The blog has been quiet for a long time, but I’m still here :)

Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to this blog.

In fact, I’m kind of shocked to see that this is the first post I’ve made in over a year!

There have been lots of things going on behind the scenes, some personal, some professional.

On the personal side, I spent a good part of last year recovering from an accident – I was hit by a van while crossing the street. Although I wasn’t seriously injured at the time, I developed complications later that required many months of painful physiotherapy. I’m happy to say that I’m now almost fully recovered and pain free!

I spent a bit of time traveling in Europe, soaking in the atmosphere and the history, celebrating birthdays with family, meeting some of my online friends face-to-face for the first time.

On the professional side, live classes have been the focus for the past year. One of my long-time students, Camilla Gryski, completed her course of study with me and last June celebrated her “graduation” with a very successful gallery show. I’m enormously proud of her!

Right now, I’m hard at work on preparing for a new course I’ll be teaching at Haliburton School of the Arts this coming July: Wire Weaving & Coiling. This course will introduce students to the foundations skills used to create wire jewellery using weaving and coiling techniques. If you’re looking for a chance to get away, come join me in Haliburton from July 20-24!

I’m also hosting the Year of Jewelry Project 2015, which is now on Facebook.

Finally, I’m up to my neck in renovations! After many years of thinking and planning, I’ve finally been able to design a dedicated workspace, with everything exactly where I need it. My new studio is taking shape, and I’m looking forward to moving into my new space by the start of summer!

 

YOJ09-24 Shiva’s Pomander

YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009) YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm; Chain: 88 cm; Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworkedShiva’s Pomander (2009)
Fine silver, sterling silver
Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm
Chain: 88 cm
Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworked

A little over a year ago, Perri Jackson sent me Strange Attractor, a stunning wire bead she’d made as a thank you gift for helping her with a tutorial.  Looking at it, I wondered how the structural coiling technique she used could be adapted to something other than a bead.  Something like a locket maybe… It got me puzzling…

An opportunity to experiment came in the form of a call for entry from Rails End Gallery.  Every year the gallery hosts a show featuring work by the faculty of the Haliburton School of the Arts.  This year, the theme is “Vessel”.

Originally, I had wanted to make the vessel to house this heart, but screwed up – err… made a Design Choice that ended up creating a much larger container than intended. The original design would have hung horizontally, with the chain running through the centre.  With this one, the design lends itself better to a vertical orientation.

This week when I was talking to Perri, I mentioned that I was working on a locket-type piece for the show.  She asked what it looked like.  “Sort of like a Shivalingam,” I said.

So… the piece is heading out the door today to get sent up to Haliburton.  There is, of course, the obligatory Artist Statement that goes with it:

In Hinduism, the lingam is a symbol of Shiva. Worn in a similar fashion as a Christian cross, the intent is to draw the blessings of the Higher Power to the wearer. Using structural coiling and weaving techniques developed by Perri Jackson, I decided to interpret this symbol as a pomander worn over the solar plexus. It allows the wearer to carry a prayer or fresh flowers within: a reminder to always recognize the Source of all life’s gifts.

VESSEL: HSTA Faculty Exhibition
Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre
23 York Street
Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0
June 30 – July 30, 2009
www. railsendgallery.com

More photos:

YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009) YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm; Chain: 88 cm; Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworked YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009) YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm; Chain: 88 cm; Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworked YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009) YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm; Chain: 88 cm; Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworked
YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009) YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm; Chain: 88 cm; Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworked YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009) YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm; Chain: 88 cm; Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworked YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009) YOJ09-24 Shiva's Pomander (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Pendant: L 6.1 cm x W 3.2 cm; Chain: 88 cm; Constructed, coiled, cold joined, flameworked

YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant

YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant; Fine Silver, sterling silver, Swarovski crystal; L 5.5 cm x W 4.7 cm x H 1.0 cm; Cold-connected, formedKaleidoscope Pendant (2009)
Fine Silver, sterling silver, Swarovski crystal
L 5.5 cm x W 4.7 cm x H 1.0 cm
Cold-connected, formed

For the first time this session, my entry is one day late.  It proved to be much more challenging to construct, as I kept changing my mind about what I wanted it to look like.

This piece also doubles as my entry for the Etsy Wire Artisan Guild‘s April theme “Kaleidoscope”.  The technique is drawn from a tutorial written by Perri Jackson, a friend and very talented wire artist who makes very intricate pieces from very thin gauge wire.  Ever since Perri asked me to test the tutorial for her, I’ve been mulling over an idea in my head for a piece that adapts the technique.  I’m not ready for that project yet, but “Kaleidoscope” is an intermediate step.

Perri’s blog features more of her spectacular work, and is well worth the visit.

More photos:

YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant; Fine Silver, sterling silver, Swarovski crystal; L 5.5 cm x W 4.7 cm x H 1.0 cm; Cold-connected, formed YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant; Fine Silver, sterling silver, Swarovski crystal; L 5.5 cm x W 4.7 cm x H 1.0 cm; Cold-connected, formed YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant; Fine Silver, sterling silver, Swarovski crystal; L 5.5 cm x W 4.7 cm x H 1.0 cm; Cold-connected, formed
YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant YOJ09-13 Kaleidoscope Pendant; Fine Silver, sterling silver, Swarovski crystal; L 5.5 cm x W 4.7 cm x H 1.0 cm; Cold-connected, formed

Tutorial – Ancient Horn Earrings

Ancient Horn EarringsAncient Horn Earrings

This design is based on jewellery found in archeological excavations in Ancient Greece. Coiled beads of this shape were often used in necklaces. The beads were filled with wax to give them stability when strung. This design adds an ingenious trick to provide structure.

7 pages, 22 photos, 16 steps, plus design notes

USD $5.00

Available now from my Tutorials Page