Monday, June 17, 2013

A Peek Inside the Diary of an Artist

With the snow forecast I hope to have a day or two up my sleeve to work on pieces for my show.

I thought I'd share some pages from my visual diary. I almost never draw a design. I find the end result is stiff and prefer the spontaneity of composing with materials on the studio table. I use my diary as a means of working out technical problems and recording ideas for altering and manipulating parts.

I tend to draw small, to fit in a lot per page so I don't have to keep flipping over to find the note I'm looking for. These are stream of consciousness thoughts, quick sketches that give me a list of techniques to draw on as I compose the medals. 

A glimpse into the creative process.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Decorated - Exhibition by Marisa Cappetta

I'm pleased to announce the details of my exhibition, 'Decorated', opening 6pm,  22 October 2013, St Andrew's College. The show is curated by Pip Dinsenbacher.

When I showed Pip the new jewellery (pictured in my previous post) she got very excited and after a bit of conversation about how the pieces are made and the overall concept, she offered me the show. The title is a word play, it means to confer an honor and is also a reference to the decorative arts.

I'll be working pretty hard over the course of the next 5 months, preparing 50 - 60 new pieces for the show.  I already have 10 laid out on the bench, ready for fabrication. The medal theme is rich with symbolism and open to interpretation, from fairly sober  to parody and humour.

An exhibition is a special time in an artist's life. It's a chance to tell an entire story and fully develop and realise a concept. Looking forward to the months ahead!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Medals for Extraordinay Yet Overlooked Achievement

Vintage teaspoon stamped, watch gears, coffee pot charm, pearls.
This new work came about through an exploration to find a framework for mixed media jewellery. I strenuously deny that it was birthed in order to legitimize my love for rummaging in flea markets. Well, maybe a little. For years I've collected all sorts of small treasures and at times have tentatively included a few in my bead work. A short while ago, I sat down with pencil, visual diary and lots of inspiration in the form of journals.

Copper, bee charm, watch gears, Victorian button, beads, old necklace.
I can't say when the moment happened, I wasn't looking at medals or jewellery. I don't believe in muses. I think the process is about allowing  time and  focus for a free flowing set of images to occur. I usually get caught up in the urgency to make something, I don't allow time for something new to percolate. It's a valuable lesson: give time to start of the creative process, the germination of an idea.

Copper, hare charm, part of a chandelier, brass thingie stamped.
The concept I've chosen is medals. Within that framework there are infinite possibilities for composition, which suits me. I prefer making one off works of art rather than churning out duplicates of the same design.

Using my metal work skills, I alter and modify components to fit my design as well as fabricate the findings to suit.The images, words I've stamped and the components lend each other meaning, a narrative in some cases.

At last I have a chance to use my treasures and hunt for more (in spite of my denial).
Best of all, they are fun to make, affording me an opportunity to play.