Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Octopus is back!

 This one is shy. See, it's peeking over his shoulder here.
 Since the feedback has been so great , I decided to make more of these. 
 They are all a little bit different, as if different colors gave them entirely different personalities.
 In the past I have said  I don't like repeating myself.
I have some new insights  into not repeating myself...
 I am lucky enough that most of the things I make eventually seem to sell. This is a true blessing, and I am humbled by it. Every time someone buys something, I still freak out thinking they might not like what they got, but they do. 

And some things I made are more popular then others. Like the seasons cuffs and the wrist octopi.
That's why I made more of them.
It's great that people like my work, and if some are more successful then others, does that make me less original? It could. But in the process of making the 4th octopus and the 5th seasons cuff, I came to this conclusion: They are much alike, but in repeating yet changing the design, it becomes more me, I have more control over the complete outcome, and I am more confident of the design's success.

I still don't think I will ever just make one thing and many variations of it, but repetition has it's advantages, and one can hone one's skills in the process, because there is something to measure against.
Not that any of the other octopus or seasons cuffs were bad, but there is a personal growth involved in keeping on making them. Kind of like a mantra. 

Ultimately, whatever we do, if we put in hundreds of hours of work, we get a lot better. Sometimes it takes inventing things, sometimes it takes repeating what you invented. I am impatient and impulsive and I would have never thought I would enjoy repetition, but  I really do.
Does this make any sense?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sammy's Fishies revealed

The day has come, Oh Curious Visitor to reveal the Fishies!
My intention with this piece was to create something that I have never seen any other bead embroidery artist do. I am constantly inspired by the strangest things, smells, the way insects move, the things my furkid does. In this case her fishing habit.

Never catches anything,yet  never ever gives up, just chases those fishies for fun. One day, when either her modeling carrier takes off, or I become famous and rich, she will have her own goldfish. 

Until then, this will have to do.

Well, I believe that even the most outrages design has to have balance, one beyond symmetry.
I credit my elementary school art  teacher Gyorgy Orban with everything I know about composition and balance.
An outstanding artist himself, he has been instructing children for decades on the nuances or building a pleasing composition. It is true that I have learned everything I use today from him, and he has been the greatest influence on everything I make. When in doubt, I ask myself , what would Gyuri do?
Gyuri, thank you so much for all you have done and for all you are doing every day!

In a design like this , with such heavy elements, I had to apply what I know of balance by finding a way to attach the very different, very individual fishies and make them a harmonious whole, where no element is too heavy, so you don't get a feel of the piece visually tilting one way or the other.
I tried to achieve this by attaching the fish with bubbles and balancing them so while they appear to be individual, and all different, viewed from farther away, the picture becomes unified.

I used an odd number of fishies, therefore an odd number of eyes looking back at you, and even an odd number of orange pearls for the fishies  gills and an odd number of bubbles.
Even the Swarovski crystals are odd in their numbers, although I forgot to count the teal colored pearls I used for the neck piece.
Odd numbers have a way of looking more pleasing to the eye.To me that is.

By the way: I know fishies is not grammatically correct. But Sammy and I agree that is what we call them.

Of course I could not have the muse not present her very special piece to her loving and devoted fans.
I think she looks regal. Hence her middle name Regina.
Well, this is my entry to the Battle of the Beadsmith, 2012. I have no idea how far it will go, or not go, since my opponent is the very talented Tamuna Lezhava, and unfortunately one of us have to loose.
Either way, this has been fun, and I would do it all over regardless of the outcome. It's been an honor to be paired up with her!

Thank You All for your patience and support.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Shhh.... It's a secret!

It is indeed! You know, I am not allowed to share pictures of my completed Battle of the Beadsmith piece just yet. I am having an extremely hard time not sharing. So I made a bracelet in the general style of the necklace, one that also will be entered the Etsy Beadweavers' July challenge.( I won the May challenge, and I got to choose the theme for July, and I chose Tangerine Tango, the color of  2012. Well, my goldfish are tangerine tango. So I am in !)