A new year and a new start they say….I am not really one for New Year resolutions as I don’t usually stick to them for very long anyway. This one however I seem to have just fallen into without any effort….STASH BUSTING……What is that you might ask, well it is easy, it means actually using up all the beads I have acquired through out the year and making stuff with them instead of buying more.
It was a friend of mine Catrin who started it all off really and you can catch her blog here…http://catswire.blogspot.co.uk/. She has been blogging about her stash busting and I sort of fell in along side really.
So here are a couple of makes of mine and I can honestly say hand on heart no beads have been purchased to make these. I have also started to push my boundaries and make much more complex designs as I had found myself getting in a bit of a rut. These next few designs are not originals by me but are made from beading books I have.
Original design by Rachel Nelson-Smith.
Original design by Sabine Lippert.
Original design by Jean Power.
I think you will agree that there are some amazing designers out there. These next few pieces however are all mine. I designed and made them myself.
Russian Leaf Ear-rings. Designed and made by The Crafty Chimp.
Warrior princess bracelet made on my bead loom. Designed and made by The Crafty Chimp.
I seem to be on a beading roll at the moment and have lots of ideas floating around in my head. Time will tell if they are any good or not but I do have to say I am pleased with how this New Creative Year is going so far. x
The new topic for the Jewellery Artisans Community is Decades…A decade is a period of 10 years. The word is derived (via French and Latin) from the Ancient Greek dekas which means ten. So what decade do I think of when relating to this topic, it could be my favourite, the roaring 20’s when Art Deco was the latest ‘thing’.
Inspired by the Art Deco movement. Designed and beaded by Caroline French.
or the groovy 60’s when music and free love abounded.
1960’s neon groove, designed and beaded by Caroline French
I was a child of the 70’s & 80’s growing up through my teenage years through my ‘mod’ phase followed by my ‘metal’ phase followed by my ‘motorbike’ phase followed by………Geez I have tried it all.
But what decade am I going to talk about…….EASY, the last 10 years of my life because that is how long I have been involved with beading. Through this craft obsessed life of mine I have tried many things but beading is my real passion. Through this medium I have made many friends and shared good times and bad. I have learned many different techniques and feel that I have developed my own style, although what that is is open to interpretation. So I will just show you my favourite pieces from my last decade of beading. Chimpy x
The Crafty Chimp, designed and beaded by Caroline French
Inspired by the Marine aquarium in my lounge. Designed and beaded by Caroline French
Because I like pink. ! Designed and beaded by Caroline French
Art deco phone case designed and loomed by Caroline French.
Please check out the other members’ posts too. I’ll add the links as they come in.
The Jewellery Artisans Blog this month is all about Halloween. Up until recent years we Brits have not really been that big on Halloween in my opinion but then along came trick or treat and sweets (candy) became involved and it has just grown from there. Personally as a kid I was not interested really as I much preferred bonfire night. (5th Nov)
“Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure” (Wikipedia)
As an adult though I love seeing the houses all decorated in ghosts and stuff and the kiddies all dressed up are so fantastic. My point, or gripe, this year however is that from the middle of October the UK high street has Halloween in one display and Christmas in another. It has only got to be a matter of time before we start singing “Away in a zombie manger” and “Oh little town of Zombiehem” Next thing we shall have Easter eggs as advent chocolate calenders and bingo you are celebrating Hallowechristmeaster……..
Where has the true meaning of Christmas gone. ? It has been lost on today’s high street profit making wheel while little children are losing the magic and awe amongst the zombie infested Hallowechristmeaster machine. I feel so much better for getting that off my chest. Now bring on the eyeball figgy pudding with the easter bunny pooh topping.
Chimpy Rant Face.
Here endeth the Crafty Chimp Ranting Ramble….Peace Brothers and Sisters. x
Here are more sensible blogs from my friends.
I have been reading a lot on FB recently about people trying to decide why or how they got to be creative. Was it something you had always done from childhood or was the desire to be creative something you picked up as an adult.
My latest beaded box.
