Monday, 26 November 2007
They are surprisingly easy to wear given their size and weight - I rather felt like I had stepped onto the set of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette when I tried them on, but without the fabulous wig and frock! These are the first of several pairs planned...
Now for the piece - it's a lapel pin made with... you guessed it! NYC Pink casting wax, a pearl and pink thread with a silver pin.
I can't even begin to describe why I find this wax and pearl combination so appealing, in so many ways...
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
For some reason this neckpiece reminds me of my Grandma, although she hated pink! I think it has something to do with the time and meticulous work involved in making it - she was a milliner and always sewing. When Christmas starts to loom on the horizon I always think of the day we used to spend making Chrismas table decorations together each year, something I always looked forward to.
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
This is pretty much my new favourite thing! I like it so much that I made another one... a friend perhaps? I am itching to make more! Next stop a coral and pearl neckpiece in the spirit of the earlier wax ones!
Assembling these pieces takes HOURS as the wax is added drip by drip by drip, but I am starting to get a good technique going and it is absorbing work. Who would have thought my wax welding pen would become my new favourite tool... or that I would make a mercy dash to the 7-11 at past midnight on a Saturday night because it needed new batteries!
This brooch is gaudy and glamorous and a wee bit baroque. It started its life as a neckpiece (pendant on pearl scattered thread) but halfway through making it I realised that it was all wrong. So out came the scissors and on went more and then some more pearls and more thread for good measure! It works beautifully on a lapel...
Monday, 29 October 2007
This doesn't use the pink thread... It is a brooch made from green casting wax, pearls and tiny chrysoprase beads. Because it is based on the wax pieces I have been making for this project - particularly the Rubies and Pearls for Louise Bourgeois neckpiece I allowed myself to post it! Stay tuned for a pink tufty brooch...
The piece is made from a wooden pink bead, a pink sprouty bit from a plastic aquarium plant and some fine silver roll printed with leaf skeleton has been cut to make petals. The thread makes its appearance as a triple strand with single threads tied randomly around its length (see detail) - I like this detail and will use it again...
Monday, 22 October 2007
It is a follow on from the earlier neckpiece and again uses NYC Pink casting wax, this time I have used three strands of the thread for strength and added rubies and pearls to the wax. It is much longer and heavier than the first wax neckpiece.
Making it was a labour of love - I spent HOURS obsessed with getting the drips of wax just so. The colour of the wax and the way I was using it made me think more and more of Louise Bourgeois' sculpture as I was making the piece - I always associate her with shades of icky pink and bulbousness (amongst other things of a more intellectual nature!).
I was inspired by pictures I saw this week of the inside of my stomach taken during recent keyhole surgery - confronting but beautiful at the same time. I added the rubies and pearls to the piece at about the same time as I started thinking about the connection between Bourgeois' often confronting and visceral, yet strangely beautiful sculpture and the experience of seeing my own interior landscape in all its vivid pinks and reds and whites.
Why add real pearls and rubies to the wax and thread? A recurring theme in my work is the questioning of what we value (and why) - for instance, I know that when there is hardly any pink thread left it will feel like the most precious material I have. Adding valuable materials to the work acknowledges this... and it looks beautiful
Last week I made one fairly large one which took a very long time. At first I thought it could be a pendant - but then after I had made it into a pendant neckpiece, I realised that I need to make lots and string them to make a graduated neckpiece. It will take a very, very long time, but the results should be impressive!
Just the thought of it completed makes me think of her fluffy pinkness Barbara Cartland!
Hello and thanks for visiting.
This blog is part of a new project I am embarking on. The plan is to use this entire ball of pink thread I found to make a series of new jewellery pieces. I have no idea how many metres of thread are on the ball, nor how many pieces I will end up making - this is part of the challenge and the excitement of the project.
I decided to embark on this series of work as a way of pushing myself to explore new materials and ways of working. I have set some rules for myself and as the project progresses I am finding that the limitations also spell a kind of freedom. Wish me luck!