Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
One of my very favorite Flickr contacts is Emily Watson. Her eyes see mundane objects like clay concretions, ancient smoking pipes, and rust patterns which sparks her imagination to reinterpret them, creating some of the most wonderfully inventive and whimsical jewelry I've seen.
Emily works with Faux Bone™, plasticized wood, enamels, and silver to carve her miniature sculptures. The mix of these materials and the shapes she draws out of them combine in a way that both surprises and delights me.
Let's see if Paige, Michelle or Christine have concocted their Eye Candy's this week.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
1. Giddyup, detail, 2. BunnyFleur, 3. Pierced Rings, 4. basket pendant, 5. square earrings, 6. chain_two_2, 7. earring on, 8. Pierced Brooch #2, 9. Pierced Brooch #5, 10. process , 11. buckets necklace, 12. Pierced Brooch 4, 13. Into The Woods, 14. Pierced Brooch 4, 15. Pierced Brooch #3, 16. Pierced Buckets Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Unadorned by sparkling gems; elaborate settings or the distracting gleam of gold or silver metal - the stunning craftsmanship and attention to detail in Allyson Bone's work is evident. By using only the intricately pierced shapes of birds; bunnies; bows and stylized coral, enhanced by a deep black patina Allyson asks the viewer to focus on the bare 'bones' of her work.
And after examining the stark contrast between the sensuous; feminine cutouts and the industrial; precisely soldered geometric silhouettes of her constructs how could anyone fail to admire the playfulness; imagination and skill of the maker. This is design at it's purest.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Weekend Eye Candy - Dee Wilder Edition, 1. Flexible and Sparkly Rolodex Bracelet, 2. More Variations on a Theme, 3. Faux stone bird skulls, 4. Cabochon, 5. Wing Earring, 6. Faux Deer Antler Bracelet, 7. Extruded and Turned, 8. K-canes, 9. Silver Bead Caps, 10. Elytra Earrings, 11. Nudibranch Bracelet, 12. Lathe-Turned, 13. Trilobite bracelet, 14. Polymer Clay Threads for Micromosaic, 15. Pendants, 16. My first micromosaic Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Hello, My name is Lora Hart and I'm a craft snob. I've never been a fan of polymer clay, unless we're talking makers in the upper stratospheres like Kathleen Dustin or Ford Forlano. I think it looks too "crafty". And I say that with a derogatory sneer.
My friend Michelle Ross started to change my mind a few years ago with her beautiful work. And maybe those seeds have opened my eyes to the point that I am now beginning to notice artists who are taking the medium to a new and better (IMHO) level.
Dee Wilder, known as Malodora, is one of those artists. I love her precision. Her attention to detail. Her inspiration. Dee is interested in the natural world and actually has her own "beetle factory" that she keeps to denude found skeletons of small mammals and birds. See those bird skulls in the third picture? Dee made them. And I own some. They're fabulous. See the trilobites and the antler bracelet? The realism is amazing. I dream of owning one of those!
Now she's hand rolling impossibly thin threads to construct micro mosaics and lathe turing beads. Even her canes are perfectly executed. And those metal clay bead caps? They were her first try with the great grey goop!!! I'm inspired by her mindfulness and will strive to incorporate more of that attribute into my own work.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
1. Pinus pinaster (exploded view): Stained Cell Series, 2008, 2. Equisetum Pendant (Commission) - detail 2, 3. Neckpiece # 2: Stained Cell Series, 2008, 4. Cysts and Symmetries: Earrings #3, 5. Ring #1: Stained Cell Series, 2005, 6. Marram study: Stained Cell Series, 2005 , 7. Pin #1: Stamen Series, 2005, 8. Stamen (inverted), 2004, 9. Eastern Cottonwood Defense 2008 (detail), 10. Sprout (detail), 2004, 11. Cysts and Symmetries Ring #3 (Commission), 12. Neckpiece #2: Stamen Series, 2004, 13. Ring #3: Stamen series, 2004 , 14. Leaf Section Bracelet, 2005, 15. Bracelet # 2: Stained Cell Series, 2006, 16. Earrings #8, Stamen Series, 2005 Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Vina Rust's work is the perfect example of taking a single element and a single theme and exploring the heck out them to create a signature style.
Using only commercial tubing (sometimes called chenier), a bit of sheet silver to act as a skin and her fascination with cellular structures and botanical illustrations, Vina has developed a line of jewelry that is truly unlike any thing I've ever seen before.
She groups individual pieces in series' called "Stained Cell", "Cysts & Symmetries" and "Stamen", but to me they're so harmonious as to be conceived with a single thought. Microscopic slices of organic origin that are both contemporary and comfortably familiar.
I love her work. And the very next time I'm in San Francisco I'll be sure to drop by the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery to see some of it in person.