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Maybe two weeks ago Jess asked me if I wanted to attend the VIP Preview night for Art Palm Beach. (ummmm, yeah- duhhhhh)
Then she asked if I wanted to make a recycled dress or two and have some gals walking around in 'em.
An eyebrow raised...'maybe.' (interest peaked)
THEN she said something 'or maybe some of your recycled jewelry pieces'...and I may have fainted, I'm not sure I was so excited...but anyhow- I did it. I made four new pieces for the opening, and I'm sure glad I did!!
Here are the finished necklaces;
I approached these pieces differently than my last DIY jam (that GIGANTIC colored pencil necklace!) For these I wanted the pieces to be a bit more understated, but still fun. I have a 'sparkle graveyard' where all my broken costume pieces go, along with ones I am 'retiring'...and I used that as a base- gotta love upcycling! Then a little RECYCLED artin'...I selected pages from the stacks of old Art Hives in my classroom. For Angela's piece I pulled some pages that featured fellow contributor Jon Hunt's watercolor work to make a creepy-cool statement necklace! (and ya gotta make the boss ladies look good- they sign the checks!)
For all intents and purposes, this piece is toddler-proof...at least for the night. Jess loved the eyeballs on this piece- they are actually from one of my own artworks that was printed in one of the magazines! I am going to be collaging the BACK of each of these discs 'cause they kept flipping...kinda made me wanna flip out. But Jess, one of the owners and my good friend, still loved it so that's all that matters!
Scenes from Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Art Fair with my Art Hive Boss Ladies (and friends!)
Just a few peeks of my some of my favorite pieces...
gotta go back when it's not so hectic and look again :)
Thanks again for the invite,
Jess and Angela!!
...thanks so much to my art friend Joyce over at CGMS for hosting my recycled jewelry class...and for our super-fun planning session! Love you!
Local folks- I am doing a DIY jewelry makin' event tomorrow at CGMS!! Details below;
After thinking about it, I decided to go with a recycled statement necklace. Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE JEWELRY! (sorry to yell it, but c'mon, I love it!) New jewelry, vintage jewelry, sparkly jewelry, gold jewelry, silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, broken jewelry...doesn't matter to me, I love it all. Except expensive, 'fancy' jewelry...I can appreciate it but it's just not my jam.
In the past few years I have really gotten in to making my own pieces out of broken jewelry and 'trash'. I think that the first piece I made was the statement necklace that I wore for the Fashion ARTillery event at the Armory Art Center back in February of 2014. I didn't set out to create this piece, it was kinda an aferthought. I have worked so hard on my bridal gown made from Art Hive Magazines that I had not thought about what I would wear. I always have a ton of LBDs on hand...and I had some leftover flower shapes cut from the magazine so I added them to a existing multi-strand piece I had on hand...and presto- I had my own custom statement piece!
And just like that...my love for recycled jewelry and fashion was born. Since that runway event I have had a piece walk the red carpet at a film festival, be on display in various venues (including Art Palm Beach!) ...I have made more statement necklaces to wear to events, and probably one of my favorite outcomes from this whole thing is the chance to work with middle school and high school age students over the past few years at the Armory Art Center- where it all began!
Can't get enough of the sparkly stuff? Like trashion? Check out my jewelry Instagram;
I mentioned in a previous post about my art show in NC that I wanted to take a little bit more time and write more about one of the visitors. Well, here goes.
The first visitor to my show in Pinehurst was someone I had never met. I greeted her at the door, racking my brain to try and remember her because I was at a loss. She introduced herself. Her name was Shelly, I had never met her. Shelly is an art teacher at Forest Hills Middle School in Wilson and she had traveled over two and a half hours to come to my show. And we had never met.
But we had a link- my friend from college, Kelly Land. Kelly and I put on our senior show together in the Jenkins Fine Art Center at East Carolina University. (side note, ever since my freshman year at ECU I had wanted to show in that gallery!) Somehow Kelly had told her about me and my artwork...and she stumbled upon my #AngelDropART endeavor...and became inspired to do something similar with her own middle school art students.
