I’m absolutely crazy about mixed media jewelery! I do like traditional jewelery, but there’s something about all of the surprising combinations that are possible, if you travel to the darker side.
First let’s define mixed media! According to Wikipedia “In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different medias that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, and/or wood … Many artistic effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction with traditional artist media to attain a wide range of self-expression.”
Apply the definition to mixed media jewelery, then use more than one type of material, in your art piece. For example, start with a resin pendant, then add a beaded Kumihimo rope. You’re using three or more, different types of materials. The resin, whatever decorative object or surface treatment, has been captured in the resin, the cord, and finally the beads.
But then again, what if you used a broken piece of china as a focal? Bead embroider, or bezel it to make a pendant. Add leather &/or chain to finish the piece. What if you drill a beach stone, then add it to a chain? Does that fit the definition?
I’m obsessed with fabric! Fabric + beads + leather (or chain, or beaded ropes, etc.) = mixed media jewelery. But what about wood, and paper, and resin, and chain? That fits as well! Don’t even let me start on found objects! Sigh! Do you think that I fit the definition of a mixed media artist?
This journey is far from over! I enjoy exploring the possibilities, and you’ll be seeing more mixed media jewelery from me in the future. Are you tempted to join in on the fun?