Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
I made a ring a day (RAD) last year and that project was more about finding new ideas than it was about making cohesive and well-planned work. With RAW I want to take more time designing and fabricating rings, I want each piece to be extensively thought out and well-finished. For RAD my ideas were all over the place - I needed a lot of variety to stick with the project. My goal for Ring a Week is to maintain a disciplined art making practice and to end the year with a cohesive body of small, wearable sculpture.
My secondary goals for RAW are to improve my stone setting skills, never miss a Sunday deadline, and start to incorporate some of my conceptual ideas into the work. I am moving to a production style of jewelry making this year (uggh) with a wholesale line, and making art for RAW will provide some balance.
We're seven rings into the year and I find I am only meeting some of my goals. The last three weeks I've put off fabrication until Sunday despite designing the rings early in the week. I've ultimately been unsatisfied with the work because I can't take the time to properly solve problems. I can't step away and come back fresh, or make sure I have the right materials ahead of time, and I haven't had time to suitably finish the rings. I'll keep working on it - onward and upward!
Please visit the blogs of these RAW participants to read their thoughts:
Laura M (Zoeowyn)
Sunday, February 20, 2011
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful."When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
- from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Friday, February 18, 2011
Solidworks 3D rendering."Inspired by a mechanical aperture...like the one in a camera lens."
"Why wear 4 rings when you can just wear one really big one! I have seen a few rings this week that span the entire hand. I love the idea, it is very unexpected and always gets a second look."
copper and paint
"Sterling and copper stacked saucers - HEAVY!! 47mm x 30mm"
Marquise Glider. 18k gold, oxidized sterling silver, tourmaline. "The stone setting freely glides back and forth."
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Christopher Duquet created this digital 3d design for a custom ring with Zen principles in mind. In this Modern Jeweler article the artist said, "It’s as though it’s 6 a.m. with no wind or rain, nothing to disturb the surface of the lake. Then you dropped a pebble, waited a minute, and then dropped another. You’d have this pattern on the surface, so that’s what we based the shapes on. It’s sort of to give you the evolution of time.” The ring was designed with CAD and then milled and fabricated (I couldn't find a picture of the fabricated piece).
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
My Ring a Day Secret Santa gift has arrived! Maria Apostolou made this beautiful key ring from sterling silver and tourmaline, she sent it to me from Greece before Christmas and it took nearly two months to arrive, it was worth the wait. I love it and it fits perfectly! Thank you Maria!
I finally put up some (crooked) shelves for some of my RAD and RAW rings. After making 365 rings last year I find that I have maybe 50 left. I launched myself into RAW as soon as the new year started and I feel as though I haven't taken the time to adequately reflect and digest the accomplishment of 365 rings in 2010. So now they are on the wall and I am starting to think more about what Ring a Day meant to me, and what Ring a Week is becoming.
I am two rings behind in features and I apologize to my loyal readers, they will be up later today. Posting a new ring each day has been a little difficult - mainly because I'm tired of daily ring responsibilities! What? You suggest I schedule them? What a great idea, in fact blogger allows you to write posts in advance and publish later. Why haven't I? I DON'T KNOW! But I plan to get with it. Really. I promise.
Monday, February 7, 2011
My graduate degree is in fibers and I still occasionally make quilts.
Love Blues, small wall hanging made from both commercial and my hand dyed fabrics.
Queen size bed quilt made from my hand dyed cotton velveteen.
I also make pillows.
Tufted pillow with piping, made from my hand dyed fabrics.
Pillow with quilted top and prairie points, made from commercial fabrics.
And I make bags of all sorts.
(Yes, I know, Bettie's name is misspelled.)
I like to make books as gifts.
I am very heavily into mail art, Ray Johnson is sort of a personal hero of mine. I made the pieces below, and I have a huge collection of mail art by others.
Lastly, I make sculpture from paperclips, this one is unfinished:
This one is finished and is made of over 2000 paperclips:
Danielle Miller made this amazing drinking bowl for both RAW and the flickr Superbowl challenge. Danielle used crimping, raising, sinking, and fold-forming techniques to create this gorgeous piece.