BALC 2016 Blog Hop - Part 2 of 3
BALC 2016 Blog Hop – Part 2 of 3
This is the second 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 two of this blog hop continues to follow each artist as they work on their line for the challenge, describing their design influences, lessons learned from prior work they have and whether or not they consider themselves to be a hobbyist, a maker or a production designer or if they aspire to be something else.
If you have not yet had a chance to explore part one of this blog hop, you can start here.
If you would like to follow along you can visit the artist's blogs at the end of this post. The blog hop will take place Jan. 29th, Feb. 26th & Apr. 1st.
Hey all & Welcome!
It's that time again- time to share more of what I have been working on for my jewelry line. I've been really excited to participate in this challenge thus far and have found it to be a great learning experience. How do you like my 60's Pop art inspired photo? It's ergh.. erm... interesting? Well at least it's not the worst picture I've ever had.
Now on to the good stuff!
As I mentioned in part one of this blog hop, this challenge is a diversion from what I normally create. While my usual style tends to be folk art inspired, this time I chose to work completely out of my comfort zone with a vintage / retro 1960's theme. This theme is not the earthy, organic, hippie style of the 60's but rather the geometric, minimalistic, futuristic Mod style of the 60's
Over the last month, since blog hop part 1, I have been busy toiling away creating more fun geometric shaped ceramic beads like the ones I shared in the last blog hop and I have started to put together bits and pieces of what will be part of my line. Plus a few more top secret designs I am holding out on until the final reveal.
Here they are again, in case you forgot (as if you could)
And, after the challenge I will be offering some of these fun beads in my etsy shop – so you can make your own cool jewelry designs with them too!
Here are some pictures of me wiring beads in advance - by doing it this way I can keep track of how much wire I have so I don't run out. I can also organize my pre wired beads so I know how many of each color I need to make. (Uh oh... it looks like my purple stock is low!)
Remember those shiny brass circlets I shared in part one? Is that one of my B'Sue Boutiques circlets with Swellegant Darkening Patina?!
Remember I mentioned I might do a ceramic reproduction of milk glass? That is what I am wiring in this first picture. Neat huh? Totally 60's. I could do a full line in that! ( When will this inspiration end?!)
My Design Influences
I often find that my designs are influenced by art. Specifically my designs are influenced by art throughout history rather than jewelry designs or contemporary fashion.
This is true both with my folk art work as well as my line for this challenge.
The Mod style of the mid to late 1960's was greatly influenced by Pop Art and Op Art (Optical art)as well as the Avant Garde and Minimalist movements.
Here are some examples of these art styles from Pinterest and also how they were used in fashion during the 60's.
The bold colors and strong shapes are what have inspired me to create this line and have also inspired additional sub-lines that I hope to create in the future.
Some notable artists from the 1960's include:
Nikki de Saint Phalle
With so much talent I could create a sub-line inspired by each artist! Actually, I just might!
Are you a fan of these art forms?
Pop Art, Op Art, Avante Garde or Minimalism? Does this sort of art inspire you?
If not – what style or historical era of art are you inspired by?
Tell me about it in the comments!
Hobbyist? Jewelry Maker?...or, Production Designer? - What Am I?
Coming into this challenge I thought of myself as a hobbyist or a small time jewelry maker. I have a foot and an arm in the door to branching out and would like to be able to add a line of jewelry to sell alongside my ceramic and fiber arts. This challenge is a way for me to take my ability forward. Although I am happy with being a ceramic and fiber artist, sharing my creations with the world – I want to play with those creations too!
I'm excited that this last month I will finally get to complete my line and share it all with you.
I'm going to be working really hard to finish up my line and I hope, it inspires you to work on your creative projects, or get started on one that you have been putting off.
There's no day like today!
Come back and see the reveal in part 3 April 1st (no I'm not fooling you - it REALLY is on the 1st!)
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