I Know!!

......that it has been a very long time since my last post. But, now I have some good stuff to tell!

First - This last Sunday was the Savannah Open Studio tour. It was stressful getting the place together, especially since my workspace is also my home. But, I was looking forward to seeing some faces from the last tour and meeting some new ones.

This was a little eye candy for my window. Candy buttons used as braille to display a quote.

I tried to set up an area for folks to hang out and look at my work. I left the rest of the place pretty much in its messy working state

These stains are actually welded steel "sculptures" that I started on a couple years ago.

Lately, I've been revisiting and expanding on this work. I love the idea of a sculpture fitting into and almost blending with its environment. For me, something sitting on a pedestal or hanging on a wall instantly becomes unapproachable.

One thing I really love about open studios is putting out the experiments and old work.... things you don't worry about people handling. I have boxes of this little pieces. I did mostly put out older stuff - I have to privately covet the newer experiments for a while before I am comfortable with displaying them.

Of course, there has to be a display for the jewelry.

But, this was the most exciting discovery while setting up for the open studio! A couple nights before the tour, Nate and I were brainstorming display ideas for my rings. I had been making these large sphere shapes from stainless wire, and Nate pointed out that since these shapes also had a bit of spring tension that I could simply slip the rings over them. The rings caused the forms to compress into these beautiful shapes. Now, I'm seeing fodder for not only display ideas but also drawings, prints, and sculptures. I'm very lucky to have this kind of dialog with a friend - I'm serious, sometimes between the two of us, Nate and I become a super power. Well, at least after a couple cocktails we think so.

I'll post tomorrow about another recent project........


Ashley said...

You are sooo creative! I am a new reader of yours...and a new blogger myself. I have been looking around for a strong group of metalsmiths and jewelers to bounce ideas off of.

One thing that really stood out to me were your stain "sculptures"- WOW!! That's cool looking.

I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for your new posts!

ColleenBaran said...

Oh- these are brilliant! And immediately intriging. Congrats on your cleverness!

And your assortment of older work looks like it would be fun to look through.

Anonymous said...

How fun, we can tour your studio without leaving the comforts of home. I love your ring displays. It's always nice when you have someone to springboard ideas with back and forth.

belvedere beads said...

the stains are very interesting and beautiful. as soon as i saw them i sort of drifted off into a reverie. i don't have anything particularly insightful to say about them, but they certainly had a very visceral, but pleasant, effect. i wish i could see them in person.

stephanie said...

i really love the stain sculptures