I love using recycled items to create my jewellery. Here I used scrap pieces of art work that were going to be thrown away. I mount the pieces onto recycled mount board or other strong card.
The next stage is adding glitter, let’s face it you can never have enough glitter, and finish off with glazing the pieces with dimensional glue. Once these are dry I will punch holes into the ones to be necklaces, or add pins to brooches and mount the smaller pieces onto cufflinks or rings.
So for minimum expense and little effort Iwill have a lovely new range of jewellery to sell.
I finally got to finish the hidden faces skull plaques today. They have been made by using recycled cards, magazines, beads etc. I have hidden faces from famous paintings in them, which gives them a strange appearance.
I really like Frida Kahlo and the festival of Day of the Dead and decided to create these plaques. There is plenty room for improvement but as a staring point I think they are good and I can see where the improvements are needed if I intended to sell them.
I made this ornament a few years ago and had forgotten about it until I found it whilst tiding my shed – when I’m being posh I call it my studio. Sadly the spiders seem to have taken over my studio – battle will commence again tomorrow to get rid of the eight legged blighters.
My summer mission is to empty the studio and spend some time being creative – unless the spiders fight back. I love having a space where I can be creative and be away from phones and the internet. It is nice to have time to experiment with different media. I have just been putting insects in resin (died of natural causes). I have also been layering resin, fabric and coloured film the only problem is I have to wait for the resin to dry. The plan then is to chop it up and make jewellery. Watch this space.
I enjoy pottering around and love to make items from recycled bits and bobs. Here I have made a wall plaque using driftwood, recycled jewellery, cards, magazines and papers. I never start with a plan it just seems to evolve, sometimes my creations work, sometimes they don’t. But I always enjoy making things.
I liked the idea of hiding famous paintings within my work and picked portraits of some iconic women. You need to look to find them. I’m not saying these creations are good but they have inspired me to make some more, but I don’t know what I am going to do with them all when I finish.
I need to work on the quality and the finishing off of these plaques, the trouble is I get engrossed and sometime I don’t figure out how things are going to fit together. I am not too happy with the glazing, I used Modge Podge which sealed the plaques well but I wanted to use dimensional glue but because of the curved surface this was not an option.
I also wanted to make a macrame hanging but I don’t know how to macrame, so the finish is not brilliant. This is one of my problems I just go straight in without practising before hand, I just don’t enjoy reading instruction, and sometime I have to learn the hard way when things don’t work as well as I hope.
These small sculptures were created using pink grog clay, i used textile printing wheels to add texture and kept the glaze simple. I am not a natural potter but enjoy experimenting with different media and was part of pottery group for a few years which was great fun. I have been asked a few times what the story is behind the sculptures, the answer is there is no story I just start with materials and somehow end up with piece of work that sometimes is successful sometime not. To me it is the enjoyment of creating and working alongside other creative people. Now that i look at these sculptures, they do seem to be expressing some kind of emotion, maybe it was how i felt at the time.