Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Creative Continuum of 7 Artists - 2015

Hello again, and welcome to another monthly installment of the CC7A, 2015 edition!

In case you missed it last year, it's a small group of very talented artists, from Canada and US, and we meet 7 moths of the year to have fun and do what we love most: create.

Last year we based our creation on the same small package of items we sent each other. This year, being a tad crazier for me re: schedule, the format will change slightly.
For 2015 what we do is pick an image and get inspired by it.

I will host April and today I am revealing the picture we will all use:

It is April and both my friends and I celebrate Easter (they all did last Sunday, we, as Orthodox, will celebrate this coming Sunday), so a basket of our Easter eggs from last year seems fitted. The palette is just a guiding idea, I am quite enamoured by that pink Easter Cactus bloom in the background. as a side comment, all my cacti is in bloom... again... and they were in bloom at Christmas too! I don't think they can make up their mind on what holiday cacti they are :)

The reveal for these monthly get-together is the 26th - hence I am inviting you to come back at least on the 26th to see what everybody created with my eclectically colourful  picture.

The CC7A composition:

Alicia (April host) ~ you are here
Therese (May host)
Sally (June host)
Monique (August)
Cynthia (September)
Emma (October)
Christine (November)

... yes, I know how to count the months, we have all decided July is mostly a crazy summer month, with vacations and kids out of school... so we have decided to keep this fun and not very stressful, and skip July altogether.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Circle of Love challenge - the reveal

Incredibly enough, 2 months have passed and I all but fallen off the side of the Earth. I haven't, I hope to be able sometimes in April to come back and give you a somewhat detailed account of my crazy life. In the meantime: we are all healthy and kicking, just way busier than normal (and it doesn't look like we'll stop anytime soon, so I am trying to adjust).

With this preamble, please accept my apologies for being late to my own party (shame on me!) and please allow me to welcome you to the party the CC7A is hosting: The Circle of Love.

If you recall, I tried to send every one of the CC7 artists a gemstone doughnut. Most have not received (we figured out it is custom related, lesson learned), but they graciously went and either found a doughnut in their stash (we are all hoarders, don't you know it?!) or bought a similar one.

I invite you to see what they all created with their 'circle of love' for the larger 'circle of love' (I am in a fractal-like state of mind, but that's entirely another story!)

Monique Urquhart (she'll post a tad later)
Sally Russick

As for what I made? Of course I couldn't resist and got myself the turquoise doughnut and this is what it became: 

Circle of Love, CC7A - turquoise components, copper, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

The infinite links were done some time ago, for another necklace, which I never finished. They matched this new design so well, I could't resist using them! The 'leaf' is from a set my mom sent me - I still have a few components to re-use from it. 

Circle of Love, CC7A - turquoise components, copper, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

I made the 'hurricane' links myself, and it wasn't very easy on my hands. But I love the chaotic look they have and they seem to match the rest of the links very well. At least I like them :) 

Circle of Love, CC7A - turquoise components, copper, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

As you know by now, I need fabric or pure metals on the skin, so while the necklace has a hook (I will replace it, it is ugly), I decided to make it length extendable. This cute little link does just that: allows the chord to be lengthen or shorten as you wish. 

Thank you for stopping by, and please make sure you visit the rest of the lovely ladies of the group: ChristineCynthiaEmmaMonique (she'll post a tad later), Sally, and Therese.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The circle of love ~ CC7A

While writing my Christmas cards I thought to extend the CC7A for a little while. Luckily for me, the lovely ladies (Christine, Cynthia, Sally, Therese, Monique, and Emma) all agreed so here we are, with the first extension (more to come on another extension, soon).

Unfortunately my plan failed miserably - at least for the US letters. I added in the envelopes these lovely circles of love, meant to create a larger circle of love:

There are jasper, cherry quartz, turquoisite (hematite) and orange calcite doughnuts - not very large, but quite lovely.

The problem, you'll ask? We can only assume there is some sort of machine that squeezed my envelopes when crossing the border (the Canadians received the envelope just fine)... because none of the stones made it across the border.

Since we are all hoarders artists, most of them found a similar item in their own stash or just bought a similar one (I still feel bad at the thought! it was meant to be a gift for a get-together).

This being said - we agreed upon a date, March 28th to show what we all have created with the gemstone doughnuts.

I hope we'll see you on March 28th to see what we made - well, we'll see you at the beginning of March, with a preview of the stone.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Muffin Tin challenge

Starting the year with an artsy-creative challenge; what could be better?

Right before the year ended (last year, that's it - 2014, of course), Heather Powers of Humble Beads posted a little challenge: you're supposed to fill up at least half of a muffin tin with all the ingredients for a project and then... finish it!

Finishing projects is what I am not so good at ~ mostly because I am still experimenting a lot. I do the experiments, then never add the details to be 'done and wearable'. However, I figured I was behind with some Christmas gifts anyhow, so... muffin tin it is!

Oh, I don't have one - we don't eat muffins :)
Hopefully the doughnut tin will work:

Muffin Tin challenge: angel charms, sterling silver, sea glass, wire wrapping, bookmarks, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

Since this is really a mini-doughnut tin, I could not add the wire and findings to it. The exercise of gathering all the main items for projects together was an excellent one, though. My modus operandi is usual: grab some focal and then start working :) This was completely different: the time spent to figure out how to put the little angels together (as in what goes best where) cut the actual production time by a lot. It really separated the time into 'design' and 'implementation' (I will always be a software engineer at my core, sorry!) and made the implementation so much easier than usual. Funny that after 20 years of doing this in real life I never was organized enough to apply the system to jewelry making. Thank you, Heather, for such a huge eye opener!

As you can see, these are really 8 projects, not all different. One of the sea glass pieces (the one on the far right) has been replaced in the meantime by a shell, I haven't added it. So it's really 7 completed projects, and 3 designs. I hope that works for the challenge :)

Muffin Tin challenge: angel charms, sterling silver, sea glass, wire wrapping, bookmarks, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

The angels are the cutest thing ever! I'm glad I had left exactly 4 pairs of wings to make them, and that I got those large lucite flowers recently (couldn't resist them). At first I wanted to use some of the girls' (the intended recipients) birthday Swarovski crystals... but an angel with a blue or green face is not something I found appealing :)

Recently we have visited a friend, whose wife just published a book for children. A fantasy book. I gifted each pair of sisters with the said book - and what goes perfectly well with a book, but a sparkly, fancy bookmark? Mind you, one pair of sisters got their angels, but I forgot the bookmarks at home :) I'm getting old and I need to start using other ways of organizing myself than my own brain...

I love all the pieces, but that sea glass wrapped in copper is truly special! The colours the glass picks, and those light opaque streaks through... they give it a very interesting aspect.

Muffin Tin challenge: sea glass, wire wrapping, leather, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

This is the story of my first muffin / doughnut tray challenge (and I'm sticking to it!)

Thank you, Heather for pushing me (I thought I'll never be done by today, considering it was a few days before Christmas and I touch almost no artsy anything until about mid-January) and for making me realize the system should be employed (even if not within a muffin tin) with all the projects. I should put more time into designing start-to-finish and I'll probably have more finished pieces :)

Thank you for visiting!

You can check other 'art' muffins at Heather's place, come check them out!