Art Elements March Challenge – Amulet Bags

This months design challenge was set for us by Cathy Spivey-Mendola and featured Amulet bags – you can read Cathy’s original post here if you missed it. I got rather carried away with my makes this month because I love the theme and also because I’ve been unwell for a good part of the month and these were something I could make from my nest on the sofa. I had loads of ideas for making amulets from all sorts of things but in the end I was a bit limited by being incapacitated so I concentrated on two main materials. As there are rather a lot of pieces here I’ll try and keep my words to  minimum and let the amulets speak for themselves… Continue reading “Art Elements March Challenge – Amulet Bags”

Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal – Hope Springs Eternal

The Art Elements Component of the Month challenge for February comes courtesy of Jenny Davies-Reazor in the form of these lovely stapled hearts. Not being much of a romantic I’m not a big fan of overtly cute or ‘mushy’ heart art but I do very much like the darker side of these wounded pieces and chose to work with one of the lovely blood-red ones which for once, I remembered to photograph before I started.

I took my inspiration for this challenge from the writing of Alexander Pope: Continue reading “Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal – Hope Springs Eternal”

Art Elements Component of the Month – January Reveal.

Well January is over already (it seems 2017 is going to fly by) and it’s time for the first Art Elements design challenge of the year. Hosting this month is Lindsay Starr who provided the AE team and its guests with these wonderful and unique formed leather cabochons.

My first instinct was to do something with an underwater feel as the cabochon I received reminded me of wet rock in pools and I had a star fish cabochon that I thought it would combine well with. However, when I came to start the proportions were all wrong and I couldn’t make them work together. Continue reading “Art Elements Component of the Month – January Reveal.”

Happy New Year!

So that’s another Christmas over and here we are on the verge of the new year – I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season and are full of excitement about what 2017 will bring…

Although 2016 has not done anything particularly horrible to me personally (other than the fact that I will be seeing the new year in from the sofa and toasting it with cold remedies!) I do feel like many of us are carrying the weight of the seismic changes we’ve seen in many areas and sometimes find it hard to stay positive. I have no answer to that other than to say I retain my own sanity through my creative work and interaction with associated communities that are so important to me.

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Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal – Kristie Roeder

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This months Art Elements component challenge was a little different as out components were contributed by a guest designer Kristie Roeder, who provided this gorgeous selection of ceramic and glass pendants. I managed to snag the lovely aqua green one top left.

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I really wanted to bead embroider this but it’s a rather large piece and I knew I would get carried away and end up with it being unwearable. So I either had to treat it as decorative art or pare it down somewhat – I chose the latter.

The pendant itself is so stunning it really doesn’t need very much to make it shine so I’ve kept it really simple. The pendant has a loop attached  but I decided I wanted to create a beaded bail so I started off by flipping it and adding a lampwork headpin by Jen Cameron to the loop. I then threaded some very fine wire with seed beads and wrapped it around the loop.

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The bail was created by threading seed beads onto Fireline and wrapping it around the pendant three times. Add some toning 3mm leather cord, choker length and there you have it…a simple but striking statement piece.

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Huge thanks to Kristie for sponsoring this challenge and for the opportunity to design with her work. I hope you will use the links below to check out the designs made by the other participants.

Enjoy.

Guest Designers:

Sarajo Wentling

Lola Surwillo

Beti Horvath

Kate Kemp

Art Elements Team

Susan Kennedy

Lesley Watt

Claire Fabian

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jen Cameron