Friday, July 22, 2011

Many travel, few rest.


harvest- going for some simple stuff lately, I've often remarked to myself that what I make isn't really what I'd wear, because I don't wear over the top jewelry. So I've been working on some pieces that showcase the individual form of each element rather than telling a tale by combining many. It's good to branch out.


Geology - more simple showcasing. I find it hard to use chunky beads but these bracelets work well.


Signal - more simple! The combination of antique clay pipe stem, tribal bone and African Bauxite- it's like magic, these things that come from far corners of the world to sit together so well. Humans are so connected in what we make. These simple pieces have a strong geometric flavour (which I usually don't have) that's very popular right now, I've noticed alot of people doing it- but for most shops I come across it doesn't seem like a 'jumping on the band-wagon' thing, it's more like a 'collective unconscious' thing. We're all communicating with something.

Bounty- a peak at the kind of romance that's coming into my work lately, I've been feeling textiles again and you shall see more of them in the next update!


Allooshna - fish vertebrae bones from Africa, who knows how old as they came with a big batch of trade beads, some of which are turning out to be several hundred years old.

Secret, with a tiny antique key, a lovely little scrap of glass bead work and hand painted locket.



Whitethorn, using bauxite beads hand carved by villagers in Ghana, and a tin cone I made myself out of an antique tin lid. I like the combination of painted dots and shredded lace, alluding to a kind of Ancient romantic thing I'm feeling lately. Jane Austen goes Iron Age.

8 comments:

Artefact Redux said...

I concur with the "rarely wearing my own work" bit. The only piece I wear with any frequency is a necklace with a giant chunk of larimar, some clockwork and a vintage rhinestone flower. And its still only special occasions.

Vickie said...

•love the unconscious collective. this new work of yours is very wearable and would be great to layer with other pieces one may have.

Ivy Long said...

Love the new work, Penny! I am the same as you--I very rarely wear pieces of my jewelry because they are so ornate and not really appropriate for grocery shopping and errands ;)

stregata said...

Love the components you are using. 'Whitethorn' is wonderful, just gorgeous!

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Corvid Delights said...

Your talent never ceases to amaze, my eyes love to linger on each listing, and I enjoy the wonderful fiction that goes with each piece. There is something very serene in your latest work.

Diana said...

Lovely pieces--especially admire the more "simple" pieces where every part has individual clarity and gives evidence of your wonderful eye for composition and evocative quality.

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

These are really fantastic! I too often make jewelry that is more over the top than what I would wear myself. That is an important part of design. To create with abandon (the runway pieces) and then to draw elements from them to create a simplified and more wearable look. You have done that beautifully with these pieces. Just gorgeous!