Saturday, January 24, 2015

Forging Components for Jewelry with Nile Fahmy

One of the most common questions I get when I attend markets is "how do you forge metal", often people think of metal as being malleable like clay and the idea of using hammer and anvil to make something delicate seems foreign to them. I'm yet to put up a short video of my own forging process and its something I will attempt this year. So I found this little video on line and thought it would make a fantastic Friday tip feature, as well as still linking in to component forms to make larger pieces.





Please note: This short film does advertise Nile Fahmy classes, but as I do not know of his work I cannot personally indorse it.....I have purely used it to give a good example of the forging  process.
For further information please contact him directly!

Friday, January 23, 2015

20% Clearance sale: Michelle Pujol Jewellery

Having a little sale over on my web site....... www.michellepujoljewellery.bigcartel.com 

It starts tomorrow from 6:00 am. Eastern standard time. Whilst stock last. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Uncontrollable beauty: Junko Mori

Featured artist: Junko Mori
Part 2
 
 In looking at Junko Mori work more closely,  I found her metalwork pieces intriguing and the similarities in process to my jewellery sculpture uncanny. Perhaps this is because of the organic botanical subject matter and allowing the form to develop fluidly. This quote I found from her artist statement when exhibiting her work at the Holburne Museum seemed most appropriate.....Enjoy!
 
 "In my making process, I do not pre-design my final work but let the components grow."

Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Hydrangea
2011
 
 
Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Hydrangea
2011
close up

Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Hydrangea
2011
close up

Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Lichen diversity
 2011

Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Lichen diversity
 2011
close up
 

Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Silver jubilee
2011

Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Silver jubilee
 2011
close up

Junko Mori
Uncontrollable beauty: Silver jubilee
 2011
close up

Junko Mori
 Uncontrollable beauty: Hydrangea
 2012


Junko Mori
 Uncontrollable beauty: Hydrangea
 2012
close up
 
More of her beautiful work can be found: www.junkomori.com
 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Trying out some Bloglovin!

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Featured artist: Junko Mori



Featured artist: Junko Mori
Part 1

With my mind shifting some of its focus on seeing some of my creations in larger sculptural forms, featuring this weeks inspirational artist is quite apt. Junko Mori creates volume in her sculptures by allowing her work to grow in a fluid way by assembling smaller elements in mass. Here are some of her beautiful works and a brief artist statement from her site: http://www.junkomori.com/

Junko Mori
Organism; Mild spikes
2011
forged mild steel, wax coated with dried plants, red chilli 
 
Artist statement:
 
Born in 1974, Yokohama Japan

Based in North Wales

I am always drawn to the visual impact of an aggregate assembled with many small components and find infinite possibilities of the form multiplied by the vital power beyond the physical space, such as cell division through a microscope.

My work consists of multiples of individually forged steel or other metals, and the subtle difference of each piece results from hand hammering. No piece is individually planned but becomes fully formed within the making and thinking process. Repeating little accidents, like a mutation of cells, the final accumulation of units emerges within this process of evolution.

The uncontrollable beauty is the core of my concept.
 
Junko Mori
Organism; Mild spikes (close up)
2011
forged mild steel, wax coated with dried plants, red chilli 

Junko Mori
A Silver Organism; Twisted Leaf
 2011
Forged Fine silver 999

Junko Mori
A Silver Organism; Twisted Leaf (close up)
 2011
Forged Fine silver 999
 
Junko Mori
Propagation Project Textured Spikes
2005
Forged steel, wax-coated

Junko Mori
Propagation Project Textured Spikes
2005
Forged steel, wax-coated

Junko Mori
A Set of Five Silver Organisms
 2009
Forged Fine silver 999

Junko Mori
A Set of Five Silver Organisms (Close up)
 2009
Forged Fine silver 999

Junko Mori
A Set of Five Silver Organisms (Close up)
 2009
Forged Fine silver 999
 

There is a beautiful selection of Junko Mori's sold and available works on:
 
 
As well as many other prolific artist.
 
 
 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hand made Ceramic Rose. Italian Ceramics of Bassano


With my returned interest in ceramics I seem to be finding these little inspiration or how to make videos all over the place. I think this lady may have been making ceramic roses her entire life..... It's like watching a dance.

