Firstly let me apologise for missing the April blog last month. Sometimes stuff just gets in the way.
So this month the Gals over at JAC (http://jewelryartisans.proboards.com/) are blogging about Themed Jewellery. I cannot say I have really had much call for themed jewellery. I think the same as most people I guess, white and sparkly for weddings, orange and black for Halloween, reds and greens for Christmas, then of course you have star signs and holidays and…….well the list is endless.
Well be that as it may I can really only offer one themed piece that I have ever been asked to make and that was a pennant to celebrate a wedding.
Bead embroidery by The Crafty Chimp.
I suppose I don’t really find great inspiration in working on themed pieces as I think I find them too restrictive. If beading where my livelihood then it would be a different story as the themed pieces would probably be what sells I imagine but as I do this for fun and personal satisfaction I don’t really see the need to get bogged down in the themed stuff. Having said that if I am asked to make a specific piece for someone I know I will say yes as I get to see the reaction of handing over a finished piece. I am sure the other bloggers whose links I will add below will have all sorts of differing views on this and that is what makes group blogging fun. Until next month when the topic will be anybodies guess I would like to leave you with a small thought.
Here are the blogs from the other participants.
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