Wednesday, April 29, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #11 Machinery

# 11 Machinery

I am absolutely fascinated by machines and their parts, especially gears. I can look under the hood of a car or at a motorcycle and stare for hours amazed that someone discovered how to machine all those parts and put them together to do something useful.

Manchester, England is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. While I lived there en route to my studio everyday I had to pass the Museum of Science and Industry. I often went in just to smell the oil of all those very old machines still being nursed to move day in and day out to demonstrate early machinery to the public. I also often went in to sketch by hand as well as digitally with my camera all the different parts for inspiration.
I miss that place.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Jewelry Basics Course at Metalwerx

Do you know anyone in Massachusetts who is interested in becoming a jewelry making junky? Tell them about the Jewelry Basics Course I am offering in August at

Thursday, April 9, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #10 Street Art

#10 Street Art

My favourite cities for Street Art are San Francisco, Barcelona and Manchester-UK. I really believe graffiti should be legalized. I'll never understand why bombarding our society with images/ads for things we don't need is legal but art is illegal. These three cities seem to be among the few that realise the importance of street art in our lives. Craftspeople are also getting into street art. A brilliant example is JafaBrit's Knitted Tree.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Found Object Jewelry - Drinking Straw Necklace + Bracelet

I have had a compulsion since I was a kid to take drinking straws from my finished fountain sodas or cocktails make them into triangles, link them together and leave them in the glass. I leave them where ever I go and finally got caught out at Common in Manchester last year when I brought my glasses up to the bar and the bartender said, "You're the one who makes these triangle chains. We have them hanging up in the back!". I thought that was pretty cool. So last week I came across a package of straws in my pantry + decided to make some jewelry. I think this is my favourite piece so far. Though I really love my curler bracelet too. It's hard to pick your favourite baby without the getting jealous of one another. :)

Sorry I don't show the bracelet too. I couldn't get a good photo of both being worn.

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #9 Nature's Sculpture

#9 Nature's Sculpture

Though I am a HUGE fan of artist Andy Goldsworthy really nothing beats Nature's sculptural forms. I took this photo in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Monday, April 6, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #8 La Luna

#8 La Luna

My love for sleeping in moonbeams started as a child in my grandparents house. I still find much inspiration in her waxing and waning phases. In the night come my best ideas... such as 'La Joyeria de La Luna' a neck piece and nose ornament I made for an exhibition in England.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Recycled Materials: Reclaimed Yarn Bracelet

This is the last of my 'winter' projects since it is now officially Spring. This bracelet or armwarmer (as it has been called by Chere at Mother's and Company) has been made from left over finger-knitting samples I had in my bag of yarn and has been embellished with embroidery floss. I had a really fun time making this, it was a really spontaneous process. The chains of paper flowers were also made recently to celebrate Spring! Wooohoooo!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me To Create Jewelry #7 Iron Work

# 7 Iron Work

Iron gargoyles overlooking the Rochdale canal in Manchester + gilded iron work in Paris - Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Thursday, April 2, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #6 Spikes

#6 Spikes

Porcupine quills, icicles, cacti spikes, rose thorns, rail spikes (especially rusty ones!), spiked bracelets from the 80s, sea urchin, hedgehogs, passion flowers (like the ones growing all over my friend's backyard in Manchester), spiked iron fences, horseshoe crab tails, thistles...the list is looooong!

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #5 Bridges

#5 Bridges

The iron work, the stone work, the arches, the patterns and reflections in the water of bridges just fascinate me to no end. Some of my favourite bridges are in Manchester, UK over the many canals. I've blogged about them before here. These photos were taken in Manchester/Salford + Shrewsbury, England.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me to Create Jewelry - #4 Rusty Things

#4 Rusty Things

I have a serious obsession with rusty objects. I'm constantly scanning the street for these things. I have even found stuff in the woods. I didn't drag this old seat frame out of the woods, even though I thought about it! I think why I like rusty things so much is because of their rusty colour as well as that they are urban artifacts disregarded or lost.