Saturday, January 29, 2011

The most defining work of art that changed me...

Is my grandmothers curtain.

Ohhh yes.

I spent hours ogling this curtain from the very first moment I can remember. Which is somewhere during the first year of my life. I used to nap on the couch facing this curtain. The sun shone through it on it's way down in all the colors of the fall.

Granny still has this curtain, it's falling apart, and when she got it it was nothing special. For most people it still isn't. It's just little OCD me who drools when thinking about it.
It was a typical socialist era textile from Czechoslovakia from the seventies. And yet, it's the most defining piece of art when it comes to inspiration for me..

Grandma still has it and one day it will be mine. It's falling apart but I don't care.

See ,the thing about this curtain, is that to me it portrays a magical forest. There are no animals or people in these simple repeating patterns, but I always knew they live INSIDE it. And the whole world that exist around the magical woods. I can close my eye and imagine a universe around this .

This curtain took over my soul and weaved itself into a magical wonderland I daydreamed about.
ThenI moved away to America when I was 19,not to see it again for a long time and so it haunted me.
It's patterns, representations of textures wanted out.

And they did . And they do. In everything I ever make they are there. This is where my dreams live, in these woods.

I did not have a picture of the curtain for a long time, when I visited Grandma 4 years ago, I finally took some. Not very good,but at least I have them outside of my head too.

So while this is someone else's artwork, and I wish I knew Who's it is, it still counts as inspiration, right?
I suppose everything can serve as inspiration. Nature, art, babies, moose scat(apparently there is a festival in Talkeetna, Alaska dedicated to inspiration drawn from this most noble substance), and as long as You put inspiration through the filter of imagination, it's all good.

I will try to take pictures of things the great curtain inspired me to make.

Besides this curtain the artist I often draw inspiration from is Klimt ( can you see why?)

I am planning to do an Art Nouveau piece soon.

I can't help it. Textures got the best of me again....

So on inspiration....

....Yes, inspiration.

Where does it come from?
All over, I suppose. I often times find it in nature. Textures intrigue me to no end.

I went to a gallery recently, where there were reliefs exhibited. I wish I had the artist's info, but I don't... The pieces were rectangular and had different garden textures, pebbles and sprouts and leaves and moss like things made out of teeny pieces of white clay and attached to the backing. And there was a rather large sign warning visitors not to touch.
(Like they knew I was coming, right?)
Of course I did. Just a teentsy weentsy touch with the tip of my finger. Makes me shiver to think of it.

Anyhow, these are natural textures from our recent winter hike .

I tend to remember things the same way, in great detail.
Now ,inspiration is a very important thing, but what follows it is even more important:

Inspiration is what goes into one's head and imagination is what goes on in it. (Creation is what comes out of it , usually.)

Whenever I look at a picture , I imagine a world around it.

In the next post I will share the most inspiring thing I have ever seen. You'll be surprised....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Woo Hoo Ladies!

I just finished a new piece that I am really proud of. It's for the Etsy Beadweaver team's February Challenge, theme being royalty throughout time.

Well, I like to keep my efforts off the beaten path, and so I decided to dedicate this piece to Vlad Tepes' (Dracula) first wife Eshbeta.
Read more here.

The more time I spend beading the more I see that I have a good sense of color and design due to panting for years, but then I look at work like this lady's and I find that I better eat a slice of humble pie because I have a lot to learn about different techniques and how being spontaneous is good, but preparing for the wildfire caused by the creative spark is even better.

Anyhow, I present You with Eshbeta's necklace. I hope You enjoy it.

Also, with this necklace I wanted to celebrate all the different shapes and colors and sizes we ladies come in. My model here is my good friend Brooke and I feel like she really rocked this necklace.

I don't have a good camera and so my pics lack a certain finesse, but what I was trying to achieve here is a realistic picture of a real woman who has curves and is not afraid to show them and looks absolutely wonderful with this necklace on.

While I feel like this piece is a breakthrough in my (hardly existent ) carrier as a jewelry artist, I feel like I am gaining some momentum and there will be interesting things to follow this, but it will take some time, as I do have a day job as a shoe sales person (oh yeah, come see me any time at Pedestrian Shops in Boulder) and bead embroidery is a time consuming business.

Unfortunately I could not get lovely Samantha Regina to model this piece as her neck is really thick and I won't even attempt to assault her with the brass cuff that gives this necklace it's shape. But even without our favorite doggie model , this piece is pretty ok.
There is room for improvement, but I am getting somewhere.

There will be a voting for the best in this challenge and I will post the link to the side when it starts. Please feel free to vote for anyone else, there will be some really neat things. My favorite so far is this.

I was thinking a lot lately about inspiration and where it comes from . I will soon do a post about what inspires me.