Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Then I rented a video of Sarah Shriver's and saw her make her incredibly complicated kaleidoscope canes....and I haven't made a cane since...lol
Thursday, February 19, 2009
In a short period of time I made these three necklaces....I guess I was tired of working on such a small scale....
I truly enjoyed making these, I was learning how to do the Skinner blend and since I LOVE graduated colors(always have)it was a natural for me.
When I sat back at looked at them together as a group(and a few others that I wasn't as happy about)I just couldn't connect them somehow....what were the constants? what were the strengths and weaknesses?
"Spring Flowers"(far left) kind of represented my graphic design background-stylized, with Art Deco and Art Nouveau influences.
"Curlicue" has a more contemporary feel and is my favorite of this group, still very symmetric, stylized and Deco-ish.
The third one, "Android" was fun and mainly an exercise in using up scraps from other projects...
I did learn from this one though, that simply adding a ready made neckpiece just doesn't do it. Years ago I had a good friend, Robin, who did wonderful things with polymer clay...and she was musing over how to design the back of a mirror she was making....when I suggested she use one of the frame suppliers I used to add a cardboard backing to it, she said no, that she wanted everything in this piece to be designed and made by hand. At the time I thought that was kind of silly(no one sees the back)but since then I've had to learn that lesson over and over. Just "adding on" a manufactured component can really detract from the whole piece. I tend to get focused on one part and then slap something on it later to hang it with.....but I'm trying hard to make myself stop doing that.
Hopefully in time, that will just become second nature. For now, it's something I have to keep reminding myself to do.....
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Then I started using bolder colors and adding more "stuff".....I did sell some and that really encouraged me....
Monday, February 16, 2009
Then during the late eighties and nineties, my then husband and I collaborated on a line of
trompe l'oeil painted furniture that we sold at retail and wholesale art shows.
After about fifteen years, the marriage and the collaboration ended and I went back to art school, painted for a few years.
In the last few years I became obsessed with designing purses. Finally focused on the part I liked best, doing the handles. Particularly, resin handles. I do the originals with polymer clay, then make silicone molds and pour resin(dyed and with metal powders added, called cold casting). I sell them to purse makers on my website http://www.labeanabags.com/ I've truly enjoyed doing this, especially working with polymer clay again.
In designing these handles, I'd missed using color....so one day I played with some other polymer clay colors.....and soon I was making little sculptures and jewelry....(stay tuned)
I've shared my angst with fellow EBSQ friends(a great online artists' community) and they've been great as always...giving me support, critiques, advice and sometimes just hugs...but I guess this journey is one you take alone....at least that's how it seems. The thing is....I love so many things about polymer clay that I am having a hard time finding my own voice. I keep jumping around and trying everything and end up with....a hodge podge lol...
But I guess this is my own way of evolving....and while I'm doing it I might as well share the ride..