This year for the first time I am taking part in an Art Charm Exchange
and Auction organised by the talented and indefatigable Jennifer Cameron
in support of ‘Beads of Courage’ a charity providing innovative,
arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for
children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care
providers who care for them.
The premise of the exchange is that each participant makes 11 charms based on a given theme and sends them to Jen, who then sends each of us a collection of 10 charms including one of our own. The 11th charm goes up for auction for BOC and you can find details of the auction later in this post.
The theme for this year was ‘Love’ and as I’m not much of a romantic and a bit of a free spirit I went to music for my inspiration. I decided on the Sting song ‘If you love somebody set them free’ because I’ve always been intrigued by that part of the human psyche that draws us to people and then sometimes causes us to try and change the very characteristics we found so attractive in the first place. I made my charms in the form of bronze clay doves and impressed the ‘set them free’ lyric across the wingspan, highlighting it with alcohol ink.
On the other side I added a tiny heart…
I felt the lyric also held a second message relating to the work done by Beads of Courage and how this can maybe set the children free from some of their pain…
So those are my charms but what about the ones I was sent…? Well what a fabulous selection in all sorts of media and here they are…
Wonderful detailed beadwork…
Fabulous and intricate wire work..
And last but not least, fun and colourful Polymer Clay…
including my design, while donating to a fantastic cause, you can take part in
the auction which starts at 7am EST today >>here<< and will be staggered 2 minutes apart. There will be further staggered starts from 9am EST Saturday am 8pm EST Sunday. You
can buy each of the charms individually and the listings will be staggered
through the day so keep checking back for new ones!
Beads of Courage project, so dig deep!
Note: I will have a few of my Dove charms for sale after the auction with the proceeds also going to BOC but having managed to fall last week and put myself in hospital with a broken ankle I’ve not yet managed to list them. If you’re interested please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org….thanks.
Dale : http://www.nedbeads.blogspot.com
Graham Turner: http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Grosset Grange: http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Chenault : http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com
Del Signore: http://artisticaos.blogspot.com
(Lee) Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Bowring Michaud: http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Bausinger Jacka: http://clay-space.com/blog/