BALC 2016 Blog Hop - Part 1 of 3
BALC 2016 Blog Hop – Part 1 of 3
This is the first part of a three part blog hop for the Build a Line Challenge by B'Sue Boutiques. The focus of the Build a Line Challenge is to get artists to create a minimum of a five piece jewelry line in 3 months. Part one of this blog hop is a brief intro to each artist, their style of jewelry making and what theme they have chosen to make for their jewelry line. If you would like to follow along you can visit their blogs at the end of this post. The blog hop will take place Jan. 29th, Feb. 26th & Apr. 1st.
Hey all & Welcome!
That's me over there, Diana Buynak – hanging out in my studio. Even though I'm primarily a ceramic artist I'm participating in this challenge to make my own line of jewelry. I surely don't need an excuse to make jewelry – I love it! But, it's definitely nice to set aside time in my busy schedule to focus on creating something totally new.
Who doesn't need that in their life?!
In the past, the jewelry I have made has been folk art inspired; flowers, birds, nature and bright colors. (There is no mistaking the fact that I love color, the more colorful the better!)
These elements are often the focus of my ceramic work – especially my butterflies (where it all began.)
For this challenge I wanted to do something a little bit different than my usual style, to experiment with my love of color, my passion for culture and history.
I think it is essential for every artist to experiment and expose themselves to new ideas from time to time, this is how we grow and challenge ourselves. What do you think?
For this challenge I have chosen to go Vintage / Retro 1960's. My inspiration for this period leaning more specifically to the Mod style of the late 1960's.
Every period throughout history is memorable for it's own special reasons. Some are rife with controversy, others charged with movement. The 60's was a time of change, a cacophony of style – more than enough style for a dozen different lines of jewelry. My creative juices are overflowing with possibilities, aren't yours?
Here is a glimpse of the Mod fashion style from Pinterest
Elements of 60's Mod Style included:
pop art / op art inspired
What are your favorites?
Did you live it?
What was the most memorable about this time period for you?
Tell me about it in the comments!
Colorful Geometric shaped ceramic beads
For this challenge I have decided to recreate the look of geometric plastic beads with ceramic. I've already got a head start on this process. Now, I just have to decide on the final colors!
Here's some of the trial beads I have made so far. Pretty awesome huh?
I will be offering these fun geometric shapes in my Etsy shop after the challenge is completed. Imagine the possibilities!
From B'Sue Boutiques I will be using Ebony Brass. (If you haven't used it yet - what are you waiting for?! It looks awesome!)
I think it compliments the bright colored beads best of all. I will also be using circlets in addition to my ceramic beads.
(By now you can probably guess, there will be an eruption of geometric shapes in my line. *Smiley face* )
For components that are not available in ebony brass I will be using Swellegant Darkening Patina.
The look that I am going for will be a modern twist on vintage Mod.
These are some of the elements I may or may not use. I will see how it goes and if I can incorporate them!
Milk glass (or a ceramic reproduction made by me)
Screwback earring posts (If you know where to find them leave me a message in the comments!)
And more from B'Sue Boutiques:
Could I ever resist the use of fiber in my jewelry?! I don't think so.
I'm excited for this challenge. I'm going to jump in and get my creative on - I hope that you will too!
Come back and read Part 2 of the BALC Blog hop February 26th!
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