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New in May
New in May
New in March
I have been enjoying the "whole" body experience of sculpturing larger pieces so I decided that I was going to make my big beads mini sculptures. These are my first attempts. As neckpieces they are delightful but the results lack sculptural integrity. I want to achieve a sculpture that just happens to be wearable. The bursting beads remind me of an adventure in one of the Narnia books, where, down in the underworld kingdoms living gemstones exist - 'not the dead stones you find near the surface, but rubies growing that you can pluck and squeeze yourself a cupful of juice'. Fun and fantasy!
New in Febuary 2018
I was enjoying the hollow bead asymmetric neck pieces but realised we are not always in the mood for such large pieces so I made a couple of prototypes of a more "delicate" design. Both the cluster lariat and the choker are inspired by vintage pieces. I think they show potential and I hope to make some more soon. (I will also try to improve the lighting when I take the photos- the "pod" in the choker design is full of broken stripes in earth colours and the large hollow bead asymmetric neck piece is full of rich reds and golds)
I am experimenting with different strings for multi stranded neck pieces. I want some more natural products for those who don't want the black tubing (rubber, plastic, silicon? Who knows?). Here is a prototype using waxed cotton cord. The beads are to give the cord "weight" and I have tried a different pattern on each side. I will next try rolled leather and maybe translucent beads on the stringing cord. This left over "hippy" prototype I will colour with alcohol inks to achieve a variegated effect. it would be nice to try some braided leather for the large hollow bead asymmetric necklace....
New in january 2018
I wanted to explore the hollow bead asymmetric neck pieces a little more. Here are 3 variations. The organic textured version with connecting trumpets or cone beads did not suit the asymmetric stringing and has become, instead, a soft but large necklace. The red and grey neck piece is subtle but the silver and russet mica glow when the light catches them. I was inspired by a neckpiece I saw at Maryvonne Millon's market stall in Cap d'Adge in 2017. Maryvonne uses glossy smaller ceramic beads and metal washers strung on steel cable enclosed in clear tubing.
New in December 2017
I opted to run a Xmas market stall at my local town, Toronto. The markets were twilight markets and I had to scramble for lighting. More importantly I wanted to handcraft some low cost xmas gift or novelty items. Yvonne and I focussed on resin earrings encapsulting xmas images - some cartons, some religious and lot, historic. For example Christmas cards from the 19 century. There is no paper in these earrings so discolouration does not happen. Of course with resin manufacture you loose quite a few - so we have Xmas pendants as well. We made some hair binders using handcrafted larger beads and no-snag eleastic and some small bead elastic bracelets.
I enjoy the results of image transfer onto resin but my real love is designing new and interesting pieces. So between resin pours I sneaked some time designing and making. Here is an asymmetric design inspired by the work of an artisan from the Cap d'Adge street markets in France. I have used different material, different dimensions and, in this example, created a comptempory aboriginal design on some of the hollow beads. (The background is my new kitchen bench - very red!)
I noticed that I had sold most of the bright/strong pinched petal necklaces and tried to find time to made some more - well I have made the petals but still to string them!
New in October 2017
I came back from Europe with a need to accomplish 4 things: One was to make some "display" pieces to attract the eye of potential customers: Two was to design a "new" standard" necklace. Three was to integrate beading into the braids. Four was to create some more figurines - All eleven I took over to France sold as a single installation.
These are all very large necklaces and hae already attracted a lot of attention at my market stall. The second piece, made of hollow beads sold the first day it was displayed. The first piece inspired a commission - "similar colours and shapes in the assymetric style, please."
My new "Standard" necklace design
I forgot to photograph the first few I made and they sold as soon as they hit the stall. But these are also nice. The necklace has a centre focal area of 7 to 11 cm of feature beads connected to braid or thick rubber "statement" string. In general the feature beads hang lower than more traditional neckpieces.
I spent a long time making 8 braided round cord incorporating beads in many patterns. However, in the end I designed an 12 bead "cluster" strung on stretch stringing. These can be hung on braid, normal chains (although Omego chain looks best) or combined in groups. Here I show single colours or a graduated blend of bead from burgandy to yellow. In fact variations look stunning and I had a young girl thrilled with a grey, pink and white cluster - some plains and some patterns.
I was entralled by some dance routines found on YouTube. Many of will may recognise these poses.
I have been accepting commissions for figurines but will not be taking pieces to the markets as they are difficult to pack. Instead I will look at completing installations and approaching galleries.
