Friday, November 20, 2009

Butterflies and Pinks

One of the things I promised myself when I had finished the shows, was dedicated time to work on some designs that have been floating around in the back of my mind. Well, today I woke up feeling the best I have all week, looked at the dining room chaos, and said to myself, " no sense in wasting this positive good feeling on organizing." I love Japanese kimono textiles and the rich patterns that many of them are decorated with. I have this book of Japanese textile designs and several of them have been nagging me for years to translate them into bas relief ceramic design.


So I sat down and 'plucked' elements out of 3 textile patterns and arranged them in a way that felt right to me. Many of my designs start like the sketch above. No, I'm not going to make black butterflies. What I do is 'black' in the major elements, scan to my computer, reverse colour, and then add detail later. I am sure there are more efficient ways to do this but I like using my markers and mechanical pencils. It feels like my ancient days of drafting when I studied landscape architecture. I'm not entirely sure which parts of this particular design will be made into jewelry components. That will come later, days, maybe even weeks from now. Eventually, the design will be made into a model, probably several, and cast to make pendants. It may even be abandoned. Today it was just so very nice to sit down and sketch. The dining room can wait till tomorrow. In fact it is my experience that chaos will always patiently wait for you to attend to it.

Have a happy weekend all!

11 comments:

mairedodd said...

oh, i do hope this ends up translating into something! i can see them in your pmc, like the koi fish... very beautiful... and i am so very glad that you got to sit down and sketch... to do a different kind of creating, one that you love as well...

SummersStudio said...

Mary Jane it was just so wonderful to sit and create without being productive, if you know what I mean. Some of this may be headed for the metal clay.

lunedreams said...

can't wait to see what you do with this idea! I love Japanese art, and the subtly stylized way flowers and wildlife are depicted. really graceful and elegant--a perfect aesthetic for your pieces!

Barbara Lewis said...

Oh, I definitely like your attitude about organizing! Why waste a creative mood on something so mundane. I can't wait to see your new bas reliefs ... I can only imagine they'll be as beautiful as everything else you do!

peacockfairy said...

Pretty, pretty - yes, the chaos can wait!

sharon said...

He-- with the organizing!! I would much rather see your creativity, like this!! Hope this leads you where you want it to go....I certainly love it!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

so pretty, can't wait to see what you create!

stregata said...

Lovely, LeAnn! And you are so right, chaos is much more patient than creativity. Chores will wait until you have time; an inspiration just might be gone again - the muse can be very sensitive. Good for you for taking the time to do what feels good!!!

sasha and max said...

It's really good to take some time out from the organizing side when the mood takes you, to get the creative right brain ticking over - after all, that's why we all starting tinkering with craft and components in the first place:-) Have a good weekend

Studio Sylvia said...

Dining room philosophy sounds like mine! I willbe interested to see how this design evolves.

kelleysbeads said...

did everything sell or can we expect to see some of your larger pieces coming into your etsy shop? :)

what a relief to be done with the shows after weeks of prepping!