Monday, April 23, 2012

Quotography - Hobbies . . . art

Today's theme . . . hobbies.

I have many hobbies, gardening, photography, jewelry . . .
So I went with something that includes them all.
A piece of jewelry, with flowers, that was photographed

I attend a metals class twice a week at a community college just for fun.
There are credited students and those just like me, the 29 and counting somethings
that go for enrichment and to spice up life a bit with a saw and a torch! ; )

I cut out each heart from copper with a jewelers saw and sanded them smooth.
In order to manipulate the metal, or bend it, I had to (anneal) or heat it with a torch.
Once I achieved that I cleaned the metal in a pickle solution and then using powdered glass (enamels)
I applied it to the metal with a screening tool and fired it with a torch to melt the glass onto the metal.
It took multiple firings until I reached the design I was happy with.

Since taking these photos I've added some seed pearl dangles on the chain and made
an enameled heart clasp with a key dangle off the back.

Nature holds the key to my he[Art]. . .

Every Spring we have a student art show, with food, where the jewelry, sculpture
and art classes showcase their work. It's always so much fun to see what others are
creating. There is so much talent out much creativity.

I thought I would share a little of what caught my eye at the show:

Incredible pieces from fellow jewelry students...

And oh my this piece. . . do you see the bird, the feathers made from polymer clay!
She hinged it on the left, it's a neck piece and formed from copper and
silver plated. It is simply incredible!!

The piece next to mine is also an enameled piece and gorgeous, but it was hard to get closeups with the glare.

Ceramic sculptures, some that just blew me away . . .

"A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine
and renews his life through reading, new books, traveling to new places,
making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints."
-Wilfred Peterson

Some were whimsical, and some made you think - art interpreted from life.

"Today is life - the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today.
Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake.
Develop a hobby. Let the wilds of enthusiasm sweep through you.
Live today with gusto."

- Dale Carnegie

You don't have to be an artist to make art. But, when you create something
from your experiences in life, it becomes art and you are therefore, I believe, an artist.
There is an artist in all of us, waiting to get out. Will you help it escape?

Have an art[full] Monday!
Love, Kim

Quotography at {My}Perspective
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Deanna said...

Well, you know how much I love your piece, it is absolutely beautiful. I would wear it over and over again. What a wonderful art show, everything is so beautifully displayed. The talent is amazing. I have to say that bird necklace is quite stunning, But ofcourse, I like yours best!!

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

that necklace is BEAUTIFUL!

love that quote "a hobby a day..." - great reminder!

Linda said...

I agree - I like yours best...but there is so much talent displayed! Had to laugh at your choice of quotes...we used the same one, but for very different endeavors!

TesoriTrovati said...

Love it all Miss Kim! I think that your necklace actually made me pass out and loose consciousness for a moment from holding my breath! Breathtakingly gorgeous! This is more than a hobby with something like that to show for it. I am excited to take an enameling class in June from Barbara Lewis. I don't think I will be doing anything that spectacular though. What a great feeling to be surrounded by so many talented artists as your peers!

Enjoy the day!

Kay Rhodes said...

Wow, what fun... I'm a past Art major and Art Teacher, so I really love seeing the creativity in all of the pieces...Wonderful stuff!!!!!

Elena said...

These are great captures, makes me want to get into jewelry too! You have great taste! I absolutely love the necklace you made!

Sherri B. said...

Kim, I am blown away by your are a very creative person. Wonderful!! The art show looks amazing. That Dale Carnegie quote is lovely - I will have to save that one to my quote file. Thank you for sharing!

Danelle said...

Wow! Your necklace is gorgeous! And I like how you highlighted "with food" haha! :)

Living Life said...

So exciting to see all of these magnificent pieces of art, including your special heart necklace!! I love it!!!

Karen said...

Everything is beautiful! I just love your necklace. Just like your photography, the colors are vibrant and warm. Thanks for sharing!

lisa said...

Kim, your necklace is absolutely beautiful!!
I love the design, and those colors are wonderful.

carissa at lowercase letters said...

oh wow! how lovely. the necklace is so stunning. you are a talent.

Cathy said...

Wow, I love that necklace of yours! Art shows are so fun, this one looks amazing.

Lisa said...

Excellent way to combine your three hobbies! I really like this necklace. Unique jewelry is always so much fun to wear. These pieces you've shown are indeed incredible.

Janet Bocciardi said...

I heart your necklace! ; ) Love the screening you did and the addition of chain. Very wonderful! Thanks for sharing the work of the other students, too. I remember going to one that our school puts on each semester and finding it every bit as amazing as a formal art show at a renowned gallery. Lots of talent out there that we might never get to see once they leave and possibly have to take "regular" jobs. Hope they keep creating!

Nicolasa @ {My}Perspective said...

How fun! I love the necklace you made. I am always amazed at the things that people can create! Love this post!

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