It's a blog post about a topic a group of us - in this case, "Ring a Week" - agrees upon and then we all write about it. At the end of the post is a list of links to other bloggers in the "RAW Challenge" so you can go from one to the other and get an introduction to their blogs and art and see what they think. It's a great way to explore, especial if you are into RINGS!
The topic of this blog carnival is:
What was your inspiration for participating in RAW?
Well, my inspiration for RAW began long before I joined. I was following the "Ring A Day Challenge" that started with the Etsy Metal Team. I am a fan of many of their 101 members. I stalk some of their shops for inspiration and also for jewelry I want to buy that in the past I wasn't sure I would ever be able to make myself. Their blog is the best I've seen for eye candy and for exposure to ideas and techniques. They share a lot of themselves generously and that's impressive.
and the back cause its very original.
Anyway Tomi (link to her blog) made a ring a day straight for a whole year. I could barely keep up reading about all the rings the members of the team were posting and there was no way I had the time then to make my own. The most interesting thing for me about it though was the fact that she had a creative practice that got her into her studio EVERY DAY to work and play, to strengthen her skills and keep her art evolving. (Link to her etsy shop)
So when I was on Facebook one day I noticed (lucky me!) that at the end of that week, the daily challenge would be over and she was going to start a new group on 1/1/11 and you know the rest.
I really wasn't prepared for how many rings were going to be posted and how many artists were going to join and how my world was going to grow larger than I could imagine . . . and it's only February!
Ring a Week link (AGAIN! for convenience) - you are going to be hearing a lot about this during the year, I'm just sayin'.
To date there are 278 members and 1703 photos posted. There is the whole range of experience from alternative mediums like paint and wood through beading to metalclay and complete metalsmithing.
So far I've learned:
+ that if you don't like it, a handful of other people do
+ if you botch a solder job, you can take it apart the same way you attached it and file off the solder
+ you can learn by just looking at the pictures and sometimes there are full detailed descriptions
+ questions are allowed in the comments
+ you don't have to be a member to ogle or comment
+ anyone can join and you can post whenever you want and I'm the kind of person who is trying to keep up for now
+ it's great when someone explains an accident because we all learn
+ I know I am going to look at every single ring as the challenge progresses
+ I have seen some stellar work
+ I have seen some really "outside the box" ideas manifested
+ my skills are improving and I'm taking chances I wouldn't have taken before
+ everyone needs reasons to create and this one is the best kind
+ it's fun to have an excuse for why I am staring off into space - I say "I just got an idea for a ring!"
+ I like going back to read comments about my rings from people I respect
+ I feel capable and appreciated and doesn't everyone want to feel that?
+ I have been exposed to more
+ I feel included and a sense of belonging in something that is bigger than me and I'm there to cheer people along too
All good things eh?
Here are links to all the other members of this challenge who are taking part in the blog Carnival. Take a look when you have some time. You WILL be inspired!
Marcie Abney - www.labellajoya.blogspot.com
Joanne Harrill - www.jojobell.com
Thomasin Durgin - www.metalriot.blogspot.com
Amy Nicole - www.rubymtnbeads.blogspot.com
Janice - www.doxallodesigns.blogspot.com
Aleksandra Micic - www.micicart.blogspot.com
Lana Chu - www.ginkgoglass.wordpress.com
Evelyn Markasky - www.markasky.blogspot.com
Kerry Alice-Twigs and Heather - www.twigsandheather.blogspot.com
Lorena Angulo- blog.lorenaangulo.com/
Kate Jones-- www.katejonesdesign.blogspot.com
Maria Apostolou- www.createjewelry.gr/blog
Sarah Small - www.bysalla.blogspot.com
Rebecca Bogan - www.Adobesol.com/blog
Elaine Luther - www.CreativeTextureTools.com/news
Rebekah Timlin Meddles - www.lunasadesigns.blogspot.com
Laura M (Zoeowyn)- zoeowyn.blogspot.com/
Kimberly (bahamadawn) - www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com
Erin Austin - www.metalmusing.blogspot.com
Michele Grady- www.michelegradydesigns.blogspot.com
Joan Furilla - jfurilla.wordpress.com/
Kathryn Cole- www.kathryncolejewelry.blogspot.com
Next week - a ring constructed with traditional metal smithing techniques!