Enjoy! 



If you have a video to share send it through to me and I can feature it on my Monday techniques or Friday artist inspiration feeds.
As with most my sites, if it Botanical, Ethereal, Flower, Plant, Boho, Whimsical, Artistic, Crafty or shows a technical proficiency then I'm sure my audience will love it as much as I do. So I'm happy to share!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Lorna Fraser - Ceramics

Fresh from the artist Fridays!

Here is Lorna Fraser talking about her own inspiration for her work. Beautiful ceramic sculptures!
 A perfect example of the difference in application to the subject or inspiration of seed pods and seeds.



2015 will see my blog shift focus onto inspiration as I bring you not only my own work and how it's made but also other artist talks. Fridays will have artist talks and featured artist works. These will run across the artistic realms of art: jewellery, ceramic, painting, illustration, sculptural, instillation, glass, print and video.

It's a way of bringing my visual journal into the 21st century and making it easy for me to find as well as inspiring others.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Porcelain flowers


Here are some wonderful master craftsman that use porcelain to create soft delicate, realistic flowers in a medium that can often look bulky or tacky. They seem to excel in still capturing the fragility of the flower beautifully! These examples where found through Pinterest.

Lada Peskova

Lada Peskova

Vladimir Kanevsky

Vladimir Kanevsky

Working in clay, as with working in metal, there is a fine line between adding substance to piece and adding volume especially when working with the delicate subject matter of a flower. I think its our own connotations with it that seem to determine its level of success. A seed or seed pod is fine to make bulky and robust, large in volume, large in size, it is hardy reality and so can imitate this in art. Some flowers and leaves seem suited to treat the same way it would seems, a big protea flower can be built up with layers and layers of textures and lotus leaves are large to start and so the association is not a big leap.

In my work, jewellery is already small in stature but I take even smaller things than the end piece and blow them up and highlight aspects of  plant or flower, as I did in my "overlooked: weed " range of jewellery in 2014. I make them robust and use a variety of thicknesses and textures to add volume but I still keep it visually delicate. This year I have started to think of my work and imagine my work as larger wall mounted pieces or sculptures. An area I seem to be researching  more and more looking for ways I can take my work to the next step and more and more I seem to be finding my way back to ceramics, a subject I majored in many years ago. It makes me smile as my creative journey seems to circling back. This year is truly going to be a year to use all my talents once again.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year!



Happy new year! I'm back!
2014 was a crazy year that saw me spin out of control a little (hens the lack of blog posts I just could simply not get there amongst other things) but I've taken a few weeks of to plan 2015 and its looking spectacular!

I hate to sound like a feel good banner but I think its about time I worked smarter not harder.

As with all creative business there's always room to grow and improve and my business is no different.

My plan/ goals (in part):
  • For starters I'll be blogging again, finding artist that I can relate to and showcasing them as well as my new creations as they are made. I've realised that even blogging has its place and I think it helps me to plan and strategies. It also gives me a sense of my achievements as they happen and can be reflected on later, like a visual diary. On my blog I will be doing more bench time and techniques to help others, as well as showcasing other artistic tips, in jewellery, ceramics and painting. 
  • I'll be going back to more exhibitions and boutique shops, with less markets. I usually alternate this on annual basis to keep my creativity energies up, so this year that would have been the case any way. But with that I intend to make making sculptural artistic pieces a priority with galleries in mind. Through dynamic displays, instillations or even make them more sculptural all together. This does not mean I will neglect my usual pieces that people have come to love, but commercial spin offs from these seem to come easily to me these days so you will still see fresh pieces on my website.
  • I've been reminiscing on some old skills such as painting and ceramics so I'm hoping to bring those in a little more this year even if they are initially just for me.
  • I'm going to put the call out for collaborative projects, fashion shows and photography shoots. I miss the camaraderie and energy of working with others and its a good way to change my way of thinking and learning new skills.
  • I also think creative swops are good as well. So look out for these advertised on my Instagram and Facebook pages
  • I'll start investigating that coffee table book of my work I've always wanted.

Well that sounds like a good place to start and some very achievable goals.

What are your creative plans or creative business goals for 2015?




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