2011 is over except for the memories. What a year, full of hope and anxiety for the whole world. I felt restless but had no big plan when it started so I jumped into the Ring a Week Challenge and it drew me in and kept me going and working even though there was no giant purpose, it gave me a stable one. A direct train to my album there can be found here.
I made a mosaic of my rings with flickr toys . You can click on the grid to make it bigger so you can see them better.
1. RAW front side 1/52, 2. RAW 2/52 best shot, 3. stacking rings RAW 3/52, 4. RAW 4/52 top, 5. RAW 5/52, 6. RAW 6/52, 7. RAW 7/52 cairn ring twins leaning, 8. RAW 8/52 Keumboo and PMC, 9. RAW 11/52, 10. RAW 12/52, 11. RAW 13/52, 12. RAW 14/52 seal rings, 13. RAW 15/52 -rocking chair - kinetic challenge, 14. RAW 16/52 -Pyrite ring, 15. RAW 17/52 - druzy pearl ring close-up, 16. RAW 18/52 -stacking rings, 17. RAW 19/52 bronze fold ring, 18. RAW 20/52 -tulip ring, 19. Wind God - RAW 21/52, 20. "Unfurling, a response" - RAW 22/52, 21. reticulated sterling oxidized - RAW 23/52, 22. RAW 24/52 -big framed ring close-up, 23. RAW 25/52 - rutilated quartz ring - side view, 24. RAW 26/52 -gallery wire rings - close-up, 25. RAW 27/52 - polka dot grunginess, 26. Tumbling roses ring & peridot roses ring, 27. RAW 30/52 - ruffle ring - polished, 28. RAW 31/52 - Dot Daisy ring, 29. RAW 32/52 alexandrite cz ring partially polished, 30. RAW33/52 filigree crown ring, 31. RAW 34/52 - the sun ring, 32. RAW 35/52 orange crush, 33. RAW 36/52 - Jasper Heart ring, 34. RAW 37/52 river rock & amazonite ring, 35. RAW 38/52 - lapis ring, 36. RAW 39/52 - lilypadz ring
and since the largest grid size was 6x6 and I could only nclude 36 rings, I made another with the rest of the rings in 4x4.
1. RAW 10/52 -daisy ring, 2. RAW 9/52 -wire wrapped agate, 3. RAW 14/52 seal ring, 4. RAW 40/52 - "love you" rock ring, 5. RAW 41/52 - appliqué ring, 6. RAW 42/52 - a 'found object sandwich ring' called "emerging shoot", 7. RAW 43/52, 8. RAW 44/52 - Artifact ring - skateboard side view, 9. RAW 45/52 - hollow heart adjustable ring, 10. RAW 46/52 "pounded" ring, 11. RAW 47/52 - squiggle ring - side view, 12. RAW 48/52 - My "What, me worry?" ring - inside, 13. RAW 49/52 - lace fragment - a prototype on my hand, 14. RAW 50/52 - "Flaming Cross", 15. RAW 51/52 - "leafy bud", 16. RAW 52/52 - My big Finale!
If you need descriptions and verbage, click on the links to go to each ring you're interested in knowing more about. AND THAT'S IT ON THAT!
I took this challenge very seriously and I did it for me. Sure, I enjoyed all the positive attention that about 4000+ views of my flicker uploads over the whole year offered me. I got to define myself a little more fully. I'm still a person who will try almost anything. I realized after all that 52 rings really isn't that many and it was a stepping off point for more learning, more discovery and more rings in the future. There are rings I'd planned that I didn't have time to make and those will get made as this new year goes on, when the urge hits me.
About finishing things I said I was going to do. I am so happy I finished this challenge! My husband kept high-fiving me for a whole day, maybe two. We drank some champagne and we smiled and laughed, the laugh of the instantly unencumbered, and the laugh of success on one's own terms and standards.
I was sad and felt let down when people I was getting a little attached to and found I was depending on for support and encouragement dropped out and by the end it was me and about 10 or 15 who finished before the year ended. Oh well, a reminder that you have to find the strength inside yourself to finish what you started, even if few are watching.
