Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More Inspiration: Art in the Park - Elm Park, Worcester, MA



The Art in the Park event in Worcester Mass. is back! And I tease you not it is even BETTER than last year. Last year the event was hit or miss but this year I don't think there is one sculpture that I don't like. All of the work this year is made to withstand the elements and all of the work has been really thought out, plus there are quite a few created with recycled materials!

I took these photos yesterday of two of my favourites. The top photo is of a floating sculpture made of lawn chairs, which like the bridge spanning the water in the background reminds me of a bracelet. (heehee Yes, I do see jewelry EVERYWHERE!) The bottom photo is of a gazebo type structure made entirely from a piano. This is a detail of the dome which is made of the piano keys.

Go Worcester!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Website : www.heatherskowoodjewelry.com


I'm VERY pleased to announce that I have a new website up at www.heatherskowoodjewelry.com!!!

This site has much much more than my previous website including a page dedicated to my commissioned jewelry, a page for my new recycled jewelry, and page for the latest news about my jewelry including my blog. Plus, the site has software that allows me to update it much more easily than my last site so it will be updated often, I PROMISE.

I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think, as always feedback is appreciated.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Stackpole Books - Found Object/Recycled Jewelry Book

Exciting news, I recently signed a contract with Stackpole Books to author a book about my jewelry made of recycled/reclaimed materials!! I'm soooo very excited about this project which will include work I've created in the past year as well as some new pieces made specifically for this publication. Plus a few of my jewelry colleagues that have inspired me to explore recycled materials in my work will also be featured in the book.

So far I've have a rough outline of the project finished and some digi-sketches of the found location photos for the materials used in making the jewelry (see above). I'm going to start the introduction this afternoon and get back in the studio to play with some more samples I'm working on which will help me execute a few of the final pieces.

If you like/dislike or have any questions about the project as I blog about it, do give me a shout. Feedback as always is welcome! Also check out the new group I posted on Crafthaus called, "Recycled Adornments". It's a forum for art jewelers who are creating adornments from recycled, reclaimed and re-purposed materials to show post photos of their work and discuss related topics.

Enjoy!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Basic Jewelry Course at Metalwerx, Waltham - Massachusetts


Well, after a little break I'm back at Metalwerx in Waltham, Massachusetts to teach jewelry. This August I will be teaching a basic jewelry course focusing on the pendant as a point of departure for explorations with tools and fire that will turn you into a serious junky for making your own jewelry. If by chance you don't become hooked you will at least walk away with insight in what it takes to make a piece of jewelry that will help you become a more informed collector. If you or someone you know is interested sign up now as spaces are filling up!

The Basic Jewelry Course will be held every Monday, 6pm - 9pm, from the 3rd - 24th August.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

25 Things That Inspire Me To Create Jewelry #25 YOU!!






#25 - YOU

Without you there would be no exquisite body to adorn with my creations. Without you there would be no creative collaboration. Without you I would have no inspiration at all!


Top to Bottom:


Inda- wearing her cocoon necklace
Misty - 1. wearing her fossil necklace, sterling silver + fossil
2. wearing her necklace made with geodes from her home in India
Kath - wearing her commissioned silver jewellery suite - earrings, ring, necklace and bracelet
Jenny - wearing her 21st birthday present commissioned by her dad, sterling silver + 22. caliber bullet shells