Most times JoAnnA says she does not start out as inspired to create a particular mixed media piece. As she begins to work, one thing just leads to another.
How it worked for this piece, in JoAnnA’s own words:
“Well, to be honest, “it “is a he.
I took an image of Jesus from an early 1800’s book/bible. I thought I could make him look like a girl but the photo was to masculine. Then I thought it would work to be a companion (male version) to a dress I made (not shown).
The words I chose, “became a living soul”, just popped out of something else I saw in a vintage book text.
The ICE Queen is pleased to welcome Amber Demien, Managing Editor at Stampington & Co. as the Guest Curator for this Inspiration Monday post.
I recently moved into a new house, and upon unpacking I
found a vintage chenille bedspread that I bought years ago. The bedspread is a
beautiful shade of teal with a light green design. I knew right away that I
wanted to design my room around it, but I had to come up with the perfect
accent color — and yellow won! I almost died when I saw this chair on Martha
Stewart’s website. The fabric is so rich and luxurious and those legs certainly
grab your attention!
I purchased this linocut print from maydaystudio on Etsy to
bring the color scheme to my bedroom walls. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going
to do with it yet, but I couldn’t resist the bold, hand-printed pattern — and
This craspedia bunch from floresdelsol caught my eye on Etsy. I had never seen these flowers before, and their shape and color are so fun I just had to have them in my bedroom. I decided to create my own out of green, paper-covered floral wire and yellow pompoms, and it really brings a bit of springtime indoors.
I absolutely adore the mid-century vibe of these curtains, and their color scheme is the cherry on top. I can imagine how beautiful they would look
illuminated with the morning sunlight that pours through my bedroom window.
I have always loved bold, edgy graphics, and this tank (wordans.com) is simply brilliant. I also love the look of splattered and dripping paint and ink, and the white
silhouette of the tank against the vivid colors is so clean and modern.
My bedroom is slowly developing, but I’m in love with it
already. The teal and yellow color scheme is bright enough to cheer up the
room, but when paired with the white walls it’s actually quite calming too. I
hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
– Amber Demien
The time spent with my family was wonderful and the leftovers have been eaten or packaged for later consumption. Now, I am hard at work on my next book all about: The Resin Bible, an Exploration of Resin.
I am excited about the book as it will include a lot of different ways to use resin, not just my jeweler’s grade ICE Resin®.
The Resin Bible includes 10 years of exploration work – it will feature my work and the work of artists I respect, the best of the best. Some are the people doing interesting resin work at SOFA, Sculpture Objects & Functional Art expositions in Chicago and New York City and others are artists working in my field, metalsmithing.
Twenty years ago, anything “useful” was considered a “craft.” To be “art”, a piece had to evoke “emotion.” Mixed media is blurring those lines.
My book is due to the publisher Interview in a few weeks, so I had better get back to writing. Look for it the end of 2012.
Medium: Mixed Media Jewelry Artist and Paper Artist
Website: A Mark in Time
A Mark in Time blogspot
I think maybe enamelling would be fun.
Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?
I’m open to any artist really who inspires me with their work and knowledge; they
don’t have to be famous just open to sharing ideas.
Q: What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?
This is a great question. I love what I do and I think if you have a passion follow
your heart. Play and don’t be hard on yourself there is no right or wrong way
there is only your way that you feel comfortable with. Be happy and just create
The jewelry my husband Mark has given me, and my Mum’s jewelry.
My found objects
Ball Peen Hammer
Flexi shaft, and
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In keeping with the current focus of her work, she takes a page from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and preserves it in resin.
“This above all:
to thine own self be true.”
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Cat Kerr created her “Gratitude” Altered Journal by adding premium paper, ink, rub-ons and flat back Swarovski crystals. The bloom is layers of stitched felt and paper. The top piece has hand stitched seed beads and a staple bezel filled with a die-cut that has been
covered in resin.
After covering the top of the journal with premium paper, ink and flat back rhinestones, add a rub-on floral base to the cover and put aside. Find the element for the center
of your circle staple bezel (I used a sticker). I cut it out with the same size
punch, added a flat back crystal to the center and added the first layer of ICE
Resin®. Once that first layer cured, I added a second layer of ICE Resin® to
give it a nice dome. Once cured, I fit the center element to the staple bezel
and close the prongs. Using the staple bezel as a guide, I cut out a larger
circle piece of felt, and using that as a guide, cut out the paper using a
scalloped scissor. You can cut out as many layers as you desire. Machine stitch
around the perimeter of the felt circles you cut out to add some additional
texture and add glitter glue on to the edges of the paper. Hand stitch on your
circle staple bezel on to the top layer of felt. You can also add seed beads
and rhinestones. Assemble the flower by adding smallest to largest layer, stitching
through all the layers with a needle and thread. Lastly, glue on the flower to
the cover of your journal.
