Friday, June 22, 2012
I love excavations, especially really old excavations. I think it goes back to grade school when the King Tut exhibition came to the Montreal Museum and our school arranged a field trip to see it. It wasn't so much that I wanted to wear the gorgeous necklaces and armbands excavated from that Egyptian "dig", but I wanted the thrill of being the first one to brush carefully at the surface dirt and see the glimmer of treasure just beneath my hands. To hold my breath, steady my hand and exercise excruciating patience so that I could carefully uncover the artifacts and lift them, undamaged, to light. To study every detail of these ancient artistic works would have brought me great delight. I think those memories spur a great portion of my passion for creating neo-artifacts. Ok, I can't brush away the detritous of centuries of time, but I can do my best to make it look like I have!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This one is so simple, yet looks so elegant. There are many different ways to make this piece - faux scrimshaw, tearaway technique, etc. and the designs can be planned ahead and transferred onto the clay so you know exactly what you're doing, but I love the "process" and this lets the process unfold gradually. It's basically like doodling, but with a v-gauge instead of pen and pencil. Just make a sheet of ivory (white + translucent +smidge brown +smidge yellow). Stack two thick pieces together. Cut a shape out. Bake flat. When cool, start carving out lines and patterns. Then antique with your favorite (acrylic/oil/shoe polish in burnt umber/black/raw umber/burnt sienna). When dry, sand to reveal clean ivory and the stained pattern. You now have a pendant that is your own unique work of art Design the connections with Modular Art Jewelry in mind and you can switch it with the pendant shown in yesterday's blog.