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: 39

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

2014 Crafthaus Project Grant Recipient

Crafthaus is pleased to announce that Leisa Rich's project "Invisible:VisAble" garnered 968 votes of 2,575 total votes cast (37.59%) and is the 2014 Crafthaus Project Grant Winner.

Starting in November, we all look forward to following Leisa's crafthaus blog about her project.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Much success for all projects!

View all voting results.

Latest Activity

Susan Lee Stephen shared Brigitte Martin's blog post on Facebook
2 hours ago
Susan Lee Stephen liked Brigitte Martin's blog post The Frog Museum
2 hours ago
Susan Lee Stephen shared Brigitte Martin's blog post on Facebook
2 hours ago
Susan Lee Stephen liked Brigitte Martin's blog post The Wondrous World of Nelly Saunier: Gaultier’s Plumassière Extraordinaire
2 hours ago
L. Sue Szabo commented on L. Sue Szabo's photo
Thumbnail

On the Boardwalk

"thanks stacy- that;s so nice of you to say!"
2 hours ago
Profile IconLora Hart, Stacy Haviland and 16 other members joined Mark Fenn - Studiofenn's group
Thumbnail

Tales From the Tool Box - Chapter One

Thank you for viewing this on-line exhibitionThis exhibition is a showcase for narrative work, with over 234 images it was decided that the exhibition would be in two parts with chapter two being on-line in January 2015I would like to personally thank all the makers who took the time to submit work for this on-line exhibition. Image left: Dauvit AlexanderTitle - "Blood Will Have Blood: A Macbeth Brooch" Image Credit: Photography by Andrew Neilson, Neilson Photography. See More
3 hours ago
Stacy Haviland commented on L. Sue Szabo's photo
Thumbnail

On the Boardwalk

"This piece is so beautiful. I look at it often."
4 hours ago
Stacy Haviland posted a status
"This group of artists are so inspiring! I was "swayed" by the beauty and personal messages of all the work"
4 hours ago
Emily Hickman liked Mark Fenn - Studiofenn's group Tales From the Tool Box - Chapter One
7 hours ago
Emily Hickman shared Mark Fenn - Studiofenn's group on Facebook
7 hours ago
Sophia Georgiopoulou joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

Crafthaus Project Grant 2014

Every Fall, crafthaus awards a micro project grant to a crafthaus member regardless of location, professional background, or craft field. The grant is unrestricted and intended to provide assistance for a personal or group project.All projects will be published anonymously, without revealing any personal information about the submitting party.The crafthaus membership and the general public review all proposed projects and vote for the one they wish to see supported. One vote per person.Voting…See More
7 hours ago
Sophia Georgiopoulou joined Jivan Astfalck's group
Thumbnail

Instill - Material Matters 2014

  INSTILL-material matters “The year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  Hal Borland The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University presents the thesis work by students of the MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products course. The show celebrates the achievements of a group of exceptionally diverse individuals, with each piece on display offering an unexpected adventure through material that…See More
7 hours ago

A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

© 2014   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service