For the last couple of months, I have discovered a new hobby, making jewellery from wire. I just love working with various types of wire to create rings, earrings and bangles, I never knew I could have so much fun, each piece is unique and I am always surprised at the finished result! The following photos are just a small selection of my work so far.
Onyx Ring and Whirl A Whirl
These are the latest additions to my ‘Heartical’ Collection. I am still working on two and deciding if one is complete. This may sound funny, but each work I do has to feel completed, like I have expressed all within that space . I have also found that by working on a couple of pieces at a time, I am less liable to feel low. Mind you though, I do have some neon green, yellow and orange card waiting in the wings, I’ve just got to find my sunglasses to start working on them……
A lot of my ‘Heartical’ Collection are head and shoulder images which also reflects my love of cultural hairstyles and head wear.
There is a quiet chatter going on in my head
So many thoughts spring to life in flashing lights
seeking form to come into reality
and tattoo their status with permanence.
Ink inscribed hopes and dreams
swirl organic over blank silent space
to reveal rainbow coloured beads and shapes
decorated with silver or silenced in gold.
Empressfaith c 2012
I have no idea of what each picture will look like until I finish it. And even then, I don’t make an effort to name them. I have decided to call this one ‘Ah..NotOh’ to remind me to be more positive.
I am trying to be the sort of person who greets every day with a smile, not a groan and to greet every situation with an “Ah'” ( mind you though, this can get a wee bit tedious when wading through my inbox) but this seems to work. I use to say ‘”Ohh” a lot which was usually followed by “No” which in turn would affect my whole body language to one of despair or anger. I have never been able to start a picture when I am in my ‘ Can’t Be Asked’ mood. Once I hit that road, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to ” Abandon Hope All Ye That Enter Here” and ” If I’m Going Down, I’m Taking You With Me ” Now I am aware of why I feel that way I do, that this is due to a shortage of certain chemicals in my brain, I am less critical of myself and my art.
This is my second one of 2012 and is a celebration of colour. I bought a new pack of Signo Metallic Ink Pens as in my experience, these pens are the best for brightness and colour.And this experience was no mean feat either, I didn’t know that all the art shops in my local area of Lewisham and Bromley had closed down and I had to travel to the wilds of Old Kent Road.
I tend to work in stages, sometimes shapes just flow onto the page, usually aided by a good supply of Mike ‘n’ Ikes and at other times……nothing. The first image is where I came to a dead stop and felt that it was complete. After a while though, I couldn’t ignore all that blank space and decided to fill it in.
I cannot find Mike ‘n’ Ike’s anywhere……
HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS by IMANI c 1997
Heaven Only Knows is the name of this piece, as of all of my abstract metallic art, this one was the hardest to find a name for. I usually name my artworks on completion, I look at it and a name springs to mind. I did think of Mad But Pretty but didn’t feel comfortable calling it that.
I would really like to start drawing again. I just lost the glow, the oomph to create from my heart.I didn’t and couldn’t feel any artistic passion. Once I start a picture, I work on it on a daily basis or within a few hours, depending on the size. Now that I know why I feel the way I do, I can stop kicking myself with frustration and rage.
‘ Face It’ by Imani c 1998 All Rights Reserved
Once upon a time, there was a busy mother of three who juggled so many things that she just sparked with creativity. She wrote poetry, ran creative writing classes, co-edited two poetry anthologies, designed book covers, established a support group for Rastafarian women and even had her own radio show on a London community station as well as looking after three small but growing individuals. She also developed a range of artworks using HB pencils and metallic ink pens and participated in several art exhibitions in London.
And yes, this was me.
I chose the name ‘SpiriCulArts’ as I create each picture to celebrate my spirituality and cultural influences. This picture is called ‘Face It’ which was created using metallic purple and silver ink pens on green neon card. I had no idea of how this would turn out as all my works in ink start from a single doodle, this one started in the top left hand corner whilst I was watching telly.
‘Whatdoyousee’ by Imani c 1999 All Rights Reserved
Now for this picture ‘Whatdoyousee’ I worked on black card using bronze, silver, pink and blue metallic pens. The whole process of starting a picture with a random shape and then experimenting with different effects is really calming. I love creating images of movement and flow.