PROJECTS AND MORE
Hi my friends,
Things have been very quiet here on my blog since the start of the year. I've been focusing on a few projects all at once and just now have time to share with you.
I started off my TADA à la Praxis by focusing on my favorite
artist, Frieda Kahlo (later spelled Frida Kahlo). I spent a couple days researching her life; taking in her artwork. The more I learn of her the more I want to know her. She was heroically strong in the face of physical and emotional roadblocks that would have most of us crying "uncle" immediately. Her determination along with her remarkable ways of looking at and interacting with her world make her artwork amazing on several different levels. I know I will never tire of learning more. Latina
My first Kahlo-inspired piece is a bracelet inspired by the necklace worn in Kahlo's self portrait titled Self portrait with Monkey.
What a brilliantly colored piece!
ANOTHER COMBO DEAL
Well, I decided to combine ideas again. I had been dreaming of incorporating some anatomically plausible heart parts into my jewelry in honor of all those I'd been studying in the Kahlo paintings. I guess it could be said that Frieda literally wore her heart on her canvas.
I decided to use the color palette of the Thiebeaud painting from the ABS challenge with my textured heart design for the Kahlo's Heart piece I was working on in my imagination.
A NEW STAMP AND A NEW FRIENDSHIP
A NEW STAMP AND A NEW FRIENDSHIP
I wanted to use a stamp I made before Christmas using a technique I learned from a new friend from
. I met Almudena on Flickr, and she has already taught me so much. She loves to work with polymer clay, so we have that in common, and we share ideas and techniques. On top of this she is extremely patient and forgiving with my unwieldy use of her beautiful language, and for that I'm so very appreciative. I keep trying to write in Spanish and she keeps trying to understand what I mean. Spain
Almudena made a tutorial for using extruded clay to make a design using scrap clay. She used the design to make a texture stamp and shared her tutorial here.
I loved her idea! What a great way to use some scrap clay and have a wonderful new tool.
From there it was a matter of putting everything together. I drilled holes in the "heart stones" and super glued in some wire findings made by shaping and hammering some permanently colored copper wire. I love to embellish by adding wooden and shell beads.
Finally I put this all together with some of my hand-woven wire made with the Viking knit method that my sister, Nancy, taught me last month. Here is a nice photo from the tutorial I linked to above:
PROJECTS TO COME
My next Kahlo project is still just a sketch for now, but I have too little time this weekend to make it a reality. My husband and I are making screen printed shirts for three organizations, along with supervising a science fair project for our son and an academic competition for my high-school Japanese students and on and on... so it is going to be a couple very hectic and fun weeks with very little sleep for the Palumbo family. Who knows, maybe I'll sneak a few jewelry art projects into the mix when nobody is noticing. Who needs sleep, right?