It’s been a while since I made any jewellery but with two weeks off work I managed some lovely day trips out and found the time to sit and get all my jewellery making kit out of the tool box too. I really enjoyed sitting in the evening wire working new pieces for my shop on Etsy.
I wondered where to start, but with it all back in my mind, I managed to dream up some new designs. The slave bracelet and necklace I made first are based on a spikey flower shape inspired by the passion flower, one of my most favourite plants.
Copper Star Flower bracelet with Unakite and Turquoise copyright WireMoon 2014
More designs soon followed and the creative juices were definitely flowing again.
It’s been so long since I put brush to canvas but the opportunity to exhibit at Inkwell came up and I only had three days to get something done. It’s felt like a hard time of late, much angst, self reflection and self doubt, probably all linked to starting my new job (although I do love it).
The last piece I painted ‘Javanese Cloth’ was on show at the International Womens Day Exhibition and was something I felt relatively comfortable creating despite feeling so rusty. All in all I was pleased with the results and since the piece has now sold and it gained many admirers, it can’t have been bad. For me, in my own heart, I knew I hadn’t really pushed myself. I knew I had chosen an easy option.
This time I wanted a challenge. An idea left over from the Place and memory project was the desire to start a series of portraits. I never paint faces so I knew this could be something I could get my teeth into. As I ripped off the clear plastic covering to my new primed canvas I was excited but nervous to try practice my skills again.
I decided to paint myself, not in a narcissistic way but as an experiment of the actual process, but also to push myself out of my comfort zone artistically.
Rivers Run Deep
Acrylic on canvas 2014
It was a very interesting experiment and one I may want to return to again. The act of painting myself was both painful and cathartic. I am a person who doesn’t like themselves much but as an artist I decorate, embellish and beautify my work with painstaking detail. So the process of spending so much time on ‘myself’ was very odd and felt uncomfortable. My emotions were all over the place as I self analysed, self loathed and questioned every mark or brush stroke. I wanted to destroy and deface what was in front of me, however, my creative side wanted aesthetics and balance and my decorative style was itching to come and play. The two contradictory parts of my persona battled the whole way through this process. Destroy, hate, ugly. Love, nurture, beautify.
I decided to call the piece “Rivers Run Deep” as I understand the way I am: my vulnerabilities, my faults, my insecurities, are not easily changed. We can all try our best to put on our masks but our emotions are strong and run to the core of who we are. Our rivers run deep.
It’s been a while since I wrote on my blog. My new role as development worker means I am spending most of my time at Inkwell and I’m afraid I haven’t been as creative in my spare time as I had hoped I would be. That aside, I do however have some very exciting news to share about my artwork and creative ventures!
The Place and Memory Book is now in the making and my fellow artist friends and I need your help.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise money for the publication of the Place and Memory Book.
Eden A delightful place; a paradise. A state of innocence, bliss, or ultimate happiness.
This name seemed so appropriate for this, my latest piece. I loved making it and it has been the first time in a long time I felt I got really carried away with my creativity and imagination. Inspired by textures of berries, leaves and the multiple layers of the forests I used richly coloured Garnet chips as the focal point to this asymmetrical necklace design.
Amazonite, Fluorite, Red Howlite, Freshwater pearls, Mother of Pearl and Aventurine were used in the design giving a soft array of colours and sheens.
I have set myself a challenge that 2014 will be a productive year. So far so good!
Please visit my Etsy shop for my other new designs this Winter.