketching too and felt rusty. I haven't been drawing enough lately.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I've been working on some new earring shapes and custom wires to complement them. The last pair of earrings is my Lake design but with custom ear wires rather than with the pre-made hoops. This was at a customers request and despite the fact that they lose the movement, I'm thinking I might like them better this way. Let me know what you think. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Strong Shape

I can remember being drawn to distinct, graphic shapes even as a young child. Calder, Jasper Johns, Matisse's papercuts...I remember doing a little jig in front of a Mondrian at the Baltimore Museum of Art. I was probably 4 or 5 years old. 

Some things never change - these hollow copper bracelets from J. Collier are one of my latest pins to my Pinterest boards. Aren't they fantastic? 

Make sure you click over to check out  one of the pieces in progress. I love seeing how things are made! 

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Photography giveaway

Friedasophie did a nice interview with my daughter, Ema, on Friday and is running a giveaway for one her photos until May 10 (your choice of any 8x10 from her shop). These are a few of my favorites. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

There's been a spill

Last year I read a quote by Malcolm Gladwell in a blog post by Steven Ford. "The game is what you catch, not what you spill."  I found it helpful to repeat this to myself while working through my project design for Cynthia Tinapple's upcoming book.  How often have I slowed my progress because I've been afraid to spill?

So much good, more than just the project design, came from my new debris pile and many mistakes over the past 3 months. These earrings and others will be showing up in the coming weeks,  I think, as new ideas coalesce.