Friday, December 19, 2014

We're All Ears :: December Challenge Reveal

We're All Ears :: December Challenge Reveal

This month's inspiration is an anamorphic art installation, an art form that uses a "distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image." (source:Wikipedia). 

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



21 comments:

  1. Beautiful earrings! I love the design and the movement.

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  2. What a super fun design. I love all the color variations on the theme and that first pair is my favorite. Lovely earrings.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. I am partial to the first pair, too. I had way too much fun playing with patinas.

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  3. They work any "color combo" you slice it! Fabulous designs!

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    1. Thank you, Terri. Once I figured out the design, I just went into overdrive with my washer stash and a variety of bead colors. Lots of fun. I sort of wish I had stayed true to the original colors in the art piece, but my creative energy just went it's own way, I guess.

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  4. Oh these are lovely, I love how you coloured the copper washers, the blue ones are definitely my favourite (maybe because it's winter) but I would wear the red in summer, the yellow in spring and if you could just come up with a colour combo for Autumn that's me sorted!! The beads on the earwire are fun too...xx

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    1. Thank you , Fiona. I bought (literally) five hundred washers on sale from Harbor Freight . (I don't know what I was thinking.) Anyway, I am trying to find any way possible to use them innovatively. . . texturing, doming, coloring. You're very likely to see more of them in future posts. :)

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  5. Hmmm I see some copper washers coming my way soon:-) I bet these move wonderfully and the colors are Fab! I really want to thank you for sharing your glitches it shows that you are human and really helps us new ones to not be so hard on ourselves. It is really humble of you and helps others too. I can't wait to look closer at your blog to see more of your wonderful work.

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    1. Thanks, Katherine. I bought (literally) five hundred washers on sale from Harbor Freight . (I don't know what I was thinking.) Anyway, I am trying to find any way possible to use them innovatively . . . texturing, doming, coloring. You're very likely to see more of them if you view other posts on my blog. :) Jewelry making can be a humbling experience sometimes. Lots of troubleshooting and resorting to plan B, but it is oh so rewarding. It is definitely from the glitches that our best learning occurs. I love that! Thanks for browsing my blog!

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  6. What a fun design! I like the colors in the first pair for being the closest to the sculpture, but it's the 3rd pair that I would wear all the time. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Sarajo. Once I made the first pair, I just couldn't stop making them and just threw color to the wind, forgetting completely about the original sculpture. ADD brain! :)

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  7. Great use of dangles for the inspiration and adding beads in jump rings. Of the three, I like the green ones the most, guess I am just partial to greeb

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    1. Thank you, Divya. (What a beautiful name you have!)

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  8. So glad you came to play this month! You have created earrings with movement and life, something that you can obviously make in a variety of colors and textures. That is a sign of a good design! Thank you for sharing your mini kinetic sculptures for the December We're All Ears Challenge. Check back on January 2nd for the next inspiration! Enjoy the day! Erin

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    1. Thank you, Erin. Yes, this design is definitely a keeper! Your inspirations always get my creative gears working, and it is such a joy to wake up on reveal morning and see everyone's interpretations. That whole day I spend viewing and commenting. My husband always inquires "why in the world are you so obsessed with your ipad." All I have to say is, "earring challenge" and he realizes that he is on his own for the day. I am looking forward to seeing what creative idea you have in store for us in the new year. Happy holidays!

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  9. I kept thinking "planets" when I saw your earrings. The nerd in me LOVES that.

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    1. Susan, I totally see that! I had a similar feeling when I looked at them, but I couldn't put my finger on the concept that they portrayed. That's it!!!

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  10. luv the spheres in all the different colors. Green my fav. And you met the technical challenge of inbedding. I couldn't get it to work.

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    1. Thank you, Gloria. I learned how to grab the embed code from the share feature of the video, insert the code in the "HTML" tab of the post, then go back to the "compose" tab to finish writing and insert photos. Of course, this all had to be done using the browser version of blogger. I couldn't figure out how to embed in the app version. The hardest part of these challenges for me is seldom the earrings, but rather taking quality photos and making the technology work.

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