Tuesday, March 31, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #3 Sculpture



#3 Sculpture

Sculptures that contrast materials with their environment or sculptures that stand alone in metal, stone or any interesting material catches my fancy. I took these photos when a lived in England on a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Jonathan Keenan Photography Manchster, UK

Another beautiful photo by Jonathan Keenan, Manchester - UK of my Curler Bracelet.

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #2 Architecture



#2 Architecture

I love architecture styles that are old, new and decaying. The top photo is an interior shot of cell block 11 at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The radial design of ESP's ground plan has been duplicated around the world including Starngeways Prison in Manchester, England. This radial design is the inspiration for my 'Strangeways Here We Come' knuckleduster that I exhibited in 'Architectonics: Foundations in Jewellery'.

I also LOVE the architecture of New Orleans. The mix of French and Spanish influence as well as the beauty of the wear and tear on many of the buildings makes them thoroughly romantic and has drawn me to visit that city 4 times!

I also love contemporary archtiecture such as this bulidng in the bottom photo which was taken in Paris. I relaly enjoy how this building has a light outer shell of squiggly metal contained within a ridgid grid structure. The contrast is very appealing, more on contrasts later...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #1 Fire

So for those of you who are lucky enough to not be totally sucked into FaceBook and missed the activity that was going around I'll fill you in. There was this activity where you had to list 25 things people might not know about you and share them with your friends. I've decided to do this on my blog by creating 25 posts, each devoted to 25 things that inspire me to create jewelry. So here is the first one:

1. Playing with FIRE !
Not only is it extremely important for soldering, forging and welding metal but you can also use fire to create bonfires, Glory Holes for glass blowing, fire eating, fire toys*, campfires, curling up in front fireplaces, fire walking, BBQing, lighting candles, make s'mores, the Burning Man Festival, making steam engines go, making cool Rube Goldberg type contraptions like in the the DVD, "The Way Things Go", etc.

*The photo above is of me twirling poi for my young nephew at my brother's house one summer. I particularly love playing wiht fire poi at the beach and hope to get to do alot more this summer.

Stay tuned for the rest of my list...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Goldcorp Inc. Fails Again

Follow this link to today's BBC article on criticism of Goldcorp's mining practices in Guatemala.

Also check out a newly added link on my blog for Mining Watch Canada!