Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Friday, December 19, 2014
The following information is from Erin's original post on Earrings Everyday.
Breaking Wave is an anamorphic kinetic sculpture created for Biogen-Idec's new headquarters in Cambridge, MA. The sculpture was created by Plebian Design and Hypersonic.
Breaking Wave tells the story of the search for patterns, and the surprising results that come by changing our point of view. 804 suspended spheres move in a wave-like formation. When the wave crests and breaks, the balls hover momentarily in a cloud. From almost anywhere in the room, this cloud is purely chaotic, but step into one of two hidden spots, and this apparent chaos shows a hidden pattern.
From the first, a labyrinth hints at the search for knowledge, and from the second, a Fibonacci spiral inspired flower reminds us of the natural order and patterns found in nature.
Breaking Wave from PLEBIAN DESIGN on Vimeo.
For my earrings I knew that I wanted to create motion. In my mind's eye, I envisioned spherical shapes dangling from wire, cord, or chain. I happened to have some copper washers hanging around in my studio leftover from recent experiments with Vintaj patina. After adding some chain and bead dangles, they seemed complete. I had hoped to antique the earwires in LOS, but days of driving rain made that impractical (since I like to do that stinky chore outside on my deck).
On this project, I also ran into technical glitches. I was determined to embed the video this time, and in order to do so, I had to use the browser version of blogger rather than the app version. Both versions did not play very well with each other or with my ipad. I couldn't caption the third photo (old padre trade beads, Czech glass) or add more text below it.
Thanks, Erin, for another clever inspiration. I am looking forward to viewing everyone's interpretations!
|Coral, blue lace agate, glass|
|Chalcedony, blue lace agate, glass|
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Peruvian opal that I have been hoarding forever finally saw the light of day. After wire-wrapping a bead into the middle of each ring, I hit a wall. Now what?
Wanting to pick up the color of the opal, I painted rivets and spacers for the bracelet with some Vintaj patina. I hit a snag when I discovered that I only had brass and silver ribbon crimps. With no time to order copper ones and no nearby store to purchase them, I had to get creative. Vintaj patina to the rescue!
For the necklace I decided to keep it simple, allowing the pendant with the ring to be the star. I strung crow beads, old Padre trade beads, aged picasso Czech glass beads, copper washers and spacers, and the pendant on knotted deerskin leather. Loving options for necklace length, this type of adjustable clasp works best for me.
Of course, the set wouldn't be complete without a pair of earrings. I happened to have some practice links that I made from Cindy Wimmer's wonderful book The Missing Link, so I added a simple dangle of Peruvian opal, Czech glass, and copper. After all the planning, metalwork, filing, riveting, oxidizing, and painting, it was refreshing to just do something easy, and I like the way these round coiled links mimic the shape and texture of Kristen's beaded rings.
Kristen, thank you for selecting me to participate in this challenge. I loved designing with your cool beaded rings, and I am really looking forward to seeing the creations of other participating artists. (Blog readers, click on the link to Art Jewelry Elements Blog to see the work of other artists.)