Art Elements Theme Challenge – March

This month on the Art Elements Blog we were given a Theme Challenge by the lovely and incredibly talented Cathy Spivey Mendola. Her theme for March was amulet bags. We were to create a little pouch or secret keeper to hold tiny treasures or words.  View Cathy’s original post with more details here

As luck would have it, I recently went on a trip to an embroidery exhibition to meet team mate Lesley and returned home with all sorts of fabric goodies, so I had a root through to see what I could come up with.

I bought some gorgeous inspiration packs with odds and ends of coloured threads, wool and fabrics, and decided to create something in felt and wool. The curly threads in the pack reminded me of pea pods, so with some green felt, I sewed a little pea pod complete with curly tendrils. 

The spots were created with ‘O’ beads and tiny seeds, and a little bit of wool with pine cone ends created a tie closure.

Some soutache cord (which I’ve used for everything other than soutache) finished the design off for wearing. I haven’t decided what secrets it will keep yet… maybe a crystal or another tiny treasure?

I did intend on making more as I really enjoyed working on a smaller design, but time got away from me this month. I hope to make more in the future though.

Big thanks to Cathy for her wonderful inspiration, and if you’d like to see what Cathy and the rest of the team made, follow the links below πŸ™‚ 

 

 

AE Members-

Caroline << You are here!

Cathy

Cooky

Jenny

Lesley

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AE Component of the Month-February

All we need is love!

This month’s component of the month are these stunning hearts provided by the multi talented Jenny Davies-Reazor

The Japanese have a technique in pottery – almost a philosophy really – called β€œKintsugiβ€œ. Breaks in the pottery are repaired and embellished with gold leaf. The breakage and repair is seen as part of the history of the object, rather than a flaw to disguise. Isn’t that an apt metaphor for life? 

So the scars and flaws are evident here in these hearts. I hope that these inspired you – to restore love, in your day to day, and in the world around us. 

-Jenny Davies-Reazor

Read more about Jenny’s inspiration in her original post here.

We got to choose which colour we’d like to design with and I chose sage green. I hadn’t seen the colour, but I knew I’d love anything of Jenny’s and when it arrived I wasn’t disappointed!

Of course I got over excited and forgot a pic of it, so here it is after I’d finished.

For some reason, all of my seed bead designs end up as brooches, but I could see this one on a fancy chain, it’s still a WIP though while I look at it and decide! The heart was glued on to some embroidery backing and I built up a bezel using size 11’s in shades of green and 15’s in gold. I envisioned it as a sort of flaming heart design and the broken section of an earring fitted for the crown perfectly with it’s green stones. 

I added an extra row of gold seeds around the base and some soutache braid around the edge to hide the rough edges of the backing. Over this I added ‘O’ beads with size 15’s to hold them in place. I left a gap at the bottom to add a dangle, but I’m not sure whether to or not now? I thought I’d look at it for a bit before deciding!

Thank you to Jenny for a wonderful component to design around, I’ve had loads of fun working with it! To see what the rest of the team and guests created with their hearts, follow the links below!

 

Guests: 

Rosantia Petkova

Shai Williams 

Sally Russick

Elaine Thornton

Art Elements team: 

Lindsay Starr

Laney Mead

Claire Fabian

Sue Kennedy

Diana Ptaszynski

Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Jennifer Cameron

Cooky Schock

Niky Sayers

Cathy Mendola

Jenny Davies-Reazor

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Component of the Month Reveal – January

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s reveal day for our Art Elements Component of the month challenge. This month the Team & guests were given one of these beautiful Leather cabochons by Lindsay Starr to work with.

I received this gorgeous dark green one!

I decided I wanted to set it somehow and use a druzy cab that I’ve been hoarding. At first I was going to claw set the leather cab, but I couldn’t decide how to use the druzy, so after playing around a bit, I came up with this

I cut copper to fit the back of the cab and soldered a strip to hold the leather in place with a bezel for the druzy. The bottom of the cab is held with a tab. 

Hematite beads and a coated quartz point added a bit of colour with the bronze wire, and copper chain finished of the necklace.

Big thanks to Lindsay for a brilliant component. I’ve had great fun working with mine! 

To see what the rest of the Art Elements team, plus special guests created with their components, follow the links below…

 

Niky

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AE Theme Challenge Reveal – Dragons.

It’s my first post of the year so first I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope you all had a great holiday and are enjoying the first days of 2017.

Today is the reveal for Niky’s Challenge. She chose Dragons as the theme, a Brilliant subject!, and tasked us all with creating something inspired by these wonderful creatures. 

I immediately though of one of my favourite films, Spirited Away.

Without giving too much away for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the story follows, a young girl, Chihiro, who is moving with her parents, they stop on the journey to their new home and explore an abandoned theme park. She finds herself in a spirit world and on a mission to rescue her parents. Along the way she meets weird and wonderful creatures including a dragon called Haku. I decided I wanted to have a go at sculpting Japanese dragon bead as I thought a flowing body would look great winding around a pendant. 

I decided to colour my version in shades of blue. The pics aren’t great as it’s 8pm and it’s only just cool enough to take out of the kiln…

 

I think I might add a bit of white in to his eye so it stands out more!

If you haven’t seen the film, I would recommend it to everyone, it’s amazing! It’s an animation by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli (with English dubbing) and I didn’t know until just now, but was written for young girls which is awesome, as it isn’t your usual pretty princess story, it’s about growing up, overcoming  your fears, and fighting on against the odds. It does have some mild scary bits, but my little girl, 7, (who is scared of everything!) loves it! 

 

My second favourite dragons are from Game of Thrones, but I thought the actual dragons would be a little too ambitious so I thought why not create them before they’d hatched, so for my second design I created dragon’s eggs! I studied the eggs from the film to recreate a mini bead version.

They were painted with underglaze and glaze fired to finish.

 

I was thrilled to bits with how they turned out and in the excitement, got slightly carried away. They needed a chest, so I dug out a display box, waxed it, and made an insert with foam and silk fabric to hold the eggs.

I don’t usually go in for trends when I’m making, but I couldn’t resist with these. I’m going to make a necklace so the eggs are interchangeable. 

It’s the wrong Daenerys, she should be wearing her wedding dress, but I don’t have that one… you get the idea! These ones are for my personal collection πŸ™‚ 

Thanks to Niky for a brilliant challenge, I’ve had loads of fun creating dragon beads! I hope you’ll join us in the hop to see what dragon themed creations the AE team and guests have dreamed up!

 

Guests

Shai Williams

Kathy Lindemer

Anita Rao

Kelly Rodgers

Tammy Adams

 

AE Team

Susan

Jenny

Cathy 

Jen

Niky

Diana

Laney 

Caroline << You are here.

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