One thing I learned this summer is to take on less at a time. There were too many things on the go, mess everywhere, a lot of starts with not enough finishes, and definitely not enough time in the studio. It wore me out. Thankfully, I am now finished the suite and my new tenant is in and the kitchen is mostly done. I still need to paint the lower corner cabinet doors and touch up a few things but it's functional. YES YES!
When I bought the house two years ago, this is what the kitchen looked like. It was closed in, tight and tiny, with a huge dining area. Although it obviously functioned for the past thirty-some years, it's functioning a whole lot better now and I'm grateful for more openness and better flow.
This is my less than elegant version of Nicole Hanna's The Elegant Charm. It's a tutorial she offers on her website although it's about to be retired so if you like it, buy it now. My version is not nearly as curvy and flowing as hers, perhaps in part because I didn't have the correct gauge of wire, however... what I'm finding helpful about following tutorials is learning to think through a project and how to carry and shape wires. I'm developing technical ability. Every instructor has a different way of working with wire. By following their instructions, I am learning how to create in a combination of ways that will result in developing my own style and voice in wire although it'll always have the layered textures, curving lines, and boldness that I love.
This piece above left is by Daryl Adams of Adams Handcrafted Jewelry and was part of a contest that Nicole had on her site. Its FABULOUS and definitely the type of statement piece I'm working toward. It incorporates some of the individual flowing wires I see in Sarah Thompson's work. I took her Wire Weaving Bracelet Basics course in April and made the class sample shown. It's obvious why - but still interesting that - we are attracted to the work of artists whose lines are similar to our own. I've seen that in my own life with garments, knitting, decor, textile art, and so much more.
SO... as I look at the year ahead, learning more about wire weaving and making wire jewelry and exploring the possibility of combining wire and fabric in jewelry pieces is on my agenda. So is sewing more creative clothing. I made a blouse a few weeks ago that I haven't blogged about yet and I'm spending this week working in the studio which means that I will have things to share when I get back to regular postings sometime in October.
AND... I really need to alter the blog format. I'm the type of person who likes to sift and sort, change, create, eliminate and add to the flow of things so they feel like the current me. The blog does not and I think that's making it harder for me to post. One thing I'm thinking of adding is some pages so I'm wondering what would be of interest to readers. Do you have any questions for an FAQ page? What would you want to know about me on an About page? What topics are worth of an individual page? I can't promise to incorporate all your suggestions but I'd appreciate them as a starting point. Thanks.
Talk soon - Myrna
grateful - a closet organizer in the closet in my bedroom and my clothes hanging in place, accessible, available, where they are supposed to be - such a lovely thing.