Monday, December 26, 2011

monday moodboard

Some glitter before the New Years Eve...

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For me Christmas is about being busy (before), being happy (during) and being tired (afterwards). In the Christmas period I have not much time and energy left for non-Christmas activities, so there is not much I am going to write here today. I'm just going to share a winter treasury I made on Etsy a couple weeks ago - just to bring some winter and Christmas feeling to here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

no winter

It seems we are getting no winter this winter... There's no snow, no frost, just rain, grey skies, clouds, and more rain. Disgusting.
Few weeks back I have made a series of winter-inspired pendants. Good thing at that time I still had the right idea of winter, remembered it from last year. If I were making those pendants now they would be looking quite different, I'm afraid ;-)

South Pole

Arctic Sky

Arctic Sunrise

Polar Expedition

Thursday, December 1, 2011

photos, photos, photos...

God, I have never had such a hard time shooting photos as I am having now. And all this because of Etsy...
If I had thought that shooting my own polymer clay pieces would be such a hell I might have chosen to work with some other medium and make pieces that would be easier to present...
Dark and reflecting background which I chose at the beginning works perfectly for my pieces, but for my shop it doesn't work at all - the photos just don't fit into treasuries, and treasuries are quite an important promotion tool on Etsy. So now I'm experimenting with other setups which is costing me lots of time and stress - I take a hundred pictures only to decide that none of them is good, then I take another hundred out of which I pick three and that only because I know that if I didn't pick any I wouldn't list anything either...

Having said that, I am very grateful to those people who decide to use my photos in their treasuries because I know they (the pictures) are not very easy. And I am very, very happy when the results are as good as in this treasury below :

Of course, there are also other treasuries featuring my pieces that are very, very good - I just feature this one because the featured bracelet is one of my personal favorites ;-)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

the things I like

The first time I was playing with polymer clay was more than 20 years ago. I was making things that today I wouldn't even think of making but at that time I was very happy that I was able to make anything out of material that was completely new to me. Mostly I was making simple shapes and then attaching little flowers, leaves and other forms to them. I did not give much thought to the design as I was not being to serious about it - those things were selling and that was about all that counted to me. I mean, in a way those pieces were pretty but they had nothing to do with my style. The funny thing is I did not even think I actually could make something I would really like. It was a new medium, you did not see many things made out of it and the ones you actually did were mostly made in similar style. Now, it is important to mention that I lived in Poland and there was no Internet at that time - in some other places people were making really cool things but I found them out only much later.

When, quite accidentally, I laid my hands on polymer clay again things were looking different. I knew much more of the medium, I got to know some beautiful works made by some great polymer clay artists and I could start looking for my own path (which I am still doing). This time there is no sculpted flowers, no ornaments - I still prefer simple shapes but now I make them interesting with color and texture rather than with fancy ornaments. I love experiments so I am working on my own versions of techniques that I think most interesting, like mokume gane,  imprinting or mica shift for example. I find inspiration pretty much everywhere: in the books I read, movies I see, places I visit, works of artist I admire... For the rest I follow my intuition - I make things that I feel like making and making which is keeping me happy.

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