Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ring A Day- 21, 22, 23

Ring A Day- 21/365, green three finger elastic band. Yes, a simple one this day.

Ring A Day- 22/365 , Two twist ties.

Ring A Day- 22/365 , One well used twist tie and ink. Twist tie from the bulk foods section at Save-on-foods.

Writing says, "I love you madly darling", as well as other sweet nothings.

Ring A Day- 19

Ring A Day- 19/365 ,

Two finger ring- recycled silver and 6-7 repurposed elastic bands. Elastics from around my morning paper. This ring nearly depleted my small stash of lovely red ones.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Votes would make my day!

I'd love your votes in the Poppies! It would make my day!

One vote will be allowed per computer/IP address. The voting starts today and runs until to January 30th at 11:59 pm.

'The Poppies' were started not so much as a competition as to raise awareness of handmade, independent design. While there is an competitive element (voting) it has been great to peruse the categories and discover new work and new designers. While there are many friends nominated I'm amazed by how many new interesting people I've discovered as well.

Birds made of buttons by Ran Kwang

Korean/New York artist Ran Hwang creates these enchanting bird installations made of hundreds of buttons and pins. Detailed pieces, laboriously made button by button, Ran describes the process as a kind of meditation and a way of finding herself. (via theartroomplant)

More images at the Kashya Hildebrand Gallery in Zurich.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ring a Day- 17/365 and 18/365

Ring A Day- 17/365 , False eyelash. A silver fringe, continuing the 'beauty product' theme.

18/365 - lipstick. Estee Lauder 'sangria' from a gift bag. Love making these, it's similar to the fonts I just drew.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kirtsy Takes a Bow

I was in three books last year! But wonderfully, three beautiful books. Books I've sillily neglected to feature properly on my blog. So I'm going to rectify that starting with this (first) retrospective update for 2010.

One of my rings is published in Kirtsy Takes a Bow edited by Laura Mayes. Available "everywhere"-, Barnes & Nobles, Chapters (here in Canada), through the publisher Bright Sky Press (they have signed copies) and more.

trailer created by trailer by Katherine Center. Love that they have a trailer. And if you watch closely you might notice my ring shown twice.

Share Your Love- favourites

holyghost by fudbal

Share Your Love on flickr is so full of lovely images I could quite possibly pick dozens. Full of beautiful light. Here are some of my favourites right now.

kami in k minor

watercolorbones above and below

Untitled by Emir Ozsahin

love by cobaya!!

... by candicelizbeth

Untitled by shtroxy

258 by emiliebjork

Ring A Day- 16/365

Ring A Day- 16/365 , Sterlng silver and chocolate ice cream More edible jewelry. I've meant to do an ice cream ring for ages.

Posted late because my internet was been down for 3 whole days! I'm rather thrilled to be back online.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ring A Day- 14/365 and 15/365

Ring A Day- 14/365 , cover-up

Ring A Day- 15/365 , cover-up

A couple conceptual pieces- continuing the beauty care theme of temporary rings.

Almost caught up with photos!

Ring A Day- 11/365, 12/365 and 13/365

Ring A Day- 11/365, Felt- woven and braided like a spring bud.

Ring A Day- 12/365, Felt and thread. Made of three strips of felt, looped, layered and sewn together.

Ring A Day- 13/365, Felt and thread. Also three strips of felt, looped, layered and sewn together. This ring was 11/365- reworked and sewn together for durability. It reminds me of spring with grass green, electric green and a rather fleshy shade of tan.

All rings are soft and comfy to wear. I'm not sure about long term use as the bands would likely stretch over the years, but for shorter term use they're great.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ring A Day- 10/365

Ring A Day- Jan 10th, 2010 10/365
carob chips and tinfoil

Ring with edible bits inside. I like portable food and love edible jewelry. I ate the carob when I was done photographing it.

Ring A Day- 8/365 and 9/365

Ring A Day- Jan 8th, 2010 8/365
Felt and thread. Made of one long strip of felt, looped, layered and sewn together. Soft and comfy to wear. With winter here I'm thinking of fluffy and warm pieces.

Ring A Day- Jan 9th, 2010 9/365
Felt- held together temporarily by air.

I'm making my rings on time but not always photographing them on 'the day of'. But other then the photography it's interesting how doable a daily ring is.

Diamonds made from the ashes & hair of loved ones

After my quick 60 second Hair Ring for the ring a day project I remembered this post saved in my drafts. Saved a shockingly long time ago- 9/13/08. I'm posting it as is but come back to edit it.

Diamonds made of the ashes of loved ones are similar to Victorian mourning jewelry but both far, far more literal and more subtle then the hair used in classic mourning jewelry.

Memorial Diamonds are available from Life Gem in the US, Phoenix Diamonds in Britain, and Algordanza in Switzerland.

According to an article on Yahoo, Algordanza's success is growing. In its first year, 2004, the company sold one diamond. In 2008 it was creating about 60 a month, largely due to word-of-mouth recommendations and media coverage, as they don't advertise. Each one takes between three weeks and three months to create.

While I'm quite familiar with man made diamonds I hadn't heard of 'remembrance diamonds' until recently. I've grown to really appreciate hair jewelry but I do have mixed feeling about mourning diamonds- fascinating, disturbing, morbid, comforting perhaps...

As well as cremated ashes the diamonds can be made of hair. An idea I'm far more comfortable with. New Age Diamonds, a company based in Russia, offers to make a diamonds from hair. And far less hair then you's think. Using only a handful of hair (roughly 1 gram), they will combine it with carbon to create a diamond.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Poppies on Poppytalk

Vote for your favourite independent designer in the Poppies! You can nominate yourself AND nominate more than one person. (I would shamelessly appreciate votes:)
Categories include:
1. Favourite Handmade Accessories
2. Favourite Handmade Affordable Art
3. Favourite Handmade Ceramics
4. Favourite Handmade Crafter
5. Favourite Handmade Eco
6. Favourite Handmade Housewares
7. Favourite Handmade Jewelry
8. Favourite Handmade Paper goods
9. Favourite Photographer
10. Favourite Handmade Textiles
11. Favourite Vintage Shop
12. Favourite Handmade Artist Blog

Monday, January 11, 2010

Victorian mourning hair jewelry

A few photos of classic Victorian mourning jewelry made of hair. I'm fascinated by the lovely intricate patterns.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ring A Day- 7/365

Ring A Day- Jan 7th, 2010 7/365 for Ring A Day. Also made on time but photographed later
Human hair (mine)

I love hair/mourning jewellery so will likely be making more then just this one 60 second ring. It is extraordinary how much time a proper hair ring takes. I found that with 'smooth' hair it takes upwards of 50 strands before the braid has a good weight & thickness to it.

Ring A Day- 6/365

Ring A Day- Jan 6th, 2010 6/365 for Ring A Day. (made on time but photographed later)

Made of peel-off-facemask and encrusted with garnets. Like growths or barnacles.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ring a Day storage solutions

Possible Ring a Day storage solutions. Because even if I only do half a year I'm going to need a good filing system.

So far I'm using the cases I use to store stones, lovely watchmaker metal & glass ones from Lee Valley tools.

Ring a Day 4/365 and 5/365

Jan 4th, 2010 4/365

Ring A Day- Jan 5th, 2010 5/365

Rings 4 and 5 for Ring A Day. Day 6 is made with photos to come.

Ring 5 worn stacked with ring 2