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Monir ShahroudyAs a ‘failed’ complex caner, I am always looking for patterns that can be translated into a simple cane. As you study this painting by Iranian artist, Monir Shahroudy, you can see it is a compilation of small pieces.While this artwork has many of the same design elements of a Zentangle, it was completed in 1980.

HMMMM!!!! Possibly, a complex cane is in my future…bit by bit.

 

Always Cool

cartierThe June/July Town & Country features several pages of black and white clothing, jewelry & shoes. Including this bracelet from Cartier was a bit of a stretch for black and white…but it does feature that crisp contrast that always feels cool and fresh, regardless of the temperature. At $286,000, this bauble may not be in your budget, but the swirl of light and dark may be just what you need for your next design. 

Beautiful Badges

linda dartyLinda Darty’s Garden Badge Series celebrates memories of her childhood and attending garden club meetings with her mother in a small town in North Carolina. “The women in this small town would gather monthly, meeting with armfuls of flowers and greens that were spread over tables. These badges pay tribute to their efforts to create and formalize a time in their lives to celebrate beauty, community, and friendship while also expressing my ongoing inspiration from nature.
I’m intrigued by what kinds of badges I would identify myself with as the adult person I’ve become, not only what I would wear now, but what would be left behind for some future relative to pour over in a long forgotten jewelry box. I would want them to find flowers, leaves and branches of silver and blossoms of delicately painted glass, and to remember that I wore and made them to keep them alive in my life… that in the midst of the technology, the construction and destruction of this world so often at war, there is beauty to be treasured.”

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Typically, I do not feature polymer artists in Ornamental Elements, and leave my studio adventures/misadventures for What Are You Working on This Week. But, after a rather hectic year, I finally wrapped my creative mind around an article for the Summer issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. I have to thank Joan Tayler for inspiring the article. We participated in an exchange last fall, and she turned my exchange charms into a pair of earrings…so clever.

I have been tempted to write tutorials for digital media, but nothing beats the thrill of seeing your work published and on the newsstand at Barnes & Noble or Michaels. In February, Alice Stroppel, Julie Eakes. Meisha Barbee and I collaborated on a bangle project.  On the surface the initial idea appeared to be simple, but each of us found at least one or two challenges before the bangles were completed. You will find an article about our challenges in the Fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.

Snippets of Color

carly wright2Ciffs revealing sedimentary rock inspire the work of Carly Wright. “I believe that the images that I see on my daily walks, give me a vocabulary. I often stop to sketch , or pick up a stone or a piece of bark. These small objects sit on my drawing table for weeks, sometimes years. When I sit down to design new pieces I look to them for inspiration, and try to convey something of what I see in them to others. I am also drawn to architectural symbols such as windows or doors.”

Clashing Colour

Angela-OKelly2Irish artist, Angela O’Kelly, combines nontraditional jewelry materials…paper & fabric…with precious metals to create bold, layered pieces. “I’m attracted to clashing colours in nature” she says. Texture is really important in her work. Boglands and the seaside rock formations inspire lightweight materials that don’t weigh the wearer down. “My designs are not for the everyday”, she explains. “More occasion wear than day wear, each design is a decorative object in its own right that you can admire as an art object when you’re not wearing it.”

Designing Family

taffin2There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal this week about James Taffin de Givenchy and his 753 year old family history book. While his uncle founded the fashion house, Givenchy, in 1952, James moved in a different direction…jewelry. The family history dates from the 1300’s and continues with updates from family members throughout the world.

What happened to this month? The last three weeks have been a swirl of family, art show prep and then a week of fabulous weather that constantly lured us outside. Spring on a barrier island is amazing…two bobcat sightings in the last week, the alligators are roaring, and we should see new fawns any day now.

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