Hi everyone. Hope folks are staying warm - we are still digging out from a big snow storm that blanketed the Midwest this week.
We have a short post this month, seems folks are hibernating!
First, L. Sue Szabo has 2 pieces that will be in the show Materials Hard and Soft, a national multi-media show in Denton TX. The show will run 2/6- 4/2/15.
Sue is also exhibiting 3 works at HandCrafted 2015, a national multi-media show in Rocky Mt, NC. The show runs 2/1-5/17/15 at the Imperial Arts Center.
2Roses is featured in the new book from Marthe Le Van, "Nuts & Bolts, Industrial Jewelry in the Steampunk Style." Published by Dover books. Available on Amazon now.
Have a pleasant Feb. and I'll see you again in March, Sue
Blog Carnival is about a group of our members sharing their experience on a common topic
THIS MONTH'S TOPIC:
Industry changes in the time range that you have been in business
Even if you are relatively new to the jewelry business, you have seen many changes in this industry. Everything from tools and materials to the internet coming of age have created industry changes. Craft shows... remember when you could just lay your tapestry on a table and do a cash only business!
Next, NinaGibsonDesigns brought back memories of HopScotch played on hot summer holiday afternoons, with this piece in concrete-embossed copper incorporating silver HopScotch squares. Does anyone know why that game was called HopScotch?...
Su from Quearchus Silver made a cameo brooch based on a fondly remembered game, she says; "Pass the Pigs" was one of my boys favourite games and this brooch evokes seaside holidays and nebulous memories of games and laughter. The brooch is made of resin. I cast toy pigs and then set them in in resin with integral steel and silver brooch findings. I wanted the piece to feel worn, indistinct, playful but not cute.
Look at their little speckles, are they the Gloucester Old Spot breed?
See more work by Quercus Silver here and here for the Flickr album.
Erga has produced this stunning, immaculate silver playing card box. Okay, lets deal!
***THE CHALLENGE FOR NEXT MONTH***
The origin of the word February is from the Middle English feverer, from Old French feverier, based on Latin februarius, from februa, the name of a purification feast held in this month. The spelling change in the 15th century was due to association with the Latin word. To whet your appetite for this challenge, here is the epic "Feast Bracelet" from 1974 by master Metal Artist Richard Mawdsley.
Perhaps your feast will involve a mouthwatering slice of watermelon tourmaline,or a skewer-kebab of textural chunks, or maybe you're inspired by goblets, drinking horns or Viking feast utensils for eating. Perhaps these feast foods from historical times will inspire you on this website.
You can submit to the challenge too! Simply post good images of your creation into your own Flickr or Pinterest account, with description and your name, then post the link to your submission by way of a comment at the bottom of this post, to have it included here on the blog.