Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Busy,Busy,Busy....Oh look shiny!

Right, I'm sort of taking a hiatus from jewelry making and instead working out a few things like what the heck I'm during with my life and all that good stuff. Meaning that I will not be posting as much as I would like to.....Anyways remember all the way back in December and I attended the T.A.R.D.I.S Christmas party, and I had to get a gift for the White Elephant gift exchange. In which I took the easy way out and wrote out a coupon for either a piece of artwork or jewelry design  related to Doctor Who, British culture, or sci fi? Well time to paid my dues. Thankfully the owner of my gift wanted tea cup earrings. (I can do that!) Only I'm down to one lampwork tea/coffee cup....what to do, what do.  Mix/match earrings it is!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Planing out a design and on a side note: what inspires you.

My blog post for Artisan Whimsy:

First off let me state this,when I started out creating jewelry I rushed out and bought a ton of magazines and trolled websites such as Etsy. And so I started to develop and learn. I had so much fun that I continued despite having no clue or guidance, no knowledge or ability to see what worked and what didn't. Eventually I found my aesthetic, or 'voice'.  However, I continue to see exciting artists who do something that makes my ears perk up and my muse say "I wanna do that!" It keeps me energized and full of ideas, and keeps this fun. When asked where their inspiration comes from, people always say, among other things, "from everyday life." What a maddeningly tired answer. It has been studied (citation needed, I know) and it turns out that artists get most of their inspiration from other artists! Why else would we spend 10 hours a day combing through the internet? So that means when people say they get inspiration from everyday life, they're actually stealing a line they got from interviews of other artists! Mind-boggling. 
Anyways, for me planning out a design can go two ways after inspiration hits; there is exhibit A when I actually plan out my design in one of my many sketch books (My artwork and jewelry designs tend to blend together...) and then there is exhibit B in which I just sit down with a pile of beads and wire, look at it and say what the hell can I make with this?! or when an idea just pops into my head. I have found myself going done this road more and more. But the times that I do plan it all out I end up making changes to the design half way though, somethings on paper don't work out in reality. What about everyone here? Are you exhibit A or B? Or just a combination of both? Or even *gasp* something different?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Memories and Thanks blog hop

Christmas 2009 Nana and my cousin Bella
So many times I had to stop writing this and just walk away, if this was on paper it would be tear-stained and ink would be running allover the the place. Sorry.....
 For me the most influential person in my life was my grandmother, or as I called her my "Nana". She was the one who always told me never to give up on myself and I was always happy to teach me something new in art or just to talk. She was more than my grandmother; she was a mentor, a friend and a hug whenever I needed it. Unfortunately, About 4 years ago she was diagnosed with pancreatic  cancer. The doctor's said that because of her old age she wouldn't live six months, she passed away a month before my high school graduation in early 2012. The Harmers' were always stubborn my mom joked. I had lost my closest friend, and I was ashamed that I hadn't even been there.  We once had plans to go to New Mexico for the Balloon Festival; I did end up going but without her. She would have loved it. I decided to make this bracelet in honor of her, in some way I feel like I'm trying to atone for the guilt of not being there for her. The bracelet is based off the desert and the Native Americans of New Mexico. Two strings; one of Navajo sliver beads and the other a mix of sliver, turquoise, cat's eye, lapis, redstone and green and black stone, disk beads that I don't know their official names blend together one shiny and bright, eager to learn and the other a mix of experiences willing to share.  

Close ups of the sliver beads details.