The internet can be amazing. I recently started using Instagram, which I love because photos are definitely my thing. I love seeing what people make all over the world. Shortly after starting to use Instagram one particular poster caught my eye, both because they had the same name as me – Yvonne – and because their work was photos using rich, beautiful colours. One day their post was particularly striking, a gorgeous bright blue contrasting with an equally gorgeous bright orange. Although I love both of those colours I rarely use them together. However the photo appealed to me so much I decided to use those colours in a pendant.
I mentioned to Yvonne on Instagram that her photo inspired my pendant and she was so pleased she wrote about it. Then, when she found out that she was having an exhibition she decided that she would like to have the pendant to hang beside the photo. So now my pendant is in Sweden and will be displayed next to Yvonne Kundig’s gorgeous work. As well as photos she does beautiful paintings of flowers. If you’re in Sweden stop by 😉
Here is her Instagram:
And her Facebook page:
And the location of the exhibition (which starts on August 22nd):
And my Instagram:
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Tagged art, beautiful colours, blue, color challenge, enamel, enameling, enamelling, glass art, Instagram, jewellery, jewelry, orange, photo challenge, photography, seredipity, Sweden, Toronto
It’s so funny, this is one of the most exciting things to happen for me business wise this year and I forgot to post about it! I found out on October 31st that one of my big enamel focal beads was chosen to be in Lark Crafts new book “1000 Beads”!
The Lark Crafts books are absolutely gorgeous. Each page is a full shot of some stunning work, whether rings, glass, enamel, ceramics, etc. They have quite an extensive series. I’ve always admired them so when I saw their call for entry I thought I would give it a shot.
The piece that was chosen is called “Lava Flow”. It’s a very large focal bead I made using plumber’s pipe and a LOT of layers of enamel. I think this bead went through about 50 firings before I was happy with it. Because I fire each layer flat it’s hard to realize that each of those firings was an additional layer of enamel, with a total of about 10 or 12 colours (maybe more, I lost count!). It also takes a careful burn firing to make the colours blend this way. And because there is so much enamel I had to keep flipping it each time I fired so the enamel wouldn’t all slump to one end. So a lot of work for one bead 😉
I’m really looking forward to April when the book comes out and I can see my piece and all the other wonderful creations by artists from around the world!
Here is my lovely Lava Flow 🙂
Wow, it’s been over two months since my last blog post. I know I’m not a super-blogger but I guess that’s pushing it a bit. Since my last post about Buenos Aires street art was so popular I thought I’d share some street art from the Azores, which is where I journeyed to in March.
The Archipelago of the Azores is a chain of islands in the Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. The island in the Azores I was on is called Sao Miguel. There isn’t an abundance of street art there, it’s a small island and it’s so darn gorgeous that between the beautiful landscape and the pretty buildings there aren’t a lot of surfaces screaming out for someone to paint on them. However I did manage to find some very impressive pieces. When I wasn’t searching for street art I was hiking around volcanoes, swimming in hot springs and eating food cooked underground by volcanic heat.
Here’s a few of the pieces of street art I saw. I think my favourite is the weird fishing scene, it’s so big I had to take four pictures to fit it all in.
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Tagged Azores, murals, Portugal, Sao Miguel, street art, torched studio, travel
I love street art. I’m not big on tagging or general graffiti, but I love seeing people do weird and wonderful things to change the ugly, gray monotony of the urban landscape. This past summer I lived in Buenos Aires for a month and there is an amazing array of street art there. It’s not illegal or looked down on, as long as they don’t paint on people’s homes or businesses without permission. So it gives artists a chance to spend time on a project and accomplish some mind-blowing work. It’s actually quite a community, and most street artists have some knowledge of each others work and the meaning behind it. They also accept the fact that their work isn’t permanent and there is a good chance someone will come along to paint over what they may have spent hours or even days to create. The “exhibition” is always changing.
Here’s a little taste of what I saw. There are hundreds more examples, it’s all over the city.