Personally I come from a creative family so I guess it was inbred so to speak. My Grandfather was a bricklayer by trade but he built from scratch a telescope, 3 long case clocks and 2 12th scale steam traction engines. My Mum was a needle woman, knitter, and crochet queen and made many of my clothes as a child. My dad was a self taught artist for his hobby.
It seems natural to me that us as kids should be creative.
My attempt at being creative with mixed media, jury is still out on this.
My brother has inherited the knack to tinker and sort out engines and he builds models to the annoyance of his wife (messy brother), my sister is the talented artist of the family and makes the most amazing cards. I am the one obsessed with the tiny beads and sparkly things, although I dabble in all sorts of other bits. Cards, quilling, felting, scrap booking etc….. My son is proving to be quite the talented musician so I guess it is passing on through the genes still.
Tutorial available from another designer.
So what got you started with being creative, maybe you don’t think you are or maybe you have just not found the right thing yet. I am a firm believer that every one of us has a talent whether or not we have discovered it yet. So go on take a class or try something new today you never know where it will lead you. Chimpy. x
Like most Designers/Artists/Creative People there comes a point when you come across an idea that just ‘floats your boat’. I think I have discovered mine…..BOXES….beaded or decorative boxes to be exact. Perhaps I am part cat as my love of boxes runs deep through from my childhood. I can remember as a small child being fascinated by getting into as small a space as possible and peeping out at the world through eye-holes I had made. I am sure a psychologist could tell you why I love boxes so much but to be honest I love them and I don’t care why.
Used to belong to my Father in law
I have started beading my own boxes now and love the process of transforming a plain box into a thing of beauty.
This one belongs to my sister now.
So do you have a certain style or signature piece that you like to call your own.?
I am not sure if boxes will be my permanent style ‘thing’ but who can tell when you are able to create such diverse pieces with a humble box and some beady items.
More ramblings soon, take care. Chimpy. x
So over on the Jewellery Artisans Community we have been thinking about work spaces/benches.
Mine has been buried under a pile of stuff for the past month while I have had a major de-clutter here so to say I have not been very productive is an understatement. Then 2 weeks holiday and the subsequent washing when we came back has resulted in my workbench disappearing under piles of stuff for a while.
I did eventually get everything sorted but then decided to sort out the bead stash so back it all came again……..
It is not until you lay all the various bags and tubes and packets out that you realise just what a hoard you have. There were a few surprises as well. So after 3 days of working in the evenings on the tidy up I finally managed to get things straight and organised to my liking. So as for what is on my desk now….anything I choose to put there because finally I can see it again.
It is blog time again over at The Jewellery Artisans Community……
So what do you do to create your own design, do you plan it all out in advance and include scribblings and sketches etc.. or do you just go with it and make it all up as you go along. There is no right or wrong answer to this. Personally I start with a few basic pieces and an idea of a colour scheme, nothing too complicated as I don’t want my ideas set in stone. I find that I have tried that in the past and quickly become bored with a piece.
When I was designing my beaded bag I knew that there were two pieces (cabochons with writing) that would be the central pieces of the design, and I had a colour scheme in mind, but that was as far as planning went, the rest was just a case of seeing how it all developed really.
Basic planning done
The picture shows the main pieces fixed into place, then came the task of sewing on thousands of little seed beads. I wanted the front and back of the bag different also so while going through the mundane stitching I was thinking about the back. There is no big trade secret to give away with the planning I tend to go with my gut feelings about a piece. If I am really not sure then I don’t go with it as the uncertainty will take away from the enjoyment of the piece. The back panel was planned in as much as I knew the colours and the piece of Shibhori ribbon I was using but the rest was worked around the shape of the ribbon when it was stitched down.
Back panel with writing obscured on Cabochon.
Then came the final decision in the planning process. What to line the bag with….That was the easy part…CAKE…………….. Cup cakes to be precise.
So there you have it my way of developing my designs..A little bit of thought a whole lotta love and plenty of cake. Not rocket science I know but it works for me. x
Here are what some friends are saying on the subject.