SpunkySister: “Jewelry to inspire. Art to wear.”
I have Design ADD. I can’t make anything twice… so everything is one of a kind. I view my designs as art. I have so many ideas, that I usually have about three projects going at once.
I get inspired by fashion, nature, the vintage brooches I use, even soap bar wrappers. Maybe my pieces can inspire you… Enjoy!
For reals now, one of the reasons I started this site was so that lovely folks such as yourselves would buy these fabulous Etsy finds before I do. Trust me, that’s not a line, that the honest truth — just ask my husband who sighs every time he hears a package being delivered on our porch.
I need your help today a great deal. This ring is calling calling to me and I adore it so. Please purchase it so that I can stop sitting on my hands. I love the wild and unstructured nature of it, and the colors and materials are exquisite. It makes my heart beat a little faster. By negellatj.
Another great find in the Try Handmade Inbox…
studio k: aspiring to replace the common with something more beautiful
I am an architectural designer with an interest in all aspects of design. The New York City Map Cuts was my first large art piece. It was created to simplify the daily image of the Manhattan map that every New Yorker sees repetitively throughout any day. By simplifying the map into just an image it revealed much more information than a map crowded with words and symbols and color ever could. The information of city planning, the nature of the city block, and the importance of open space is greatly emphasized in my map cuts, especially the images in white. I love the idea of making a familiar object/image even more beautiful by simply taking away the unnecessary.
D.S. Brennan’s photographs are unlike other photographs of nature in that they seem to focus on the subject matter with a microscopic eye. Inspecting what is fascinating to the woman behind the camera. While the focus is on realistic images of nature the color adds a whimsical quality, giving the photographer her signature.
She fluctuates from muted hues…
…to bold bursts of color
Brennan creates a balance between subject and color. One doesn’t over power the other. Where the dragonflies are in tones of sepia we can pay more attention to the detail in their wings, noting how well they were preserved. But the contrast of colors in the dogwood photo shows the life behind the blossom. They burst from the jewel-like sky with deep pink life.
Diana has a great series of work from the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium of Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. This may be one of my favorites from that series. Not only are we able to study some wonderfully preserved seaweed, we are able to see the hand of the woman who lovingly preserved her finds from a day at the beach. Who do you think this collection is for? Or is it just a private journal?
Brennan doesn’t limit herself to just depicting the details of nature. She focuses on the big picture too fluctuating from larger themes in nature, leading us into the nooks and crannies to find our own treasures.
While other times, she reminds us to have child-like fun, giving us a quick reminder of good times frolicking at the beach.
I love the range of subject matter we are given by D.S. Brennan’s photographs. We are reminded that sometimes we need to step back and take in the big picture while others we are shown the fine details you can take in if you take it slow.
But most of all, we are reminded that daily life can be celebrated. Beauty is found in the mundane.
Look what I found this week in the Try Handmade Inbox.
Annie Lesperance: As far as I can remember, I always loved to create things. But it is when I discoverd jewelry making that I knew what I wanted to do. I am still learning new techniques every day and this is the part i love the most about metalsmithing…Sky is the limit!
All my jewelry are entirely handmade using sterling silver, stones and pearls. My inspiration comes from nature and organics forms and I like to experiment with different textures. I really love to create beautiful jewelry for people to enjoy