I am working on some Art Boxes for the Winter Holidays. I just happened to start working on them near Halloween, Day of the dead, Día de Muertos and All souls day… do you practice or celebrate one or all of them? I am an Anglican / Episcopalian by belief but also believe many things as I age.
All Souls Day Anglicans view All Souls’ Day as an extension of the observance of All Saints’ Day and it serves to “remember those who have died”, in connection with the theological doctrines of the resurrection of the body and the Communion of Saints.[8 (Wiki)
My box is a collection of things I love, I love Frida and what she represented to other women and how she told her own truth. She lived her own truth too, politically, as an artist, as a lover, as a person who lived in severe pain throughout her life. I honor her life.
Today, as I make art I celebrate all the lives that came before me…
Dia de los muertos or Day of the dead:
Most people celebrate Day of the Dead out of love and commitment to their loved ones (Wiki)
I thought it was just Fall — you know Autumn… Halloween is tomorrow! Now I am hearing that we need to have all holiday items in our web-based shops… eek! Oh my goodness. I have maybe two items made up! I will need to get busy on this. How are you doing, do you have Holiday items made up?
This is one —
I need new and better photos! Yikes and I need to build some new items for the Holiday Season! I put together some new boxes and will be working on them starting today!
Working on my photography of late. I am still having trouble getting the light just right! Little by little I am getting closer to having that magical white and keeping the colors true to what they are! One of these days!
The online class I am participating in the Build a Line Challenge with B’Sue Boutiques (http://www.bsueboutiques.com/) is continuing and this is the second blog! It is a wonderful Master Class being lead by the remarkable Brenda Sue Lansdowne. The class is being taught so the participants will understand how to build a cohesive line of jewelry! Since I look at making jewelry akin to making art, I have found the class to be challenging for me as I am questioning my own beliefs regarding how I go about making art. However, for anyone to learn from a class, one needs to be open to learning new information! I have learned to be much more open! The funny part for me in this challenge as prior to my retirement, I was a trainer in my job. It was oftentimes difficult for the new hires to learn new things and as it has been difficult for me to learn new ways of thinking about how I create! I inserted an image above of a pyramid as part of what my jewelry focus is, along with one of the core concepts of the class to build a line of jewelry by laying a foundation of your jewelry line in tiers, lowest in price to the highest! If you did not read my first blog on this subject, for my jewelry line, I chose a childhood love of ancient Egypt, and my desire to be an archeologist. I also knew I would be able to acquire the jewelry components from Brenda’s website http://www.bsueboutiques.com/ needed for this challenge~ Throughout time humans have created adornment or jewelry. Brenda’s shop carries a plethora of jewelry components that have been made over and over since the 1900s. The 1920s had a time called the Art Deco Revival era that included Egyptian Jewelry.
small antique purse,
image from the internet
Since I wanted to start with the lowest tier of the pyramid for making my jewelry, I chose to experiment with Earrings that would go with all the other pieces of my “line,” of jewelry. I painted a lot of raw brass and some Brass OX to fit with Pantone’s Spring colors, and I have chosen a few colors to use from ancient Egyptian Times. To Mid-range of the Pyramid playing with some bracelet shapes with colors, beads, or possible sayings! I still have some items on my work table that will be shown during the final blog next month!
Finally during the last blog I will reveal the full collection An Egyptian Story in March. We are expected to have at least 5 separate pieces to fulfill the challenge. Here is a sneak peek at my top level design!
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I will be participating in a Jewelry Build a Line From B’Sue Boutiques. I will be posting in January 2015 what my work will be, scanning in my sketches and what I will be submitting for the challenge. Currently I am sketching out ideas and playing with the supplies I have to work with. I will also determine what else I need to purchase for the challenge. I have two emotions, excitement and nervousness all at the same time!
I will be letting you know my thoughts and feelings about this as I go. I cannot reveal exactly what I am designing until January 2015 but I will be letting you know how I am maturing while I go through this process!