New in May 2017
I moved house in early May and, in preparation for the annual migration to Europe I focussed on a range of jewelry for Terre Sauvage in Belves, France. As the shop features a lot of sculptures and decor items from artisans in Zimbawee I wanted to evoke a synergy between the works on display. I had just designed a few canes - not all of the them met my brief - when the owner of Terre Sauvage raved about how successful the monotone pieces I had made in 2016 were proving to be in the opening of the 2017 season. As a result I produced a few canes in black/white monotone.
The monotone examples ranged from greys to stark black and white.
New in April 2017
I have finished lots of fun twisted resin shapes ready to show my local galleries but I sell pieces before they I go on the road and before I have photographed them.
However, I have remembered to photo some commissioned pieces. My figurines have caught the imagination of some viewers at my market stall. One father wanted a footballer for his daughter. After discussion we agreed that the footballer should hange from his daughter's car's rear vision mirror, His daughter has since received her father's gift and enjoys most of all the uniqueness. My next commission was for some figurines in sprint kayaks - all done in Australian Olympian colours. Initally I thought nothing of it until I realised I had to model the kayaks as well! My first kayak was too wide and the finished kayaks rely on optical illusion to increase their length.
New in March 2017
I have been working on a display case for resin pieces. I have chosen two colour schemes: one is a soft pastel abstract leaf and the pieces featuring this image go into the base. The other is a striking purple with lime green line work and the pieces featuring this image are attached to the lid.
The examples I am showing below are all images which have been trapped between layers of resin but I will be including cast pieces in my display case as well. I have selected the more unusual shapes to show you but my examples include many earrings in geometric and organic shapes. Some pieces I applied a third layer of resin over the white so that when the back showed it complimented the image. On other pieces, particular when I didn't want to add thickness as in the case of the twisted shapes, I used alcohol inks to create an abstract colour background.
As usual when you experiment you always find that you have to change more than you expected. With the pieces featuring the light pastel colours it was clear that my usual necklace stringing would be too "heavy". I designed a clear (transparent) multi-stranded neck string which echoes the lightness of the image - unfortunately the transparent stringing didn't show very well in the photos so I removed it.
New November 2016
For the last few months I have been focussing on Collectible gift figurines. One line features "Action" Figurines which showcase figurines in motion - pole dancing, climbing, surfing and yoga (zero movement!). !
Another line features "Antique" figurines which (usually) showcase figurines treated with metal coatings and then aged with patinas (real oxides). I took some figurines I had modelled a few months ago and coated them with metal. I then applied patinas. They are more successful in this finish than plain black. Most of the pieces have loops on the back and can be pinned on a scarf, jacket, curtain or rope (for hanging on a wall or from a rod). The pair of haut relief figurines will work best as fridge magnets or mounted flat against a wall panel.
New September 2016
Since finishing the pinched petals for Terre Savauge in Belves, France I focused on three directions. One: complete any pieces littering my studio. Two: Develop new designs using pinched petals. Three: design a commission necklace for a client who wanted something to wear with denim jeans and white shirts for summer.
New August 2016
I arrived home in Australia aware that I needed to produce some pinched petal necklaces for Ondine to sell. They needed to show different styles. I had 2 weeks to finalise the necklaces and I was jet lagged. Here are some of those I produced. They got to Ondine in time along with a group of earrings showing styles I think I could produce wholesale.
New in July 2016
July was a busy month for StudioKY. First I attended an interesting conference run by the International Polymer Clay Association in Bordeaux, France. The focus was polymer clay used in art, whether its use was incidental or the focus. Some of us displayed our work during the conference. My display was "Celebrating the human figure and the Australian landscape". Examples of the figurine brooches are shown in the blog entry "Life Modelling" but an example of a landscape brooch with some details from other brooches are below the photos of the display.
I next visited my friend Ondine, owner of Terre Sauvage in Belves, France. Ondine was just opening a shopfront and asked me if I would like to leave my jewelery with her. We were very pleased with the result as we had limited materials - just what I brought with me from Bordeaux and an antique show case.
These figurines make unusual brooches, pendants, knick knack, curtain tie backs or just mini sculptures. They have rubber hoops on the back that makes pinning or hanging an easy process. These are the brooches I took with me to France. I like the figures on their own but recognise that the unsupported limbs are more fragile.
These figures are sitting on shapes. They are 3-D sculptures or really "haut relief". They can be a brooch, a pendant or a knick knack sat amongst river pebbles. They can be mounted on spikes so they sit in a pot plant, tied to a cord and used as a curtain tie back. They are fun, always unusual and make a stunning statement piece of jewelry.
Interchangeability and customer choice are the key features of this new range of Art Jewellery. From the discreet to the statement this range of Art jewelery is, often unusual , sometimes sophsticated but occassional brash.
Interchangeability of charms was to be an essential feature of the new range of neck pieces featuring European large charm beads and hanging pendants.