Friday, December 4, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I believe inspiration can be found everywhere as long as we look for. But sometimes, it finds you instead. Sorting through my images this week I started finding connections between my photography and jewelry, especially my paper bangle series.
The shot of the actual lighthouse shows the contrast of the smooth exterior surface and the rough texture of the brick framing the door and windows.
Finally, here is an image I took of a winery that mimics a French stone exterior. The use of the stone to create a building that seems so many centuries older than it really is intriguing to me.
Collecting these images and reflecting on my own experience as a teacher in architecture museums, I can now see that long hind sighted road that led to my current creative inspirations.
What are your inspirations? Where did they come from?
Monday, July 27, 2009
I also worked on gluing smaller pieces of glass onto a larger beach glass stone. Then, I used very little of the wire to highlight the glass for these pendants.
Do you like? I am thinking of selling them in my etsy shop ranging in price from $20 - $30 each, including a silver chain. Would you buy one?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Finally, I used stick on jewels to decorate the chandelier and the border of the collage to give it a sparkly appearance.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Below are the pendants I created in the workshop.
The first one I glued a small piece of found pottery on top of blue beach glass. I wire wrapped the entire pendant then crimped the wires in the front to make waves before twisting the wire at the top to create the bale.The second one was a little trickier. It involved creating a springy coil from the wire then wrapping it around a piece of beach glass. I liked the shape of the beach glass, but it took lots of patience to get the coiled wire to stay wrapped around it. I finished it by wrapping more wire in a diagonal pattern and adding a little spiral to front.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Here are a few things that inspired me on my recent trip there:
(Image by Me)
Above are lovely patterned pillows from the lounge at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach. It was one of the hotels we stayed at during our trip and was so beautifully designed. I adored the soft purples and browns and the traditional patterns that were mixed with stripes.
(The Garden, Image by Jelena Rokanovic)
(Image by Me)
Finally, these are some gorgeous vases with transferred imagery I spotted at the Huntington's gift shop. Unfortunately, I was shooed away after taking this image, since the shop was closing. Does anyone know who makes them?
Monday, May 4, 2009
Below are the various projects I have done over the years from a bean mosaic to a tissue paper stained glass window collage to a totem pole this year. Enjoy!
(Year 3 - Totem Pole)
Monday, April 6, 2009
(Memories are Forever - 2008)
Monday, March 9, 2009
So, what should I make with this paper? A collage? ACEO? Bracelet?
Monday, February 2, 2009
(Ann Hanrahan Images)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Well for some time, I've been trying to find just the right background and lighting for my cherry stretch bracelet. Considering the sun here has almost been nonexistent in the past month, that has been the most challenging part. Finally, the sun came out recently, and I tried the image with a grey background. It's not perfect, but I think it's an improvement from before.
BeforeWhat do you think? Which do you like better?
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I've just rediscovered polyvore and had so much fun making this digital collage. Unlike traditional collage, I didn't have to drag out all of my supplies, search for images and end up coated in glue.
I am intrigued by this format of collage creation and look forward to making more in the new year. I think I will add this exploration to my list of creative goals for the new year.