I just love visual tension and contrasts, within them there are so many surprising textures, emotions + experiences. I often incorporate contrasts and tensions in my jewellery too through use of textures, materials + even through the way I design and fabricate my work. My Fluff collection for instance creates interesting tension between the soft fluff material, metal and colour which is why I believe, people respond to those pieces of jewellery. My larger sculptural jewellery like the Strangeways knuckleduster + the Sensual hand ornament are examples of how tension brings a surprise to my jewellery. Often people think upon first glance that these larger pieces I create will be cumbersome and awkward to wear but once they put them on they are exceedingly pleased how comfortable + wearable the jewellery is. I love that reaction since I try to make exciting work that is a delightful visual as well as physical experience for the wearer.
As for the photo above I shot it at my brother's house. I had been lugging this chair around in the back of my car for the weekend to get it back to my house from our grandmother's. I took it out and put it in the entrance of my brother's shed thinking the contrast of the vibrant blood red velvet against the ordinary shed interior would make a interesting image. What do you think?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Yesterday jewelry professional Katrina Morris kindly gave my blog and my jewelry a big shout out on her blog 'On Jewels: Appreciation of the Art'.
I'm grateful and pleased Katrina gave me a shout out as I have enjoyed her enthusiasm and passion for the jewelry she writes about on her blog. She has written about jewelry and politics, and highlighted some fantastic work coming out of the International Jewelry London show. Laura Bamber's work IS breathtakingly beautiful!
Thanx again Katrina and to all of you are visiting my blog!
When I'm not making jewellery I'm hoarding things I find on the street, at flea markets and in friends + families basements. Although I embrace contemporary architecture, sculpture and technology with full abandon I also can be very maudlin for objects left behind from older times. These objects can range from old photographs, rusty nails in all shapes and sizes, weathered wood and stones and metal with a good patina on it.
The photos above are of some wall pieces I made over the years and hang on the walls of my home. I'm not quite sure what it is about assembling old weathered objects together into these wall hangings that I find soooo satisfying. Maybe it's an urge to try to understand personal history - my own and others or trying to to hold onto time in an age where everything moves excessively fast and things can slip by us if we don't slow down long enough to notice.
The top photo is a wall piece I created for a show in Natick called 'The Chair Project'. Its title is, 'Reserved Seating'. The piece is assembled from an old piece of wood I found in my Nana's basement along with some old copper wire and the photo had been sitting in my collection for a quite some time. I thought it was perfect for this project. I find the photo really intriguing in that all the women are standing and the men and young boy are seated. The women as usual, stand strong and proud and standing by their men. But what about the old fashioned (?) courtesy extended to women by giving up their seat for them?
The 2nd photo is of a wall piece assembled with another old wood board found in my Nana's basement and some old steel and copper tacks. I've always loved African nail fetish sculptures with their magickal connotations as well as the history of Voodoo Dolls and Voodoo practiced in places like in New Orleans. The triangles have special meaning to me and my partner who met by chance. Two people separated by an ocean most of their lives then united when our paths crossed unexpectedly...or was it the voodoo that was being worked?
The 3rd photo is of a wall piece I created while studying at Moore College of Art. It is one of two pieces from that period I still live with. It has been fabricated from copper sheet, rope, and copper wire. The piece is from a short experimentation with metalsmithing and explorations in organic and sea life forms.
The bottom photo is a assemblage of wood, copper wire and an old awl I found in my grandfather's tool drawer after he died. As a lover of tools and homage to the man who probably influenced my desire to hoard things like old wood, hardware + tools this is for him.
I hope you enjoyed. Give me a shout!
Monday, October 27, 2008
There are loads of things that inspire me to create, like architecture, sculpture, bridges, girders, I-beams, sweet lil' rusty objects I find in the street, music, twirling fire poi, dancing, graffiti, machine mechanisms, old photographs I find at flea markets...there is so much beauty in the world....
These are some photos I took of some REALLY YUMMY bridges in Manchester, England....
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I just found this network called Crafthaus via someone's jewellery blog over at www.ganoksin.com/blogs/. While going through their almost 1500 page gallery of high quality work I stumbled on these beauties! Wooooweeeeee! I'm blown away. They are super lovely forms with VERY sexy textures!!! Purrrrrrrrrr. The blue rubbery neckpiece (damn this piece just makes me quiver!) is by Anthony Tammaro (he's from Philly too!) and Lick No. 1 neckpiece made of terry cloth and seed beads which would be handy for all the drooling I have been doing over it is by Amy Weiks!
Please excuse me, I must now get back to viewing the other half of the Crafthaus gallery to find more drooling opportunities!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Now that I've handed over this lil' beauty to Nikki2Katz I can finally do a bit of blogging about this bracelet! This bracelet was made along with the necklace I made for her daughter Jazmine that I blogged about back in August for a swap of each others work. Nikki is a incredibly imaginative illustrator (as well as supa cool DJ with skillz that always get my booty shakin'!) and I fell in love with one of her prints so promised her some jewelry for it.
I had a lot of fun trying to work out how to assemble this bracelet. Like the necklace I made Jaz it is made of building blocks I picked up at a flea market. The thing about the blocks is that they seems to be half the thickness of ordinary blocks therfore work very well around the wrist. I have posted photos of the front as well as the back to show how I resolved assembling it. What I used in the end was an old nylon belt to join the blocks together by using threaded rivets, silver washers and epoxy. This joinery is quite satisfiying as it doesn't make the bracelet much longer than 7" nor is there big spaces between the blocks that disrupt the flow of Nikki2Katz which is her DJ name. I can just see her hands on the decks cahnging and skratchin' records with these lovely blocks dancning around her wrists...
Can you tell how much love celebrating the creative tools we've all been given?
Give me a shout!