May 15, 2013

Thundering art

As I told you before, I began knitting chains for pendants, which later became a new line of jewelry. Still, knitting and crocheting seemed to be just a craft, not yet art. The inspiration came out of the technique, and was limited, like there's not much else to design.
My creativity came to halt.

I also told you how much I love spring rain. I love the large raindrops and the clear air, but mostly I enjoy thunder storms. We had some of them in the past few days, and since they always "charge" me somehow with fresh energy - they did so this weekend, too.

work in progress

How is this relevent?

So far I used knitting in the same manner, as a continuity of those chains and only a little further designed.

Today I woke up to the sound of loud thunder, the color of dark gray sky and the mist of heavy rain. Normally, my artistic ideas present themself to me using dreams or images - mostly in awakening. Often I forget many of them, and that's why I asked my mate to build me a dream capturing camera :)

Since he failed to fulfill my wish, I took my notepad (which constantly lays within my reach), and began sketching from memory. The designs just kept pouring out of me - wonderful artistic designs!!!

The next stage is to "translate" those designs to technical details, and to knit them - which I already began doing.

It feels like birth, or something quite similar.
I'm so thrilled!!!

work in progress

May 6, 2013

Textures for Dad

I love textures.
I love to feel them, and also to smell and taste almost everything (mainly rocks on field trips), but that's beside the point.
I love to use them in my work - paintings and jewelry alike, and one of the main reasons is my Dad.

pod3, detail

Dad was a very talented and skillful craftsman. As a child I loved to watch him work, so I became his diligent apprentice for decades. Much of what I learned from him is reflected in my art.

As I grew up, we began to dream on a joint studio, where we could work together after his retirement. Sadly, he lost his eyesight, so I began using textures in my work for him to"see" with his fingertips.

texture in jewelry

I lost Dad last week.
He, who was my most strict critic, was also one of the biggest fans of my work.
I will always cherish him, not just in my heart, but also through the design process of each painting and jewelry piece, and in my longing to "show" them to him.