Friday, September 14, 2012

Dusty Corners

I'm back! I know I go away here n there, I haz challengez. But I'm back now, and hopefully on a more regular basis. I've been having a making spree these last couple of days, all earrings so far though tonight or tomorrow I hope to dig through my box of 'half-dones' and see if i can't get some necklaces done. In the meantime...


These earrings and plenty more are up in Sparrow Salvage, with more still coming in the next couple of days. 


I've also finally written my About page over on Fagin's Daughter, and I've given the shop it's own blog! If you like being updated with all the delicious antique things I list there then you'll want to follow that blog, where I'll be showing you things I pick up that are of a vintage/antique/junk nature- sort of a sneak peek deal.  

The Bone Maiden - tribal ethnographic necklace with bone charms, hammered metal and vintage components

 Finally, this amazing necklace is the first listing in a new project of mine called Star Tribe. I've been wanting to branch out and try new things with my jewelry for a while now, to develop myself beyond what I've been doing for 4 years. I wanted to go deeper- jewelry that's more art than everyday trinket, something that explores ideas about the human tribe, our relationship to this planet within reference to the galaxy (and it's other inhabitants), and the vague question 'what does it mean to belong to a place?' We belong to towns, cities, countries...not necessarily where we grew up or have spent any decent amount of time. I belong to England and always will, I feel like an intruder in Australia, an unfamiliar and harsh landscape- an alien world.


The pieces going up in Star Tribe will be more raw, more bold and more arcane than the Sparrow Salvage stuff; Sparrow is going back to her roots a little to Victorian tribal assemblage. This time without the black bleak that once hung over- now it is more colour and light. That's just fancy talk for 'junk stuck to other junk'. My new found sense of creative fire is indiscriminate of late, I just pick up the closest thing to me and make something, without spending an eon debating if it's really what I want to make. At the end of the day what I really want is to be able to make a living off this jewelry lark, and this is the year (albiet late in proceedings) where I intend to give that a bloody good go. Lately I've felt I treat my work as something that lays between a stale hobby and a apathetic dabbling. No more! I said way back in January that this was the year of the Sparrow, and gaddunnit- I mean it! 

7 comments:

Patty said...

Your photos take my breath away! And
the new perspective on your making is inspiring.

Skye said...

I love those comet earrings! They're too long for me though..I know I'd be getting them tangled in my curls and clothing *sigh* The bottom pair is pretty darn gorgeous too ;)

fanciful devices said...

welcome back stranger. i pray and hope you will say hi more often. love the new attitude, love the not-over-thought thing, need some of that myself. love the idea of your startribe shop. have i mentioned love?

Lela said...

Lots of very cool stuff in this post...

I have a similar pile of keys & it just seems so amazing that so many people can have so many of them! How things change.....

Flotsam Tide said...

My eyes are shining with all these beautiful things you have posted. Bone Maiden just takes my breath away and your vision of StarTribe is so complete and rich already out the gate. Can't wait to see what is to come next. <3

stregata said...

Well, then start flapping those wings and fly, Sparrow. Too much thinking will just hold you to the ground...

Blackwillow Boho said...

I admire your ability to examine and explore different sides of yourself and it's something I shall follow with interest because I too need to fly away....thanks so much for the inspiration x