My name is Heather Skowood. I've been making predominately metal jewellery for many moons. Last year after I moved studio I never reconnected my torch due to there not being adequate ventilation in my basement studio and becoming more and more frustrated with the mining companies practices. I will reconnect my torch again, hopefully later this year but meanwhile I'm scouring the world around me for more things to play/create with safely.
Oh Goody! 2Roses likes to play in this sandbox. Our biggest challenge is that EVERYTHING is grist for the mill. Someone said, "Trash is simply a failure of imagination". Growing up in the midwest we'd see a fair amount of imaginative sculptures made from discarded items (farm implements, appliances, cars etc) Then in college we discovered the Dadaists. It led to a rapid descent into the trash heaps and back alleys of America where we continue to find inspiration to this day.
When I started making jewelry I was a full time precious metal snob. Recycled? Bleh! Found objects? Phhht! I also didn't have much fun :(
I would like to say that I came to recycled and found objects for the good of the Earth and all that but in truth I came to using "other" materials because the price of gold and silver was just too dam high. So I started to experiment with plastics, found objects, and one of my childhood passions...making things from aluminum foil. I had already worked with resin (my teacher is the "Epoxy Queen"--an Ebendorf quote) but I really didn't start smiling till I discovered how I constructed my work. In my metal only days it was a sketch, maybe a soldering outline, then go ahead and make. With found objects and other materials I find myself either collecting "things" that I hope to one day use and/or making small pieces in a variety of material that I hope to one day use. This way I have a small warehouse of found and made objects that I can choose from and play with.
Sometimes I miss the metals only days but that's just doubt sticking it's nose in trying to tell me that jewelry = precious metals and stones. Silly doubt!
All I know is I am having more fun. I'm playing. To me that's what it's about.
There's nothing more fun than taking a pile of discarded stuff and creating something magical. I've always been into found plastics, and the last couple of years LEGO has been my material of choice, re-interpreting historical jewellery into a modern-day context. My Lalique recreation, "Cygne Noir", just opened at the re/PURPOSE exhibition here in SF (see photo). I also run an Accessorize with Toys workshop along with jeweler Shana Astrachan, where we provide found toy and game parts, findings, and tools and help kids and adults make cool jewellery. See our fan Frances here from our gig at Makerfaire.
Hello I am Alison Bailey Smith, I live in the Wirral in the North West of England but I am from Scotland where I studied at Edinburgh College of Art, I have lived in Australia, Canada and America.
I have been working with recycled materials for about 20 years and have recenlty moved away slightly from my staple diet of working with reclaimed coloured wire from old televisions and wrappers from sweets (Lollies, candies) and crisps (chips) to working with plastic packaging for a cheap range of jewellery called "Junk Jewellery" and sculptures from recycled metal from the building trade.
I'm Julie Belfiore. I focused my thesis work in school around the subject of addiction, and as a smoker, I found the use of the contents of my ashtrays to be an important exploration of my jewelry.
“While striving to incorporate fashion and function in my body of work, Joe’s was created. Reflecting on the glamor once held by tobacco use, I pulled imagery from vintage cigarette advertisements. Once used to seduce the consumer, I take this now taboo subject matter and place it over the belt as a means of advertising and seduction of both the product and body. This reminds my audience of the cultural change that has evolved into the disapproval of tobacco usage and advertising.”
We have another WebCast this Saturday 14th December at 14:30 GMT. This month we are looking at and demonstrating Delft Clay Casting. Again we will be casting live on air so anything could happen. We will be giving away some…"
Craft in America: Holiday embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmadeLos Angeles, CA – CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning and the Emmy-nominated series dedicated to exploring craft in our nation, continues Season Five with HOLIDAY, airing on PBS…See More
September 18, 2013 at 6pm to January 19, 2014 at 7pm
One would expect Jewelry artists to be limited to objects of personal adornment, but many contemporary makers in this field have gone beyond the constraints of functionality to pursue conceptual interests in areas such as photography, kinetics and sculpture. This exhibition seeks makers whose work demands…See More
This mural is drawn with one single line, an approach to craft that I have developed over the past three years.The line has been tested on ceramic tiles, drawings, canvas frames, pots and murals. When I finished drawing the mural, I traced my left hand at the very end of the continuous line (I am right handed), in order to start introducing myself, as the only inhabitant of this room, into the mural itself. To…See More
"Call for Entries - ACJ Members' Exhibition 2014 - ICONSICONS - jewellery for the famous and infamous, pieces reflecting cultural & design iconsThis will allow people to use such design icons as the mini, anglepoise lamp or other iconic…"
Another two-week hiatus between posts and it is only because I've been too busy to be able to find a moment to write things down. So much has happened, from being asked if I were "eligible" for inclusion in a list of "eligible bachelors" - my non-bachelor status making me ineligible for the inclusion - to being asked to write an article for a new jewellery magazine about something which isn't jewellery!
The main thing on the workbench has been another of my projects which was…
In the fall of 2014, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will host CraftTexas 2014, the eighth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. The exhibition will feature artists from all over the…