Sunday, March 28, 2010

RAD Day 27

27 days? It seems like the first day and ten years later all at once. This project has been my favorite part of the day and my most dreaded part of the day on several occasions. One thing I can say for sure, I'm pushing the boundaries. Urging, coaxing, and at times just going with it. Below are the rings that I made on days that I either just didn't feel like making a ring or I only felt like providing a short burst of energy.

All tied up
twist tie
Sterling Silver
I think some of the others working on this project can empathize:


Ring a Day 84/365

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Freak Show" A Coloring Book by Lia Sharp

Cover colored by Lia herself

My friend and fellow Humboldt State alumni, Lia Sharp, is "taking a break from making jewelry" and is instead focusing on a project that has been years in the making.  She's putting out monthly installations of some of the most fun, freaky, and fantastic coloring books I've ever had the pleasure of coloring.  This months edition "Freak Show" is the second installment, following "Weirdo",  and includes just the right amount of robots, aliens, and mythical creatures. Many of the characters have relatives that live in her jewelry pieces and I love those cousins dearly, but I must say, there is a little something extra added by making these little guys my own:


Coloring books are available at Hunter Plaid Gallery in Arcata, California or you can visit Lia's ETSY.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

RAD day 7

It's day 7 of the Ring a Day (RAD) project and I am really enjoying the experience. The other artists participating in the challenge are making more and more fantastic rings everyday. Each morning I find myself logging onto Flickr as soon as I get up, as soon as I get home from work, and right before I go to bed. I just can't get enough. I was worried that I would have trouble coming up with ideas, but everywhere I look there is more material to use for a ring.

So far I've mostly been working out of my scrap box. Pulling out strips that were left over from projects that were planned out in detail. The banged up and oddly shaped pieces that would one day be melted down for casting or shipped off for credit with a supplier. Who knew what treasures would emerge from that which was once cast aside. This series of celestial rings is the result of modifying scrap left over from cutting out circles:

 Another theme developing is one of education.  This is most certainly due to creating the pieces during my lunch breaks at school.  The only materials available are those that I use for tutoring and they are yielding some fun results:


Some of my favorite rings by other artists this week:

RAD #64 3/5/10 'Snail'


ring 26