About facebook. You can say whatever you want (and many do) but I have grown to love facebook. To me it's the epitome of the ever changing face and feelings and insides and pulse of the world, well, the part of the world that posts (HA!). Truly, I've found it a font of inspiration and interesting starts and new ideas. I have been able to express my appreciation and dare I say "love" in places and ways that no other avenue can offer. I try not to spend hours at a time on it, except on Tuesdays :O) and yet I check in almost every day to see what's going on, even if I don't always participate.
I feel I'll still do some blogging but really, honestly, facebook has become more fun for me. I spend less time reading blogs nowadays and more time taking pictures and posting them to the three art pages named above. Does anybody still read my blog? My stats say yes and at this point also says:
181246 Lifetime Pageviews since December 28, 2005.
That's for six full years of blogging. I like that. Thanks so much for being interested!
Here's a link to my first post and I can honestly say that I'm still that person through and through . . . but now I have more experience, I know a little more and my hands do more of what I can see in my head. AND, I know more people who are just like me.
Oh man, I remember when I used to start my posts after everyone in my family was in bed, sometimes spending hours on the words and editing photos I'd taken earlier that day, reveling in the luxury of those hours alone in the quiet in my own little world (like right now). I had some nights I stayed up until the first birdy started chirping and the day had begun and I felt invigorated by writing and the completion of the things I'd accomplished, merely by recording them here. Aaaah, change comes again.
In other news:
My last post was written on the day before my 25th wedding anniversary. I was flying to New York with my husband for a romantic getaway. We had a really good time. I took pictures morning, noon and night!
The view from our hotel.
My college attending daughter has been home three times, so who has time to miss her? My son, a high school junior is becoming an IT expert and is doing all kinds of things with our home network and I'm just glad I have a cellular internet connection and can remain relatively unaffected as he experiments by creating his own server. What's he doing anyway?
We had another Bay Area Bead Extravaganza in November. I got to spend some more time with my friend Christi Anderson (link to her Crafthaus photos here). I was able to assist her during her "Bohemian Hearts" class and it was really fun with about 16 students, maybe more. I learned a lot and I think I did help her stay somewhat organized. She wanted us all to focus and stay in class so she and her husband brought us all lunch and it was a fun and generous gesture that I haven't seen in a long time. Later that month I worked on some hearts of my own that were inspired by all the things she talked about during that class and here's what I came up with.
My "Bohemian Hearts" front and back:
I started a new jewelry journal where I'm attaching a few picture cutouts but mostly doing some drawing of new work I plan to make this new year. It's fat and orange and full of expectation and space!
I spent some money on more stones from Gary Wilson's booth at B.A.B.E. and what I think I'm going to spend time doing is making pendants this year. Not tiny pendants with one stone, but bigger pendants with something going on, yet to be revealed to me, germinating in my fat orange book. ARE YOU STILL INTERESTED?
I made an orange necklace for my friend with red hair like one of my RAW rings.
I got a cool little letterpress/die cutting machine made by Lifestyle Crafts called the Epic 6 Tool but there are only a few sets of commercially made letterpress plates made for it so I'm going to go to the SF Center for the Book for some labs and make some sets of my own photopolymer plates for use with my ultra cool machine. There actually are lots of shapes of cutting dies, which it also uses, out there so I don't have to go inventing something like that. The machine looks like this:
In Christi's PMC class, one of her students gave us the idea to look for antique brass cake decorating tools, which I could never find but then I stumbled upon bookbinding tools, the old ones they used to use to apply gilding patterns to leather books, that are very similar but larger.
and a few innies for molds like this little leaf
and for possibly applying gold leaf to leather and anything else I can find, maybe thick watercolor paper. Those experiments are something that interest me too.
BECAUSE really, I can't be doing jewelry all the time. I've got to have breaks and change and new ideas and places to veer off to once in a while. I think I'll be happier for it, a little less competitive with others, and remembering that the person I really want to compete with is my own self from yesterday and the things I made before, with my best pieces still ahead of me and something and someone interesting to learn something interesting from. Yeah, I've got a list.