Sunday, June 28, 2015

Festival of the Arts

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Festival of the Arts in Bonner Springs yesterday.  The weather was beautiful for a late June day, a top of 80 degrees, got a bit of a sunburn even.  We had a good day and shared our art with lots of new people.  The Bonner Springs Arts Alliance is incredible.

Our next show is the KC Fringe Festival. Click on this link and click on About and select for the visual artists.  They listed our business under Lisa Coyan in the program, however the website we are listed as Details.

Come see us at the Fringe 411 Boutique on the lower level of Union Station, around the corner from City Stage and the Irish Center.  I'm submitting an entry for the Fringe Prize, so come by and vote for me.  

Barbara

Friday, June 26, 2015

Ready for the show

Well, I think I'm ready for the Festival of the Arts in Bonner Springs tomorrow.  I've worked on some new pieces and am prepared for hot weather (ie sunscreen, battery operated fan, water, cool towel etc.)  Lisa bought a new tent that is white. 

This will be our first show at this event, actually it's only the second year for this show.  The Bonner Springs Arts Alliance is great, they run a great show, are organized and have been great to work with.  Stop by and see us.  It should be great.


This is the last piece I'll finish before the show.  I have some more pieces in mind, but have run out of time to make them. 
Have a good Day

Barbara

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Organzied Chaos

Organized Chaos.

I've been working on building up inventory for our show at the Bonner Springs Festival of the Arts on June 27, 2015.  (Click here for more information and come visit our booth, we'd love to see you.)  I was looking through some magazines for some inspiration when I found an article called Chaos Theory where the artist made a pin using heavy gauge wire and miscellaneous beads.

I converted the basic technique into a pendant. I experimented with cheaper plated wire, in case it didn't turn out. I had some bright blue and green beads that spoke "spring" to me.  I didn't start with a plan, just experimented with different things. This was my first attempt.


I enjoyed the technique and the next time I used flat copper wire.  I went hunting in my pink, magenta beads and came up with a decent array of beads I thought would work together.  I used cultured pearls, glass pearls, Swarovski crystals, shells and miscellaneous wire   I found the second one more challenging as the flat wire didn't lend itself to overlapping like the one above.  I even worked on a matching pair of earrings. This is the result.

The Necklace

The Earrings

I really enjoy using unique and unusual elements in my pieces.  The flat "paddle" dangle with the flower wired to it is just a short piece of wire that I hammered the end flat. I don't see much flat copper wire used, so that is pretty unique as well.  I do have some Sterling Silver flat wire, will eventually make a pendant out of that as well.  Maybe it's time to bring out my torch and work on melting something. . . . .

I am working on another one of this type, it's a copper set with paua shells and other coordinating beads.  That necklace will have matching earrings and a bracelet.  But you'll have to come to the Bonner Springs show to see it all completed.
 
Have a good day.

Barbara

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Symetry vs Asymmetry



Symmetry is defined as the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis. In jewelry making symmetry would be a pair of earrings that are reflections (mirror images) of each other.  In a necklace symmetry would be both sides of the necklace are identical, with the pendant being an imaginary line or the axis.  

Asymmetry is the antithesis of this, earrings that don't match.  But asymmetry does not mean that something is out of balance.  It simply means that the two sides are different.  I am a big fan of the asymmetrical design.  I think it increases my creativity by allowing a modification of a design.  I've made many asymmetrical designs. 


This one on the left is one of my favorite pieces that is very asymmetrical.  One side is black pearls hand knotted on silk and the other side is gunmetal plated chain with tow different colors of wire mesh ribbon woven through the links of the chain.  the pendant is a window frame, a hummingbird and other charms dangling from an oval ring.  

When I made this necklace, it was way out of my comfort zone, which was probably why it took me so long to finish.  It sold at the first show I displayed it at, so that was very encouraging.


The one at the right is also gun metal plated chain, and in keeping with the bird motif of the one above, I added a bird cage a bird and I made a birds nest out of blackened sterling silver wire and purple pearls.  I lady named Barbara bought this at our last show of 2014.

The only issue I have found with the asymmetrical design is that the weight of one side may be more than the other, so if I have some question if it will hang correctly, I'll wear it to work and try it out.  It's fun to see if people really notice it.

I'll probably revisit this subject again as I really enjoy creating jewelry like this.  My last post also had an asymmetrical design.  Check it out.

Thanks for checking with me.

Barbara