I created “Thankfulness” by weaving assorted fall color fibers in and out of the staple bezel, then stitching on seed beads and a puzzle piece that has been covered in paper and resin. Three Swarovski crystal dangle from the bottom and lastly, before
closing the staples, I glued on a felt back.
Using a desired fiber, create a knot on one end of the staple bezel. Weave the fibers in and out and across the bezel, eventually covering up the entire surface of the
bezel. You can add as many fibers as you like, just keep in mind not to make it
to thick because you will stitching elements on to the top of the pendant.
Next, add paper and ink to your puzzle piece. Then put some holes in your
puzzle piece using a hole-punch. Add a layer of ICE Resin®. Once the puzzle
piece has cured, hand-stitch your piece onto the fiber pendant. At this point
you can also hand stitch on seed beads to the top of the pendant. Once the
pendant is complete, size out a piece of felt and glue it on to the back of the
bezel using fabric glue. Lastly lightly hammer the prongs of the staple bezel.
Watch for “To Be”, “Don’t Forget” and “Nature” when Cat’s work is featured again on Creative Team Wednesday.
We welcome Beth Livesay, Managing Editor for Stampinton & Company, as this Monday’s Guest Curator.
A lot of people may wonder what goes into conceiving, styling,
and photographing a magazine. Here are some inspirations I take to heart when
it comes to looking for and showing off jewelry.
I think it has to be acknowledged
that there are some universally classic inspirations for style. Audrey Hepburn
is a personal favorite of mine, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Holly
Golightly are iconic to everyone. The idea of mixing pearls and rhinestones,
wearing jewelry in your hair, and loving Tiffany’s so much you would eat
breakfast outside in your little black dress, are sentiments jewelry lovers
everywhere can share. I love that for Holly, jewelry is housed in a sacred
place (complete with chandeliers) that she can escape to. I hope that our magazine
offers up a bit of a luxurious escape.
Vintage jewelry plays such a prominent role in my everyday look. I have styled many outfits around one of these items I found in my grandmother’s collection. The story that is embedded in each piece and the connection it offers us to others is invaluable. So many of our submissions are vintage pieces from others that have been reworked. The devotion to an art as well as to a piece is reflected in those reworkings and in our holding on to
the past to keep it alive.
This image from the Sartorialist struck me from the get go. I have never seen someone wear so much colorful jewelry and have it work. This shot captures what the magazine is all about: the mixing of old and new; earrings, rings, and necklaces. Our magazine is a coming together of many different types of jewelry that can be worn by anyone, especially if they have daring and creative taste.
This image is from Miu Miu’s website. Miu Miu is probably my favorite label and Miuccia Prada is a huge inspiration to me. I love the layering here of black, red, and silver. It reminds me of our first cover, which I am still so proud of. I am a big fan of layering jewelry, not only because you can wear more at once, but because knowing how to pair your pieces shows off your true sense of style.
Speaking of covers, this image from This is Glamorous
illustrates why I love our current cover. There is something intoxicating and
regal about emerald green. An emerald is the most precious jewel and that shade
can pop on anything. A lot of times jewelry is inspired by things other than
jewelry, and the movement and sparkle in this Elie Saab dress says it all.
I think when you are in the business of making women look and feel beautiful it
is important to look at all the mediums that can achieve that, not just the one
you work in.
My blog header was taken from the New York Times Style section before this magazine was fully fleshed out. This picture brings to mind the celebration of jewelry in its many forms. I want Jewelry Affaire to be a celebration of the pieces in it and the artists behind the work. The idea of shooting pieces with glass, crystal, candy, and other servingware speaks to the light and festive nature of this magazine. By the way, the next jewelry deadline is February 15, 2012.
A year or so ago I was not certain what the other side of the changes I wanted to make fully looked like, but I knew that no matter what happened I had family and friends
surrounding me who I love and who love me for me.
Throughout the past ten years teaching in the craft world I have met so many strong, powerful, creative women (and men) who have dug deeply within to discover their innate creative talents. It has been a wonderful and often spiritual experience to learn what motivates a particular artist or student. I have enjoyed seeing careers evolve
as these artists bring their authenticity to light.
When I first attended art school I never thought I would enjoy this teaching aspect of my
career as much as I truly do. Speaking of classes, I’d like to let you know about this one coming up:
You are invited to join Linda McNulty’s and my class February 29 and March 1, 2012.
Linda McNulty, a master in wax and jewelry and a carver for Ice Resin®, and I will teach Building Figurative Jewelry at Adorn Me! 2012, in Houston, Texas. This is a project / process workshop. Students will be guided step-by-step to sculpt and cast a head, hands, feet, legs and arms the first day, and then connect, assemble and finish a figure on the second day with ribbons, paper, metal and found objects to create removable, wearable jewelry.
Above is one of Linda’s encaustic sculptures. Her Web site is: Lumuinous Encaustics.keep looking »