Monday, 16 September 2013

Why I make art

Isn’t it funny how one train of thought can lead to another. I was making lunch the other day, using some cheese triangles. You know the round lidded box they come in? Well it took me right back to when I was a little girl and I always used to get the empty box and create tiny gardens inside them. A little miniature world of flowers and shells. I liked to try to create a perfect small something in a big crazy scary world. I must still be that child in part, because when I think about it, that really is why I make art now.  It helps me to respond to the world and organise what I see and feel. I feel a (all too brief) sense of completeness just as I finish a piece. Just like the feeling I got with my tiny cheesebox worlds! Then it all starts up again and I have to make something else to satisfy my soul.

My latest piece is done and will be going off to a new home next week. The Mookite and Jasper semi precious beads are encrusted onto a wired needlewoven base. I’m pleased with the warm neutral colours and I think it will go with loads of outfits. I looked up Mookite in my ‘Crystal  Bible’ and it says it helps improve organisational skills and increases versatility. The perfect stone for the lady who will be wearing it!

I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop in order to try out some repeat patterns and colour schemes. When I was working as a graphic designer I used Photoshop a lot, but haven’t used it for jewellery ideas so this has been an interesting exercise. Below is a tiny stitched sample and my experiment from it in Photoshop. A good starting point for a collar style neckpiece I think.

My silversmithing course starts tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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