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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday Rewind

I was featured yesterday on Susan Lenart Kazmer's
Ice Queen E-Zine!
It was there that I answered a few questions about myself,
and shared a few of my (currently) favorite creations.
I'd like to stretch that interview just a bit farther,
one piece of art at a time,
sharing the how and why behind each.
So....if you have a moment,
I'd like to tell you the history on this first piece!
 "Book of Dreams"
:art sistas:
I first became interested in tiny books when I bought a dainty micro book
(as she calls them), from
a very creative jewelry designer from France,
Esther Ramos.
About that same time, I had bought some packs of vintage mini book paper from a
vendor at Marburger Farm Antique Show.
 And, I had just over-etched a batch of brass cuffs.
Not being very happy with the results (lol)....didn't I say art was
PERFECT and imperfect?....I hammered out one of the cuffs,
cut it into bite-size pieces, filed and cleaned the metal,
added vintage book paper (securing it with an eyelet),
bent and shaped it into a tiny book, added a charm,
tied it with a piece of Dupioni silk, and as you would say....the rest is history!
 Sometimes I simply patina the metal with a torch, stamp words,
and add little nesties on top, along with Ice-resin filled charms,
as I did in art sistas.

I find myself using these little bitties on more and more pieces of my jewelry,
sometimes adding vintage text....
such as in Heart Strings, shared here, on my last post.
 And, in my one of my Believe pieces,
as seen here.

:i know she's in Heaven:
 I hope you get to stop by the E-Zine.
I really meant it when I said,
More than any other bit of information, I share with my students, is that imperfection is required. There are NO mistakes. Mistakes will often take you in a direction you may not have ever taken. Art is both imperfect and perfect at the same time. I believe I give my students the freedom to learn to let go, and to embrace imperfection. I, myself, have Anne Grgich to thank for that!
 I think you'll likey.....


Mina said...

I love your blog! Nice photography!

Debbie said...

Loved your A&Q's and of course all of your work. I get such amazing ideas from just looking at your work. I have been working a lot with soldering, and loving it!! Thanks for sharing your amazing pieces and encouragement!!


beautifullybrokenme said...

Diane, you are amazingly talented! The feature on the e-zine is no surprise, and well-deserved. Congratulations! :)

Charlene said...

I LOVE IT ALL!!! And YOU! Hugs!

Riki Schumacher said...

Soooo sweet Diane, I have to try one some day! I had an instructor, J Fred Woell, once say "finish a mistake, and do it quickly". So many surprises have appeared that way! And good ones. Congrats on being featured in the Zine, so well deserved you talented thing you. Hugs, Riki

connie said...

oh diane these are wonderful and small!! you know I love little things and these are amazing thank goodness for mistakes! xo

Daryl said...

So clever!

CATHY said...

Really enjoyed this article and the one on ice queen zine. As always such beautiful pieces you create - so inspiring! Cheers from Brussels -

Cindy said...

I'm looking forward to catching up and visiting the zine - congrats on your article!
I love your pieces - from the tiny books inspired by Esther, to the resin and picture filled bezels. I agree, mistakes are okay! It's been a process, but it is such a freeing experience to okay with mistakes. You are a wonderful teacher to instill that concept in your students. :-)

Suz said...

Oh, Diane,
You are doing wonderful things!
SLK and your pieces are soooo beautiful!
Big hugs,