| Almond Pheasant Feather Fascinator/Mini Hat photo from Soundchick Accesories |
I put many of my clay feathers, some simple cat canes (black lines in translucent clay), a few older canes (Frida Kahlo
, my signature “JYP”
, and peacock feathers ) together in a rectangle to fit into my simple slicer – an invention of Lela Armstrong. I was then off and running on my way to try my hand at creating something for the “cat and bird” challenge.
I love to make my very thin sheets of mille fiori clay “fabric” that I often lay on top of clay covered in metallic sheets. . It is my signature style of beading/claying. I used to do this in a very painstaking way. Now it is so much easier with Lela’s slicer. Can you find all my canes? the turkey feathers, the sleeping cats, the peacock feathers, the kitty paw prints, a couple little girl faces, pheasant feathers and my signature?
With awe and inspiration at every turn, I have been studying the work of the many talented and kind francophone clayers who belong to Créationfimo. One tutorial especially caught my attention, and I used this challenge to try out the ideas of LaSagrada. Merci pour le tuto! She is on Flickr too. I used my favorite texture design for the bezels.
After making the La Sagrada method focal beads I set about constructing cat-head shaped connecting beads.
I want to try doing more of this kind of pieces. The construction was a breeze; totally fun and quick to put together.
Oh, and just in case the cat and bird theme was too subtle, I made closures adorned with a sculpted bird and cat.
PS: For my claying friends who love their birds, here is aquick tutorial for making bird earrings for free on my blog .
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
My entry for the ABS monthly challenge...
This photo of David making a tiny glass snail was published by the Evansville Courier and Press
I treasure the little snail he gave me as a present.
David's Facebook page is:
My piece has focal beads made of polymer clay along with one clear glass bead made by
I met David and his wife at a local gallery, and was in awe of his beautiful glass beads and other objects. I purchased three of his lovely creations, and have finally found a good home for one of the set.
Here is another photo with a few details of my neckpiece...
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
J’avais déjà une cane que j’ai créée, il y a trois ans ou plus, qui ressemblait au « Prayer Plant » (Maranta leuconeura ) dont j’en ai beaucoup qui reste parce que -oh vous savez déjà, c’est pas un secret que le rose ne me plaît pas du tout! Et je ne peux jamais jeter les canes à la poubelle. J’ai fait cette canne pour décorer un bracelet que j’ai donné comme cadeau/prix à une élève qui aimait ce couleur. J’aime bien cette jeune fille, sinon, je n’aurais pas eu cette canne.
Alors pour ce challenge il fallait ajouter du jaune et de l’anis. Une fleur que j’aime bien, c’est le « cosmos ». En particulier j’aime les cosmos au couleur violet.
Et avec les restes… Voici des BOs etcetera:
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Quelle semaine formidable!!!
I've been reading the French blog Parole de Pâte for several years now, and have always been curious to know more about the artists featured regularly there. The post about purses knocked my socks off; and then the challenge about eyeglasses, well, I couldn't get enough.
I summoned the courage to ask to become a member of Créationfimo, a group of clayers who speak French. After all my trepidation, I was overjoyed to be made to feel right at home. I am still getting to know my way around the forum, but it has been a joy at each turn. I feel like a kid in a candy shop. Each member is a treasure to discover.
The regular challenges there have been keeping me "hopping" this week before Easter. I can't breathe a word about each of the challenges except for this one for now. This challenge is the first of several I've already entered and it is all about decorating eggs. Such beautiful eggs they make, right! I played along using a real chicken egg as a base. This was my first egg to blow out since I was a little girl. It is the first egg I've ever made with clay. I like the process, and maybe I'll try something more ornate and pretty next time.
March Art Bead Scene Challenge - Collier Serf MARABS, originally uploaded by Jill Palumbo.
