“I think that you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way.” Thomas Keller
Oh my word…what a busy couple of weeks!!…. and so it continues.
I have had a bit of a creative spurt….you know how it is…you start working on one thing
and that gets you to thinking ‘what if I just….’ and there you go….happily skipping off in a
direction you weren’t neccessarily intending…this seems to happen to me a lot!!!
(not just in the studio either!!! hahaha!!). This surge of creativity has come at an opportune time as I have a ‘run’ of events coming up and like to have lots of pieces to keep my display looking ‘tip-top’.
I’m sure I’ve already mentioned that I attend craft events and artists’ markets in and around my county (Lincolnshire, UK is quite large as English counties go) and with Easter just around the corner there are quite a few such events coming up in addition to the ones I regularily attend.
This past week has been spent ‘tweaking’ (not twerking!!) my displays and replacing
some of the signage to make it clearer for my customers…the ‘what is what’, ‘what is where’ and how much ‘what’ is …kind of signage.
I have also been ‘finishing’ pieces of jewellery ready for said events.
My style of jewellery design is not overly clever or complicated as it is my intention
to make the bead the focus of the piece, so, many ‘designs’ consist of a focal bead with
a simple method of hanging/dangling/stringing….whatever.
Much of what I have been making recently seems to fall into the ‘Rustic’ category….I have been using up some of the (many) veneers I have been stacking up in the ‘ooo that’s too nice to cut up’ pile (thanks Debbie Crothers for the nudge I needed).
As I had previously promised not to get too ‘wordy’ for the rest of this post I will let the pictures do the talking!!!
I will be back after Easter….wish me luck!
(….there were quite a few photos but I’ve condensed them into collages!!
The next couple of collages show some of my latest experiments with faux techniques. I have definitely been in an Ancient Artifact/Tribal zone of late and and in the first photo-collage I am trying to get a faux ‘Marble’ effect using a crackle technique rather than a clay mix.
In the second my intention was to produce something that resembled a carved ‘Obsidian’ arrowhead. These were both first attempts (not at carving- I’ve been doing that for a little while now) and I think warrant some further exploration….I definitely believe they show promise!
and….my little signs…..I made these from scrap clay and will be putting them to use on my display frames….they are quite robust and will withstand outdoor displays plus they are in keeping with the rest of my display.
Finally…I couldn’t resist….this is Mr Ginger Jimmy Yu-Yu, as you can see he likes to think he’s my boss, always looking over my shoulder…..no slacking with Ginger Jim around!!!