This is a pair of earrings cut from brass sheet. They’re a trial pair of a particular design I doodled. They are a little rough, but I like the idea. Finish on the brass made by running a flat file over the surface.
This incredible outdoor installation was made by Andy Van Der Tuin. So simply composed of materials you could buy at a hardware store and so interesting to look at. The spheres wrapped in plastic wrap look like oily bubbles floating over the stone wall. There are so many ways to re-imagine everyday materials. To me, this is creativity at its finest: taking the ordinary and transforming it through artistic vision.
To me, this is creativity at its finest: taking the ordinary and transforming it through artistic vision.
And why did this piece strike my fancy? Among many other reasons, because of the simple fact that this artist had a concept and then executed it. I have had trouble with that: execution. I, like so many people who think creatively, have a lot of ideas but often abandon them at infancy so that they remain mere thoughts, gathering dust
Every day I am trying to take those little steps towards personal expression. Great artists, writers, scholars, craftsmen, and philanthropists do not become who they are in a flash of light. These people had ideas and then took the necessary steps, no matter how small at first, to implement them.
I thought it fitting that my first blog post be about one of my very first projects in metal.
This piece came of an assignment in a class is took on basic jewelry making and metalsmithing. Our task was to create a vessel and because I love cutting flowers from my garden and from along the road, I decided to make a vase. I have an affection for cicadas as well, so I had to figure out a way to incorporate them in as well. I was a little over-zealous with my original idea, a vase made entirely of sterling silver (the medium). The skill, patience and knowledge that it would take to create a water-tight vessel from metal was still out of my reach. Like any creative endeavor, it required rethinking and retooling in order to make it happen. I am so happy I didn’t scrap the whole idea because I couldn’t execute my first plan. Here are some sketches and mock-ups of my ideas as they evolved.