So much of this is answered by who we are and where we come from and where we live. It also matters where we are in our development in this process.
When I was young, in my twenties, I lived in Chicago and made leather belts and bags I was more interested in learning color and composition. I buried my head in Matisse art books and basically took my imagery from that. I worked in garment leathers, in very bright colors and I stitched them onto leather bags and belts.
When I left Chicago and moved to California, I was determined to work with glass and make my own colors and set them in silver. When that journey began I was heavily influenced by the bright and sun filled color palette of the west coast. I transferred this into my glass stones and used my art education from UW Wisconsin where I fell in love with minimal art. Images were not even a factor for over twenty years of my art making efforts.
Since I began working in the wall pieces in late 2011, I started with a basic concept of "the face." That was what I started with so I did not have to think about much but just working with the materials in a different way.
To sell? Well, maybe... but it needs to resonant with me and have some meaning if I am going to spend my time making the darn thing. Right now I am happy making my own imaginary people but I would like to incorporate photographs with the work. As I embark on this journey I can truly say, that my friends who make beautiful work on their paths, shows me that my choices are wonderful and varied!
This is my dear friend Dawn Estrin's work, titled "Dance of the Kelpies" necklace. Check out her beautiful jewelry HERE.
Another friend who does intricate images with is cloisonne' enamel jewelry artist from Cleveland Ohio, Michael Romanik. He is inspired by nature and says "Recent inspiration comes from nature: the vibrant plumage of a songbird, the delicate markings of a butterfly wing, the gentle curve of a small branch."
Making images in larger scales crafts can come in so many forms. What got me thinking about this was examining the images I was posting last week and the work of Joseph Cavalieri was something that made me think, will I put patterns with photos? What a great handle he has on this concept.
This is an image of him putting together his drawings with the patterns he paints on the glass.
Another favorite artist friend is Jenny Mendes. Her ceramics are filled with magical drawings of characters and animals.
Patterns, drawings and photo's.... it all comes together when we know what we want. Thank you for spending time with me today.
Mothers Day Sale starts Friday on my brand spanking new MOD GLASS GIRL Store!!!