res·o·lu·tion noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something
: an answer or solution to something
: the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail
It seems like a New Year Resolution is finding problems that you may have and finding a way to fix them. I would like to eat less sugar, less carbs, I would like to lose weight, I don't work hard enough, my art isn't making enough money, blah blah blah... It seems like it's the same issues every year... Well, I've come to the conclusion that my life isn't so bad... it doesn't need 'fixing!' I'm just going to do the best I can each day and enjoy it while I'm doing it!! Although I may try to show images more clearly and with a lot of detail!!
AND... I just listed these on Etsy
"Project Runway" Season 13, Episode 3 Air Date: 08/07/14.
In this episode, the Project Runway designers were asked to integrate the past, present, and future in their creations and they were challenged to get inspiration from Marie Claire magazines from 1994, 20 years ago, to create looks they think will be relevant 20 years in the future.
So for the EtsyMetal Translation:
IF you were making jewelry in 1994, revisit one of your own creations and update it for 20 years in our future, 2034!
Or, make a piece that is inspired by your life in 1994 and modify it for the future 2034!
This was a hard one, mostly because I have to remember something! I think that it's generally safe to say at anytime in my art career, I make art based on my Photo Booth pictures and influenced by Andy Warhol. I feel that the styles of art come and go and come and go... always repeating cycles. In 20 years, I'm sure I'll still be using photo booth pictures with new technology in a slightly altered way.
Torch-fird enamels, decals, copper.
Check out the Etsy Metal blog here
Of course, I had to go with letters. Also inspired by the movie - Jean Michel Basquiat, Radiant Child - and the artist, Paul Klee. I used 'A to Z' - letters pierced out of copper, torch-fired enamels with alphabet decals. They are big, 2" wide x 2.5" long
Time for the Blog Carnival! What patinas do you use? Any favorite recipes?
Any disasters? Techniques & tips?
I do a lot of torch fired enameling. I like the colors you can get with enamels, but a lot of the time I think of enamels as a patina. Not trying to get a solid even color, but a color mixed in with metal, leaving a more weathered, aged look. The benefit of using enamels in this way is that the look is relatively permanent. I don't need to seal it in any way.
BUT one of my favorite things to do is experiment. AND patinas on metal just cry out to be experimented with. You also have to give way to complete control when experimenting with patinas. For me, part of the fun is seeing what happens when you mix it all up. (Also when experimenting with patinas, it is a good idea to be sure to wear the proper protective equipment – goggles, gloves, dust or fume masks, etc.)
I like to collect patinas. That means when I'm doing other processes like etching or pickling, I can't help but notice the reactions on the metal when I leave a piece out (for a long time - I'm a little sloppy!) after etching and noticing the natural patina it has. So I gather the materials that created that look and match them up in different ways. I have an old plastic muffin tin (is it still called a tin if it's made out of plastic?) and I'll put the bits I have left over or mix up some new combos. Later I'll add water and paint them on metal.
On June 2, 2014, I journeyed up to the Richmond Art Center with Mary Luke for a 5-day 'Radical Enameling' workshop with Andrew Kuebeck. This workshop was the first in a series of radical enameling workshops put on by the new Center for Enamel Arts, founded by Judy Stone. It was well worth the time and money to take a class beyond the basics of enameling - doesn't seem like there are a lot of those available.
I don't want to bore you with the details of the trip... however the details of the trip aren't boring, so I'm going to tell you anyway!
For our first stop along the way, Mary took us to the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond. It was awesome! So thoughtfully done and very interesting. Definitely worth checking out.
We enjoyed our tapas and sangria, then went about 2 blocks to the lecture. We climbed lots of stairs to get there... we knew we were a little late so we weren't surprised to see people already listening to Andrew's lecture. After a few minutes, Mary realized that the present slide said 'Thank You' and proceeded to guess that we had just missed his entire lecture. She was right. At least the tapas and sangria were good!
Ok, that's it for Part 1. I know a lot of you are waiting for the decal information... don't worry it will be in Part 2. Just enjoy the ride!
The content is awesome, but even more importantly what really shows through to me is the thought and care that was taken to produce this book.This isn't one of those 'let's produce a book as fast as we can so I can say I wrote a book,' books. It is obvious that this was a labor of love and came directly from Lorena's heart. The quality, thought, and care, of everything written and the arrangements of the brooches and the idea itself shines through. It felt that she treated each piece as if it were her own. This book is a work of art in every aspect.
My work is on pages 60 and 61.