On inspiration...

Sometimes it helps me to see what others are doing and what concepts they are pursuing in their individual bodies of work, also paying special attention to artists working in mediums outside of my primary.  I often take the knowledge from studying other mediums and apply it to my metalwork.

I recently attended a fold-forming class and shortly after watched a documentary on Origami; the two things in my mind really started to intertwine...   The documentary, Between the Folds, gives you a glimpse into the lives of Origami artists and the sculptures they are creating.  The techniques; the results =ASTOUNDING.  I had no idea you could get such animated and intense forms, some of which can take hundreds of hours of pure folding.  I wonder if metal would stand up to this amount of folding.

PBS website > Between the Folds

I highly recommend this documentary and recognizing the significance of other avenues of knowledge and inspiration around us in our everyday lives.   I also feel that the result of experimentation and use of alternative media can work to strengthen and refine a project/series.

Views: 50

Replies to This Discussion

I watched that movie a while back and it is, as you say, amazing. Trying to get out of my head, though, I took a different tack and started a figure drawing group. My primary work is in steel and I draw abstracts, but I have this idea that practice observing, really seeing, will help open me up to new ideas. Anyway, that's the way it's supposed to work....

I am very open to begin a project/thinking process with a medium outside of my own (metal). Actually, the more obscure and unlikely the material the better. I really try very, very hard to not duplicate or draw from other people's work but to come up with my own language.

It's a constant pull: I am very much interested in other people's work and I see loads of images daily, it's part of my job to know what you guys are doing, but for my own practice I have to make an effort to wipe the slate blank the best I can. I can do that best with unusual, simple materials. It could be a string of yarn, plastic or wood, anything.

RSS

Latest Activity

Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Assistant retail manager Join this highly creative team, helping to ensure the smooth running of all day to day operations £18-22k p.a. according to age and experience Application deadline: August 31st 2015 We are looking for an Assistant…"
3 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Hello All, I am writing to let you know that although two of my three fall home classes are full, I do have a few seats left in the Carved Bracelet with PMC Adornment class from Oct 2-5. This class combines creating and carving polymer bracelets…"
3 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"In 2006 we started to being totally dedicated to SIERAAD, based in Amsterdam. For the participants this results in an increase in sales of 33%. And many many more visitors. The first anniversary of the fair was celebrated with the launch of some new…"
3 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Symposium: The Stuff of Memory SAT 3 OCT, 10.30–17.30 £18/£15 CONCESSIONS | BOOK NOW Memory is an imaginative and creative process, not a static repository. But what role does 'stuff' play in the act of remembering? How…"
3 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects UNTIL SUN 18 OCT FREE | DROP IN Over 100 works by acclaimed artist Alice Anderson are on display at Wellcome Collection. Anderson’s sculptures are entirely mummified in copper thread, creating…"
3 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"s traditional folk crafts as enterprises across the country struggle with low profitability, high taxes and a shortage of skilled…"
3 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Deputy Warden Reappointed at the BSI Story image We would like to congratulate Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of our Assay Office, for being reappointed by The British Standards Institute (BSI) as Chairman of STI/53 (Specifications and Test Methods…"
3 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Dave Receives Honorary Membership to the CTSI Story image We are excited to announce that Dave Merry, Head of Training and Trading Standards Liaison (pictured above, centre) has recently been awarded an Honorary Membership of the CTSI (Chartered…"
4 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"New Opportunities at the British Hallmarking Council The Secretary of State wishes to appoint four members to the British Hallmarking Council, a partner body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. If you have experience in the…"
4 hours ago
Brigitte Martin posted blog posts
yesterday
Crispina ffrench liked Brigitte Martin's blog post Call for Artists: LEAP Award 2016
yesterday
Crispina ffrench posted a status
"My post from Friday got the most views EVER! http://crispina.com/ come see then come back and see"
yesterday

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Masthead Credits

Edwardian Terrarium Collection Necklace

Sadie Chesterman-Bailey

Sterling silver, reclaimed wood, 9ct yellow gold, 18ct yellow gold, oxidized.

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service