I woke up thinking about paper, metal, fibre and beads! What did you wake up to? Isn’t it funny how often dreams can trigger new directions in our work?
Okay, full disclosure! I spotted something on Pinterest, that caused me to get sucked into the rabbit-hole, and explore new (to me) options. Unfortunately, I lost my reference photo, but that doesn’t matter, because it got me to thinking about utilizing a combination of paper, metal, fibre and beads in some of my future work (the following photo of my cuffs, includes paper, metal and resin, but that’s not really what I mean).
Let’s explore the subject a little further! Would it really be possible to combine all four, and still make a cohesive piece of work? Would that be confusing, or just too limiting? Perhaps I might prefer to work with option 1, 2 & 3 in one piece, and then 2 & 4 in the next. Just think of working out all the combinations! I’m exhausted already, but a series of new work, would certainly be exciting!
Mary Hettsmansperger is an artist, I’ve been following for years. I own at least three of her books, and although I haven’t done much work in her style, it’s one that I admire greatly. Mary works mainly in metal (jewelery and weaving) and fibre or natural materials (jewelery and basketry), but it’s interesting to note, that she owns Gallery 64, where you can take classes in jewelry, creative arts, and cooking (now that’s versatile)! A few years back, a friend in Australia, was fortunate enough to take an extended workshop with her (a week-long adventure, if I remember correctly). To say that I was jealous, is an understatement!!! One of her classes, is definitely on my bucket list! (Please note: the following three photos are of Mary H’s work.)
As for the paper and beads, I’ll just need to explore those a little more myself! I might even throw wood, rusty bits, wax, paint, and natural materials into the mix (why limit myself?). What could it hurt, and who knows what will come of it?
Apparently, I’m in a wishing and wanting frame of mind! I vow to make paper, metal, fibre and beads, my top priorities, yet still leave room for new ideas (okay, perhaps it’s a wishy, washy frame of mind!). What do you have planned for the rest of the year?