Friday, March 20, 2009

Is it Friday already?

This week has been a little crazy, a little disorganised and a little unproductive (apart from making my sister's necklace I haven't managed to do much at all in the studio). I guess you get that.

I'm really enjoying being part of Etsy and DUST (Down Under Street Team). I've been spending far too long sitting on the net and reading forum posts, offering feedback, receiving feedback and generally getting a fantastic vibe from the whole thing. It makes me realise how much this career change right now is so right!

There is an incredible array of talented, creative people out there - I'm so proud to be part of it at last. Or I should say: again. Many years ago I gave up life in theatre and film (direction/art direction) to open a business. Through being in business I became all businessy and let the creative part of me go for so long. I even went back to uni and did a degree, majoring in journalism.

As part of my degree, however, I undertook a 3-semester sequence of units titled: Renaissance Art & Architecture. This sequence began my time of learning about how to read, write and generally appreciate art and architecture of all sorts.


But I was still businessy and corporate and wore suits to work and focused my energies on strategies and writing dry things and all that sort of stuff.

In recent years, with the discovery of a passion for making jewellery, I have found myself drawn back into creating. This time I have the love and support of a fine man, who I adore. He's so excited that I've found the confidence at last to take my passion to the world, instead of running around in a suit in a semi-miserable state, which just frustrated the hell out of me in the end.

But that's another story.

Back to the other wonderful people I'm meeting - albeit electronically. Where to start? I'll just post a few links from an amazing selection of talented artisans out there. Do take the time to check them out, they are worth it.

Incalesco - silver and other metal jewellery with stones, fabric and all sorts
Inner Earth Soaps - divine hand made soaps
Finchbird - stunningly simple jewellery with a touch of whimsy
Realisation Creations - gorgeous wire-wrapped jewellery

These are such a tiny selection of what's out there and very one behind these sites is a unique, talented creator of gorgeousness.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My first success

It's taking a bit of time, but I am finally getting my flame right and managing to solder successfully. It's a huge step and is going to allow me to add a little more flair to my work.

It's my sister's birthday tomorrow and I really wanted to make her something, so having had a couple of hectic days where I didn't get near my studio, I went and set to work on a couple of things. This one was looking the best, so I kept at it and it turned out like this:


It's hand-sawed and hand hammered, but I cheated and bought a pre-made cabochon setting and soldered that on with medium sterling silver solder (bezel mandrels are also on the shopping list). The stone is blue lace agate. It's a simple piece, but I like it and I hope she does too.

Unfortunately I'm finding photography a little tricky, getting good light is a bit of an issue, but there's a Digital SLR on the horizon, so things should be a little easier to photograph soon.

I'll be back into my studio tomorrow, so will hopefully have something new to add after a day's work there! Digital SLR or not.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today's photos

I managed to take a few shots today that have turned out okay, including one of the necklace I'm wearing in my profile picture. Yep, more pearls. There's also another strawberry/cherry quartz piece that's a bit of fun. Here they are:





It's actually been one of those Mondayitis sort of Mondays. You get that. I'm aiming for a more focused day tomorrow to get some of the designs out of my head and made into wonderful pieces of jewellery.

Photography

Having spent most of Saturday setting up my Etsy page, I had aimed to photograph my latest jewellery designs yesterday. I'm a little hesitant about taking more photos, because I have a very limited happy snaps camera right now and it's difficult to get quality light and focus in the shots.

Well, great plans don't always come to fruition, so after joining my husband on a little errand, we decided to have some lunch out in one of Brunswick Street's eateries. (That's a funky street in Fitzroy, an inner-urban suburb of Melbourne.)

I made the mistake of having not one, but two glasses of red wine, which undid me at the seams and instead of coming straight home after lunch, we pottered around and stopped here and there. By the time we arrived home, it was too late for photos and we just had dinner and watched a DVD instead.

So today I must do what I was going to do yesterday. Hopefully I'll have some new pictures up on my Etsy page later today - all going well with the camera and light today. Must get a DSLR soon.

I'd best get to it then.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pearls

My daughter said to me over the phone the other day that I have a lot of pearl jewellery on my site. She's quite right, I have, and I plan to have much more, including South Sea and Tahitian pearls. Why? Well, I simply adore pearls.

Unlike stones, pearls require no cutting, faceting or shaping. They are already perfect from the shell in which they are created. Pearls are quite miraculous - so much beauty emerging from such a strange little package as an oyster.

I have recently been reading about the mystical qualities of pearls. These include offering the wearer the power of love, money, protection and luck. They are also said to offer wisdom through experience and to keep children safe. They are calming and centering and signify faith, charity and innocence. They symbolise purity and sincerity, bringing honesty, integrity and loyalty. They are ultimately feminine, helping women connect with their inner goddesses.

Pearls have also been used throughout medical history to help treat digestive disorders, muscular systems and the skin. In some cultures, powders and potions containing pearls assist in fertility, as well as in easing childbirth.

Pearls are associated with myth and legend. The ancient Chinese thought pearls fell from the sky when dragons fought. Greek culture believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying. Pearls were also thought to be the tears of the gods, or tears of the moon.

With all that positive energy, who couldn't appreciate the beauty of pearls?