When a friend encouraged me to enter an upcoming exhibit, I was surprised and asked if she meant with jewelry. She - who also happens to be the curator of the exhibit - said that the bold, sculptural style of my pieces would be perfect. Wow! Her description of my work totally resonated and has become how I describe it - mixed media jewelry in a bold sculptural style.
The idea of entering kept tickling my brain and after giving it more thought, I decided it would be a great way to grow and stretch my skills since I've only been making jewelry for a relatively short time. The exhibit is called The Pollinators and runs from April 30th to July 2nd at the art gallery in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada.
The focal element is a three dimensional daisy. I imagine that as a child I made all kinds of sculptures but this is my first one as an adult and it turned out fabulous. I was so pleased with it that I was hesitant to take it forward and practiced some of the other ideas on a bead and a bracelet before getting back to work on this piece.
I mentioned in the last post that this feels like a pivotal piece, one that looking back will have some significance and yet I can't quite put my finger on why I feel that way. Perhaps because it seems even more authentic in some way. I remember talking to an artist years ago who made quilts, and sometimes made art quilts, and when I asked her what differentiated the two she said that the art quilts had soul. Perhaps that's it.
Other than an appointment on Friday, I've scheduled the entire week to be in the studio to working on these pieces. I've given myself until the middle of February to finish them since that's when I want to focus on sewing my workshop wardrobe however, ideally, I'll finish them by Monday. I'm in the zone right now and the energy and the flow of ideas is delightful.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - zone, energy, flow, a first piece finished