Been REAL busy

working on getting earrings ready for Paducah AQS show. Getting real excited-

Here’s a peek of some of whats going up there—each one lovingly hand cut, punched and assembled.

 

Remember the gold is in the rainbow- not at the end of it.

Peg

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I am a color addict.

There I have said it. Now you know-no secrets. My addiction has been fed in many forms over the years- fabric, beads, paper, paint, fibers, buttons, – you name it- its here somewhere in Studio A—pronounced- Studio EHHHHH-or possibly has been moved to Studio B—pronounced Studio Be.  These last couple years- I have attempted to wean myself from acquiring  more   of the consumables- all those things listed above. Has that stopped my addiction. NOPE. I have instead transferred that all consuming need to feed it with my computers paint pallette and my camera. I have allowed myself the pleasure to play with color every day. Sometimes its only 10 minutes. Last night I lost 4 hours playing. It was glorious. I loved every minute of it. I have thoughts and plans for some of the end results. Whether they come to fruition or not- It WAS joy- pure joy to play.

At times like that I start with simple color- layered- marks made- taking thoughts and processes from others who may screenprint, stamp or dye their own fabric. I take my steps more out of intuition. I sometimes have no real idea- how I got to the end results- I get lost in the process.  When it was over- I had 80 files- that I wanted to save – of color—joyful- glorious color.

Hope you find your joy in what ever you do.

Color Addicts Anon will be forming soon- would you care to join me.

 

Till next-

Remember, the gold is in the rainbow- not at the end of it.

Peg

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Weekend of art and inspiration

I couldn’t keep myself from the paint- the virtual paint that is.

A small edited pc from the larger image.

Couldnt Not Paint Today

While the colors may be heavy- I was able to achieve a flowing lightness to the piece and it has a certain luminosity about it too.  I was glad to have played. May have to see about getting some of this printed to fabric…so I can pet it.  🙂

I visited a Camellia Flower show on Saturday- glorious weather 75 degrees…sorry for those who may be in colder climates.  There were some glorious flowers there too.   I shot 200 images. The town in which I live calls itself the Camellia City- and was the home of a very important person in the camellia “world”. Her name was Betty Sheffield- she has a flower  and several varieties named after her. The judges were honored to have come to her home town to judge this show. Kinda Cool. This was the first show in a long time. While local flowers like mine are not really popping.

I then went to Books A Million and picked up a book I ordered. Chilluly 365 days. Lots of eye candy and an insight into the world of a glass artist.  I will enjoy it!!! over and over again. ( Thanks Mary Beth for the gift card)

As I was coming home- I noticed the gold in the sunlight as it reflected off the building coming through town.  I had my camera with me- and just had to turn around and capture some of it.  Earrings will come from that I am sure. The spanish moss as it hung from the trees was just aglow I tell ya!

It was a GOOD day. Hope you did something you thoroughly enjoyed this weekend.

Remember, the Gold is in the rainbow not at the end of it.

PEG

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A Little Work, A Little Play

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Today was a holiday from the “other” job. It was kinda dreary here. Raining all the day long. The work part of the day was editing and choosing what will go into prototypes for a possible custom design job for earrings. … Continue reading

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An Earring is Born-

I am often asked how did you come up with this idea??

My original idea wasn’t to make earrings….in other words I didn’t just wake up one day and say-”I’m going to become an earring designer”. Two worlds of creativity and five years had to pass for it all to come together.

Five years ago- I started playing with laminate- the simple cheap kind you can get at any big box store.( I don’t use the simple cheap stuff anymore;) ) I was slapping laminate on a lot of different things. I was having fun with exploring its properties and how it interacted with what I put it on. I sewed it, glued it, mutilated it with heat. I cut it into a lot of different shapes. I laminated little pictures copyright free images. Then I had a what if ! moment. I liked to wear pins or as they used to say in the olden days -brooches. I came up with a fabric base pin that I adhered the little laminated picture to–THEN WHAT–the idea never went any further–there were toooooo many issues of stability and construction. I put it away. My main concern for letting the idea rest was to check the longevity and stability of the laminate to what ever base I had adhered it too. What would happen over a period of time. Over the five years – I would pull it out of the bag and check it out – then put it back where I found it.

You may have read in the “about section” that I painted ornaments for Cracker Barrel- that adventure made me think about “making things” in a different light. After that run, I seldom could sit down and think of doing just one of something. If I came up with a cool creative idea–I couldn’t think of just making one and being happy with that. NO, I had to think about making a couple dozen at least. I really wasn’t searching and yearning for the next big idea–I just couldn’t turn that part of my brain off. ( that’s what painting 60,000 of something can do to you).

Computer and Cameras started playing a big part of my life. I loved seeing what combining the two could do in my creative world. I loved taking the world of painting and quilting into that virtual digital world. Exploring the possibilities and pushing my self to convert those real world properties of paint and my color study classeswith my love for graphic design. The best part was it didn’t take up space and there wasn’t any mess.

What does all this have to do with an earring- everything- without any of those steps along the path it probably wouldn’t have happened. In October of 2010 I decided I wanted to do custom work for people to embed their cameo pictures digitally into a graphically designed mat offering them 8 by 10’s. I set up shop and had 4 customers- and found out quickly this wouldn’t work- the way I saw it…..So one Saturday in the studio-I took out that bag of laminated stuff- and the what-ifs began again. What if I shrink MY own images to pretty small and thus followed four more months of creating thousands of images and exploring lamination of all kinds. Prototypes were created and tested by friends and family- suggestions were made. The process evolved and was fine tuned along with the durability of the end product. The little voice in my head took me down that road again of production. Could I, would I want to, would it be fun- would I still love it in a year- how would the big world out there accept the combination of paper and plastic in the world of wearable art? Yes, Yes,Yes, Yes and it has been a huge yes by the consumer too.

I sent a gift of earrings (about 30 pairs) to a long time friend back in August 2010- and as they say the rest is history. The friend was Ami Simms. She now carries them on her website and I played with some of her designs to make them into earrings, too.  I also worked with the Alzheimer Art Quilt Initiative replicating the  World Series celebrity quilts into earrings and raising money for this wonderful cause along the way. The Alzheimer Art Quilt Initiative World Series Earrings were only available for a limited time.

So now you know the “rest of the story or at least how the story began.

So when someone asks me how long does it take to make one pair of earrings? It took over 5 years to make the first pair. The rest I have picked up speed on.

I share this with you- not so much for you to copy the process- but for you to see my creative process involved.

If you are an artist reading this you have your own creative process. Take the time to evaluate how you work. The environment you work in- mentally and physically. Is it working for you or against you. Is one of your goals to sell what you make? How does this factor into your creative process mentally and physically. Imagine your success, but imagine the work that comes with it.- Imagine also there will be forks in your road that you will have to choose which path. We all only have the same amount of time in our day. Our journeys are along a path we navigate. There will be speed bumps, and dead ends along this path. Enjoy the journey.  Learn from the speed bumps and dead ends.  Press on–for if it is in your DNA to be creative–fighting it will be the wrong way to travel.

For the non-artist reading this- you’ve peeked inside the head of that ultra light earring lady- thanks for stopping by-and hope you’re enjoying your journey.

Remember, the gold is in the rainbow not at the end of it.

Creatively,

Peg

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Now Ear This!!!

Welcome to my very first ever blog post- glad your here.

More to come.

Remember-The gold is in the rainbow not at the end of it.

Creatively yours,

PEG

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