TQB Designs: I have been making my beaded rounds for almost 15 years now. I am self-taught in the art of bead weaving and developed a system to create these textural rounds, ovals, squares, cylinders, and barrel shaped beads.
I meticulously weave each bead myself in the traditional gourd stitch and each woven sphere contains anywhere from 50 – 700 individual seed beads.
I also create many of the metal worked components. I found it more and more difficult to find the exact commercial part that reflected the look I wanted with my jewelry. So, I decided to start making my own that conveyed my aesthetic and found it so much more satisfying taking the time to make something,for example, as simple as a beautifully designed ear wire.
Ruth Jensen: I’m enthralled with the transparency of wire. It’s perfect for revealing the extraordinary beauty, transience, sometimes humor of what appears to be ordinary. I make each sculpture one twist at a time, without patterns or molds, using bazillions of pieces of straight wire. I “see” the shape I want, and make the wires come together in that shape, like putting a puzzle together. (I love puzzles.) My pieces are meant to intrigue and delight the viewer, to combat the overabundance of dull ugliness in the world.
The Haunted Hollow Tree: This is an original mixed media of pyrography, water color, and casein paint.
Most commonly known as “wood burning”, pyrography is the traditional art of using a heated tip to burn or scorch images onto natural materials such as wood or leather. It is a challenging medium to work in because the permanent nature of burning requires constant precision and missteps are not easily corrected. It is very much like drawing in a sense, but done with a hot wire tip instead of a pencil. The different tonal values and subtle graduations are created carefully by varying the pressure and temperature of the pen tip.
Wire Art Jewelry by Mel: I started making jewelry over 10 years ago, even longer if you count some jewelry I made with my father while I was still in grade school. I am basically self-taught with the experience of working with several great artists and teaching. My degrees are in art and psychology from a small liberal arts college. I moved to California to go to grad school, but never made it. I started creating jewelry as my main source of income there and began working for a company (whose name I cannot legally mention) making jewelry showcases for department stores. So, you may have seen my work without even knowing it, since they did not incorporate the artists names. I moved back near Chicago a few years ago and continue my passion for art, working from a studio in Wheaton.
The [pieces] are colored with my original glass resin technique which creates the sophisticated look of stained glass. The effect of the whole piece changes according to the light – colors vary from dark to crystal clear tones.
KUKLAstudio: I love designing jewelry and I like working with wire and colors. I find my inspiration everywhere around in my everyday life, nature, dreams and feelings. In my special technique the colors are rich and the effect of the jewelry is always different with the change of the light.