So, long story short- she introduced my work to her students and had them create almost 100 pieces of art and 'drop' them all over her county for folks to find. As if that isn't amazing enough- they even included a small paper on the back to explain what they were up to...and it mentioned me! All the way in Eastern North Carolina, unbeknownst to me...I was able to inspire others.
After meeting Shelly and hearing the story of how she came to be at my art show and how her students were now inspiring others, I could have packed up my show right then, turned off all the lights and called it a successful night.
But I didn't- so everything else was just icing on the cake! But man, what a GREAT night!
I really have to be honest- I was at a bit of a low point in December. We lost one of our cats just a few days before I came home for the break, my little Scooter...had him for fourteen years. Then there is just the holiday blues...and I don't know, I had honestly just been a bit of funk. I was down on myself for taking so long to finish some side projects- including a BIG batch of Wonder Woman-inspired angels...and I was kinda down because I felt like I had not made as many angels this year- and I haven't. So this was just the spark to light my inspiration and help me to end 2017 on a positive note, and for that I am grateful.
Thank you again, Shelly for making that long drive to come to my show, and to your son for humoring you, and your husband for going along with the idea if it meant some high end sushi for him! And thank you so much to the students at Forest Hills Middle School in Wilson, NC for confirming for me that I am on the right path with my art, and my angels.
No fancy intro on smooth transition here, just wanted a chance to share a tree painting guest book I finished earlier this month. I had to wait to post it til after the wedding...now they have said their 'I dos' and I can share this with everyone!
I also wanted to post some other trees guest books I have created in the past...just 'cause...
...and also just for fun, my first 'tree task' I took on during the summer of 2011- tree series, all 18x24 pieces! Click here more to see pics!
I guess I should mention that I have a thing for costume jewelry and have amassed a collection that might quite possible rival my idol, Iris Apfel. (I even GAVE her one of the pieces from that series-handed it to her in person in Miami when I interviewed her for Art Hive Magazine! Click here to read my ARTicle!)
For my 2015 series I created a fashion piece starring a character called 'Miss Matchy Matchy' and even included her lil' cat Trinket..plus more friends later in the series. (Link to the 2015 series intro)
It was a fun series for me to do...but, of course, I created some additional stress for myself by attempting to create a separate blog dedicated to the jewelry pieces mentioned. I gave details about where each piece came from, sometimes even info on my favorite ways to wear each piece. I really enjoyed that blog...but...it was just too much to keep up with and at some point I abandoned that extra part of the series. I view it (the blog) as a failure on my part because I did not complete that portion of my series, but I try to be pretty transparent in my art making process...so... ummm...here is a link to that incomplete blog; http://missmatchymatchy.blogspot.com
Actually, I just looked back on it a bit- I did better than I thought with keeping it updated throughout that series. I need to not be so hard on myself I reckon.
Anyhow, I love jewelry and fashion illustration so any excuse to combine the two works for me! I figured this time with my series I would focus on the head/shoulder area, not really worry too much about super detailed faces and instead put the emphasis on the jewelry.
I haven't posted the final images yet to my Gallery of FB Album...basically ever since we got back to Florida things have been non-stop...we had a major family health scare...some meet-ups with friends over the break...I had a quick trip to Orlando for a baby shower......oh, and I started work again-today. So those are all of my excuses for not having the final works posted- I have been keeping up with the art, just not the posting. But again, not going to stress myself out.
That being said, here is a picture of all the works so far with the jewelry piece that inspired each one. I hope to get my final images updated this week, plus I want to post about a workshop I will be teaching this coming Friday at CGMS...and another very special blog post that I have been wanting to write since my art show in NC that is VERY special to me.
All in due time. For now, here's that pic;
...also, here is the link to my January 2015 series;
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG