1. Loves Me Hoops, 2. OAW Radical Makeover, 3. trying to decide, 4. My First Fold Forms, 5. WIP, 6. Arrowmont - Khmer relic , 7. OAW - FlowerPower, 8. BronzeRingGroup, 9. OAW - AvantGarde, 10. Dirty Laundry, 11. OAW - Blazing Color, 12. The Beholder, 13. *, 14. OAW - Splash From The Past, 15. WIP, 16. OAW#2 - B&W - Pomander
Happy New Year everyone! A few of my contacts on Flickr made mosaics of their work and I decided to take a look at my own collection. And I'm surprise at how enlightening it was.
Most of these pieces were made as a result of either a challenge or as a class sample. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You remember the Project Runway One a Week Challenges from last year? Well this year I'm involved with two more challenges (so far). The Master's Registry and a Flickr challenge called the One A Day Ring challenge. I guess I like to challenge myself. But evidently not enough to come up with a line of my own work.
Everything does have the same aesthetic. A common feel and style. It all looks like it was made by me. But each is an individual. Relatively unique.
I look at others work (isn't that a rule - thou shalt not judge thyself by surfing the masses?) and love the way that some artists take a single theme and expand on it to develop a series of common pieces. I love that. I want to do that. And yet - I don't.
I'm trying to adopt that philosophy for my first level Master's projects. All will be based on wrought iron gate designs. I'm really looking forward to seeing them as a group. 10 items with a common thread.
The ring challenge is very different. Any material is welcome. Metalsmithed, metal clayed, found objects, anything. I really think it will force me to stretch my imagination to find ordinary, yet interesting, objects that I can wrap around a finger.
Anyone can join in! Go see everyone's offerings. it's only day four, but it's already promising to be a spectacular exersize.