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……