Thursday, September 25, 2008

Individuality Reclaimed Exhibition

So, after all the studio time, preparations, stress and tears my exhibition finally came together and opened on Tuesday! ;oD

My photographer friend, Rob, came along to the opening bash to take some photos for me so I can relive the evening with you right here! LOL

My very first exhibition! The glass display cases hold 24 pieces of jewellery each. The display stands work really well. Standing in front of each case there is only one piece of jewellery that can't be seen without bending (bottom shelf, back stand) so I was really pleased about that. The boards on the racking were made from mountboard with a woven fabric. They're emulsioned and then grunged up a bit! they were too clinical and clean before that! LOL

Close up of one of the shelves. The display stands are cut down plastic drainpipe and the tops are made from the same mountboard as the display boards. The mounts were hot glued onto the drainpipes. Some pieces needed slots cutting in the mounts and all the pendant displays has a hole drilled in the back of the drainpipe so the chain or cord could be tucked neatly away.

Eleanor and me being silly!


More guests!

Yet more guests!

From the outside looking in!

My thank you gifts, wrapped in French financial newspaper, tied with string and with a hand written tag on each.

I felt it was essential that I was wearing my own jewellery for the exhibition so I made myself this coiled zip pendant and the ring below on the day of the opening!

The moment my husband gave me this circuit board from an energy efficient lightbulb I knew I wanted to turn it into a ring! The added words art, life and sin just amuse me no end! LOL It has attracted alot of comment!

The opening evening was a wonderful occasion, I was so pelased with the turn out and very much appreciated the support and enthusiasm of those who attended. I was even more thrilled to make three sales on the evening! Some of those who came along had no idea what I do so I really hope I was able to express my passion for my artwork. I have always believed in my art but often in the past have let other's negative opinions of it or me drag me down but this week has proved to me that I have nothing to apologise for, just everything to go for! No one can stop me from following my art path, I love what I do! If you haven't already realised, I'm still flying high from Tuesday! LOL Yippeeeeeeeeee!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Exhibition News

Hmm, drainpipe! What on earth has that got to do with a jewellery exhibition I hear you ask? LOL Yesterday my long suffering husband chopped up a couple of lengths of black plastic drainpipe into a variety of sizes as the bases of my little jewellery display podiums! Each stand will have a piece of oval mountboard attached, painted red, black or white according to which is the best colour for the jewellery piece to be displayed against, and they will stand on the glass shelves of the display unit. I had originally thought to use ruffled fabric over the display stands but have decided I need a minimal approach and the fabric would make the lower shelves of the display quite dark. I have 54 of these babies to make up over the next week which is why I've started now!! Back to the studio....

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Summer Art Journal

Having been concentrating my efforts on jewellery for my exhibition I haven't got much art to show but thought I would share some little snippets from my current art journal. It started life as an old road atlas and I spent some time before my holiday prepping some of the pages so I could use it as my holiday journal. When we got back from our holiday it became my summer journal and now it's just my current journal! LOL Anyway, here we go:

Each of the sections are a little part of different spreads.

Come join the party!