The artwork is by Marc Franz, titled Deer In the Forest, 1911, Oil on Canvas, 100.97 x 104.78 cm, Philips Collection, Washington DC, USA
I have many failed attempts on my studio table to prove that I've not been forgetful about this particular challenge. In the end, I'm pleased with my collier cerf. I made the deer's head with the millefiori technique, and put it in a setting made with Donna Kato's brocade technique over a"bezel" made from an impression from the inside of a large mushroom. The circular beads (made with scraps of the clay from my many failed attempts) lay on their side and are woven so that they move easilly- very comfortable. I purchased the long brown wooden beads from Von's in West Lafayette, Indiana. My sister and I took a trip to see my son earlier this week. We just had to stop at Von's - they claim they have the largest selection of beads in the US. I need more beads like a hole in the head! but can't stop myself from heading to bead shops each time I come close to one, oh, and Von's is like bead heaven.
Yes, this month has certainly been a busy one for me, but I cannot complain. I'm having a new experience with claying. I've joined CréationFimo, a forum of francophones who fimotent (do polymer). They are a delightfully creative and prolific group. They share ideas and help one another with everything from how to take photos to links with recipes for making shades clay. I'm still so new there that I'm lost most of the time, but as I find my I discover art that gives me such joy. I'll have to share some links here soon to some websites/blogs of these amazing fimoteuses (and Moïse, le fimoteur). I've yet to meet Moïse. He may be hiding in a floating basket with a protective group of sisters watching over him?
All this to say that my ABS challenge piece is LATE. I have been tryiing out the challenges at CréationFimo, and the pieces I've made for that group need to be held back from sharing on line until a certain date. Today is the day to share les oeufs (decorated eggs). I'll add my humble "egg" post later today.
Monday, February 25, 2013
This month has flown by for me. I have been pondering February’s Art BeadScene Challenge which is to create something inspired by a certain artist’s work using art beads.The artist for February is a woodblock print by the artist 吉田 遠志(Yoshida Toushi). The title of the specific piece chosen by ABS is “Hie Jinja”, created by Yoshida-san in 1941. This particularshrine 日枝神社 is quite famous and treasured by the people of Japan.
Although I’ve never visited this particular shrine, it was in a nearby shrine in 1989 where I first heard the word, お母さん(mother), spoken in context. I will never forget a certain moment during my first trip to Japan after studying Japanese for two summers. I can remember each detail of my flash of comprehension, an “aha” moment for me, when I heard a frantic, desperate child running through the crowds calling “okaasan!” over and over. In this instant the many lessons on humble and honorific language came together for me. She had lost her mom, but thankfully before anyone needed to rescue her, she was found.
It was also an emotional moment, I wanted to help the little girl, but of course I was still very unskilled in my stage of using the language. I felt just about as helpless as that lost child. At the same moment I was hit by a determination that still today spurs my drive to continue to learn more Japanese.はい！がんばります！
|pear tree blossoms from my neighbor's yard|
Friends and family take time away from the cares and routines of everyday life to gather together to chat, eat, drink and generally enjoy one another’s company while sitting under the cherry trees in full blossom.
|raw clay, an example of my technique of using mostly transluscent canes over metal leaf|
|Sandra's floating leaf pattern under my blossoms and pigeon canework|
|my favorite new tool, simple slicer|
|almond blossom cane|
|almond blossom canes in various sizes after reduction|
I decided to make Sandra’s leaves my own by adding my special pigeons and blossoms on one side of the leaves and by giving them my wavy shapes.I cure my pieces on glass bowls and such to give them a shine and a wave.
Finally, I put the entire assembly together using sparkly glass and metal beads in harmonious colors. I make my own findings from silver plated wire.I added a touch of ribbon to the neck for a soft, comfortable closure.My jewelry designs must be comfortable to wear above all else.
My intention to learn and teach Japanese language and culture all these years has affected how I do many things. I like to think of my designs as a haiku, capturing a moment in time, ephemeral, and full of natural elements.
I also like to see the negative space and strive to incorporate this into my designs. Here's a bit of trivia for you... I try to avoid using four of anything in a row without a break of some kind. This is because the Japanese word for death and the number four sound the same.
|my mess of a work table|
|a precious gift from a young Japanese lady|
Sunday, February 3, 2013
My lastest piece based on the January Art Bead Scene challenge. I never seem to have enough freetime to finish all that I have envisioned in the span of a month. I'm a bit late, but I enjoyed each and every minute of putting this together - from the making of canes to the beading. This is my favorite peacock piece I've put together so far. There are a couple more in my mind.