I wanted to share with you an experiment made by my creative friend, Ioulia Kakoulidou, who lives in Greece. She has taken free form bits of copper and brass, some blanks, and beaten them, with a slight dap, some a slight roll. Here are some more:
First she has applied ICED ENAMELS, which give the background sort of a graniteware appearance.
To see how to do that:
Once applied, she has added bits of vintage scrap paper and dried flowers, and then a very LIGHT layer of Ice Resin to seal.
These make my heart SING! What if you glued them randomly on an assemblage blank....drilled them and make pendants....drilled them and made funky little brooches and pins (hey! it's TIME for brooches to come back, I say!)...
Or did smaller ones and made them into art charms....or drilled the centers and riveted them randomly to cuffs or blanks.....EEEK! Why can't I be in my workshop today?
I am so remiss, I got so excited I didn't write down the artist's name. I'm not a lampworker, though that IS on my bucket list! But what I see here is CLAY.
Even a polymer clay novice could craft beads like these and have a BALL....and make a similar creation.
So I thought I'd do a quick search on Pinterest for more inspiration for CLAY, which IS a medium I work in, derived from lampwork glass. WOW. Here's the link to the many photos I found:
If you have been following the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group you probably know that this is our big clay weekend with Christi Friesen! All the spots are filled, but Christi will be visiting me here in my shop in East Palestine on Friday morning, and we'll be doing a video interview. Through out the weekend we will be doing video snippets of happenings at the event, and will have another video to share with you later on.
So of course....I'm totally thinking polymer clay this week.
But I'm ALWAYS thinking assemblage, as it is my first love. One of my fave pieces done by a member of our group is this one, by Janine of LillyAngelJewellery at Etsy:
Lots of pretty bits from our website, B'sue Boutiques in this one, combined with seashells from her own stash. I love working with shells.....every time I see this photo, and it's a piece she sold long ago....it gives me new artistic hope and the drive to get busy!
That's what sharing your work is all about, you know. It lifts someone's day, helps someone who is stumped, creates a new path. It's a gift and a blessing.
Be generous and bless your fellow artists with bits of inspiration...share your photos! Cast your bread upon the waters....and it will return to you.