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Lots of Parts

steven brixner2Steven Brixner approaches a new collection focused on one idea, but he allows the work to take him in numerous directions. “New work for me, begins to take form from a single idea. I tend to make lots of parts and then start putting them together into a series of pieces. I sometimes work on a series for a particular exhibition and then abandon it or I may continue to evolve it into a substantial body of work over many years. Inspiration comes from many sources. Natural forms, geometric shapes, primitive jewelry, historic metalwork, architecture, collaboration on a commissioned work, and unusual stones, have all led me in new directions.”

frey willeIn Frey Wille’s homage series, the focus is now on Expressionist painter Egon Scheile. “The themes of expressionism were diverse, experimental and radical. Artists expressed their deepest emotions through strong colour and design. They did not want to paint pretty pictures, or even realistic ones—they used ugliness, distortion and disassociation to express their own feelings, and elicit strong emotional reaction.” 

The Frey Wille site has a fascinating series of photos that focus on the design process. The elements and colors may provide inspiration for your next project. 

Disparate Inspiration

alyson iwamotoThe inspiration for Alyson Iwamoto’s Wabi Sabi collection came from her Japanese grandmother’s teacups and the California desert. Alyson “is continually inspired by nature’s intense and unexpected beauty. And my love for clay inspires me to create! Like a Zen garden, I look to express only what is essential. She is a native Los Angeles ceramic artist. Both her Japanese heritage and L.A. roots deeply influence her work. She has worked in clay for 20 years and she has pursued her dream as a full-time ceramic artist for the last four.

For nearly a decade Alyson taught children in Skid Row at Inner-City Arts. There she learned about humanity and imagination. She received her BFA in ceramics from Cal State University Long Beach.”

Mish-Mash = Unique

Julia-Turner-Blue-Field-RingOver the course of a 20 year career as a metalsmith, Julia Turner became frustrated with the sheer weight of metal and moved to other materials, seeking more warmth, color and volume.  “Among the dozens of objects arranged on an 8-foot table in her sun-washed jewelry studio are bowls of beads, chunks of wood – some natural, some stained colors ranging from canary yellow to cerulean blue – a roll of safety-orange duct tape, postcards, a shard of shiny black record vinyl, several books, and a carefully trimmed and shaped lump of charcoal salvaged from a backyard barbecue. Vignettes, color stories, and contrasting geometries play out across the 32 square feet, which, viewed from above is like the love child of Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers.”

You can read more about Julia’s work in the February/March issue of American Craft.

Not Just the Blue Box

tiffany circles pendant-jpgTiffany’s little blue box has always been a symbol of beautiful design, even before it is opened. The Tiffany 1837 Collection “is proudly inscribed with the year that Tiffany & Co. was founded, this iconic collection gives a nod to the past while expressing a modern sensibility with sleek curves and smooth contours.”

 

Say It With Flowers

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???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggested you Say It With Flowers. Needless to say, this timely sentiment was expressed shortly before Valentine’s Day. The most interesting item in the accompanying photo was the Roger Vivier handbag, featuring a beautiful spare pattern of budding flowers on a delicate pink background. My mind immediately jumped past February to a warm, sunny spring day with the scent of flowers in the air. It won’t be long now!!!

Art on You…Not on the Wall

roy lichtenstein“This is the kind of art you hang on you, not on a wall”…or so reads the advertisement for the Roy Lichtenstein brooch. The very interesting fact in this 2014 Artists Books and Multiples blog post is the price of the brooch in the ad…$35. If you read further, you will discover it is now available on Ebay for $8950. 

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