StudioAly

I blog about my life as an artist, what I'm creating and thinking about creating, what I'm writing, crafting, sewing, weaving...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Finals, finals everywhere!


Ah, the joys of finals ;-) I have to finish my 8 page paper (which is a critical analysis of the movie Juno from a feminist perspective) and I have to refine a couple of shorter papers.  Today is my youngest son's fourth birthday, tomorrow is Mothers Day (I work from 10-7, so I won't be able to celebrate with my children AGAIN-worked last year too), two finals on Monday (8:30 & 3:30) and one on tuesday (3:30)-whew! I then have a few days "off' and then I begin my museum internship.  

Aside from my busy schedule I wanted to share my favorite jewelry piece I've created thus far.  It is my untitled pendant in Fine Silver, with reticulated silver and a 14 KY gold bezel.  The stone is  picasso marble.  Boy has this gone through so many design transformations! It began as a completely different idea and transformed.  As much as I understand the principles of design, I also love the principles of inspiration.  In art school, we are given the tools to design, but the designs themselves come from within. There is a certain trust an artist must have and a relationship with the Self that facilitates great work.  

Anyway, the pendant evolved like much of my work does. Because of that, I never really go into working on a piece with any definite goal in mind.  Even during the "final moments" I may be inspired by something else.  At that point I use the idea as inspiration for another direction.  The design process is where the magic happens. The process of designing and re-designing is magic in and of itself. By understanding the "rules" it also gives me the tools to break the rules as I see fit;-)  

The pendant: I usually design to showcase not only the materials but to let them speak for themselves.  In short- I don't over-design.  Sometimes, to make a point, I may, but I usually stay clear of excess.  The back is pierced and, theoretically, could also function as a "front."  I'm happy with it overall, and I enjoy wearing it. I don't intend to sell it, but if the price is right I just may have to part with it ;-)  I do have to pay tuition afterall and my school is 30k a year!  Jewelry fabrication is my new favorite love ("new" for about a year now). I don't have a fully outfitted home studio yet, but I'm working on it! My teacher is AMAZINGLY FANTASTIC and you should check out her website. Its www.dawnbergmaierjewelry.com her name, as you may have guessed, is Dawn Bergmaier and her work is phenomenal! I wish I knew how to make a link... I see a button I will try, let's see if it works. Looks like it worked! Yay, I learned something new. I'm on my way to becoming a professional blogger, too LOL. Now if I could only customize my blogpage...

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